Shoma A Chatterji

Shoma A Chatterji
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Dr Shoma A Chatterji is a film scholar, author of several books, including biographies of Pramathesh Barua, Ritwik Ghatak and Suchitra Sen, and winner of several awards, including the National award for Best Film Critic in 1991 and the National award for Best Writing on Cinema in 2002 for her study of Aparna Sen's works in Parama and Other Outsiders: The Cinema of Aparna Sen. She is also an occasional contributor to Cinestaan.com.

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Article Bengali

Dhananjay Mandal's documentary Maagoner Gaan sheds light on West Bengal's beggar folk music

The film explores each age-old school of maagan, which is essentially fading away into obscurity.

2 days ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Malayalam

G Aravindan's Kummatty: A breathtaking ode to childhood innocence and nature's splendour

The Malayalam classic was recently restored by the Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project, Film Heritage Foundation and Cineteca di Bologna.

about 1 month ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Assam Hindi 2 more

6 films that ride on the humble bicycle – Special

On World Bicycle Day, a look at how the humble two-wheeler has served as a narrative device in some acclaimed films.

5 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Bengali

When Sharmila Tagore learnt some important life lessons – Satyajit Ray centenary special

The veteran recalls how her entry into cinema as a teenager under the auteur's guidance became a turning point for her in more ways than one.

6 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Bengali

The cinematic musical genius of Satyajit Ray – Centenary special

Though Ray used some masters of classical music for his early works, he had his own ideas about what the music should be like in each film of his and so eventually took over the role himself, creating some iconic scores in the bargain.

6 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Assam

The struggle of real people to live despite all the odds inspired God On The Balcony: Biswajeet Bora

Biswajeet Bora, who won the Best Director award for the film at the 26th Kolkata film festival earlier this year, speaks about the film and his own journey in cinema.

6 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Hindi

Shashikala (1932–2021): Star who gave up fame and success for peace

Shashikala walked out of Tinseltown not once, but twice, to embrace a life of abandonment the first time and of selfless service the second.

7 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Hindi

I don't consider myself a talented actor, so I rely on intensive and extensive homework: Manoj Bajpayee

Bajpayee, winner of the National award for Best Actor for his role in Bhonsle (2020), speaks about why he was so keen that the film be made, how the character of the retired policeman evolved, and the politics of insider versus outsider.

7 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Malayalam

Rediscovering G Aravindan through Esthappan (1980) – Death anniversary special

Esthappan, which won a National and as many as five Kerala state awards, is a work of abstract beauty which, at the same time, is tangible in its humaneness.

7 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

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Women whose talents were subsumed by marriage to famous men

On International Women's Day, Cinestaan looks at the creative and gifted wives of filmmakers who, for reasons best known to themselves, chose to vicariously bask in the reflected glory of their spouses’ excellence.

8 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Review Hindi

Kosa review: A brutal reality of India that disappears in a media black hole

Mohit Priyadarshi’s debut film tells a tale of unimaginable cruelty that continues to torment remote areas of the country peopled by aboriginal tribes.

8 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Italian

Federico Fellini: The dreamer who roused generations of filmmakers

The Kolkata International Film Festival handpicked five of the auteur's feature films and a documentary on one of his works to celebrate the filmmaker who would have turned 101 this month.

9 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Hindi

45 years of Chhoti Si Baat: A nostalgic trip back to Bombay

Basu Chatterji did not believe in presenting evil characters in his films and this comes across in Chhoti Si Baat as well. There are no larger-than-life characters and the love stories are simple and sweet.

10 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Hindi

Dilip Kumar, unlimited and unbound – Special

The actor, with his magnetic screen presence and legendary versatility, has consistently defied the constraints of hollow sobriquets.

10 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Bengali

Soumitra Chatterjee (1935-2020): Icon who enriched Bengal's culture and Indian cinema

Soumitra Chatterjee never made a distinction between art and commercial cinema. His very presence could redeem even the most crassly commercial projects. But cinema wasn't his only identity.

11 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Hindi

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.

about 1 year 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.

about 1 year 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.

about 1 year 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.

about 1 year 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.

about 1 year ago — Shoma A Chatterji