Tollywood has always been home to directors and actors who are nothing short of world-class level. And we have an Oscar to prove that. This weekend, we got some masterclass for you. How about a healthy dose of Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen? We got you a list.
This Mrinal Sen masterpiece is based on a Saadat Hasan Manto story titled Badshahat Ka Khatimat. Starring Anjan Dutt and Dimple Kapadia, Antareen got the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali in 1993. In the movie, Dimple plays the role of a woman stuck in a loveless marriage. He starts chatting with an anonymous stranger (played by Dutt). He is a young writer who lives in an old mansion that is owned by his friend. Both of them soon get into a relationship. Watch this classic for more.
2. Meghe Dhaka Tara
Considered among the finest masterpieces of Indian cinema, Meghe Dhaka Tara by Ritwik Ghatak is the tragic story of Neeta, a girl who hails from a refugee family from Bangladesh but is now living in the outskirts of Kolkata. While Neeta sacrifices everything for her family, her achievements are hardly ever recognised. The film was based on an eponymous novel by Shaktipada Rajguru. The film stars Supriya Choudhury, one of the greatest actors of Bengali cinema, Anil Chatterjee, Gita Dey and Bijon Bhattacharya among others. It is a part of a trilogy, the other movies being Komal Gandhar and Subarnarekha.
While it was actually Ritwik Ghatak’s first feature film which and the first art film of Tollywood, Nagarik was released much later in September 1977 in New Empire. Nagarik is the story of Ramu, a fresh graduate looking for a job in post Partition Kolkata. He is from a lower middle class family and the highlight of his life is Uma, the girl he loves. Nagarik is about the lives of refugees from Bangladesh. It is something that Ghatak has explored in all his other films as well. It is melodramatic with a noir feel. The film stars Kali Banerjee, Keshto Mukherjee, Anil Chatterjee, Satindra Bhattacharya and Ketaki Dutta in the lead roles.
This superhit movie is the third film of Mrinal Sen’s Calcutta trilogy. Starring Dhritiman Chatterjee and Simi Garewal in the lead roles, Padatik is the story of a political activist who escapes from the prison van and takes shelter in the posh apartment of a young woman. At the core of it, they are both rebels – one is a political rebel and the other is a social rebel. Staying in confinement, they start questioning everything.
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