Evolution of Bengali Cinema— the Cultural Nuances, Portrayal of the Society and the Transformation in Popular Culture – Part 1

The art cinema movement was set in motion with Ray’s Pather Panchali (1955). It was based on the story written by the Bengali author Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay and was a testament to his deep engagement in Bengali literature which was inspired by Bengal’s deep-rooted reality. Ray’s international recognition, first at Cannes in 1956, and his presence on the international film scene worked to embed among common Bengalis the fascination for Bengali cinema.

Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda

One of Shyam Benegal’s many magical masterpieces, Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda is a nuanced performance in the age-old art of storytelling. Rajit Kapur in his very first performance for the screen is absolutely effortless in his portrayal of the mystical, layered Manik Mulla, while an ensemble cast of supporting actors make this film a deft spectacle of acting genius.