Subarnarekha

by Ritwik Ghatak, India, 1962
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The film tells the story of Ishwar Chakraborty, a Hindu refugee from East Pakistan after the 1947 partition of India. He goes to West Bengal with his little sister Sita where he tries to start a new life. In a refugee camp, they see the abduction of a low-caste woman and Ishwar takes her little son Abhiram with him. He gets a job at a factory in the province, near the Subarnarekha River, courtesy his college friend Rambilas. Ishwar, Sita and Abhiram arrive at Chatimpur, a small settlement near Ghatshila where they meet Mukherjee, foreman of the foundry workshop, who greets them with love.

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Original Title
Subarnarekha
Title
Subarnarekha
Directed by
Ritwik Ghatak
Country
India
Year
1962
Screenplay
Ritwik Ghatak
Film Editing
Ramesh Joshi
Soundtrack
Ustad Bahadur Khan
Cinematography
Dilip Ranjan Mukhopadhyay
Sound
Satyen Chattopadhaya
Production Design
Ravi Chatterjee
Production
Radheshyam Jhunjhunwala
Formats
35mm
Runtime
135 min.
Language
Bengali/d/f
Cast
Indrani Chakrabarty (Little Sita), Bijon Bhattacharya (Haraprasad), Abhi Bhattacharya (Ishwar Chakraborty), Gita Dey (Koushalya), Madhabi Mukherjee (Sita), Abanish Banerjee (Hari Babu), Bhanu Ghosh (Bhanu Ghosh), Shyamal Ghoshal (Benimadhab), Satindra Bhattacharya (Abhiram as adult), Ritwik Ghatak (Music Teacher)

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«Ghatak, ein Linker, ein Loser, ein Alkoholiker (er starb 1976 in der Misere), ist ein Filmemacher, auf den sich die junge indische Generation weitaus mehr bezieht als auf Ray. - Das Kino war eine Zeitlang in unbeschreiblicher Weise offen fĂŒr all das, was nicht Kino war. Das Kino von Ghatak, wahrscheinlich.»

Serge Daney, Libération

«Il faut se rendre Ă  l'Ă©vidence, mĂȘme si le choc est terrible. Le fait de ne plus faire confiance aux valeurs et au progrĂšs humains constitue en effet un vĂ©ritable pĂ©chĂ©. Nous devons faire avancer la prochaine gĂ©nĂ©ration par tous les moyens, et mĂȘme s'il le faut, par le mensonge.»

Ritwik Ghatak