Ritwik Ghatak

An eccentric intellectual, Ghatak’s creative works were path-breaking but way too forward for his times. Although, Ghatak went on to make films on original ideas, commercial success always eluded him. Emotionally charged scrips, Innovative camerawork, Melodramatic climaxes, and haunting background music are some of the prime features of his surviving works. Many of Ghatak’s work failed to see the light of the day because of unforeseen personal and professional tragedies. However, Meghe Dhaka Tara (1960) proved to be an exception and later enjoyed a cult status reminding us the true caliber of its maker. In his later years, Ghatak taught at FTII, Pune where he inspired a whole generation of film-makers.