Jukti Takka Aar Gappo (1977)

Bengali Movie Jukti Takka Aar Gappo (1977)
Bangla film Jukti Takka Aar Gappo starring Ritwik Ghatak, Utpal Dutt, Saunli Mitra, Gyanesh Mukherjee, Tripti Mitra, Partha Pratim Choudhury, Satindra Bhattacharya, Bijon Bhattacharya, Jahar Roy, Gobind Chakraborty was released in 1977. The film was directed and produced by Ritwik Ghatak. He also scored the music in the film. The film won National Film Award’s Rajat Kamal Award for Best Story in 1974. It is also considered technically superior to other films of that era due to its camera work. As Ghatak’s last film, it is placed in the league of Jean Cocteau’s Testament of Orpheus and Nicholas Ray and Wim Wenders’s noted documentary film, Lightning Over Water.

Jukti Takka Aar Gappo Movie Details
Directed by : Ritwik Ghatak
Story, screenplay, music and produced by : Ritwik Ghatak
Starring : Ritwik Ghatak, Utpal Dutt, Saunli Mitra, Gyanesh Mukherjee, Tripti Mitra, Partha Pratim Choudhury, Satindra Bhattacharya, Bijon Bhattacharya, Jahar Roy, Gobind Chakraborty
Cinematography by : Baby Islam
Editing by : Amalesh Sikdar
Release date(s) : 1977
Running time : 113 minutes
Country : India
Language : Bengali

Plot: In this film Ghatak plays role of Nilkantha Bagchi, an alcoholic, disillusioned broken intellectual, in the character’s own words “a humbug”. His wife leaves him because of his insufferable alcoholism. After losing his wife and being forced from his home, he wanders through the countryside and meets unusual folks along the way. Nilkantha meets Bongobala, who was driven away from Bangladesh and does not have any shelter in Kolkata; he gives her shelter. He meets Jagannath Bhattacharjee, a village school teacher of Sanskrit. Jagannath’s school was closed after political killings and he came to Kolkata in search of a job. Nilkantha meets Naxalites whom he describes as the “frame of Bengal”, but misguided, successful and unsuccessful at the same time. The film, adventurous and revolutionary, is an exceptional mix of images that challenge the limits of narrative storytelling.

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