Ritwik GhatakIndia – 1962

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.

Original Title Subarnarekha
German Title Der Fluss Subarnarekha
French Title La rivière Subarnarekha
Other Titles The River Subarnarekha
Directed by Ritwik Ghatak
Country India
Available Formats 35mm
Screenplay Ritwik Ghatak
Film Editing Ramesh Joshi
Soundtrack Ustad Bahadur Khan
Cinematography Dilip Ranjan Mukhopadhyay
Sound Satyen Chattopadhaya
Décors Ravi Chatterjee
Production Radheshyam Jhunjhunwala
Runtime 135 Min.
Language Bengali/d/f
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

«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 für all das, was nicht Kino war. Das Kino von Ghatak, wahrscheinlich.»
Serge Daney, Libération

«Il faut se rendre à l'évidence, même si le choc est terrible. Le fait de ne plus faire confiance aux valeurs et au progrès humains constitue en effet un véritable péché. Nous devons faire avancer la prochaine génération par tous les moyens, et même s'il le faut, par le mensonge.»
Ritwik Ghatak


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