Bengali Cinema

  • Being an MP will not diminish my star appeal: Bengali actor Dev May 23, 2014

    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 fans...
  • Legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray's plan to make a film on Pandit Ravi Shankar remained unfulfilled April 27, 2014

    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', 'Aparajito',...
  • We owe him everything: Sharmila, Soumitra on Satyajit Ray January 29, 2014

    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, Chatterjee...
  • Soumitra Chatterjee turns 80, wishes pour in from the Bengali film industry January 20, 2014

    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 stage,...
  • Suchitra Sen (1931 - 2014): Forever young January 17, 2014

    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 January 17, 2014

    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 recalled...
  • Uttam Kumar and 'Mrs Sen': The magical and hypnotic Uttam-Suchitra years January 17, 2014

    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 January 16, 2014

    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 Belle...
  • Prosenjit: If Bangladesh opens its market, Bengali cinema can prosper January 16, 2014

    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 Bengali...
  • My grandma is better but keep praying: Raima Sen January 4, 2014

    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 at Belle...
  • Suchitra Sen stable, under continuous monitoring January 2, 2014

    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 her...
  • 2013: What happened in Bengali cinema this year December 31, 2013

    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? November 27, 2013

    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' September 30, 2013

    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...
  • Tribute: That's no way to leave us, Rituda May 31, 2013

    "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...
  • Rituparno Ghosh: Tweets that give an insight into his creative world May 30, 2013

    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 April 29, 2013

    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...
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Homosexuality in films February 27, 2013

    New Delhi: When sexual revolution swept through the West in the 1960s after the advent of the birth control pill, some of the effects of the change found slanted reflections in popular culture. But for the ripples to hit the Indian shores, where cinema was still bound by Victorian...
  • FTN: Is culture intolerance increasing in Bengal? February 26, 2013

    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. ...
  • No approval to Bengali film portraying Mamata's swearing-in February 25, 2013

    Kolkata: 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. The film contains references to the Singur issue and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's swearing-in. According to a...
  • Uttam Kumar remains a reference point for Bengali actors even after three decades of his death: Swapan Mullick February 22, 2013

    Oddly, nothing in the form of a biography has been written before about Bengal's most memorable actor, Uttam Kumar, in English. Veteran film critic Swapan Mullick's 'Mahanayak Revisited' goes behind the professional life and public face of Bengal's most idolized actor to reveal little-known details of the stars unconscious power...
  • Shunya Awnko: Watch Konkana Sen Sharma in the trailer January 8, 2013

    New Delhi: Konkana Sen Sharma has returned to Bengali cinema with 'Shunya Awnko'. Directed by Goutam Ghose, the film also stars Priyanshu Chatterjee and Soumitra Chatterjee. ...
  • Flashback with Bengali actor-director Aparna Sen July 7, 2012

    Noted filmmaker Aparna Sen talks about her most memorable movies. ...
  • Don't quit Mithunda, we need you more than ever June 16, 2012

    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 June 8, 2012

    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' April 25, 2012

    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 April 23, 2012

    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 is...
  • Director Srijit Mukherjee to act in Anjan's film April 3, 2012

    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 would...
  • Arnab Ray's column: The essential Soumitra March 23, 2012

    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...
  • Playlist: The best of actor Soumitra Chatterjee March 22, 2012

    New Delhi: He turned down a national award 11 years back but legendary Bangla actor Soumitra Chatterjee is proud to recieve this year's Dada Saheb Phalke award, the highest recognition in Indian cinema. The 77-year-old actor had turned down the special jury award for best actor in 2001 to protest...