Shoma A Chatterji
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dilip Kumar, unlimited and unbound – Special
The actor, with his magnetic screen presence and legendary versatility, has consistently defied the constraints of hollow sobriquets.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.