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atithi

Tapan Sinha’s ATITHI bears a striking resemblance to Jatrik-directed PALATAK.  In both the films the protagonist is a wanderer intermittently escaping the bindings of family life and setting off to discover new people and places. The only difference is that the protagonist Tara in ATITHI is a small boy (played by actor Partha)  whereas in PALATAK it was a grown up man (Anoop Kumar).

Watching a film six decades after it was made in poor print quality reinforces the need to restore such classic films for posterity. ATITHI has a few lilting flute tunes of Tagore composition.

ATITHI takes us back to a world where a sense of the wonder lurked in the child about the unknown. They found joy and happiness in the simple charms that life offered – taking a dip in the village pond or gaping at the antics of the performer of a circus or Jatra (a kind of theatre in Bengal). This is one of the biggest losses mankind has suffered in the wake of the onslaught of 24×7 TV Channels and the Internet. That child in us with curiosity about the most mundane of things is now truly dead.

Ajitesh Bandopadhyay and Smriti Sinha act in supporting roles.

Rating: 3.8 out of 5

Path Bhola  1986 Tapas Pal, Prasenjit, Nayana Das, Utpal Dutta, Sandhya Roy, Abhishek Chattopadhyay, Nayna Das

This Tarun Mazumdar film narrates the tale of five youths running from the law. Their ignorance in reading the dubiousness of their employer engaged in adulterated pharmaceutical business played a cruel joke on them, and while trying to flee during a ‘cop raid’ in the factory where they worked, they had to bump off a cop or two during the gun battle that had resulted.  They take shelter in a remote village in the house of an elderly man (Utpal Dutta) who lives with his daughter-in-law (Sandhya Roy) and their ‘dumb’ servant.

What follows is a reformist tale – the youth are exposed to the duality of rural life which is a mix of extreme hardship and the joys and fellow-feeling among the tribal. Peppered with a liberal dose of patriotism through the invocation of the contributions by Khudiram Bose and Surja Sen and of the son of the elderly man who was shot while trying to escape from Andaman Jail, the director manages to make the film a message ridden watchable fare.

As usual, TM uses Rabindrasangeet like ‘Sedin Dujone..’  during the romantic sequence between Prasenjit and Noyana. Tapas Pal, Prasenjit and Noyana Das act in pivotal roles.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

“baare baare ami pother taanei
poth ke korechhi ghor
taai ami jajabor …”

PALATAK is directed by Jatrik based on a story by Manoj Basu. The film narrates the tale of a man (Anup Kumar in a brilliant performance) bitten by wanderlust. Inspite of the fact that he hailed from a rich Zamindari family and could have lived in comfort, his wanderlust took him to newer and different places where he encountered new people and mingled with their lives. He gets married to a woman (Sandhya Roy) and returns home to his family with his wife. Could conjugal life curb his passion for travelling? The film could have been edited for greater effect.

List of memorable songs from the film:

  1. Mon je amar kemon kemon kore …
  2. Jibon pur er pathik re bhai …
  3. Krishna kalo aadhar kalo …
  4. Aha re bidhi go tor leela bhoja daay …

The supporting cast includes Asit Baran, Bharati Devi, Jahar Ganguly, Jahar Ray, Robi Ghosh, Anuva Gupta, Ruma Guha Thakurtha and others. The film is produced by V. Shantaram.

Rating: 3.8 out of 5