Tag Archives: Bengali films

Where to find Mrinal Sen films online

Antareen, a Bengali film by Mrinal Sen staring Dimple Kapadia and Anjan Dutta

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. Continue reading

What are the best Bengali films to watch?

Satyajit Ray's Pather PanchaliWhen it comes to Indian films I am usually drawn to the easier-to-watch fare produced by the Mumbai-based industry.

A case in point would be the Bollywood film Race 2, which I am currently watching, and then there’s all those Salman Khan films I’ve seen since we got satellite television and the Star Gold channel.  Continue reading

Too much content, too little time

I’m listening to the new Dinosaur Jr album – up there with their best if you like that sort of thing – and wondering how I’ll ever keep up with all the, for want of a better word, ‘content’.

I bought my first Dinosaur Jr album (Green Mind – ok, but not the best one to start with) in a mall in Florida in 1992. Continue reading

Aparajito (অপরাজিত) tonight

Satyajit Ray's Aparajito (The Unvanquished)

Bengali films on TV are even rarer than posts on this blog in recent months.

So it’s nice to see Film 4 giving Satyaji Ray’s 1956 film Aparajito (অপরাজিত) an outing tonight/tomorrow morning.

Aparajito is the second part of Ray’s famous Apu Trilogy (following Pather Panchali and preceding Apur Sansar). Continue reading

Channel 4 Bollywood: Queer India – Chitrangada

The next Indian film in Channel 4’s latest mini-season (Queer India) will be Chitrangada, a Bengali film that  explores the country’s attitudes about homosexuality via a quartet of movies with central gay themes.

Director by the multi-award-winning, and opening gay, Rituparno Ghosh, Chitrangada is a multi-layered story about choreographer Rudra (Ghosh), who is staging a production of Rabindranath Tagore’s dance drama based on a tale from the Mahabharata.

While the production is in progress, Rudra falls in love with drug addict Partho (Jisshu Sengupta), who seemingly has no real feelings for the choreographer. Rudra then decides it’s not only his mind that needs to be shaped according to his innermost desires, but his body too. Much to the chagrin of his father, he decides to have a gender reassignment operation. Continue reading

Bengali links – Bangla poetry website, latest Bengali newspaper and more

This selection of Bangla links from my Twitter feed covers includes a new website for Bengali poetry and a new-to-me US-based Bangladeshi newspaper.

All the links in the tweet images work, allowing you to click through to view the links, follow me on Twitter or even re-tweet any of the links.

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