Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.

films I would suggest you


Nayak The Hero

Special Tribute: Uttam Kumar
1966/B&W/120 min/35 mm

Director: Satyajit Ray

The grandson of Upendra Kishore Raychoudhury, publisher, musician, author and creator of children’s fiction, and son of noted satirist and writer of limericks and nonsense rhymes, Sukumar Ray, Calcutta-born (1921) Satyajit Ray was a student at Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan (1940-42) under the painter Nandlal Bose. Along with his friends he started the Calcutta Film Society (1947) that introduced him t…

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Producers R.D. Bansal
Screenplay Satyajit Ray
Cinematographer Subrata Mitra
Editor Dulal Dutta
Music Satyajit Ray
Set Banshi Chandragupta
Cast Uttam Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Bireshwar Sen, Soumen Bose, Nirmal Ghosh, Premangshu Bose, Sumita Sanyal, Bharati Devi, Satya Bannerjee, Gopal Dey
Production Company R.D.B. & Co.
Festivals President’s Silver Medal for Best Bengali Film, Best Story and Screenplay, 1966: Special Award and Unicrit Award, Berlin 1966
During a 24-hour train journey between Calcutta and Delhi, the insecure movie megastar Arindam Mukherjee tells his story to Aditi, the sexy but austere (her intelligence is conventionally signaled by her glasses, her beauty equal by having her remove her glasses) editor of a women’s magazine. In the end, she destroys her notes because journalists should respect the privacy even of film stars. The bizarre protagonist, the dream sequences and the flashbacks constantly suggest an impending dramatic event.




Nandan I 13/11/2011 09:00AM


 A Day’s Bread Uski Roti


Director: Moni Kaul

Moni Kaul (1942 – 2011) is one among those rare few in Indian cinema who could echo Shelley: to me, the cup has been dealt in another measure. True, at the Film and Television institute, Pune, Ritwik Ghatak intervened as a catalyst in Moni’s life, and it was equally true that Robert Bresson’s “Pick Pocket” (1959) was a kind of epiphany in Moni Kaul’s formative years. Despite these r…

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Producers Rochak Pandit
Story Mohan Rakesh
Screenplay Mani Kaul
Cinematographer K K Mahajan
Editor Hemanta Bose
Cast Gurdeep Singh (Sucha Singh), Garima(Balo), Richa Vyas, Lakhanapal, Sabita Bajaj
Production Company Film Finance Corporation
Festivals Venice 1972
The burly bus driver Sucha Singh travels through the dusty Punjabi countryside. His wife Balo spends long hours waiting for him at the bus-stop with his midday meal. Meal collection is their daily contact. Sucha comes home once in a week, otherwise he spends his leisure with his mistress and friends in the town.

One day her younger sister is sexually molested, causing Balo to arrive late at the bus-stop. Sucha Singh is upset by her late arrival, rejecting the meal and drives away. Guilt-ridden Balo remains standing waiting for his final journey at the roadside until nightfall. She is roused from this lonely reverie by her husband who, touched by her devotion, accepts the food and leaves promising to visit her the following week.




Nandan III 12/11/2011 04:00PM

 The Innocent L’innocente


Director: Luchino Visconti

Luchino Visconti – Realism Re-invented Along with Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti is considered to be the other master of Italian cinema for three decades after the Second World War. As an extremely talented screenplay writer, theatre and film director Visconti with his early films in the forties was one of those who laid the foundations of Italian neorealist cinema. His creative pur…

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Producers Giovanni Bertolucci
Story Gabriele d’Annunzio
Screenplay Suso Cecchi d’Amico, Enrico Medioli, Luchino Visconti Luchino Visconti
Cinematographer Pasqualino De Santis
Editor Ruggero Mastroianni
Music Franco Mannino
Set Mario Garbuglia
Costume Piero Tosi
Cast Giancarlo Giannini (Tullio), Laura Antonelli (Giuliana), Jennifer O’Neill (Teresa Raffo), Rina Morelli (Mother), Massimo Girotti (Count), Didier Haudepin(Federico Hermil)
Production Company Rizzoli Film
The Innocent is set amongst the aristocracy of 19th century Italy. The plot is understated melodrama. A wealthy gentleman of leisure, Tullio indulges all his own extra-martial whims. He thinks nothing of squiring his mistress in full view of his friends and the public. But he is mortified when his wife, Giuliana   begins an affair with a young novelist, Teresa. It is too much for the philandering aristocrat. His whole philosophy crumbles as he desperately tries to preserve his self-respect. The film resolves itself into an almost painfully sincere meditation on masculine self-delusion.




Nandan I 14/11/2011 09:00AM














 Kismet (Luck)

Centenary Tribute

Director: Gyan Mukherjee

Gyan Mukherjee was born on 30 September 1909, inVaranasi, Uttar Pradesh. He was a popular director of the 1940s and 50s. He will always be remembered for giving Bollywood its first blockbuster film ‘Kismet’. Mukherjee entered the film industry as a writer. He worked with Sashadhar Mukherjee in two of his films, Bandhan (1940) and Naya Sansar (1941), both starring Ashok Kumar.   Sash…

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Producers Sasadhar Mukherjee
Story Mumtaz Shanti
Screenplay Shah Nawaz, Gyan Mukherjee
Cinematographer R.D.Pareenja
Editor Gyan Mukherjee
Music Anil Biswas
Set Chandraprabha
Cast Ashok Kumar (Shekhar), Mumtaz Shanti (Rani), Shah Nawaz (Inspector), Mubarak (Indrajitbabu), Moti, David Chandraprabha (Sister), Kanu Roy, P.F. Pithawala, Baby Kamala, V.H.Desai
Production Company Bombay Talkies
Shekhar, a charming and chivalrous crook, is let off from the jail for the third time. On his rounds one night, eluding the arm of the law, he slips into the house of Rani, a stage actress. Not long ago she was a rich and successful performer: today she is a cripple, her father has left the house and she is hounded by creditor Indrajit Babu. Affection and sympathy flower into love. Shekhar takes over Rani’s life. He pays off the interest on the loan to Indrajit Babu and gifts Rani a necklace as a token of his love. The happiness bubble bursts when Shekhar is arrested for the theft of the necklace. Rani is bitter; Shekhar a changed man, love has waved her magic wand!

He escapes from the police, burgles Indrajit Babu’s house for funds to finance Rani’s medical treatment and disappears without letting her know the identity of her benefactor.




Nandan II 11/11/2011 11:15AM

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