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"Termites, humidity, and the heat turned the slides into an object of beauty."
There are several ways to approach ‘Bhuvan Shome’. At its most elementary level, it can be described as a film about a man's bird hunting adventure in Saurashtra. At another level, it can be seen as a powerful character study of a strict bureaucrat who finds it difficult to survive outside the comforts of his cocooned existence. The film can also be looked upon as a treatise on human solitude and longing for companionship. Yet another way to approach the film is as a social commentary on the great rural-urban divide…
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Premchand chose Hindi as his medium of work, but was also proficient in Urdu and Persian.
It is a tragedy that most Indians think of Satyajit Ray almost exclusively as the serious filmmaker who made complex award-winning cinema about poor villagers and conflicted women. They couldn't be more wrong.
From actors sharing a laugh to them unwinding following a hard day's shoot, photographer Nemai Ghosh had a flair for capturing screen icons in candid, vulnerable moments in the most heartwarming, fasc...
For years, Kolkata's Bishop Lefroy Road was known as the street on which legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray lived and worked. It was enough to distinguish the residents on the 150-metre stretch. On 29 F...
Jalsaghar is a sublime work of cinema that, having stood the test of time for over five decades, continues to inspire the budding filmmakers as well as enthrall the audiences worldwide. Widely considered as Satyajit Ray's most evocative film, Jalsaghar serves as a great means to get acquainted with Ray's oeuvre.
Looking from the outside, I believe artists for generations have been living in a no-man's land -- the work of Bangladesh's Sultan preserved in Pakistan, Indian-born Satyajit's dialogues in the mouths of Bangladeshi children... The chain of events, the promoting hands, and the artists finding space, metaphorically or physically, where art can flourish, all that to me takes place in no-man's land, without mental or physical borders.
Repeat viewings also create new associations. Now, for me the Apu Trilogy is also about springtime in New York.
Film festivals are not for those with weak constitutions. This is especially true of MAMI, which after a point turns into a carousel of waiting in lines, frenetic taxi/rickshaw rides to other venues,...
Nayak is a testament to Satyajit Ray's remarkable range as a filmmaker par excellence. As a brooding character study, Nayak is distinctively different from Ray's early ubiquitously renowned works like Pather Panchali (1955) and Mahanagar (1963), which are essentially dramas laden with social commentaries.