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Shoma A Chatterji

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Sholay and the magic of Mangesh Desai's sound design – 45th anniversary special

Sholay offers a case study in how sound should always be synchronized with the entire film holistically and with the cast distinctively.

2 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Hindi Kannada

MS Sathyu, filmmaker who scaled a peak in his very first attempt

Garm Hava, the directorial debut of MS Sathyu, who turned 90 earlier this month, became both a milestone and a millstone for him.

3 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Marathi

Sumitra Bhave: Our films have won several awards, but most Indians haven't seen any of them

Award-winning filmmaker Sumitra Bhave talks about her early years as a social scientist and teacher and her journey from there to cinema with a social purpose.

4 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Bengali

Tribute: Nemai Ghosh, chronicler of Satyajit Ray, Bengali theatre and much more

Nemai Ghosh chanced upon photography only accidentally. But when the actor Rabi Ghosh introduced him to master filmmaker Satyajit Ray, he found his raison d'être.

6 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Bangladeshi Bengali

East and West Bengal filmmakers come together for restoration of Ray, Sen, Ghatak ancestral homes

The ancestral homes of the three masters of Indian cinema are in a worsening state of decay in different parts of present-day Bangladesh, where all of them were born.

8 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Bengali Hindi

Acting is more or less a hobby for me, not related to publicity or glamour: Arpita Pal Chatterjee

Actress Arpita Pal, wife of Prosenjit Chatterjee, speaks about her return to Bengali cinema with a spate of interesting projects, though she insists this is not a 'comeback'.

9 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Bengali

When I failed my first screen test, I was really happy, recalls Soumitra Chatterjee: 85th birthday special

Actor Soumitra Chatterjee, star of many a masterpiece by Satyajit Ray, reminisces about his early days in cinema, his love for theatre and why he believes there are no rules in acting, in this compilation interview.

9 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Hindi

Bimal Roy, the making of a legend: Anniversary special

Bimal Roy's leanings towards the poor and the downtrodden stemmed from his basic humanism rather than from any dogmatic leftism. On the celebrated filmmaker's 54th death anniversary, author and film critic Shoma A Chatterji assesses his work.

10 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Assam Bengali 1 more

Asit Sen, creative artiste par excellence

Asit Sen, who was born on this day (24 September) in 1922 in Dhaka, was one of the early filmmakers in Bengali and Hindi to use strong female characters even though the stories were rooted in the prevailing patriarchy of the times.

about 1 year ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Hindi

Guru Dutt, the light that burned twice as brightly: Birth anniversary special

When Guru Dutt died, allegedly of an overdose of sleeping pills, in 1964, few would have guessed the critical and international acclaim the 39-year-old filmmaker's works would draw in course of time.

about 1 year ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Hindi

Mrinal Sen's Khandhar and the ruins of human lives and relationships

Through Khandhar, which completed 35 years earlier this month (on 8 June), Mrinal Sen offered an insight into the fluctuating values of citybred folk against the constant values of small-town and village people.

about 1 year ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Hindi

Shyam Benegal's Mammo: A humane document on the fallout of Partition

Mammo, which was released on this day 25 years ago, took the bold step of questioning Partition and its decimation of the Indian family and dwelt more on the psychological impact of the cataclysm than on the event itself.

about 1 year ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Hindi

Nutan, the best and most versatile of them all: Birth anniversary special

Nutan was a bona fide movie star, but she wore her stardom lightly and never shied away from trying different genres or taking up and excelling at some challenging roles.

about 1 year ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Hindi

Nargis, nostalgia and then some: Birth anniversary special

Nargis was beautiful, but more than that it was her dignified personality that awed all those who came in contact with her.

about 1 year ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Hindi

Bhuvan Shome: When Mrinal Sen broke into Hindi cinema with a simple tale and a medley of techniques

Bhuvan Shome, which was released on 12 May half a century ago, was a path-breaking film in many ways for Indian cinema and for Mrinal Sen.

about 1 year ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Bengali

Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne: Satyajit Ray's multi-genre masterpiece

In Satyajit Ray's Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne, which completes half a century today, fantasy is the form of the film as well as its subject and also serves to get several messages across.

about 1 year ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Bengali Hindi

Memories of Manna Dey: Birth centenary special

Manna Dey never became the 'voice' of any star, but that gave him the opportunity to lend his voice to almost all the top actors of his era under the baton of almost all leading music directors.

about 1 year ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Bengali

Satyajit Ray, a portrait of the master: Birth anniversary special

The Creative Person – Satyajit Ray, a little-seen documentary film on the master at work, made over half a century ago by Canadian filmmaker James Beveridge, comes across as a beautiful, objective and emotionally rich statement.

about 1 year ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Review Bengali

Charulata review: Satyajit Ray's interpretation adds meaning to Tagore's creation

Charulata stands out as the finest blend of the ideal and the pragmatic, the radical and the traditional, among all of Ray’s women. Tagore’s Charu was a woman ‘born’ much ahead of her time. Ray’s Charu reasserted this ‘reality’ decades after Tagore created her in Nastaneerh.

about 1 year ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Hindi

The unforgettable voice of Shamshad Begum: Birth centenary special

Almost every song that Shamshad Begum, with her distinctive voice, sang as a solo or in a duet or as the lead singer in a qawwali was a hit, from 'Milte Hi Aankhen Dil Hua Deewana Kisika' to the ever popular 'Kajra Mohabbatwala'.

about 1 year ago — Shoma A Chatterji