Tahader Katha

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  • NR
  • 1992
  • 3 hr
  • 7.5  (168)

Tahader Katha is a 1992 Indian Bengali movie directed by Buddhadeb Dasgupta. The movie stars Mithun Chakraborty, Anashua Majumdar, and Dipankar Dey in lead roles. This movie is a political drama that revolves around a group of Naxalites living in the forests of West Bengal. The movie begins with a group of Naxalites living in the forest, planning the revolution. Sudip (Mithun Chakraborty), the leader of the group, gets a chance to meet a journalist, Kalyan (Dipankar Dey), who has come to the forest to record their story. Kalyan is interested in writing a book about the Naxalites and their struggle.

While Kalyan interacts with the Naxalites and learns about their philosophy and their struggle, he becomes intrigued by the character of Sudip. Sudip is a complex person with a troubled past. He is angry and bitter towards society and the government for their exploitation of the poor and the marginalized. His ideology and his way of living, which involves rugged and tough survival tactics, gradually attract Kalyan's attention. Kalyan keeps a diary and writes down his observations about the Naxalites.

Sudip's past romance with Madhabi (Anashua Majumdar), another Naxalite, creates conflicts. Madhabi has a child with another Naxalite, but Sudip still loves her. He finds it difficult to accept his rival and is conflicted about his feelings for Madhabi. The love triangle between Sudip, Madhabi, and Kalyan becomes the sub-plot in the movie.

As the story progresses, we see the Naxalites getting involved in a series of events that ultimately lead to their arrest. They are tortured and beaten by the police in custody. In the climax of the movie, we see Kalyan adapting the diary entries he has made into his book. And Sudip, after his release from jail, searches for Madhabi.

Tahader Katha is a bold take on the Naxalite movement in India. It depicts the struggles that the Naxalites faced in their fight against the establishment. The movie shows how the Naxalites believed in a utopian ideology where the government would put people first, but the realistic dream of the government fulfilling the demands of the people remains elusive. Their philosophy of armed revolution to overthrow the establishment is seen as a never-ending struggle. This movie reminds us of the violent realities that have shaped Indian society and politics.

The director, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, has always been known for his artistic approach in filmmaking. He integrates his work with Bengali literature, music, and art, making it more eclectic and sophisticated. The movie is well executed, and the dialogues written by Buddhadeb Dasgupta and Joy Goswami are powerful and philosophical. The cinematography by Sunny Joseph is brilliant in capturing the beauty of the forest and the poverty of the people who live there.

The performances by the lead actors are remarkable. Mithun Chakraborty delivers an outstanding performance as Sudip. He portrays a Naxalite leader with great conviction, challenging the establishment, and fighting for his beliefs. Dipankar Dey's Kalyan is compelling as the outsider trying to understand the Naxalites' way of living. Anashua Majumdar's Madhabi is hauntingly beautiful, radiating strength and vulnerability as she portrays the character of a revolutionary fighting for equality.

In conclusion, Tahader Katha is an excellent movie that delves into the Naxalite uprising and its impact on society. The movie portrays the complexities of the Naxalite movement and the issues of violence and exploitation that exist in society. It is a must-watch for anyone interested in understanding the political landscape of India and the struggles that people face in fighting for their rights.

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  • Runtime
    3 hr
  • Language
    Bengali, Bangla
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (168)