Tag Archives: Padatik

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

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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. Continue reading