Basic info
  1. Director: Ritwik Ghatak
  2. Alternative Titles: The Cloud-capped Star; Hidden Star
  3. Year: 1960; Language: Bengali; Runtime: 134 min; Color: Black and White
  4. Studio: Chitrakalpa
  5. Writer: Ritwik Ghatak, Shaktipada Rajguru; Cinematographer: Dinen Gupta; Composer: Jyotirindra Moitra
  6. Cast: Supriya Choudhury, Anil Chatterjee, Bijon Bhattacharya, Geeta De, Niranjan Ray, Geeta Ghatak, Dwiju Bhawal, Gyanesh Mukherjee, Ronen Ray Choudhury
Considered Ghatak’s masterpiece, this powerful and innovative melodrama revolves around a refugee family from East Bengal, victims of the Partition, who forge a precarious existence on the outskirts of Calcutta. Ghatak captures the complex play of creative and destructive forces at work in the attempt of each family member to survive. At the center of this domestic tragedy is the selfsacrificing Neeta. (Harvard Film Archive)
Interesting links
  1. Review by P. G. R. Nair on Boloji
  2. Tribute to Meghe Dhaka Taara on Projector Head
  3. Paper on Ritwik Ghatak by Mukul Khattar
  4. Read more on films by Ghatak at Harvard Film Archive
Where to watch/buy?
  1. Watch on YouTube without subtitles