Author: Karuna BanerjeePublisher: ThemaYear: 1999Language: EnglishPages: 140ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
Karuna Banerjee, best known for her memorable performance as Sarbajaya the mother in the first two parts of Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy - Pather Panchali and Aparajito - went on to act in a few more films, including two more by Ray, one by Mrinal Sen, and an unfinished piece by Ritwik Ghatak. In her essays and reviews collected here for the first time, she comes through as perceptive critic of the cinema and TV of her time; a sensitive chronicle of the making altogether; and a liberal thinker reacting to the major social and political events of the last fifty years. She defines her position on these issues with exemplary clarity and an uncompromising honesty. And through it all runs an actress's confident sense of time and space, rich with unusual insights.
INTRODUCTIONA Dirge and a SongSarbajayaMy dear SaraswatiLooking BackMemories of Chhabi BiswasThe Film as a Reflection of National Life and CultureBreaking the ShacklesFilmmaker and Social ChangeWhither Indian Cinema?Does Indian Cinema Portray social Reality?Women in FilmsMrinal SenSixth International Film Festival 1977In BangadeshAakrosh Viewed from BangladeshHalla Bol - Political SatireInterviewed by Indian ExpressApu's Incognito MaTwo Films, Two WomenAn Epic RemadeThe Indian Film SceneTwo Women, Two OutlooksThe T V Potpourri: Mahatma, Music, Miserable ChildrenForms of ApartheidChanging Spaces, Changing LivesIssues in History - and in SocietyA Brief InterviewThe Everlasting Epic