Bengali Cinema

  • Being an MP will not diminish my star appeal: Bengali actor Dev 23-05-2014 04:36 PM

    Kolkata: Bengali movie star and now MP Dev does not feel that his new status would detract his star appeal from fans who may be supporters of rival political parties. "I do not think me being elected on a Trinamool Congress ticket will in any way diminish my popularity with...
  • Legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray's plan to make a film on Pandit Ravi Shankar remained unfulfilled 27-04-2014 06:53 PM

    New Delhi: They were great friends and went on to work on four projects but Satyajit Ray's plan to make a short film on his musician friend Ravi Shankar remained a wish unfulfilled. Shankar gave music to four of Ray's classics, beginning with his greatest and the first 'Pather Panchali',...
  • 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. ...
  • Flashback with Bengali actor-director Aparna Sen 07-07-2012 03:46 PM

    Noted filmmaker Aparna Sen talks about her most memorable movies. ...
  • Don't quit Mithunda, we need you more than ever 16-06-2012 11:59 AM

    There is a famous interview of actor Mithun Chakraborty by veteran journalist Ali Peter John that I never tire of reading over and over again with undiluted fascination. I often wish it was me who had conducted that interview. The tremendously talented actor, who turns 62 on June 16, is...
  • New wave Bengali cinema a compromise: Adoor 08-06-2012 11:43 PM

    Kolkata: The new wave Bengali cinema has met success at the box office and also won critical acclaim at the same time, but eminent Malayali filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan dismisses the phenomenon as a 'compromise'. "I cannot appreciate the trend. It is a compromise on the part of the filmmakers. They...
  • Bengali star Prosenjit returns to Bollywood with 'Shanghai' 25-04-2012 05:04 PM

    The 90s' actor who had refused to play the second lead in Bollywood movies said he had reasons to sign on the dotted line for 'Shanghai'. ...
  • Even today Ray remains alive in me: Soumitra 23-04-2012 07:11 PM

    Kolkata: Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee, who starred in 14 celluloid classics of Satyajit Ray, says working with the master filmmaker was an exciting learning process. And he continues to inspire, even 20 years after his death. Saluting Ray's poetic, lyrical and artistic qualities, Chatterjee told IANS in an interview: "He...
  • Director Srijit Mukherjee to act in Anjan's film 03-04-2012 02:36 PM

    Kolkata: After two back-to-back successful films, 'Autograph' and 'Baishe Srabon', filmmaker Srijit Mukherjee is all set to face the camera in this year's national award winner Anjan Dutta's film 'Dutta vs Dutta'. Srijit, 34, who had earlier turned up in Aparna Sen's 'Iti Mrinalini' in a significant role, said he...
  • Arnab Ray's column: The essential Soumitra 23-03-2012 12:03 PM

    Apur Sansar: For Apur Sansar, the final film in the Apu Trilogy, the great director plucked a young radio announcer and small-time theater actor from anonymity to play the titular role. Soumitra Chatterjee. Nurtured by Ray's genius, Soumitra brought to the world of light and shadows the unforgettable character of...