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Saraswati Puja in Holland

KALLOL’s founding President, the late Pallab Bagchi, performing the Saraswati Puja in January 2009. Bengalis are notorious for their associations. Whichever part of the world you may live, you are sure to find [...]

Gulzaar’s Ijaazat deconstructed

Storyline: A photographer (Mahender/ Naseeruddin) and a school-teacher (Sudha/ Rekha) get engaged, but not by their own choice. It is brought about by his uncle (Shammi Kapoor) who is also her mentor. It HAS TO [...]

Ghatak’s Meghe Dhaka Tara: Immortalizing the refugee woman on celluloid

Ritwik Ghatak & Partition India’s moment of liberation from the British was also a moment of rupture: with independence came partition on 15 August 1947, in what was one of the greatest ironies of 20th [...]

Jatugriha: A Forgotten ‘Modern’ Classic

Jatugriha literally translates as ‘the burnt home’, and indeed, what is remarkable about the film is the way in which it delineates marital discord. It was a unique Bengali film of its times, and remains [...]

Chitrangada: The Crowning Achievement of Rituporno Ghosh

 Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish (2012) is an adaptation of an adaptation; a classic example of how classics live and thrive in our midst, creatingnew meanings in every age.The original story is from the epic Mahabharata, [...]

Ray’s documentary on Tagore

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPqQ7-XuLeA This documentary was Ray's tribute to Tagore on his birth centenary in 1961.

Ray’s Films in Posters

Pather Panchali (Song of the Road, 1955)Aparajito (The Unvanquished, 1956)Parash Pathar (The Philosopher’s Stone, 1958)Jalsaghar (The Music Room, 1958)Apur Sansar (The World of Apu, 1959)Devi (The Goddess, 1960)Teen Kanya (Three Daughters, 1961)Kanchanjangha (1962)Mahanagar (The Great [...]

Shyam Benegal’s documentary on Satyajit Ray (1984)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzpN2Ki5C_E This is clip 3.

Murder and Morality in Maqbool

RGV, Bharadwaj & the ‘underworld’ film: It is a stormy, windy Mumbai night. A pander draws a chawk, an astrological chart, on a car’s windowpane – the future forebodes ill. Soon after, someone is murdered [...]

From Guide to 2 States: Bollywood’s sporadic romance with Indian-English Fiction

2 States (Just Released)Love marriages around the world are simple:                                                                                                         Boy loves girl. Girl loves boy. They get married.        In India, there are a few more steps:  Boy loves girl. Girl loves boy.                                                                                    Girl’s family has to love boy. [...]