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
The first of Channel 4’s two Indian film seasons begins tonight/in the early hours of tomorrow with Qissa (2013), an award-winning social drama/fantasy is set at the time of India’s partition in 1947.
It’s the first of six films to be screened over the coming weeks that draw on “moving stories from across the country”, according to the UK television station.
Director Anup Singh’s tale – told in Punjabi with English subtitles – tells the story of Umber Singh (Irrfan Khan), a Sikh forced, with his wife and three daughters, to flee his village in the new state of Pakistan. Continue reading
There’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. Continue reading