Retrospective of Rithwik Ghatak's films at MAMI film festival

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Mumbai, Mar 8 (UNI) The ongoing 10th MAMI International Film Festival will hold a retrospective of the works of genius filmmaker Rithwik Ghatak.

The films that will be showcased include ''Ajantrik'', ''Megha Dhake Tara'' and ''Suvarna Rekha''.

''It is one of life's greatest ironies that Rithwik Ghatak, who is today something of a cult figure in Bengal, was not understood and appreciated in his lifetime. Today his films are critically acclaimed but, the fact remains that in his time they ran to empty houses in Bengal. Ghatak's films project a unique sensibility, they are often brilliant but almost always flawed,'' a film critic said.

Ghatak's first film was ''Nagrik'' (1952) about a young man's search for a job and erosion of his optimism and idealism as his family sinks into abject poverty. He also wrote the scripts of ''Musafir'' (1957) and ''Madhumati''(1958) for Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Bimal Roy respectively, the alter becoming a big time hit.

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