Channel 4 to show Mrinal Sen’s Padatik

Padatik Mrinal Sen Calcutta TrilogyThere’s a pleasing anomaly among the closing films of Channel 4’s current Bollywood season.

After the New Voices season segued into a Dev Anand retrospective, this Saturday will see the UK television station give a rare outing to a Bengali film that’s not Pather Panchali.

Padatik (The Guerilla Fighter) is the concluding part of Mrinal Sen’s Calcutta trilogy, which documented the social climate of Bengal in the 1970s.

It was a time when the fires of Marxism blaze up in India’s great eastern city as the Naxalite movement gained momentum.

Padatik Mrinal Sen Dhritiman ChatterjeeThe 1973 film sees a Naxalite revolutionary played by Dhritiman Chatterjee (pictured right) on the run from the police and hiding out the luxury apartment of a young, beautiful advertising executive played by Simi Garewal.

Padatik, which is in Hindi and Bengali with English subtitles, won Sen and his co-writer Ashish Barmanis a National Award for Best screenplay.

There’s more on Patatik, including a number of photographs from its filming, at, a website set up and run by Sen’s son Kunal, and Kunal’s wife Nisha Ruparel-Sen.

3 responses to “Channel 4 to show Mrinal Sen’s Padatik

  1. Thanks v much for flagging this up – we had it on our list to watch but didn’t make it to 1.30 a.m. !

  2. It can also be found on YouTube (for the time being at least) here.
    But the sound on this version leaves a little to be desired.

  3. Pingback: Channel 4 Indian film season continues with parallel cinema movies | A Tangle Of Wires

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