Articles by Shoma

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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.

5 days ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Bengali

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.

10 days ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Hindi

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.

14 days ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Bengali

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.

26 days ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Bengali

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.

about 1 month ago — Shoma A Chatterji

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.

about 1 month ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Hindi

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.

about 1 month ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Hindi

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. 

about 1 month ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Hindi

Khemchand Prakash: The man who made Mahal (1949) immortal

Khemchand Prakash's innovations in music and his contribution to the pool of some of the best voices in music for Hindi cinema have to be seen to be believed. 

2 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Bengali

Dealing with plagiarism, short film Written By? is winning a bunch of awards

The film has just two characters — a now out-of-work-but-once-famous screenwriter and director Kamalesh Roy and his ambitious and optimistic intern Natasha Sen.

3 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Bengali

KIFF 2018: Celebrating Bengali cinema with an eclectic selection from Alibaba to Unishe April

While some may justifiably argue that Bengali cinema is not yet 100 years old, the choice of films to showcase for the occasion is an interesting one.

3 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Bengali

Antony Firingee and his poignant question that haunts us even today

Antony Firingee (1967) will be the opening film at this year's Kolkata International Film Festival which celebrates 100 years of Bengali cinema.

3 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

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Ingmar Bergman centenary: Kolkata film festival lines up an elaborate tribute

Bergman as filmmaker has evolved into a concept and it is only just that the country that produces the largest number of films should also get to see the best from around the globe.

4 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Review Bengali

Uttar Falguni review: Suchitra Sen does justice playing mother and daughter in milestone film

Part of the 100 Years of Bengali Cinema celebration at the Kolkata festival, Uttar Falguni is a powerful woman-centric film even when it places the central character as a victim of patriarchy.

4 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Review Hindi

Madhumati review: The many-hued masterpiece of Bimal Roy

Madhumati was unlike anything Bimal Roy had made, or would go on to make. Yet, the film, released on this day 60 years ago, was also the biggest hit of his illustrious career.

5 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Review Bengali

Agni Pareeksha (1954) review: A woman's tale that almost sanctifies child marriage

The film, which was released on this date in 1954, is told from the woman's point of view but does not disturb the prevailing middle-class morality.

6 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Bengali

Utpal Dutt's innovation with Shakespeare – 25th death anniversary special

Dutt took Shakespeare beyond the elite city stage and introduced him, and other leading European playwrights, to rural audiences with great success.

6 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Hindi

Tagore's eternal music and its influence on cinema – Death anniversary special

Cinema offers probably the ideal medium to render a Tagore literary piece for the consumption of a multinational audience, and it hasn't failed to reach out to Gurudev every now and again for musical inspiration.

7 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji