Meghe Dhaka Tara – The Man That Was Ritwik

  “Surplus”. The word means a lot to left leaning intellectuals, of whom Ritwik Ghatak was one. Many would know that Ritwik was part of the IPTA, the cultural wing of the communist party of India. The Indian People’s Theater Association was formed with the aim of fighting social evils like poverty during the British Continue Reading »

Meghe Dhaka Tara – Ritwik Ghatak and His Political Views

  The picture above is that of a naxalite being shot during the early 1970′s, as shown in the movie Meghe Dhaka Tara by Kamaleswar Mukherjee inspired from the life of film maker Ritwik Ghatak. Ritwik, as the reader may be well aware of, was always a radical artist. Few artists after him have had Continue Reading »

Meghe Dhaka Tara – Nilkantha and Durga

  মেঘে ঢাকা তারা নিয়ে অনেকের মনেই স্বাভাবিকভাবে প্রশ্ন জাগে – আচ্ছা, এটা কি ঋত্বিক ঘটকের সেই অনন্যসাধারণ সিনেমাটার রিমেক? কিন্তু না, ব্যাপারটা আদৌ তা নয়। এখনও যারা আমাদের official Facebook পেজটি দেখেননি বা Like করেননি, তাদের উদ্দেশ্যে বলি- কমলেশ্বর মুখোপাধায়ের এই চলচিত্রটি ওই legendary পরিচালক এবং তাঁর কাজ থেকেই অনুপ্রাণিত। এই সিনেমা নীতাকে নিয়ে নয়, Continue Reading »

Meghe Dhaka Tara – Expectations Galore

  মেঘে ঢাকা তারা। নামটা শুনলেই মনে পরে সব বাঙ্গালির বহু পরিচিত ঋত্বিক ঘটককে। কিন্তু এবার মেঘে ঢাকা তারা তাঁর নয়, এমনকি তাঁকে নিয়েও নয়। তবে? ২০১৩ সালে দাঁড়িয়ে, যখন শিল্পের জগতে এসেছে এক অদ্ভুত কৃত্রিমতা, যখন বাঙ্গালির মনে প্রশ্ন উঠতে শুরু করেছে – তাহলে   ‘পুরান সেই দিনের কথাগুলো’ কি হারিয়েই গেল? – ঠিক Continue Reading »

Meghe Dhaka Tara Official Trailer – Have You Seen it Yet?

   37,000 views of official Meghe Dhaka Tara trailer on Youtube. Have you checked out the video yet? Film : Meghe Dhaka Tara Starring : Saswata Chatterjee, Ananya Chatterjee, Abir Chatterjee & others. Producer : Shree Venkatesh Films. Presenter : Shrikant Mohta & Mahendra Soni Direction : Kamleswar Mukherjee Screenplay:Kamaleswar Mukherjee DOP: Soumik Halder Music Continue Reading »

Meghe Dhaka Tara – Saswata, Ananya and Kamaleswar: Up Close and Personal

  Kamaleswar Mukherjee, Ananya Chatterjee and Saswata Chatterjee recently sat down for a hearty and candid discussion on what to expect from Meghe Dhaka Tara: On whether the film is a biopic of Ritwik Ghatak: No, says the director, Kamaleswar Mukherjee. He has focused on the revolutionary ideologist and artist, Nilkantha and how his mind Continue Reading »

Ritwik Ghatak – Two Avatars of this Cloud Capped Star

Two avatars of the genius that was Ritwik Ghatak. One: the intellectual torn apart by the burning borders of Bengal because of partition. And below: the theater activist in action. Film : Meghe Dhaka Tara Starring : Saswata Chatterjee, Ananya Chatterjee, Abir Chatterjee & others. Producer : Shree Venkatesh Films. Presenter : Shrikant Mohta & Continue Reading »

Ritwik Ghatak – The Man, His Views

  Ritwik Ghatak continues to inspire wannabe filmmakers, artists and theater activists and intellectuals in salons and coffee houses around the world. And yet, acknowledgement of his talent is only limited to a very niche group, who are exceptionally well versed with the language of film and intellectual, thought provoking cinema. As Satyajit Ray once Continue Reading »

Meghe Dhaka Tara, Ritwik and Nilkantha – Joining the Dots

If you catch the official trailer of Meghe Dhaka Tara by Kamaleswar Mukherjee below, you will find that Nilkantha is referred to as “debase intellectual”. This is exactly how Ritwik was and is still viewed by many. But was Ritwik all and only about his drunkenness and delusion? Was Ritwik nothing more than a broken Continue Reading »

Meghe Dhaka Tara and Ritwik’s Film Making Style

  Not one to take the medium of cinema lightly and as just another medium of communication, Ritwik was a firm believer in using it to connect to his intended audience, the masses. The irony is that many intellectual, scholarly works on Ritwik have been made, although posthumously, as during his lifetime Ritwik was literally Continue Reading »

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