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Retrospective

Veteran actor Barun Chanda and noted film critic Shoma A. Chatterji launched Amitava Nag’s book Satyajit Ray’s Heroes & Heroines at Abar Baithak in Kolkata, on January 27, 2019.

Mrinal Sen: The Man Who Fought Through Cinema
Mrinal Sen: The Man Who Fought Through Cinema
With Mrinal Sen behind the camera Indian cinema...
The Filmic Journey of Mrinal Sen
The Filmic Journey of Mrinal Sen
Mrinal Sen is one of the...
Munshi Premchand on Celluloid
Munshi Premchand on Celluloid
Filmmakers over the decades have been...
In Defense of Literature: An Open Letter to Ingmar Bergman
In Defense of Literature: An Open Letter to Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman had written an essay ‘Film...
Chetan Anand: Exploring the Unconventional to Make Landmark Films
Chetan Anand: Exploring the Unconventional to Make Landmark Films
Twenty one years ago, on July 7, 1997, Chetan...
On the Buddha’s Trail… Nabendu Ghosh's Trishagni
On the Buddha’s Trail… Nabendu Ghosh’s Trishagni
Gautam Buddha had fascinated Nabendu...
And They Made Classics - Director-Writer Duo of Bimal Roy and Nabendu Ghosh
And They Made Classics – Director-Writer Duo of Bimal Roy and Nabendu Ghosh
Directed by Ratnottama Sengupta, And They Made...
NFAI Acquires 162 Films Including 15 Rare Unreleased Films
NFAI Acquires 162 Films Including 15 Rare Unreleased Films
NFAI has acquired 162 films, with more...
The Spontaneity of Nutan That Rose Above 'Acting'
The Spontaneity of Nutan That Rose Above ‘Acting’
Nutan amazed us with every role she did – she...
Waheeda Rehman  - The Woman of Substance On-Screen
Waheeda Rehman – The Woman of Substance On-Screen
"In Pyaasa, Mujhe Jeene Do, The Guide,...
Om Puri – The Luminance of a Natural Actor
Om Puri – The Luminance of a Natural Actor
Om Puri passed away on 6 January 2017 after four decades...
A still from Gurvinder Singh’s Ghuspaithiya
DIFF 2016 – A Peek at the Indian Short Films
Curated by film-maker Umesh Kulkarni,...
Hrishikesh Mukherjee: In a Humane Genre of His Own
Hrishikesh Mukherjee: In a Humane Genre of His Own
Be it the tragedies like Anand,...
Sadhna in Asli Naqli
The Gorgeous Style Icon Sadhana
Some of the most enchanting, lilting, melodious, memorable...
Sanjeev Kumar and Suchitra Sen in Aandhi
Sanjeev Kumar – The Actor Who Rose Above The ‘Hero’
The sheer versatility of Sanjeev Kumar outpaces...
Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin at Keystone Studios
Charlie Chaplin was only...
Cover of the booklet 'Nabendu Ghosh'
Nabendu Ghosh: The Master of Screen Writing
March 27, 2016 marks the birth centenary of Nabendu...
Jaya Bachchan in Guddi
Jaya Bachchan: A Slot-less Act
Jaya Bachchan is a name synonymous with endearing,...
Waheeda Rehman: Quintessential Beauty with Intense Acting Prowess
Waheeda Rehman: Quintessential Beauty with Intense Acting Prowess
Waheeda Rehman, a rare combination of quintessential...
Suchitra Sen – the most glamorous star of Bengali cinema
Forever Suchitra Sen
Suchitra Sen mirrored the independent...
Bimal Roy directing Suchitra Sen and Dilip Kumar for Devdas (Pic: From the collections of SMM Ausaja)
Bimal Roy: The Eastern Mystic Who Made Films
Bimal Roy's films refrained from preaching even as...
Smita Patil A Brief Incandescence
The Incandescence of Smita Patil
Smita Patil, the book, is a detailed...
Ashok Kumar
Ashok Kumar: A Colossus of Indian Cinema
With his classic Bengali good...
Guru Dutt and Abrar Alvi
 Pic courtesy: From the collections of Pakanati Lakshmi Priya
Myths about Guru Dutt
The only myth that remains close to reality,...
James Dean
The Lasting Appeal of James Dean
James Dean acted in only 3 films before he died...
Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhata Chala Gaya - Evergreen Dev Anand
Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhata Chala Gaya – Evergreen Dev Anand
Style and fashion icon Dev Anand with his city-slick...
Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Adoor Gopalakrishnan Retrospective at Osianama
Osianama’s cinematic retrospective of...
A family pic of Uttam with his wife and son
Making of Uttam Kumar: The Star, The ‘True’ Bhadralok
3rd September 2015 is the birth anniversary...
Bhanu Bandyopadhyay - The "Common Man's" Comedian
Bhanu Bandyopadhyay – The “Common Man’s” Comedian
Bhanu Bandopadhyay created a genre in humour...
Gulzar: Creating a New Genre of Lyrical Romance
Gulzar: Creating a New Genre of Lyrical Romance
Gulzar - poet, lyricist, dialogue-writer and...
Madeleine Carroll in The 39 Steps
Alfred Hitchcock’s Early Career
Alfred Hitchcock made his directorial...
Meena Kumari (Pic courtesy: Wikipedia)
No One Quite Like Her –  The Inimitable Meena Kumari
"Good looks, great talent and unhappiness....
The juxtaposition of identities in Persona.
The Cinema of Bergman and Antonioni
Michelangelo Antonioni...
Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen steal the hearts of the audience with their simple yet charming eloquence in Saare Chuattor
Mahanayak Uttam Kumar – the Most Enduring Matinee Idol
Uttam Kumar remains the biggest hero...
'Fans Kya Hain, Mujh Sey Puchhon' – Looking Back at Rajesh Khanna
‘Fans Kya Hain, Mujh Sey Puchhon’ – Looking Back at Rajesh Khanna
Rajesh Khanna, the first ‘superstar’ of Hindi...
To Biswas’s credit to generations of film-goers Chhabi Biswas as Rahmat remained an epitome of the Kabuliwalas in the streets of Calcutta.
Chhabi Biswas – Inimitable and Indomitable
Chhabi Biswas was truly the first international...
No star in the span of more than six decades has been able to match Prithviraj’s charm, grace and screen presence that he gave to Sohrab Modi’s epic Sikandar. (A rare hand-painted poster of Sikandar)
Prithviraj Kapoor – The Icon of Hindi Cinema
The life and times of Prithviraj Kapoor,...
Where Morality Counts
Where Morality Counts
"I have always believed...
Nayak and A Hard Day's Night
Nayak and A Hard Day’s Night
Escape is a theme in both films,...
Agantuk is a meditation on the present world and Manikda’s view on civilization.
My Journey to India – in the Cave of My Heart
As the years passed, I began to...
In Search of Magic in Reality
In Search of Magic in Reality
This essay briefly...
Remembering Rituparno Ghosh
Remembering Rituparno Ghosh
To Rituparno Ghosh’s credit he brought a...
A Walk Down Memory Lane With Basu Chatterji
A Walk Down Memory Lane With Basu Chatterji
The posters, booklet covers, lobby cards, LP...
Unknown Stories Behind Rare Film Posters
Unknown Stories Behind Rare Film Posters
Film historian and archivist SMM...
Jeevan Ka Matlab To Aana Aur Jaana Hai: Tribute To Actress Nanda
Jeevan Ka Matlab To Aana Aur Jaana Hai: Tribute To Actress Nanda
In a career spanning over 71 films, Nanda worked...
An Indian Film Theory?
An Indian Film Theory?
We need to look back and deep into the cinema...
Madhubala(Pic: Google Image Search)
Valentine’s Day’s Gift To Cinema: Effervescent Madhubala
On Valentine's Day, we present some of the most romantic...
Alam Ara
Alam Ara – The First Ever Indian Talkie
The impact and epoch-making role of Alam Ara, the...
Saluting Indomitable Human Spirit: Tribute to Tapan Sinha
Saluting Indomitable Human Spirit: Tribute to Tapan Sinha
Tapan Sinha chose stories that reflected society...
An Attempt At Understanding Woody Allen
An Attempt At Understanding Woody Allen
Allen however imbibes some...
Chinese Cinema: Then and After
Chinese Cinema: Then and After
The phenomenal burgeoning of Chinese Cinema...
Theo Angelopoulos And Greece
Theo Angelopoulos And Greece
Theo Angelopoulos ushers in his films...
Films in Transition, Generations in Flux: China on the Move
Films in Transition, Generations in Flux: China on the Move
Chinese films have a long history. The...
The most successful adaptation of a Tagore story outside Bengal was of course, Hemen Gupta’s Kabuliwala, produced by Bimal Roy, starring the veteran actor Balraj Sahni.
From Kolkata to Dublin via Kabul: Tagore’s Internationalism And Cinema
At a symposium organised to mark the 150th birth year of Rabindranath Tagore in Dublin last month, the organising team – a small group of five academics with an interest...
Sare Chuattar
Cast: Uttam Kumar, Suchitra Sen
Director: Nirmal Dey
Co-Existence Of Parallel Cinema With Popular Cinema In Bengal In The 50s And 60s
Ever since the emergence of regional cinema in India, Bengal and it’s films and film makers have played a dominant role in the shaping of cinematic history of the country....
My Neighbor Totoro
Hayao Miyazaki: A Master of the East
Miyazaki alone drew 80,000...
The City of Joy (1982) showcasing dispossessed people of Calcutta
The Importance of City in Cinema
Juxtaposing a person with an environment...
Bharati Devi in Tapan Sinha's Nirjan Saikate(1963)
Bharati Devi — Documenting Memories
Bharati Devi had been, and...

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