Four Unreleased Films by Ritwik Ghatak to See the Daylight Soon
We are about to get legendary filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak back amidst us. Don’t pinch yourself. You read it rightly. Four unreleased works including 3 films and one documentary from his repertoire will be restored soon. Thanks to Indian Government for coming up with this initiative! Soon the prints of Koto Ajanarey’, `Ronger Golam,’ `Bagalar Bangodarshan’, and `Durbar Gati Padma’ will be sent to the National Film Archive of India for restoration. It is said that those films remained incomplete due to the lack of funds and some other problems.
The story of Ritwik Ghatak’s Koto Ajanarey is based on Mani Shankar Mukherjee’s debut novel of the same name. It depicts the author’s experience of and with the people who he came across in the courtrooms and lawyers’ chambers of the Old Post Office Street in the then Calcutta. The star cast of Koto Ajanarey includes Utpal Dutt, Kali Banerjee, Geeta Dey and Chhabi Biswas.
An unreleased film in Ritwik Ghatak’s repertoire, Bagalar Bangadarshan is a 1968 fiction film depicting the everyday family life of a typical Bengali. It has six songs voiced by Pratima Baruah and Arati Mukherjee. It stars Indrani Mukherjee in a lead role. Ritwik Ghatak’s daughter Samhita Ghatak describes it as an unabashed comedy.
Durbar Gati Padma, a 1971 documentary by Ritwik Ghatak, features a recital of ‘Abar asibo phire’, one of the most famous poems by Jibanananda Das. Ritwik Ghatak himself recited the poem. Ronger Golam, which was shot in 1968, was adapted from a story by author Prabodh Kumar Sanyal. It depicts the journey of a young man and his mysterious encounter with a lady during the journey. Ghatak was in talks with Suchita Sen for the role of the lady in this film, but unfortunately the things did not work out.