Journal of Indian Cinema

Vol. 1. Iss. 26 | February 2021

Film Critics Circle of India

Ritwik Ghatak — tour de force

Joy Bimal Roy | Feb 06

We have had countless guests in Godiwala Bungalow but the memory of one stands out above the rest. Sometime in the early ’70s a Bengali gentleman landed up unannounced at home. He looked like he had seen better days. His entire demeanour was one of defeat, someone at the end of his tether. His clothes looked as though they hadn’t been washed in a long time and he also appeared to be a bit tipsy… And then he invited us to see a special show of his film Ajantrik in the Films Division auditorium. I was so overwhelmed by the film that I wept at the end and even at a young age sensed that Ritwik Ghatak was a tour de force and a master of cinema. I was not surprised to hear many years later that he was more popular than Satyajit Ray in France.


Impact of digital platform on Kolkata film market

Arnab K Middya | Feb 15

It would be very difficult to bring back the aura that the episodes of Ramayana and Mahabharat once had. The days when people wouldn’t dare miss an episode and/or its repeat screening as there was no other option of watching them ever again is long gone.


Film festivals — a platform for gender parity

S Viswanath | Feb 28

Film festivals have become a great equaliser… That finally, now, there is a conscious attempt in the West to give women their due is a welcome augury. This is a definitive development. And it is hoped that as women representation gains in strength and their voices are heard, seen, appreciated and accoladed, it would ensure that women filmmakers would eventually turn into a great force to be reckoned with.


Documentary films: local narratives /global issues

Parthajit Baruah | Feb 28

A recent shift in cultural, technological, stylistic, and social aspect has been discerned in documentary filmmaking.


Society, cinema, & the critic

Anirban Lahiri | Feb 01

The critic tries to look at the ideology — its origin, cycles, products, reformation…

… What does the audience want? Is the audience a homogeneous one? What do different audiences want? Why do they want that? Who refurbishes demands in their mind? What is the role of the critic today?

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