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Retrospective

Remembering Phani Majumdar-nabendu-ghosh

Nabendu Ghosh, the renowned screenplay and scriptwriter, was closely associated with Phani Majumdar, the legendary filmmaker who directed classics such as Street Singer, Doctor, Baadbaan, Oonche Log, Aarti, to name a few, had an illustrious career spanning films in several languages including Hindi, Bengali, Maithili and Malay.

In the second part of our 2-part Special Tribute to Phani Majumdar, Silhouette presents exclusive excerpts from Eka Naukar Jatri/ Journey of a Lonesome Boat, the autobiography of Nabendu Ghosh where he fondly remembers his Phani Da. Translated from Bengali by Ratnottama Sengupta.

Remembering Phani Da
Remembering Phani Da
Nabendu Ghosh, the...
Phani Majumdar: A Journey Through Life…
Phani Majumdar: A Journey Through Life…
Phani Majumdar, the legendary...
Madhubala: Ageless Beauty, Timeless Icon
Madhubala: Ageless Beauty, Timeless Icon
In a short-lived career,...
Blue as the Sky… Sunil
Blue as the Sky… Sunil
Nabendu Ghosh, the legendary screenplay...
Meeting Ray: The Nawab of Sight and Sound
Meeting Ray: The Nawab of Sight and Sound
"Today, when everyone is remembering the...
My Journey with Feluda
My Journey with Feluda
From Sonar Kella (1974) to...
Hirak Rajar Deshe: The Diamond King Had a Great Fall
Hirak Rajar Deshe: The Diamond King Had a Great Fall
Fifteen year old Anshula loves the...
A Daughter's Tribute
A Daughter’s Tribute
A Films Division...
Of Film Festivals and Jury Duty
Of Film Festivals and Jury Duty
High school student Aineesh...
Mera Naam Joker – 50 Years Ago
Mera Naam Joker – 50 Years Ago
On the 50th Anniversary of the...
Dev Anand's Musical Journey
Dev Anand’s Musical Journey
Tracking the music directors who...
Woman at the Window
Woman at the Window
The Material Universe of Rabindranath...
Dharmendra, Jagdeep and Amitabh Bachchan in Sholay
Soorma Bhopali Lives On…
With his quirky dialogues,...
The Prince
The Prince
Super actor he was not. Neither was...
Ray’s Scientiphilia
Ray’s Scientiphilia
Satyajit Ray never made a film on any scientific...
Mahapurush – A Film I Loved to Watch
Mahapurush – A Film I Loved to Watch
11-year old Akash Nag, has...
Should Phalke, 150, Be Forgotten?
Should Phalke, 150, Be Forgotten?
On May 3, 1913, Dadasaheb Phalke's...
Irrfan Khan in The Lunchbox (Pic: IMDb)
Irrfan Khan – A Personal Tribute
Irrfan Khan was the unique incandescence...
Johnny Walker: Comedy’s Humane Face
Johnny Walker: Comedy’s Humane Face
Johnny Walker’s greatness...
A Century of Shyam
A Century of Shyam
February 20, 2020 is renowned vintage actor...
A Memory for the Present
A Memory for the Present
Standfirst: Most directors...
Shammi Kapoor: The Charisma of the Original Dancing Hero
Shammi Kapoor: The Charisma of the Original Dancing Hero
Revelling in the song, its emotion, the fine...
Uttam Kumar: Leaving a Mark in his Few Hindi Films
Uttam Kumar: Leaving a Mark in his Few Hindi Films
Bengal's matinee idol and most popular...
Romancing the Reel: Vijay Bhatt
Romancing the Reel: Vijay Bhatt
Legendary director-producer...
Lasting Music Pieces in Films
Lasting Music Pieces in Films
Some of the finest music in films...
The Evergreen Songs of Jeetendra
The Evergreen Songs of Jeetendra
Think of Jeetendra and the tight...
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...
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
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Osianama’s cinematic retrospective of...
A family pic of Uttam with his wife and son
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3rd September 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,...

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