Ranjan Das Gupta

is a Kolkata-based independent journalist. He has been doing freelance work for more than 3 decades and writes on arts & culture, cinema, politics, healthcare and education

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About The Evergreen Sophia

Sophia Loren was speaking to Richard Burton while completing shooting for D’Sica’s, Voyage. She asked the iconic actor whether her performance as Adriana in the film could match Burton’s Caesar as he delivered a flawless performance....

Remakes of foreign films are not always desirable for the Indian audience

The boycott by right-wingers might be one of the reasons, but what happened with Lal Singh Chadda's box office performance in India has an age-long problem with the Indian film industry.  The Aamir Khan starer remake...

Dilip Kumar’s Shaheed inspired me to become an actor: Manoj Kumar

Bollywood actor Manoj Kumar, known as Bharat Kumar in Indian cinema has acted in and made the most patriotic theme movies. The 85-year-old Manoj Kumar talked to journalist Ranjan Das Gupta on the eve of...

Bhupinder Singh was fascinated by Mohammed Rafi’s singing

Before recording Hoke Majboor Mujhe song, Bhupinder Singh was nervous. How could a brand new singer like him match three stalwarts, Mohammed Rafi, Manna Dey and Talat Mehmood? A discovery of Madan Mohan and Chetan Anand,...

Uttam Kumar’s romanticism had a sublime charm that only Dev Anand could match

The Uttam Kumar and Aparna Sen Pair lit the silver screen with their grounded romanticism and uninhibited performances. Though senior in age to Aparna, Mahanayak adjusted well with her on screen. Uttam Kumar had the...

Know what Sunil Dutt had replied to Nargis when she had said that Satyajit Ray sells poverty

“Trends of acting in Indian cinema have improved from theatricals to mature, real life performances. If the audience cannot identify with a piece of acting, it fails to impress. “These were words of Sunil Dutt...

Jury and delegation, but not a single Indian film is in any of the competitive sections of Cannes

In its 75th year of independence, India is the Nation of Honor at the Mecca of film festivals Cannes. Led by Anurag Thakur, Minister of Information and Broadcasting a delegation of reputed personalities like A...

Remembering The Rebel Filmmaker

During the shooting of his thirteen-episode telefilm, Kitne Paas Kitne Door, Mrinal Sen said he discovered that the language of television was different from that of cinema. In fact, he stated that television had its limitations but...

No filmmaker should consider himself greater than a literary creator: Satyajit Ray

“Charulata is my most technically perfect film. Sadgati is my truly fundamental film.” Satyajit Ray. Ten of Satyajit Ray’s films will be screened at the Cannes classic section this May. It is really difficult to assess...

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Fear, anxiety and uncertainty on the faces of Bengal migrant workers returning from Kashmir

Kolkata: The Union Government might be trying its best to suggest that an era of peace has dawned over Jammu and Kashmir, but the...

Minister Ajay Mishra should be arrested, else Lekhimpur Kheri victims will not get justice: Yogendra Yadav

Kolkata: “Minister Ajay Mishra ‘Teni’ should be arrested, after that he will have to resign also. Then only the Lekhimpur Kheri victims will get...

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Jharkhand police inaction to investigate Adivasi hockey players death sparks protest

Simdega/Ranchi: Over hundreds of people hit the streets at Simdega district on Saturday, October 19, chanting slogans like - Justice has to be served...

Kolkata shows spine, backs actor Naseeruddin Shah

Kolkata: At a time when the Bollywood fraternity is maintaining a distance from Naseeruddin Shah, intellectuals from Kolkata have expressed their solidarity for the...