Cloud-Capped Star (Meghe Dhaka Tara, India (Bengal) 1960)

Cloud-Capped Star is the first film in Bengali director Ritwik Ghatak’s trilogy about the partition of Bengal in 1947 and its aftermath. It could be argued that all of Ghatak’s features between 1952 and 1977, when his last work was released posthumously, were concerned with the partition, but it is the trilogy that has been… Read More Cloud-Capped Star (Meghe Dhaka Tara, India (Bengal) 1960)

BIFF 2013 #14: The Sound of Old Rooms (Kokkho-Poth, India 2011)

Kolkata is a city steeped in memory and cultural history. The principal city of British India, it has over the last fifty years fallen behind Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai in terms of economic development. But it won’t give up its self-image of ‘cultural capital’. 2011 marked 150 years since the birth of perhaps the greatest… Read More BIFF 2013 #14: The Sound of Old Rooms (Kokkho-Poth, India 2011)