His films are sensitive and realistic portrayals of ordinary people. For director Mrinal Sen, films are a medium through which he has commented, criticized and empathized with people and their daily dilenumas.
A pioneer of the parallel cinema in India, Mrinal Sen offered a refreshing change from the escapist fairy tales of mainstream films. His films are always a very personal and passionate response to the world around him. Created with a clear eyed honesty, these sensitive portraits of people remain with the viewer long after the films are over.
In this book discover the mind and imagination behind classics such as Bhuvan Shome, Ek Din Pvatidin and Akaaler Sandhane. Often narrated in the thoughtful words of the director himself.
About the Author:
Shoma A. Chatterji, a writer on gender studies, cinema, television and human rights for the past two decades, is the recipient of numerous honours related to her areas of interest including Best Film Critic Award at the National Film Awards in 1991. Between 1988 and 2000, she has been a regular invitee as Press Delegate at International film festivals in Asia and Europe. She has served on the jury at Mannherim-Heidelburg International Film Festival as well as in St. Petersburg. A prolific writer, he published works include The Indian Woman's Search for Identity, yes and Other Stories, Parama and Other Outsiders - the Cinema of Aparna Sen, Baker's Dozen and a biography of Suchitra Sen for his same series.
The Charitavali Series:
Charitavali is a series of biographies dedicated to the legendary figures of India. The series present the lives of great kings, freedom fighters, political thinkers social reformers, pioneers of industry, eminent scientists, philosophers, artists, musicians, dancers and film stars, writers and sport people.
These biographies have been written for the reader who is curious about the life, achievements and character of these legends. Full of fascinating stories and facts, written in an easy, story telling style, these biographies will make these great Indians and their times come alive for the reader.
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