(A film by Tarun Mazumdar)
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Ganadevata is the story of the villagers of Shibkalipur. Set in the period just before the Second World War, we see the first stirrings of rebellion in the blacksmith Aniruddha, who refuses to work on a barter system, and the revolutionary fervour of Jatin, who takes refuge in the village. Yet, it is still the age of feudal systems and oppressive landowners. Central to the life of the village is Debu Pandit, the respected and loved teacher. In a way the story of ganadevata is the story of Debu Pandit's slow and gradual realisation of the oppression and injustice that surrounds him. But Ganadevata is also the story of the Village women - of Poddo who yearns for a child, of Durga, the prostitute who surprisingly stands up for what she considers right and of Bilu, Debu Pandit's wife, who is willing to sacrifice her jewellery for her husbands prestige.
Based on the great novel by tarashankar Bandyopadhyay, Ganadevata is the story of a village and its residents. Its a myriad stories knit into one novel and Tarun Mazumdar does a superb job of weaving these multiple threads together into one tale of changing village society, that is facing modernism - the demand for cash compensation by Aniruddha and is yet shackled by feudalism. His efforts are backed up by some superb music and photography and some splendid acting, especially by Soumitra Cattpopadhyay and Sandhya Roy and Madhabi Mukherjee.
I've watched this film many times over the past thirty years, and over the years, I have come to feel that the male characters are somewhat uni-dimensional. Those that are good are good and those that are not are evil. its the classic tale of oppression - all in black and white.
That isn't true of the female characters. Perhaps because they play a quieter role in the film, Tarun Mazumdar lavishes them with a multidimensional picturisation that makes them so very real and natural. Durga may be the village prostitute and we see plenty of examples of her plying her trade and acting as an informer, but when Jatin treats her as a human being, she reciprocates by harbouring his friend. Poddo's yearning for a child is beautifully brought out as is Bilu's pride in her husband. We see the village women in festivals and in their rituals, in their superstitions and their jealousies and each is multifaceted. All in all, Tarun Mazumdar's characterisation of women is far deeper than than those of the men and raises the movie above the mundane.
Overall I thought the film concentrates on storytelling and the dramatic events and does not stop to analyse the sweeping changes that were overtaking life in Rural Bengal in the middle part of the 20th Century.
We cannot end this commentary without commenting on the cameramanship Its a gentle camera that pans and tracks across the countryside as it captures the beauty and the mood of a typical village in Rarh Bengal. The film is mostly shot on location.
This is a rip done in the x.264 codec and preserved in a matroska (MKV) container. This rip will play on any player which is ffdshow compatible (VLC player, Media Player Classic). It will not however play on a stand-alone player. if you want a version that will play on a SAP, please download the 1400 MB DivX version.
It is really a pity that this exquisite film has been released on a DVD which is awful to be polite. If you see the DVD, you won't even realise that there is so much beauty and delicate shades of colour in the camera work of Shakti Bandyopadhyay.
It was a nightmare to do a proper rip of this DVD. Color restoration was very very difficult and I'm not sure if I have been able to justice.
I have uploaded a small clip (approx. 1.5 min of the best part of the DVD). Take a look and judge for yourself....
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