An young film enthusiast from Thiruvananthapuram, Shah Alam (Munna Bhai), reviews the Bengali film “Megha Dhaka Tara” which featured in the 18th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK 2013) at Thiruvananthapuram. Shri.Shah Alam has done his Diploma in Visual Effects (Film Making) from Zee Institute of Creative Art (ZICA) and is a delegate in 18th IFFK.
The film’s narration starts in 1969, showing Nilkantha being admitted to mental asylum under the supervision of Doctor S. P. Mukherjee. Dr Mukherjee learns that the Prime Minister of India knows Nilkantha and is fond of his works and may request the hospital authority to take special care of him. In the hospital a police officer meets Nilkantha and tells Doctor Mukherjee that he is a wasted drunkard. Another patient of hospital mocks Nilkantha as “disgraced intellectual”. Even as a patient, he writes a play and stages it with other asylum patients.
The film shows how Durga (Nilkantha’s wife) wants to leave him saying “separation is essential”. Nilkantha witnessed partition of Bengal and that have relevance to the Bengal’s partition which happened in Indian history.
Nilkantha witnessed partition of Bengal and its devastating effect in his childhood which made him attracted to the communist ideologies. He used film as a tool to teach, and make awareness among the people, and he says that he cannot hold on the commercial films. The film canvases all hazardous conditions of Nilkantha likely ,the struggles, contradictions, disappointments as well as the financial problems faced by him. He was not at all comfortable with the India’s communist policies.
Eventhough he is in asylum , he kept on writing his own play, and made the patients there to act in that. When the play comes to and end in success, the camera takes you along with Nilkantha walking with a refugee to a colour shot, which shows some greenary which resembles the hope in future.
On the whole Megha Dhaka Tara is not an easy film, being the director Kamalesh Mukherjee have thrown out many questions to the audience. The film also sets back the pride of Bengali films back on the scenario. Rating: 4.0/5.0