4 items from 2013
★★★★★ The years 1964-5 saw the release of Satyajit Ray's arguable masterpiece The Lonely Wife (Charulata) and the smaller variation on a theme, The Coward (Kapurush), both now reissued in pristine Blu-ray versions by distributor Artificial Eye. Set in the closing years of the nineteenth century, The Lonely Wife tells the story of a privileged woman, Charulata (played by the luminous Madhabi Mukherjee), whose wealthy husband Bhupati (Sailen Mukherjee) is committed to producing a political newspaper, and whose main pleasure is the smell of newsprint and the sound of his own voice.
With the arrival of her brother-in-law, the Bohemian poet Amal (Soumitra Chatterjee), Charulata begins to realise her yearning for something different both in finding her voice as a writer and her unfulfilled romantic longings in the lighter more attractive brother. Ray takes the conventional premise of the desperate housewife and creates something astonishing, a subtle and measured examination of frustration, »
- CineVue UK
That 2012 began with an overwrought hyper-melodramatic brutal and tumultuous remake of Agneepath and ended with Yash Chopra’s muted mellow all-heart-no-malice ode to romance Jab Tak Hai Jaan seems indicative of the direction that Bollywood seems headed for. The journey, as we can see, is unpredictable and largely exciting. Looking back, some films of 2012 that fetched hype-star ratings seem bloated and over-eager to please either critics or the masses, but never both. Luckily the films that were truly meritorious did get a place under the swoon.
Each year Bollywood surprises us, and not always in a good way. 2012 seems like a watershed year even by the continuously evolving standards of filmmaking set by envelope-pushing directors who have filtered into filmdom during the past years. 2012 was the year when Tigmanshu Dhulia, Sujoy Ghosh and Shoojit Sircar came into their own with films that took mainstream cinema to new heights. It was »
- Subhash K Jha
Haradhan Bandopadhyay had been a veteran actor in the Bengali Film Industry. He recently, at the age of 87 made his mark in a very successful film of Bollywood titled “Barfi”. The film starred Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and newcomer Ileana D’Cruz. This film was also India’s official entry to the Oscar’s, though it never made it to the final list of films. However, the talented actor breathed his last on the 5th of January, 2013. Haradhan Bandopadhay played the character of that of a head of a mental asylum. He was fondly named as ‘Daju’ by Priyanka’s character Jhilmil in the film.Priyanka Chopra made no delay in tweetin »
Veteran Bengali actor Haradhan Bandyopadhyay, 86, passed away in Kolkata today after being hospitalized for fifteen days.
Bandyopadhyay acted in sixty-six films in his acting career spanning six decades. He worked with Satyajit Ray in films like Mahanagar (1964), Kapurush (1965), Sonar Kella (1974) and Joi Baba Felunath (1979).
He had also acted in recent Hindi films like Barfi! and Parineeta.
Bandyopadhyay won the National Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2005 and Banga Vibhushan by the Government of West Bengal in 2011.
4 items from 2013
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