(Bengali/1962/143mins) | Dir: Ritwik Ghatak

20-Aug-2017 | 03:00 PM | Gulmohar

Synopsis: Set against the traumatic cataclysm of the Partition of Bengal in 1947, the film revolves around the human tale of Ishwar (Abhi Bhattacharya), a young Brahmin, who, on migrating to West Bengal with his sister, Sita (Madhabi Mukherjee), adopts the son of a low-caste woman (who is abducted by local caste segregationists) and settles by the side of the eponymous river to look after a foundry. Trouble brews when the orphan, Abhiram (Sriman Tarun) grows up to harbor love for Sita and expresses his wish to marry her, as Ishwar finds himself positioned against the alliance owing to Abhiram’s low-caste status. The lovers elope to Calcutta and live a life of destitution as events continue to unfold against the vicissitudes of an increasingly industrialized, post-independence urbanscape before culminating into a tragic confrontation. The narratives of exile and dispossession that define the historical moment of the Partition are concentrated onto the trajectory of this family, as the idea of “home” comes to represent an idealized elsewhere.

Cast: Abhi Bhattacharya, Madhabi Mukherjee, Satindra Bhattacharya, Bijon Bhattacharya, Pitambar, Indrani Chakrabarty, Sriman Tarun

Screenplay: Ritwik Ghatak (screenplay), Radheshyam Jhunjhunwala (story)

Cinematography: Dilip Rajan Mukherjee

Editing: Ramesh Joshi

Sound: Satyen Chatterjee

Music: Ustad Bahadur Khan

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