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Premankur Biswas


5 Buddhadeb Dasgupta films that are essential viewing for Indian film lovers
Fri, Jun 11, 2021

Here is a list of Buddhadeb Dasgupta films that makes for essential watching. The director died on Thursday at the age of 77.

Breathless from Covid-19, Kolkata is willing to pay a high price for oxygen
Tue, Apr 27, 2021

A cylinder which would generally cost about Rs 7,000 in Kolkata is now commanding Rs 40,000 to Rs 75,000.

Till the end, Tollywood tried to live up to the phenomenon called Soumitra Chatterjee
Sun, Nov 15, 2020

Soumitra Chatterjee dead: In Mrinal Sen’s Akash Kusum, Soumitra Chatterjee plays an ambitious middle-class executive, who is losing everything he values because of one bad decision. The Hindi remake Manzil starred Amitabh Bachchan, but a back-to-back viewing of both these films will tell you how nuanced Chatterjee’s turn as Ajoy was.

Why we keep mixing up Basu Chatterjee and Hrishikesh Mukherjee films, and the subtle distinctions between them
Thu, Jun 04, 2020

Both, Basu Chatterjee and Hrishikesh Mukherjee turned to the wealth of Bengali literature several times in their respective careers and also ensured that their films dealt with themes of progressive socialism.

Stuck in Bihar village, transwomen dancers from Bengal just want to get home
Thu, May 28, 2020

About hundred or more trans women from West Bengal are stuck in different districts of Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh because of the lockdown.

No electricity, mobiles down, Kolkata residents talk of ‘petrifying’ cyclone Amphan
Thu, May 21, 2020

Although Kolkata's entire population was affected, it is the eastern fringes of the city where the impact was apparently felt the most. Teghoria area of North 24 Parganas district woke up to submerged streets on Thursday.

‘No labourers, running out of stock’: How eastern India’s largest wholesale market is dealing with the lockdown
Thu, Apr 02, 2020

Posta, which would see retailers from neighbouring states like Assam and Sikkim, among others, hasn’t seen any buyers from neighbouring states.

Why Basu Chatterjee’s interpretation of Byomkesh Bakshi is the gold standard
Thu, Jun 04, 2020

Rajit Kapur, who played the detective with such ebullient, cocky enthusiasm, was and still is the definitive Byomkesh Bakshi for most Indians. A remarkable feat considering the character has been played on screen by a galaxy of stars including Uttam Kumar, Jisshu Sengupta, Anirban Bhattacharya, Dhritiman Chatterjee and even filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh.

Delhi: United by pain and hope, Hindus, Muslims pick up pieces at Chand Bagh
Fri, Feb 28, 2020

"The mob didn't care I was Hindu. They just wanted blood. My Muslim friends helped me salvage some stock," says Ganesh Pandey, whose fruit shop was burnt down.

Delhi violence: How can anyone do this to my school, asks a past student
Thu, Feb 27, 2020

Arun Modern Senior Secondary School in the northeast Delhi neighbourhood of Brijpuri was vandalised and gutted by a mob on Tuesday evening. An ex-student, who now owns a shoe shop nearby and was a witness to the violence, shares his account.

Stranded with a dead body in GTB hospital, this shopkeeper wants Arvind Kejriwal to intervene
Wed, Feb 26, 2020

GTB hospital has seen a rush of people injured in clashes among anti- and pro-CAA activists.

From bhalo chele to a controversial politician, Tapas Paul’s rocky journey
Tue, Feb 18, 2020

For a generation of Bengalis, Tapas Paul, who passed away late Monday night, was almost always the wronged man.

Tiger widows of Sunderbans: In the shadow of mangroves, tale of courage and hope
Fri, Feb 14, 2020

The West Bengal government claims that since 2009, 100,000 women are being trained to be independent through vocations such as embroidery, bee-keeping, tailoring, etc.

How Wendell Rodricks taught a generation of Indian gay men to be comfortable in their skin
Thu, Feb 13, 2020

We treated Wendell Rodricks like an anomaly, who was leading this strange life of domesticity in Goa.

‘Instead of abusing us, why can’t BJP talk of education, infra’: Hurt, anger in seat that houses Shaheen Bagh
Tue, Jan 28, 2020

Even a month ago, not many would have guessed that a mohalla in Okhla would come to dominate discourse around Delhi Assembly elections. As BJP top guns make Shaheen Bagh a poll plank, we find out what the voters here aspire for.

Kolkata: Tired of physical abuse, gay man files complaint against parents
Wed, Nov 20, 2019

Things took a turn for the worse, says Subhankar, when his parents insisted that he get married to a girl. “I told them I can't think of anyone apart from my boyfriend in that way. Even if they break us up, I will be with another boy,” says Subhankar.

The master of weepy blockbusters with melodramatic battles over fish
Sun, Aug 04, 2019

The Tollywood director burst into the scene in the early 1980s, when the Bengali film industry was in mourning. Its reigning deity, Uttam Kumar, had passed away.

The Vanishing: A Kolkata magician’s death puts the spotlight on his art
Sun, Jun 30, 2019

A magician died in Kolkata, trying to replicate American stuntman Harry Houdini’s famous escape act. Is it a sign of the flailing fortune of magic in India?

Bengali actors Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan deal with memes, sing for Didi’s victory
Sun, Apr 28, 2019

Two Bengali actors hit the campaign trail. Will the newbie politicians ride the Mamata Banerjee wave?

Jyeshthoputro movie review: The best Bengali film of the decade
Sat, Apr 27, 2019

Kaushik Ganguly chooses to be inordinately verbose in a film where most of the drama is based on the inability of the characters to articulate their emotions. This works primarily because of the stellar performances of the ensemble cast, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Ritwik Chakraborty, Gargee Roychowdhury, Sudipta Chakraborty and Daminee Basu.

In three Begusarai villages, very different perceptions of Kanhaiya Kumar
Fri, Apr 19, 2019

How does Begusarai see Kanhaiya Kumar, arguably its most popular son as far as the rest of India is concerned at the moment?

Meet Kanhaiya’s volunteer army: documentary filmmaker, gurdwara sevak, homemaker
Thu, Apr 18, 2019

Begusarai CPI candidate Kanhaiya Kumar getting help from across the country, and some seem more driven than him

Crowd at PM’s Saharanpur rally: ‘Modi is Kanhaiya of Gujarat, a celebrity’
Fri, Apr 05, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held election rallies in Uttar Pradesh's Amroha and Saharanpur along with Uttarakhand's Dehradun.

Shah Jahan Regency movie review: Pretentious, vague and pointless
Sat, Jan 19, 2019

Srijit Mukherji directorial Shah Jahan Regency, starring Abir Chatterjee, Parambrata Chatterjee, Anjan Dutt, Rituparna Sengupta, Swastika Mukherjee, stands for everything that is wrong with Tollywood.

Sen’s City: The Calcutta of Mrinal Sen’s films was a place of connections and conflict
Sun, Jan 06, 2019

In most Sen films, a mere glance is enough to reveal important things about this crowd, the language they speak, their social position and how long they have lived in the city.