Eminent Indian Bengali filmmaker Mrinal Sen’s 96th birthday was celebrated through discussion and screening of his two films at International Digital Cultural Archive of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday.
Film activists talked about Mrinal’s contribution to Bangla film at the programme organised by Moviyana Film Society to pay homage to the filmmaker who was born in Faridpur on 14 May 1923 and subsequently migrated to India. He made his first feature Raat Bhore in 1955 and gradually became one of the greatest voices of Indian ‘parallel cinema’.
Sen’s famous films Calcutta 71 and Ekdin Pratidin were also screened at event.
Calcutta 71, released in 1972, is the second film of Sen’s Calcutta trilogy, the others being Interview (1971) and Ekdin Padatik (1973). It features a loosely connected collection of stories depicting Calcutta in the early 1970s.
Ekdin Pratidin, released in 1979, features the hardships of a middle-class family in the heart of Kolkata.
Following the screening of the films, film activist Zayeed Aziz, film critic and Dhaka University professor Naadir Junaid and Moviyana Film Society president Belayet Hossain Mamun spoke on Mrinal Sen’s contributions to Bangla film and his film style.
‘Mrinal Sen, who has 27 features and a number of short films to his credit, has established himself as one of the most distinguished makers of Bangla films. He pioneered the genre of political cinema in Bangla films’, said Naadir Junaid.
Zayeed Aziz, in his speech, talked about Sen’s unique storytelling techniques.
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