Bengali Cinema

  • We owe him everything: Sharmila, Soumitra on Satyajit Ray 29-01-2014 11:19 AM

    Kolkata: Fondly reminiscing their relationship with their 'mentor' and legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray, veteran actors Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore Tuesday expressed awe that every time they watch his films, there's always something new to learn. Privileged to have worked with the master in the early phases of their career,...
  • Soumitra Chatterjee turns 80, wishes pour in from the Bengali film industry 20-01-2014 10:17 AM

    Kolkata: Veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee turned 80 Sunday with fans and well-wishers celebrating the day amid a special line up of exhibitions and plays. Congratulations poured in through the day for the thespian, who starred in 14 celluloid classics of Satyajit Ray. Equally at ease in films and on...
  • Suchitra Sen (1931 - 2014): Forever young 17-01-2014 02:59 PM

    And the other half passes away. It was 2009, College Street in Kolkata. I was searching for old Bengali magazines from the 60s and the 70s, while researching for my book, 'Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen - Bengali Cinema's First Couple'. I asked a magazine vendor, "Dada Suchitra Sen er...
  • When Suchitra Sen tore off Soumitra Chatterjee's vest 17-01-2014 02:48 PM

    Kolkata: Whether refusing filmmaker Raj Kapoor's offer of a movie or her glamorous off-screen lifestyle - she once playfully tore off actor Soumitra Chatterjee's vest at a party - Bengali screen icon Suchitra Sen, who died Friday, made heads turn with her moves and stunned her contemporaries. Filmmaker Aparna Sen...
  • Uttam Kumar and 'Mrs Sen': The magical and hypnotic Uttam-Suchitra years 17-01-2014 10:28 AM

    Greta Garbo was born on September 1905 and died in 1990 at the age of 84. But for almost half a century before that, she was a recluse, choosing her life in seclusion as she famously remarked once - "I want to be let alone." She shot into fame in...
  • Bengali actress Suchitra Sen is stable but weak 16-01-2014 06:13 PM

    Kolkata: The condition of legendary Bengali actress Suchitra Sen, who is undergoing treatment at a nursing home here for serious respiratory problems, was stable Thursday, a medical bulletin said. "Her condition remains much the same as yesterday (Wednesday). Her vital parameters are stable," said the brief bulletin released by the...
  • Prosenjit: If Bangladesh opens its market, Bengali cinema can prosper 16-01-2014 10:59 AM

    New Delhi: Bengali cinema superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee, whose latest film 'Jaatishwar' will get a countrywide release Friday, says Bengali films can prosper if Bangladesh opens its market for them. The 51-year-old, who has featured in over 300 films, including 'Chokher Bali' and 'Dosar', considers Bangladesh a good market to sell...
  • My grandma is better but keep praying: Raima Sen 04-01-2014 05:01 PM

    Kolkata: Iconic Bengali actress Suchitra Sen, who was put on non-invasive ventilator support after her condition deteriorated Friday night, is better, says her granddaughter Raima Sen. "My grandma is better. Thank you for your prayers...Keep praying," Raima tweeted Saturday. The veteran actress, 82, is undergoing treatment for a chest infection...
  • Suchitra Sen stable, under continuous monitoring 02-01-2014 09:43 AM

    Kolkata: The condition of iconic Bengali actress Suchitra Sen, under treatment in the critical care unit (CCU) of a nursing home here, continues to be stable, a medical bulletin said Wednesday. Undergoing treatment for a chest infection, Sen was Sunday night rushed to the hospital after her condition deteriorated and...
  • 2013: What happened in Bengali cinema this year 31-12-2013 04:09 PM

    Kolkata: Left reeling under the void left by the sudden demise of maverick filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh, the Bengali film industry could come up only with a handful of films that could catch the cine-goers eye. Contrary to the middle-of-the-road films which pleased critics and the audience alike in the last...
  • Contemporary Bengali cinema: What's its impact and future? 26-11-2013 05:24 PM

    New Delhi: Contemporary Bengali cinema is in the throes of a crisis from which it is unlikely to emerge in the foreseeable future. The commercial films are a poor copy of their Hindi and Telugu counterparts, of course without their raw energy or production resources. The Hindi cinema has an...
  • Suchitra Sen, Gulzar addressed each other as 'Sir' 30-09-2013 01:12 PM

    New Delhi: Did you know that Suchitra Sen and Gulzar addressed each other as 'Sir'? In an interesting anecdote in her book 'Uttam Kumar And Suchitra Sen: Bengali Cinemas First Couple', author MaitreyeeB Chowdhury says that Suchitra used to be addressed as 'Sir' by Gulzar, not much out of respect...
  • RIP Rituparno Ghosh...

    For crying out loud |  Sreemoyee Piu Kundu
    'I DON'T WANT TO BECOME A WOMAN...' RIP Rituparno Ghosh - a man who stood inbetween the sexes... defiantly. My first novel 'Faraway ...

  • Tribute: That's no way to leave us, Rituda 30-05-2013 07:52 PM

    "Death is like the loo. You got to go, you got to go!" It could only be a madcap genius like Woody Allen, who could unleash this witticism and take the sting out of something as terrifyingly inevitable as death. When I got the news this morning from a friend,...
  • Rituparno Ghosh: Tweets that give an insight into his creative world 30-05-2013 12:40 PM

    New Delhi: Awards and acclaim came naturally to Rituparno Ghosh, a man who never compromised on his style and uniqueness. Rituparno Ghosh's cinema was a resultant of his observations which were very distinct and carried different sensibilities. Ghosh shot to fame by his direction of a children's film 'Hirer Angti'...
  • WB chit fund scam hits the state's film industry 29-04-2013 08:42 AM

    Kolkata: The West Bengal chit fund is getting bigger each day. It has now turns out that ponzi schemes in the state financed not just media houses but Tollywood films as well. In the past four years, at least one in three films has been produced by groups that run...
  • FTN: Is culture intolerance increasing in Bengal? 26-02-2013 11:59 PM

    A Bengali film has courted controversy after its director alleged political discrimination by the government. The Censor Board in Kolkata denied approval to 'Kangal Malsat', a film by Suman Mukhopadhyay. ...
  • Off beat films keep me grounded: Mithun 20-10-2011 06:26 PM

    Mumbai: Three-time national award winning actor Mithun Chakraborty says it is important for him to work in off-beat films because this keeps him grounded. "Such films (off-beat films) pull you down from stardom to the ground and makes you feel human, and that is what brings me to such films,"...
  • Model Sheena Chohan in Buddhadeb Dasgupta's next 13-10-2011 07:28 PM

    Kolkata: After starring in Malyalam blockbuster 'The Train' opposite superstar Mammootty, model-turned-actress Sheena Chohan is all set to act in filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta's next project based on Rabindranath Tagore's works. "I feel so humbled by the offer because of the combination of two factors its a work of Tagore and...
  • Uro Chithi: The unbearable heaviness of soul 24-08-2011 01:16 PM

    'Twelve persons, twelve sms-es and twelve months' reads the poster of new Bengali film Uro Chithi (director: Kamaleshwar Mukherjee). The film starts and ends with a year in between for protagonist Aniket, a corporate 'slogger'. No one actually counts if there are 12 sms-es in all but you can rely...
  • Noted film critic Chidananda Dasgupta dead 23-05-2011 02:36 PM

    Kolkata: Chidananda Dasgupta, noted film critic and father of renowned actor-director Aparna Sen, died here last night following brief illness. He was 89 and predeceased by his wife two years ago. He was suffering from acute broncho pneumonia and Parkinson's disease, doctors attending on him said. Aparna, who was away...
  • Suchitra Sen admitted to hospital, is on oxygen 28-02-2008 11:40 PM

    Cardiff: Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has attributed his success in the ongoing ODI series against England to the adjustments he has made to his bowling for English conditions. I have tossed more because the ball hangs (in the air) a bit more here. It's better to look for help in...
  • 2 screen goddesses, one Phalke Award 02-09-2006 04:30 PM

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  • Suchitra's loss may be Sulochana's gain 30-08-2006 12:39 PM

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  • Will Suchitra accept Phalke award? 17-08-2006 09:59 PM

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