Most of the recent Bengali films except a few have surprisingly stayed away from showing any significance to the brother-sister or sibling bond as main plot. While the excitement about celebrating this bond during festivals like Bhai Phonta and Raksha Bandhan still holds the same craze, Bengali cinema has opted to go the other way. Ritwik Ghatak’s ‘Meghe Dhaka Tara’ remains a cult classic in this context.
Rituparna Sengupta, who has played a sister in a troubled marriage in Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee’s ‘Belaseshe’ as well as Suman Ghosh’s ‘Basu Paribar’, says she hasn’t till date got an offer to play a strong role of a sibling. “I think there are multiple reasons for the success of ‘Meghe Dhaka Tara’s iconic brother-sister duo. The characters were created by Ritwik Ghatak and the matrix was driven by materials created by a master. He was a genius. Unfortunately, today we are not offered such roles of sisters who have strength. Even if we get such roles, they are treated as mere characters in the subplots without being given the chance to bloom,” she said in an exclusive chat with ETimes.
That, according to Rituparna, wasn’t the case even when she did a brother-sister film with Ranjit Mullick called ‘Sansar Sangram’ directed Chiranjeet Chakraborty. “Directors like Swapan Saha and Sukhen Das too have explored the brother-sister bond. The brother-sister bond is still very important in today’s lives. The popularity of festivals like rakhi or bhai phota only indicates that more films on this subject should be made. Of course, my characters both in Belaseshe and Basu Paribar have layers that can be developed into strong stories revolving around siblings. These films are like preludes. Belashuru has taken my character’s narrative forward. I wish, someday such relationship tales become the central focus of movies. They have a huge audience connect,” Rituparna said.