In it’s continuing endeavor to bring the best of world and Indian cinema, the Cinephile Film Club will have two special screenings in the presence of the veteran actor Dhritiman Chatterjee who has worked with masters of Indian cinema, Mrinal Sen (Akaler Shandhaney) and Satyajit Ray (Ganashatru)
Dhritiman Chatterjee made his debut back in 1970 in Satyajit Ray’s Pratidwandi and subsequently, worked with the legendary film maker on two more films, Ganashatru and Agantuk. He also worked with several other notable directors like Mrinal Sen (Akaler Shandhaney, Patadik) and Aparna Sen (36 Chowringhee Lane). He also acted in the Kate Winslet starrer Holy Smoke by Oscar winning director Jane Campion and is also known for his performance in Hindi films like Black, Guru, Kahaani and in the more recent, Pink. In his book Our Film, Their Films, Ray called Dhritiman Chatterjee as a star who belongs to a rare breed.
On Thursday 26th July at 6.30 p.m. Akaler Shandhaney by Mrinal Sen will be screened and on 2nd August at 6.30 p.m. Satyajit Ray’s Ganashatru will be screened. Mr. Chatterjee will be present for both the screenings followed by a Q & A The details of the films are as given below –
Film: Akaler Shandhaney (1982,Bengali with English subtitles)
Cast: Dhritiman Chatterjee, Smita Patil
Directed by: Mrinal Sen
Duration: 1 hr 53 mins
Date: 26th July 6.30 p.m.
Akaler Shandhaney is a film within a film co-written and directed by Mrinal Sen, it swept the National awards that year winning the Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay and Best Editing. Besides, it also won the Silver Bear (Special Jury Prize) at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival. The story revolves around a film crew that have come to a village to shoot a film on the 1943 Bengal famine. Dhritman Chatterjee plays the director of the film with Smita Patil playing the actress. The interactions and experiences of the villagers and the film crew makes the crux of this extraordinary film by Sen, who was at the peak of his prowess.
Film: Ganashatru (Bengali with English subtitles)
Cast: Soumitra Chatterjee, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Mamata Shankar
Directed by: Satyajit Ray
Duration: 1 hr 39 mins
Date: 2nd August 6.30 p.m.
Ganashatru is a 1990 Indian film directed by Satyajit Ray. It is an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play An Enemy of the People, and was released under that title in the UK. The cast includes Ray’s favourite actor Soumitra Chatterjee, and veteran actors such as Dhritiman Chatterjee, Shubhendu Chatterjee, Manoj Mitra and Ruma Guhathakurta. Ray adapts the play to an Indian setting: a flourishing township in which a temple attracts devotees as well as tourists. When a health problem is discovered Dr Ashok Gupta, played by Soumitra Chatterjee, finds his popularity flagging. The film was screened out of competition at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.