Jukti, Takko aar gappo

by Ritwik Ghatak, India, 1990
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In this last film Ritwik Ghatak himself plays Nilkantha Bagchi, an alcoholic, in the character's own words «a broken intellectual». His wife leaves him taking away his books and records which were his only properties left. When Bagchi insisted she shouldn't, Durga replied that she is taking this away so that his son grows up with these books and music, but he managed to keep a fan which he sells to buy country liquor to start his unusual and abstract ride. His first companion was Naciketa, then a woman who is homeless comes to his house just when he was about to leave, she was Bongobala, a woman who has lost her homeland Bangladesh and Bagchi describes him as the spirit of Bangladesh, who was driven away from Bangladesh. He then comes across a band of artists at a remote place drinking where they discuss art, he meets Satyajit Basu, his friend who offers him Scotch to drink, which he refuses, he asks for money to which Satyajit agrees at once and gives him a bunch of notes of which he took only one and then he said "Think Think practice thinking".

Festivals & awards

National Film Awards, India 1974
Silver Lotus Award - Best Story

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Original TitleJukti, Takko aar gappo
TitleJukti, Takko aar gappo
Directed byRitwik Ghatak
CountryIndia
Year1990
ScreenplayRitwik Ghatak
Film EditingRamesh Joshi
SoundtrackRitwik Ghatak
CinematographyBaby Islam
SoundShyamsundar Ghosh
Costumes
Production Design
ProductionRit Chitra
Formats35mm
Runtime121 min.
LanguageBengali/d/f
CastRitwik Ghatak, Tripti Mitra, Shaonil Mitra, Bijou Bhattacharya, Uptal Dutt, Gyanesh Mukhopahyay, Ananya Roy, Ranen Ray Choudhury

Credits

Original TitleJukti, Takko aar gappo
TitleJukti, Takko aar gappo
Directed byRitwik Ghatak
CountryIndia
Year1990
ScreenplayRitwik Ghatak
Film EditingRamesh Joshi
SoundtrackRitwik Ghatak
CinematographyBaby Islam
SoundShyamsundar Ghosh
Costumes
Production Design
ProductionRit Chitra
Formats35mm
Runtime121 min.
LanguageBengali/d/f
CastRitwik Ghatak, Tripti Mitra, Shaonil Mitra, Bijou Bhattacharya, Uptal Dutt, Gyanesh Mukhopahyay, Ananya Roy, Ranen Ray Choudhury

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«Der schonungsloseste Epitaph der Filmgeschichte, selbstverfasst: Ritwik Ghatak, stets gepeinigt von IdentitĂ€tszweifeln, die er im Alkohol ertrĂ€nkte, beginnt den Film, der sein letzter werden sollte, noch vor Titash Ekti Nadir Naam. Wie dort werden die Dreharbeiten immer wieder unterbrochen, wegen akut auftretender Tuberkulose und Alkoholdelirium. Ghatak selbst spielt einen alkoholkranken Intellektuellen, den seine Frau nach einem (autobiographischen) Wortwechsel verlĂ€sst, und der mit zwei BĂŒrgerkriegsflĂŒchtlingen aus Bangladesh eine Odyssee durchs zerfallene Westbengalen unternimmt. Halb Narr, halb Weiser, trifft er, zumeist betrunken, auf ehemalige Mitstreiter, die der Dekadenz anheimgefallen sind, wohnt einem traditionellen Chau-Tanz bei und findet nach einer langen, fruchtlosen Diskussion mit jungen WiderstandskĂ€mpfern durch eine zufĂ€llige Kugel den Tod, wobei er seine letzte Flasche ins Kameraobjektiv verschĂŒttet. Inhaltlich wie stilistisch ein Film der Ratlosigkeit, die aber mit solcher Leidenschaft vorgetragen wird, dass sie zielstrebig scheint: «Das Universum brennt. Ich brenne.»

Movimiento

«C'est un film d'arguments, l'Ă©lĂ©ment-histoire Ă©tant accidentel... ceux qui sont intĂ©ressĂ©s par le cinĂ©ma visuel le trouveront effroyablement ennuyeux. C'est un film de conversation et j'ai essayĂ© de ne pas permettre au romantisme d'ĂȘtre le seul Ă©lĂ©ment crĂ©atif. C'est une attaque contre moi-mĂȘme et ceux qui font aussi partie de cette vie.»

Ritwik Ghatak