Articles by Shoma
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
Jaddanbai, singer, actress, composer, filmmaker: 70th death anniversary special
Jaddanbai, who died on this day in 1949, was a woman of artistic talent, wise business sense, and entrepreneurship and deserved greater recognition than the history of Indian cinema has given her.
Sujata review: Bimal Roy's celluloid poem on a social evil
Sujata, released on 3 April 60 years ago, was more humane than many other films dealing with caste discrimination and prejudice.
PC Barua's Devdas (1935): A film that revolutionized Indian cinema
Devdas was the first film to represent the social ramifications of a man of so-called high birth moving away from his feudal roots in rural Bengal to the colonial city of Calcutta in the pre-War years.
55 years of Jotugriha: This delicate tale of marital breakdown feels contemporary even today
The subject of marital discord has rarely been treated with more finesse in Indian films than in Jotugriha where neither the husband nor the wife is a negative character in any sense.
Resistance spells out people-centric ideology of films at 6th Kolkata People's Film Festival
The 6th edition of KPFF screened 41 films over four days, featuring a wide range of compelling stories from India and the Asian subcontinent.
Tathagata Ghosh’s short film Doitto a moving metaphor for disappearing values
Ghosh says that he is trying to create his own distinctive style as he keeps discovering more and more of himself both as a director and as a writer.
Yours Truly director Sanjoy Nag: Soni Razdan is an extremely talented, grossly underused actress
Filmmaker Sanjoy Nag explains why he cast Soni Razdan in Yours Truly, why he made the film in Hindi and not Bengali, and why he believes Indian cinema has missed out on some brilliant parables by ignoring the lives of the middle-aged.
Buddhadeb Dasgupta, poet, filmmaker, thinker, dreamer: 75th birthday special
The works of Buddhadeb Dasgupta, self-taught filmmaker who has won so many awards that they do not excite him any more, open up several windows for the viewer.
30 years of Mahesh Bhatt's Daddy: When the roles of father and daughter were reversed, subtly
Daddy, despite some melodrama, was a well-made film with a tight script and sterling performances by Pooja Bhatt on debut, Anupam Kher as the prodigal father, and Soni Razdan as her mother.
Supriya Debi's remarkable turn as Ritwik Ghatak's Nita in Meghe Dhaka Tara (1960) – Death anniversary special
The actress said it was not very difficult for her to identify with the tragedy of the film, having herself come to Calcutta from Burma with her family as refugees during the War.
Pinaki Mukherji's Chowringhee (1968) was a faithful and absorbing adaptation of Shankar's novel
Chowringhee was perhaps the biggest multi-starrer among Bengali films in the 1960s and was mostly shot at the Grand Hotel.
Article Bengali Hindi
Tribute: Mrinal Sen, the great filmmaker who never lost touch with reality or his three 'mistresses'
Mrinal Sen, the great filmmaker whose mortal remains were consigned to flames on New Year's Day, was a jolly man full of anecdotes and a never-ending quest for learning.
60 years of Kaagaz Ke Phool: The most outstanding self-reflexive film of Indian cinema
Kaagaz Ke Phool, which was released on 2 January 1959, has strong autobiographical elements and is almost like a celluloid elegy.
Revisiting Bandini: Bimal Roy's most complete film with Hindi cinema's first independent woman
Bandini was the first Hindi film to depict the story of a woman imprisoned for a murder that she committed and confessed to without pleading for forgiveness or harbouring any sense of guilt.