Articles by Shoma

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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.

11 days ago — Shoma A Chatterji

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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.

15 days ago — Shoma A Chatterji

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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.

21 days ago — Shoma A Chatterji

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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.

21 days ago — Shoma A Chatterji

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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 month ago — Shoma A Chatterji

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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 month ago — Shoma A Chatterji

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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.

about 1 month ago — Shoma A Chatterji

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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.

about 1 month ago — Shoma A Chatterji

Article Bengali

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.

about 1 month ago — Shoma A Chatterji

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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.

2 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

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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.

3 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

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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.

3 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

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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.

3 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

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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.

3 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

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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.

4 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

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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.

4 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

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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.

4 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

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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.

5 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

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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.

5 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji

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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. 

5 months ago — Shoma A Chatterji