Jkti Takko Aar Gappo Analysis

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Treatment of History in Ritwik Ghatak’s Jukti,Takko aar Gappo Ritwik Ghatak’s “Jukti, Takko aar Gappo” ( Argument and a Story ) narrates the poignant tale of a dissipated drunkard Nilkantha Bagchi, who repeatedly proclaims himself as a ‘humbug’. The film begins with the separation between Nilkantha and his wife Durga who leaves her husband not because he causes her any harm but being incorrigibly wayward in nature. The separation strikes the keynote at the very outset as the film moves forward amid decay and decadence culminating in the death of Nilkantha in the end. Riktik as a filmmaker deploys separation as a leitmotif in order to denounce vehemently the partition of Bengal during the independence of India, which he has always marked as ‘fake’ and ‘sham’. In the film Nilkantha, his alter-ego along with Nachiketa, a young and unemployed engineer, Bangabala, a refugee from Bangladesh and Jagannath, a poor Sanskrit teacher make a journey towards Kanchanpur where his wife Durga resides with their son Satya. The search for shelter and identity continues throughout the film and it echoes the search of thousands of people who becomes destitute during Indian independence and the birth of Bangladesh as a nation. Ritwik Ghatak fosters the idea of cultural integration among the people West Bengal and east Pakistan and it becomes evident in the film as the three

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