Ray was a Renaissance Man, obsessed with every aspect of filmmaking.
If the jungles of Dandakaranya are seen as a character in the movie, it is fair to aver that democracy in the jungle has to follow the rules of ecology, local knowledge and custom.
Both as a director and actor, Guru Dutt was at his best in Pyaasa and Kaagaz Ke Phool – two films that not only have an element of timelessness but have also given a new meaning to the landscape of Indian cinema.
The Padma Shri awardee may have been “of American origin” but his ability to recite shairi in impeccable Urdu coupled with his memorable roles in several Hindustani and Urdu plays reflect that Alter was, in fact, a native.
Through his portrayals, Ghosh sought to undermine the ever growing popular culture based on high decibel, excitable emotions and the assertion of aggressive masculinity.
Forty years after it was made, its producer recalls the travails of making Ray’s first Hindi film.
On Uttam Kumar’s death anniversary on July 24, remembering the Bengali hero for the ages – the natural actor who won over generations with his charm and persistence.
A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
“The most severe kind of colonisation is the substitution of forest-time by this imported industrial idea of time.”
Shilpa Ranade’s animations are mirrors reflecting people’s lives in society, which are results of thorough on-the-ground research.
What do we know of B.C. Roy, the doctor honoured every year on July 1, National Doctors’ Day?
A 1958 Pakistani film, considered by critics as the best-ever made in the country and boasting a curious collaboration with India, is haunted by its spectacularly jinxed past more than half a century later.
Those who claim that India is the product of just one religion and culture would do well to read Sunil Khilnani’s eclectic selection of fifty lives who show that India has always absorbed myriad influences, says Sidharth Bhatia.
Nair was passionate about cinema and braved phenomenal odds to retrieve bits of old films to preserve them for prosperity
Saeed Jaffrey, who died on Sunday at the age of 86, was an actor with tremendous screen presence. Often his own personality dominated the roles he played. His inimitable delivery – in impeccable Hindustani or the Queen’s English – was present in every role he did, whether as […]
If today, the cinema of Ray is part of our consciousness, then it is because it has the ability to illuminate the “dark rooms of our souls” and offers us an outlook – to live and let live.
Bijoya Ray was more than just a partner at home to the great film director. She also provided great support to his work.