The Cloud-Capped Star

Synopsis: "Meghe Dhaka Tara" tells the tragic story of the beautiful daughter of a middle-class refugee family from East Pakistan, living in the outskirts of Calcutta under modest circumstances. Neeta sacrifices everything for her family, including her personal happiness, her money, and her health, while her achievements are hardly ever recognized by the people around her.
Genre: Drama, Musical
126 min


(Cloud-Capped Star)

Supriya Choudhury, Anil Chatterjee,

Bijon Bhattacharya

Gita De, Gita Ghatak

Dwiju Bhawal, Niranjan Roy, Gyanesh

Mukherjee, Ranen Roy Choudhury

Story by Shaktipada Rajguru

Photographed by Dinen Gupta

Film editing by Ramesh Joshi.

Music by Jyotirindra Moitra

Production, scenario and direction

by Ritwik Ghatak

Tell your father you owe us for

two months. It's getting difficult

Yes, I will

I can't do without a shave,

so please shave me

Any idea what you owe?

A dark girl

A dark complexion

Get off to school now

Her tuitions should be over;

she'll be hurt if she overhears

Such a responsible girl

Studying and giving two tuitions,

bringing home forty rupees a month

I heard at the meeting that

there are more and more evictions

They might even stop school grants

Would you like a mat,

to sit and gossip on?

Your sandal is torn, Khuki

I'll have it mended

Teacher, about your tax...

What a good thing I bumped into you.

Now, about your dramatic society...

The bumblebee flew humming

into the room

Bathe, you're late for college

A love letter!.

"l didn't appreciate your worth,

I thought you were like the others

"But now I see you in the clouds...

"...perhaps a cloud-capped star,

veiled by circumstances...

"...your aura dimmed"

Sanat. That idiot! I haven't

seen him for ages

Poking your nose into personal affairs

If you're a "person", then

I'll be a genius one day

You know that's true, hence your pride

If only the barber would understand

what a genius I am

Can you spare some money?

The beard's itching

Two annas, or maybe four...

...or maybe eight - I'd like

some tobacco

Or why not a whole rupee. You've got

your tuition money, haven't you?.

Why not get a job, Brother?

It's beneath an artist's dignity

In a couple of years, cash will

rain down on me

Do you know how much Amir Khan Sahib

gets for a concert?

Remember what I said about the rupee

Ma, Manashi in our college has

a sari with a beautiful motif...

...a cow-girl

Ma, don't listen to her

It's the college's football final


I can't wear these awful saris

any more

The "heiress" has spent three years

in the same class

I must have studded boots by tomorrow

He can't afford food, but he makes

demands like a prince

Half the month we can't afford

a second course

It's the first of the month -

sister will have been paid

You didn't buy sandals, did you?

I'll buy them later. I bought

material for brother's shirt

After all these years... isn't that

Father's pupil Sanat?

Don't you recognize me?

It's Montu, isn't it?.

What are you gawping at?.

You've changed so much. You were

only a girl, and now...

- Who?

- Neeta

You write letters, but you don't

come to see us

I know that handwriting; I give

those letters to Neeta

She's hardly at home, what with

college and tuitions

Let's go home. Ma will be cross

Geeta has grown into quite a beauty

A beauty... but she can't afford

decent clothes

Neeta, I need some cash to have

the diagrams printed

It's all gone this month, Sanat

I can't even buy my brother and

sister what they ask

I know, but I still bring my woes

to you. One feels powerless

It's your struggle. Can't we share it?

I'll find a way next month

Please visit us. Father often

speaks of you

Yes, but only when I've some money

Your spoilt darling will spend it

by the fistful

After all, it's her money

The hussy must have spent it all,

my entire month's budget

I ought to give, but I don't.

How can I say no?

No sympathy in the whole world,

and no one who'll understand

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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