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Remembering Roy

A discussion was organised at the Nehru Centre last week on exploring themes and cinematic traditions in Bimal Roy’s films.

entertainment Updated: Jan 13, 2009 13:31 IST

The first thing young film actors do these days is go to the gym. They’re quite off the mark. They should see the films of Bimal Roy instead. No one flexes muscles or tries to be stronger-than-thou. The legendary director’s films spotlights people who are the sort you can recognise and believe.

A discussion was organised at the Nehru Centre last week on exploring themes and cinematic traditions in Bimal Roy’s films. This event marked the first in a series planned for the year of his birth centenary. Suresh Chabria, noted film scholar, delivered the keynote address.

In memory of Rinki Bhattacharya, writer and daughter of the director, said she would soon release out a book on her late father with contributions from a cross-section of writers.

The audience included a large group of college students, mostly girls, guided by academics Nandini Sardesai and Jeroo Mulla. Bimal Roy’s black-and-white masterpieces were glimpsed through excerpts of scenes and songs from his oeuvre.

Chabria spoke of Roy’s ability to make films which had artistic merit as well as mass appeal. They ranged from
Do Bigha Zameen and Udayer Pathe which reflected great social concerns to Madhumati which dealt with the theme of reincarnation deeply embedded in the Indian psyche.