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India on Film – BFI programme concludes with a Satyajit Ray season

Apu Sansar World Soutmitra Chatterjee Sharmila Tagore

The BFI’s India on Film season will conclude this month with a back-to-back showing of Satyajit Ray’s renowned Apu Trilogy on Sunday 10 December.

And if the thought of seven hours or so of Bengali cinema might be a bit much for one sitting, the London Institute is also showing the films – Pather Panchali, Aparajito and (pictured above) Apu Sansar – in single showings in the following weeks. Continue reading

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Film Review: Mother India

Mother IndiaI’ve had this review in my blog’s draft posts folder for more than two years, but there’s no time like the present for talking about a 55-year old film.

Mother India is the quintessential Indian film of its time, combining themes of sacrifice, family, corruption, progress and honour (no name but a few).

It was also India’s first submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1958 and was chosen as one of the five nominations for the category, where it eventually lost to Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria. Continue reading

Bengali film classic Pather Panchali on YouTube

Full length Indian films have been available on YouTube for nearly two years now, but it was only recently that I noticed a classic Bengali movie among them.

Satyajit Ray is India’s most famous director and his 1955 film Pather Panchali (above with English subtitles) is easily the best known Bengali film. Continue reading

A Japanese treat for UK fans of Bengali cinema

Aparna Sen's The Japanese WifeChannel 4’s latest run of Indian films is one of its most varied, with Hindi, Tamil and Bengali cinema represented.

The Bengali picture is Aparna Sen’s acclaimed 2010 film The Japanese Wife.

Based on a short story by Kunal Basu, the romantic drama portrays the relationship between two long-distance pen friends, Bengali teacher Snehamoy Chatterjee (Rahul Bose) and Miyage (Chigusa Takaku), a young Japanese woman who looks after her ailing mother and lives in Yokohama. Continue reading

Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali returns to Film 4

Satyajit Ray's Pather PanchaliIf there’s one Bengali film you should see then Satyajit Ray’s 1955 directorial debut Pather Panchali (The Song of the Little Road) is it.

The film is the first in a trilogy of Aparajito (The Unvanquished) and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu).

It is a charming, bitter-sweet tale of a rural family struggling to making a living and is based on a novel by the Bengali writer Bibhuti Bhushan Bandopadyay. Continue reading

Film 4 to show Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali

Most of the time I write about film here it tends to be about Hindi pictures, only because the majority of the small, but regular, stream of Indian films shown on UK television come from Bollywood.

But on Thursday morning Film 4 are showing a Bengali film widely acknowledged as a cinematic classic – not just one of the best Bengali films, or even Indian films, but one of the best films, full stop.

Pather Panchali (The Song of the Little Road) was Satyajit Ray’s debut film, and the first in a trilogy that also included Aparajito (The Unvanquished) and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu). Continue reading