Utpal Datta | Jan 26
The principle attraction of an interview lives in the questions thrown by the interviewer. Questions are framed to dig out unknown facts from the inner core of the interviewee. Additionally, they mirror the study, preparation, insight, mental makeup and so much more of the interviewee too. And that mirrored picture determines the character, purpose, and philosophy of the interview…
…Readers enjoy reading any kind interview when they feel attached with the interviewer. Instead of lengthy, boring questions or a scholarly self-presentation of the interviewer, the author throws questions that are crisp and lead the interviewee to unravel their past. This pattern may be compared to the presentation of a Raga in Indian Classical music where the beauty of a Raga is being unfolded in a systematic pattern of movement…
… At one point, the author enters the dreaded realm that haunted the protagonist of Fellini’s 8½. Have you as a film director ever faced a barren state of mind, he asks. Film shooting, especially in the traditional manner, is a very expensive creative process where every single moment involves costs. Therefore, the question of whether a director can have that luxury of facing the situation of a director’s block is highly relevant. It also gives indication of how seriously the author attempts to explore the conflict zone in the creative process of a director.
Joy Bimal Roy | Jan 08
The present Bimal Roy Path was actually part of Mount Mary Road originally, but physically it was a cul de sac with just a few buildings on it leading to a dead end. But the wonderful thing was that the sign would be just opposite our bungalow. The site was the perfect choice. And the perfect date for the inauguration was Baba’s death anniversary on 8th January 2017…
… The sign is actually part of a public garden in which we had laid out tables and chairs and an authentic Bengali high tea. Only when people left and the sign lights came on that the significance of the moment sank in. Bimal Roy Path was a reality at last. Isn’t it wonderful that both Ma and Baba have become a tangible part of Bandra’s history?
Saurabh Turakhia | Jan 26
While probing the reason for cynicism of audiences would be a subject of psychology and sociology, filmmakers’ deliberate choice to flesh out the grey character in greater detail and lend them more screen-time; powerful, distinct dialogues; and multiple layers begs the important question — is this a case of absence of conviction, a sign of the time we inhabit, or compromised filmmaking?
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GP Ramachandran addresses the audience at the Decalogue Women Film Festival | Mannarkkad
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Utpal Borpujari, chairman of the jury, presents an award to Sagnik Chatterjee | Mumbai International Film Festival
Amitava Akash Nag at an adda before a session at the 3rd Malda Little Magazine Mela | Kolkata
Piyush Roy conducts film appreciation class | Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Dhenkanal
Premendra Mazumder at a panel discussion at the Kalinga Global Film festival | Odisha
GP Ramachandran speaks at the national seminar on Indian cinema. Photo courtesy: Sridevi | Kerala
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Piyush Roy at screening of his docu, ‘Pleasures Prejudice Pride: An Indian Way of Filmmaking’ | Mumbai
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