Review: Meghe Dhaka Tara

Meghe Dhaka Tara (Cloud-Capped Star, Dir.: Ritwik Ghatak)

Meghe Dhaka Tara (The Cloud-Capped Star) by the respected Indian director Ritwik Ghatak is an intense human drama starring renowned Bengali actors Anil Chatterjee and Supriya Choudhury in the lead roles.

Meghe Dhaka Tara is an experience too enormous and deep to be described in words. This movie is a piece of art which has to be experienced first-hand to be felt in its entirety. To try and put it in words is like trying to project an object in a medium with a few dimensions fewer than the object itself. The plot centres around a refugee family of five in Bengal in India – aging parents with their three children – two daughters and a son – all in their youth. One of the daughters, who is the breadwinner in the family, and the son, who is an unemployed aspiring singer, are the principal protagonists. The film portrays their struggles and their fight for life in conditions that apparently do not tire of hurling new challenges, difficulties and tragedies at them.

Meghe Dhaka Tara is a film that draws upon the full strength of the medium of cinema to tell its story, and the resulting force is so strong that it leaves one reeling at the end

Ritwik Ghatak’s masterly portrayal of all the characters, their interactions and how they influence each others’ fortunes make this film a timeless classic. Anil Chatterjee and Supriya Choudhury deliver stunning performances and are ably supported by the rest of the cast.

To conclude, Meghe Dhaka Tara is a film that draws upon the full strength of the medium of cinema to tell its story, and the resulting force is so strong that it leaves one reeling at the end. To feel this force is what a cinephile yearns for, which makes this film a must-watch.

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