Mrinal Sen is one of the leading filmmakers of India. His films deal with poverty and other uncomfortable truths that plague India, probably a reason why his films have been less discussed and watched as well.
With the expanse of digital technologies and internet there is a lot of data for every individual – be it taste, behavioral pattern or even social sentiment.
Edited excerpts from a book-length analysis of the key actors and character types in Satyajit Ray’s films reveal the darkness lining the noble and the romantic.
In an interview for a book about his best roles, the Bengali thespian reveals his experience of working with the director who put him on the world map.
The 1969 social drama is among the titles cited in the book ‘Beyond Apu 20 Favourite Film Roles of Soumitra Chatterjee.’
“I have always been in doubt about my work. I always thought that entertainment business was not worthwhile but time and again for more than 50 years I have been accepted, loved and made to feel as one of my own by my countrymen.”
Greta Garbo was born on September 1905 and died in 1990 at the age of 84. But for almost half a century before that, she was a recluse, choosing her life in seclusion as she famously remarked once - "I want to be let alone."
Soumitra Chatterjee has been a oft collaborator and close confidante of Satyajit Ray, starring in 14 of the master filmmaker’s films
Buddhadeb Dasgupta, who will complete four decades in filmmaking, chooses to stay outside the mainstream
Uttam Kumar remains the biggest hero of Bengali cinema till date – a ‘Maha nayak’. 35 years after his death, his shadow still looms large on an industry which had a golden past but is now reeling under poverty – both intellectual and financial.
References to Kurosawa’s Ikiru resurfaces in Amit Ranjan Biswas’s poignant Bengali film Bridge
As Calcutta has slowly ebbed away, so has its once vivid portrayal in films