I tend to over-estimate the number of Bengali films I’ve watched. I guess I’m just too easily seduced by Tollywood’s bigger, brasher sibling in Mumbai.
According to my IMDB Bengali film list, just two of those that I have seen have been directed by Mrinal Sen, with his 1993 movie Antareen (pictured above) being the more useful to students of Bengali, thanks to the telephone conversation format between the writer and a mysterious woman that’s at its core.
Based on a story by Saadat Hasan Manto, it stars Anjan Dutt and Dimple Kapadia (whose refusal to learn Bengali saw her voice dubbed by Anushua Chatterjee), it picked up the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali the 1993 National Film Awards.
It was not the only award for Sen (pictured left), who passed away on 30 December 2018 in Kolkata aged 95, and he was a key player in India’s so-called parallel cinema.
So, the recent thread by @CinemaRareIn on Twitter offers a timely way to see more of Mrinal Sen’s films online (assuming Bollywood doesn’t turn my head again).
Click on the tweet below to view the full thread and find out where to view films such as Bhuvan Shome (1969), Calcutta 71 (1971) and Padatik / The Guerilla Fighter (1973).
Mrinal Sen films on digital platforms.
— CinemaRare (@CinemaRareIN) April 6, 2019