Many say Ritwik Ghatak, often hailed as one of Bengali cinema’s three maestros along with Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen, found the appreciation he deserved only after his death. His genius was not restricted to his films and scripts alone, but went on to influence a generation of film-makers whom he…
A disciple of the radical film-maker Ritwik Ghatak, Mani Kaul is said to have pushed the envelope with his innovative film-making techniques, establishing his own brand of ‘new wave’ Indian cinema in the 1960s and 1970s. We look at what makes Kaul the first rebel of Indian parallel cinema. (Photo…
Suchetana Banerjee: Today we have writer, translator, theatre critic, film critic Samik Bandopadhyay with us to discuss Utpal Dutt and his theatre. Thank you, Samik da. To start with, Utpal Dutt is a phenomenon in Bangla theatre. We can’t term him just as an actor or as a dramaturg or as a…
Kamal Swaroop speaks to Sahapedia about his formative years at the Film and Television Institute, Pune, his varied literary and cinematic influences, his experience of working on Gandhi (1982) and for Channel [V] during its nascent years in India.
Subuhi Jiwani: What are your thoughts on film criticism as a practice?
Ashish Rajadhyaksha: Speaking autobiographically, one reason I didn’t get into the profession of reviewing (in the narrow sense) is that I have never been interested in the idea of evaluative criticism, where you try to do an…
Dr Sumangala Damodaran talks about various genres of protest music of the IPTA lineage and discusses about the relationship between the cultural movement and the political movement. She suggests a distinction needs to be made between culture in politics and culture as politics.
Satyajit Ray (1921–92) is no longer the only Indian filmmaker the world has heard of, but he remains the best-known. Ray’s international reputation, however, does not adequately reflect the complexities and ideological nuances of his films. Initially hailed as an Indian incarnation of Robert…