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An Actress in Her Time

An Actress in Her Time
Item Code: IDF562
Author: Karuna Banerjee
Publisher: A Celluloid Chapter Persona
Language: English
Edition: 1999
Pages: 140 (B & W Illus: 14)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5" X 5.6"
About the Author:

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 a perceptive critics of the cinema and TV of her time; a sensitive chronicler of the making of Pather Panchali a different kind of filmmaking 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.


Introduction 9
A Dirge and a Song 13
Sarbajaya 16
My dear Saraswati 21
Looking back 24
Memories of Chhabi Biswas 29
The Film as a Reflection of National Life and Culture 33
Breaking the Shackles 40
Filmmaker and Social Change 44
Whither Indian Cinema? 48
Does Indian Cinema Portray Social Reality? 53
Women is Films 58
Mrinal Sen 64
Sixth International Film Festival 1977 67
In Bangladesh 74
Aakrosh Viewed from Bangladesh 80
Halla Bol-Political Datire 86
Interviewed by Indian Express 88
Apu's Incognito Ma 92
Two Films, Two Women 95
An Epic Remade 95
The Indian Film Scene 104
Two Women, Two Outlooks 109
The TV Potpourri: Mahatma, Music, Miserable Children 113
Forms of Apartheid 118
Chaning Spaces, Changing Lives 123
Issues in History-and in Society 127
A Brief Interview 132
The Everlasting Epic 138

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