After watching this film, I discovered that my eyes are a bit wet. It got wet without me realising it because I was literally sitting at the edge of the sofa watching the drama, the humanity, unveil itself before me. The film that I am talking about is Ritwik Ghatak‘s THE CLOUD CAPPED STAR.
“I 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.”
As in all great stories, it is a very simple tale. A young girl imprisoned within her life to support her family, making countless sacrifices for the better of her family, so that the family can hold on together. Her sacrifices were not always repaid with kindness and she was often taken for granted. When she finds herself in trouble, her father who speaks mouthful of “educated” and “wise” lines also abandons her. She lays her hopes on a man whom she thought she would marry but the man betrays her. Will any good come in the end? Yes, but will she live to see it? We don’t know. We don’t need to know.
Her only happiness was when she was young and free of responsibilities, when she and her brother climbed the hills and get to see the sunrise. It was difficult climbing the hills but seeing the sunrise made it all worth it. This became her philosophy in life too. In the course of the movie, we see how she treasures the moments in the hills together with her beloved brother and how she longed to return to that feeling. Towards the end, although she was in deep trouble and abandoned, the fact that she is finally relieved of her responsibilities made her smile and we as the audience felt happy for her because after all these hardship, she finally returns to her innocent childhood, free of worldly burden.
Wow! What a film! Please, I beg you, if you love movies, to please watch this film if you can.