Articles by Shoma
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.