Meghe Taka Tara
The film is unashamedly a melodrama - the harrowing tale of a beautiful, clever, promising young woman who is mentally and physically broken by the selfish family. Not only a unique representation of Indian experience, but of human experience, and certainly as a cinema experience, of which it is rare and overwhelming.
This film is a thrilling assault on mind and body.
Like the traditional melodrama , its primary appeal
is emotional. But this is melodrama filtered with
a critical dimension. A psychological sharpness
mirroring the political anger of the times. And
if the film is beautiful, it is never happily
so: it is a beauty repeatedly violated, creating
a new, modern beauty.