Tag Archives: Satyajit Ray

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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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

Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya trailer

Given its European premiere at last week’s London Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya (The World of Goopi and Bagha) is an adaptation of Satyajit Ray’s similarly named 1968 Bengali film.

This time around the hapless singers are animated and their tale told in Hindi and, according to director Shilpa Ranade, the state-funded film is riding a wave of interest in animation in India.

Satyajit Ray begins Channel 4’s Indian Cinema centenary

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Still from Satyajit Ray’s final film Agantuk, showing as part of Channel 4’s Centenary of Indian Cinema season

The centenary of Indian cimena is upon us, marking 100 years since Phalke’s Raja Harishchandra.

Curiously, though it’s by no means an unwelcome decision, the occasion will be first marked on Channel 4 not with screenings of Hindi films but with a short season of films from Bengali director Satyajit Ray.  Continue reading

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

Bengali links – Beyond Bollywood, Satyajit Ray institute, re-reading Tagore and re-naming West Bengal

This selection of Bangla links from my Twitter feed covers Bengali film, literature and politics.

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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