Ritwik Ghatak (1925-1976) is one of the great artists in the history of Indian cinema. His work subjects melodrama, social chronicle or historical fresco to a singular treatment, crossed by bursts of poetry located somewhere between Douglas Sirk, Serguëi Eisenstein and Satyajit Ray. This film is an adaptation of the story by Bengali writer Adwaita Mallabarman: in the 1930s, on the banks of the Titash river, source of life, a fishing community is dying because the waterway dries up.
Some resist against the Babus, who have come to transform the land into rice fields. Among them, Kishore, a young fisherman, goes mad following the kidnapping of his wife by pirates the day after their marriage. She manages to escape: a fishing community from a village on the banks of the river takes her in and adopts her.
Behind this epic - and very musical - tale that can also be seen as a documentary on the traditions of a fishing community, Ritwik Ghatak plunges us into the daily life of the poor classes. His film has the rhythm of the ebb and flow of the river and it enchants as much as it moves.