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‘I Consider Woman at the Window a Path-breaking Effort’ – In Conversation With Film Critic Shoma A Chatterji

Veteran film critic Shoma A Chatterji has more than 20 books to her credit in a career spanning more than 40 years. Famous for her tongue-in-cheek candid responses, Chatterji is a friend and well-wisher of Silhouette Magazine. Editor Amitava Nag catches up with the two-time National award winner film scholar.

‘I Consider Woman at the Window a Path-breaking Effort’ – In Conversation With Film Critic Shoma A Chatterji
‘I Consider Woman at the Window a Path-breaking Effort’ – In Conversation With Film Critic Shoma A Chatterji
Veteran film critic Shoma A Chatterji has more than 20 books to her credit in a career spanning more than 40 years. Famous for her tongue-in-cheek candid responses, Chatterji...
'KL Saigal's Songs Started the Sugam Sangeet Revolution' - In Conversation with Author Pran Nevile
‘KL Saigal’s Songs Started the Sugam Sangeet Revolution’ – In Conversation with Author Pran Nevile
Renowned author and scholar of Indian cultural history, Pran Nevile is the author of the authoritative book KL Saigal - Immortal Singer and Superstar; K.L. Saigal...
Utpal Dutt in Mrinal Sen’s Bhuvan Shome (1969), Satyajit Ray’s Agantuk (1991) and Heerak Rajar Deshe, Gautam Ghose’s Padma Nadir Majhi (1993) and Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Naram Garam
The Multi-Layered Persona of Utpal Dutt
Impressed by Utpal Dutt’s interpretation of Othello, the famous filmmaker Madhu Bose offered him the role of Indo-Anglian poet Michael Madhusudan Dutt. This was the beginning...
‘Tapan Sinha Deserved More’
‘Tapan Sinha Deserved More’
Abesh Das has written a Bengali book on Tapan Sinha’s oeuvre of unique cinema named Tapan Sinha – Sarbik Chalachchitra Bikhha. Silhouette editor Amitava...
Hitting the Right Notes: In Conversation With Author Manek Premchand
Hitting the Right Notes: In Conversation With Author Manek Premchand
In a candid conversation with Antara, of Silhouette Magazine, renowned film historian, musicologist and author Manek Premchand talks about his latest book Hitting...
'Rehearsals were Never Easy, Music Sittings were Always Fun' - Remembering Madan Mohan
‘Rehearsals were Never Easy, Music Sittings were Always Fun’ – Remembering Madan Mohan
Madan Mohan, the creator of immortal melodies and film ghazals, had a fun-loving, outgoing personal side as a gracious cook and host, a wrestling and racing enthusiast, a...
The films of Shakti Samanta (R) are known for their everlasting music.(Pic: A beautiful graphic crafted as a gift to Silhouette by Pakanati Lakshmi Priya)
‘In Aradhana, Sachin Karta Gave Me My Life’s Biggest Hit’: In Conversation with Shakti Samanta
Aradhana, the film that catapulted Rajesh Khanna into mega stardom. Kashmir Ki Kali, the film that brought Bengal beauty Sharmila Tagore into the national...
PK Nair with Shivendra Singh Dungarpur FHF
‘Films Must be Restored Like a Work of Art’: In Conversation with Shivendra Singh Dungarpur
"If we do not pour our resources into preserving what is left of our cinematic heritage and on planning for the preservation of the films we are creating now, we will have...
Cover of the booklet 'Nabendu Ghosh'
Nabendu Ghosh: The Master of Screen Writing
March 27, 2016 marks the birth centenary of Nabendu Ghosh, the legendary script and screenplay writer who quietly worked behind the scenes with some of the best known filmmakers...
Tanima Bhattacharya – as Abeera in Sankaal (Shackle)
‘One Day Will Come When Indie Films Will Stand in the Same Position with Other Bollywood Hindi Cinema’: Tanima Bhattacharya
Tanima Bhattacharya is an actress whose first film Saankal (Shackle) have got rave reviews at the different film festivals across the world. She is also the Director's Assistant...
Amartya Bhattacharyya – the director of Capital I
‘The Film (Capital I) was Meant to Disturb the Ones in Comfort, and Comfort the Ones Who are Disturbed’: Amartya Bhattacharyya
Amartya Bhattacharyya is a young and independent film maker of India. All of Amartya's films, poems and other works are dark, mostly surreal, and psychoanalytic in nature....
Vijay Anand and Jaya Bhaduri in Kora Kagaz
‘Gata Rahe Mera Dil was Patchwork’: In Conversation With Vijay Anand
Every film Vijay Anand handled was unique and unparalleled. A master craftsman of the art of cinema, Vijay Anand's films stand tall as shining examples of technique, story...
Lata Mangeshkar and Salil Chowdhury
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‘She is Capable of Delivering Anything a Music Maker Can Think Of’ – Salil Chowdhury Speaks About Lata Mangeshkar
'She always knew that it would be challenging to sing under my direction. She was always prepared for that and all along she has been an example of perfection. In my career...
Three Legends: (L to R) Naushad, Majrooh Sultanpur and Madan Mohan (Pic courtesy: madanmohan.in
‘Bade Achchhe Din Thhe, Bade Pyare Saathi, Aur Guni Bhi’ – In Conversation with Majrooh Sultanpuri
"Burman Sahab would reject his own tune. He would say, ‘Chhodo, this is not sounding good.’ Then he would create another tune and start. Producers and directors would...
Oorvazi Irani
‘It Would Have Been Very Easy to Make a Film on the Life of Zarathustra’: Oorvazi Irani
'I don’t claim to give you any answers, I think, you have to find your own answers, but the film is trying to question certain facts, certain rituals, certain practices,...
1971, during the press show of his "Ambitious"film Door Ka Rahi at Apsara cinema Mumbai. The film ran for 15 weeks on merit . There were no buyers so he released it himself adding another feather in his cap by becoming a "Distributor". (Pic and caption: Amit Kumar)
Kishore Kumar, The Master of his Craft – Amit Kumar Remembers his ‘Baba’
You must sound unique and different, so adopt the song in a way as if it is your own and shape it, mould it, deliver it in your unique style. That is what will leave a lasting...
Hemant Kumar 
(Pic courtesy: From the collections of SMM Ausaja)
‘The Music Director Knows which Voice would do Full Justice to his Composition’ – In Conversation with Hemant Kumar
In a tribute to singer-composer Hemant Kumar, Silhouette Magazine presents excerpts from a rare and unpublished, exclusive interview of the legendary artiste by Peeyush Sharma,...
Suman Ghosh, Director, Kadambari
‘Kadambari was a Challenge’: Suman Ghosh
Shoma A Chatterjee interviews Suman Ghosh, director of Kadambari, a story inspired by the brief and tragic life story of Rabindranath Tagore’s sister-in-law Kadambari Devi....
‘I Consider Myself A Writer First': Chauranga Director Bikas Mishra
‘I Consider Myself A Writer First’: Chauranga Director Bikas Mishra
I always had the bigger reality in mind and wanted to make a film on it, says Bikas Mishra debutante director of the award-winning film Chauranga in an interview...
I Am A Worshipper Of All Things Beautiful: An Interview With Tapan Sinha (Part-IV)
I Am A Worshipper Of All Things Beautiful: An Interview With Tapan Sinha (Part-IV)
We pay a humble tribute to the legendary filmmaker Tapan Sinha with the reproduction of an exclusive interview, one of the lengthiest interviews of the maestro, which was...
I Cherish A Thrill For Adventure: An Interview With Tapan Sinha (Part-III)
I Cherish A Thrill For Adventure: An Interview With Tapan Sinha (Part-III)
We pay a humble tribute to the legendary filmmaker Tapan Sinha with the reproduction of an exclusive interview, one of the lengthiest interviews of the maestro, which was...
I’d Never Allow My Mind To Gather The Moss Of Stagnation: An Interview With Tapan Sinha (Part-II)
I’d Never Allow My Mind To Gather The Moss Of Stagnation: An Interview With Tapan Sinha (Part-II)
We pay a humble tribute to the legendary filmmaker Tapan Sinha with the reproduction of an exclusive interview, one of the lengthiest interviews of the maestro, which was...
Never Have I Made the Same Kind of Film: An Interview With Tapan Sinha (Part-I)
Never Have I Made the Same Kind of Film: An Interview With Tapan Sinha (Part-I)
On the occasion of legendary filmmaker Tapan Sinha's 90th Birth Anniversary, we pay a humble tribute to the maestro with the reproduction of an exclusive interview, which...
Sahir Ludhianvi: The People’s Poet
Sahir Ludhianvi: The People’s Poet
Sahir Ludhianvi is probably the only songwriter in Hindi films whose poetry was accepted in its purest form. So great was his stature as an Urdu poet that he never had to...
Bollywood In Posters: 25-Year-Long Journey With Film Memorabilia
Bollywood In Posters: 25-Year-Long Journey With Film Memorabilia
Film historian and archivist SMM Ausaja, the author of Bollywood in Posters speaks to Learning and Creativity at length, discussing his long and arduous journey through the...
the only Indian actress whose films have been selected in three of the major international film festivals in the same year
The Power Of Now Is What I Live In – Tannistha Chatterjee
"It’s in a way interesting and in many ways sad that Bollywood has dominated every aspect of culture in this country in the last two decades especially."
Uttam Kumar - Suchitra Sen: Enduring Magic of the Iconic Romantic Pair
Uttam Kumar – Suchitra Sen: Enduring Magic of the Iconic Romantic Pair
L&C interviews Maitreyee Bhattacharjee Chowdhury on her recent book “Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen- Bengali Cinema’s First Couple”.
Rituparno Ghosh
My City Can Neither Handle Me Nor Ignore Me: Rituparno Ghosh
Everything is in a state of making… eternally… nothing is ever complete… the same is true of the body and therefore, identity. It’s a continuous process.
I Can Act in Any State of Mind: Soumitra Chatterjee Interview
I Can Act in Any State of Mind: Soumitra Chatterjee Interview
This is not a traditional interview in the sense normally available. It is sort of a tête-à-tête with the legendary thespian. The conscious rationale was to ask minimally...

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