The Cloud-Capped Star

Director: Ritwik Ghatak
Year Released: 1960
Rating: 1.5

Nita (Supriya Choudhury) is an angel among the petty and neglectful: her mother is vicious, her brother is an "artist" who doesn't want to work and her father is kind of a putz.  It's kind of sloppily assembled - Ghatak can't go ten minutes without halting the narrative for a song - and the desire to 'punish' Nita consistently is irritating: her boyfriend ditches her for her sister, her younger brother ends up in the hospital, she starts getting fainting spells, then begins coughing up blood, and at that point you can hear Death sharpening his scythe.  It's difficult to do a "Wounded Woman" movie successfully - there are only a handful that have managed it - without descending into "annoyingly maudlin" territory....