On the 60th anniversary of Satyajit Ray’s first film, Pather Panchali, Sharmila Tagore looks back at the life and work of India’s greatest director. Read full article here: http://thewire.in/2015/09/11/what-satyajit-ray-left-us-is-an-inheritance-of-endless-possibilities-10476/
A review by Michael Ewins of our first publication “From Darkness Into Light” edited by Rajesh Devraj in September 2015 issue of Sight & Sound.
An article by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, Director, Film Heritage Foundation in ‘Journal of Film Preservation’, published by The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF). Read full article here: Journal of Film Preservation (FIAF) – Vol. 91 10.2014
An article in The Indian Express covering the re-release of the Apu Trilogy across cinema halls in the US. Read full article here: http://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/entertainment-others/trial-by-fire-3/
The director reminisces about the making of the film in an interview with Roshmila Bhattacharya in the November 18th edition of the Mumbai Mirror
Adopting the perspective of Vidur- the chief advisor to the Kauravas, who, for ethical reasons, sided with the Pandavas prior to the great war of Kurukshetra- the film ‘Bhakta Vidur’ sought to hold a moral lens to the struggle between British colonialists and the Indian resistance.
Until 1951, most film stock used cellulose nitrate as the film base. Commonly known as gun cotton, cellulose nitrate or nitrocellulose was a known explosive. The industry soon found out the hard way that reels of nitrate film were highly flammable and would spontaneously combust while inside projectors, vaults, warehouses and on studio floors.
This was the first adaptation of a Shakespearan drama in Indian cinema. Largely a filmed version of a stage performance of the play, the film contains a towering performance by Sohrab Modi in the central role of Hamlet, and is an astute adaptation of the original Shakespeare play. The film marked the feature debut of Naseem Banu, as Ophelia.