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Homecoming movie review: Soumyajit Majumdar’s buddy-drama drowns itself in pretentious artistic excesses
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Homecoming movie review: Soumyajit Majumdar’s buddy-drama drowns itself in pretentious artistic excesses

The five protagonists in #Homecoming aren’t exactly the most memorable bunch and come out looking self-serious and unnecessarily glum.

How Marathi-speaking Lata Mangeshkar's Bengali music left a Kolkata boy transfixed
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How Marathi-speaking Lata Mangeshkar's Bengali music left a Kolkata boy transfixed

When you listen to Lata Mangeshkar's Bengali songs, it is hard to tell that the singer is a native Marathi speaker. Her pronunciation is exact. Each word properly rendered. Other than Hindi and Marathi, some of her most important songs were sung in Bangla.

Exploring a lesser known aspect of Satyajit Ray: The masterful filmmaker was also a science fiction enthusiast
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Exploring a lesser known aspect of Satyajit Ray: The masterful filmmaker was also a science fiction enthusiast

From founding the Sci-Fi Cine Club in Kolkata to plans to direct a Hollywood sci-fi film, and developing the character of Professor Shanku, Satyajit Ray enjoyed an almost umbilical connect with the science fiction genre.

Book review — Suman Ghosh's Soumitra Chatterjee: A Film-maker Remembers is a thirst-quencher for incurable cinephilia
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Book review — Suman Ghosh's Soumitra Chatterjee: A Film-maker Remembers is a thirst-quencher for incurable cinephilia

In most Suman Ghosh films, Soumitra Chatterjee played characters who had no option but to stare at their own mortality and memory. It makes sense then that Ghosh has written a book on Chatterjee that is eventually an excavation of memory.

Inside Satyajit Ray's little known corner of life as an aficionado of board games, from Scrabble to chess
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Inside Satyajit Ray's little known corner of life as an aficionado of board games, from Scrabble to chess

“Father was deeply interested in word games, quizzes, and anagrams. These were just purely private preoccupations, and known to only an inner circle of family members. Sporadically, his deep interest had also entered his films," says Sandip Ray in an exclusive interview.

Buddhadeb Dasgupta, National Award-winning Bengali filmmaker, passes away aged 77 after prolonged kidney ailment
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Buddhadeb Dasgupta, National Award-winning Bengali filmmaker, passes away aged 77 after prolonged kidney ailment

A two-time National Award winner, Buddhadeb Dasgupta's death was condoled by West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and filmmaker Raj Chakrabarty, among others.

Saswata Chatterjee on playing Uttam Kumar in upcoming biopic: 'No amount of preparation is enough to depict him'
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Saswata Chatterjee on playing Uttam Kumar in upcoming biopic: 'No amount of preparation is enough to depict him'

"Trying to capture the right attitude, and the right mood," said Saswata Chatterjee on capturing Uttam Kumar's essence in Achena Uttam

Bengali actress Aparajita Adhya, family test positive for coronavirus, remain in isolation
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Bengali actress Aparajita Adhya, family test positive for coronavirus, remain in isolation

Aparajita Adhya has cancelled her cookery show shooting schedule till 3 November and will be in isolation at her home.

In 2011's Baishe Srabon, literal proof that a satisfying detective story is always about the poetry of pursuit
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In 2011's Baishe Srabon, literal proof that a satisfying detective story is always about the poetry of pursuit

Inspired perhaps by the De Niro-Pacino buddy cop film Righteous Kill, Srijit Mukherji's Baishe Srabon (2011) investigates a serial killer, who gruesomely murders marginalised Kolkatans in the dead of night and leaves a poem in his wake.

Kishore Kumar's letter to 'Manik mama' Satyajit Ray from November 1963 dug up by filmmaker-son Sandip Ray
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Kishore Kumar's letter to 'Manik mama' Satyajit Ray from November 1963 dug up by filmmaker-son Sandip Ray

The letter was written by Kishore Kumar, explaining to Satyajit Ray why he won't be able to come down to Kolkata from Mumbai at that point in time for recording a song for the iconic film Charulata

Professor Shonku O El Dorado movie review: Satyajit Ray's memorable scientist doesn't come to life in son's film
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Professor Shonku O El Dorado movie review: Satyajit Ray's memorable scientist doesn't come to life in son's film

Professor Shonku O El Dorado is as incalculable a loss as the usurping of the famed scientist’s greatest inventions.

Zombiesthaan movie review: First Bengali zombie horror film may have an edge but doesn't make most of the advantage
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Zombiesthaan movie review: First Bengali zombie horror film may have an edge but doesn't make most of the advantage

Abhirup Ghosh has obviously been a post-apocalyptic, dystopian and zombie horror film and fiction fan. But then why not take Zombiesthaan to perfection?

Gumnaami movie review: An admirable second half can't right the information overload of a monotonous beginning
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Gumnaami movie review: An admirable second half can't right the information overload of a monotonous beginning

As claimed by the makers, Gumnaami does present and examine a number of theories surrounding Netaji’s death — or, shall we say, his disappearance

Goyenda Junior movie review: This investigative drama discounts audience's intelligence, despite credible actors
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Goyenda Junior movie review: This investigative drama discounts audience's intelligence, despite credible actors

Goyenda Junior is a hurriedly put together disaster of a film has very little to offer, despite boasting of some solid names on the acting credits.

Shantilal O Projapoti Rohoshyo? movie review: Pritam D Gupta's insipid film suffers from clunky writing
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Shantilal O Projapoti Rohoshyo? movie review: Pritam D Gupta's insipid film suffers from clunky writing

Perhaps the only two things I liked in Shantilal O Projapoti Rohoshyo? are Chakraborty’s sincere attempt, and the background score by Arko Pravo Mukherjee.

Bornoporichoy movie review: Mainak Bhaumik's thriller suffers from an extremely convoluted plot
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Bornoporichoy movie review: Mainak Bhaumik's thriller suffers from an extremely convoluted plot

Bornoporichoy has a flimsy storyline, a cluster of clues that were hammered into the story, and performances which were neither supervised nor perfected.

Birsa Dasgupta on foraying into comedy with Bibaho Obhijaan, and learning from Anurag Kashyap
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Birsa Dasgupta on foraying into comedy with Bibaho Obhijaan, and learning from Anurag Kashyap

Armed with an honesty that is rare to come by in the industry, Birsa Dasgupta speaks of his love for comedy films.

Bhoot Chaturdashi movie review: Scares arrive way too late in this unevenly paced horror film
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Bhoot Chaturdashi movie review: Scares arrive way too late in this unevenly paced horror film

For more than one hour of this 90-minute film, there are — simply put — zero scares in Bhoot Chaturdashi.

Tarikh movie review: An exceptionally well-written film that portrays dichotomies of human existence
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Tarikh movie review: An exceptionally well-written film that portrays dichotomies of human existence

Tarikh is the story of three individuals, each with his or her own unique approach to life

Basu Paribar movie review: Suman Ghosh brings together a stellar cast in this bittersweet family tale
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Basu Paribar movie review: Suman Ghosh brings together a stellar cast in this bittersweet family tale

Basu Paribar leaves you with a warm sense of nostalgia and fond memories of family gatherings, where just under the surface of mirth and celebration, there are always tidings of grief and despair, whispers, frowns and sniffles