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Shoma A. Chatterji

Shoma A. Chatterji is a veteran film journalist, reviewer, and the author of numerous books on cinema

An artist, a thinker, a loner - remembering Ritwik Ghatak on his birthday

A tribute to the maverick on his 97th birth anniversary

Mind matters: How Bengali cinema treats mental health

Has mental health received its due?

Buddhadeb Dasgupta, the man who made only the films he wanted to

Until the end, Buddhadeb Dasgupta worked and lived on his own terms

Samabhav, the film festival that travels with a message of men against viol...

The Samabhav Travelling International Film Festival was held in Kolkata last month

The winners at KIFF this year, an eclectic mix of surprises

Who took home the trophies from KIFF 2022?

Uneasy ties: Student politics and cinema

How the silver screen has treated the thorny issue

‘Reunion films’ seem popular in Tollywood today. How do they fare?

All the films are characterised by people who once formed a group

The women directors who shaped Bengali cinema

Taking stock of a few talented filmmakers

Young filmmaker speaks up for the voiceless of red-light Kolkata

ORA: Daughters on Rent is Olivia Das’ debut as producer-director

A life dedicated to Lata Mangeshkar

Snehashish Chatterjee has published 12 volumes of Lata Geetkosh

Are young Bengali filmmakers no longer interested in theatrical releases?

One reason could be the dwindling number of theatres

Benoy-Badal-Dinesh pack powerful punch with 8/12

Director Arun Roy seems to have created another classic

Kalpanirjhar and its crusade for short films

The Kalpanirjhar International Film Festival began 19 years ago

Kidderpore girls punch their way to freedom and power

A documentary on the struggles of girls born into traditional Muslim families

Joshy Joseph, the Malayali with a Kolkata trilogy

A Kolkatan, both by choice and by profession

Asit Sen, the centurion nobody remembered

The director remains one of the pillars of Bengali cinema

New documentary pays tribute to the dhaak, the soul of Durga Puja

‘Dhak - The Drum of Bengal’ is to be screened later this year

A century of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s magic

This year marks the onset of the filmmaker’s centenary

After Pather Panchali, there is Talnabami

A little-known film captures the essence of Bibhutibhushan

Not just a theatre, but a way of life

Should the glory days be allowed to end?

Will single-screen halls become a slice of nostalgia?

Gone are the chips sellers and tea sellers, coffee, ice-cream and popcorn

Seven Bengali films make it to Melbourne 2021

Each film chosen presents a completely different genre

‘I hope never to make a film like this again’

Tathagata Ghosh on his short film Dhulo

Global recognition for Hrid Majharey, and our take on Shakespeare

Hrid Majharey was screened at the World Shakespeare Congress

I was deeply impressed with Karan Johar: Tota Roychoudhury

An interview with Bengal’s fittest actor

Subrata Mitra, the pioneer behind Ray, finally gets his due

He remains one of India’s best cinematographers


Every creative artist, consciously or subconsciously, dreams of going beyond borders

Mithun at 71, the man behind the politics

Over nearly four decades, Mithun has broken every rule in the Bollywood book

Who is a prostitute, asks Pramita Bhowmik’s short film

Not many films deal with the sex worker vs housewife dynamic

Rammohan remembered: Sati and Antarjali Jatra

How an ancient social evil found expression in cinema

The Manik who never made it big on the big screen

This year marks the 113th birth anniversary of Manik Bandyopadhyay

Uttarpara archive celebrates 99 years of Mrinal Sen with unique tribute

The Mrinal Manjusha Museum will have a virtual launch this year

Notir Puja: Rabindranath Tagore’s Only Film Nears Century

Pujarini was recast in dramatic form as Notir Puja in 1926

Satyajit Ray, hunger, and Pather Panchali

It is in Pather Panchali that we see hunger at its starkest

Tangra Blues, the first ‘Bengali rap’ film

Rap arises from the heap of rubbish dumped in the slum called Tangra

Are Bengali OTT shows competitive at all?

What is the quality of OTT shows in general and Bengali shows in particular?

National Award for Gumnami reflects a distinct pattern

What is more important for a filmmaker, an award or box-office returns?

The Kolkata film festival nobody knows about

One of the very few festivals to successfully blend real and virtual

Mahishasura Mardini and the multi-layered world of Ranjan Ghosh

Young filmmaker Ranjan Ghosh is almost ready with his fourth feature film

From father to son, Bangla cinema is in safe hands of the Jalans

Gaurang’s father produced award-winning films by Tapan Sinha such as Safed Haathi, Aaj Ka Robin Hood, Harmonium and Anokha Moti