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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Birth centenary of Chidananda Das Gupta, the most loved film critic

Kolkata: In 1948, Chidananda Das Gupta along with Satyajit Ray and Kamal Kumar Majumdar wrote to debutant director, Chetan Anand to visit Kolkata and lecture to their film society on Neecha Nagar. The film directed...

Did pandemic teach us the importance of physical literature festivals?

Kolkata: In January 2008, at Jaipur Literary Festival, Dev Anand was invited to discuss his autobiography, Romancing With Life. He confessed to the august gathering, “Literature has played a strong role in shaping my life....

Why Indian Cinema Misses Oscars

Kolkata: The latest entry for Best Foreign Language Film for Oscars from India is Koozhangal directed by PS Vinophraj. The jury chaired by eminent filmmaker Shahji Priravi Karun unanimously decided on this after viewing several...

Asit Sen birth centenary: An unnoticed one

Kolkata: After the internationally famous trio of Indian cinema, Ray, Ghatak and Sen, Tapan Sinha, Ajay Kar and Asit Sen were directors who contributed significantly to the development of Bengali Cinema. Asit Sen was influenced...

When Rajesh Khanna could not dare to give third take before Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Kolkata: Hrishikesh Mukherjee was shooting the climax of Namak Haram. After two takes Rajesh Khanna requested the director for a third one. To this Hrishikesh Mukherjee replied sternly and asked the actor to pay for...

Remembering Satyajit Ray on his birth centenary

A war of letters in Kolkata’s leading daily The Statesman was published in 1965. Satyajit Ray criticized Mrinal Sen’s movie Akash Kusum as a crow film. To this, Mrinal Sen retorted sharply. Ray also wrote...

Dev Anand had predicted that Sadhana would become a top actress

“If I modeled myself in the lines of anyone, it was Nutan.”                            Sadhana, 1991 after Nutan’s death Bimal Ray was fascinated by Sadhana’s innocence,...

Raj Kapoor to Dev Anand: “Dev Tumne Mere Heroine (Nargis) Ko Chura Liya”

In 1953 the first Indian film delegation attended the coveted Venice International Film Festival. Led by Bimal Ray the delegation included Balraj Sahni, Salil Chowdhury, KA Abbas, Chetan Anand, Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor and Nargis....

Remembering Sahir Ludhianvi: A Lyrical Centenary

Sahir Ludhianvi was having a session with S.D.Burman and Chetan Anand for Funtoosh. Chetan Anand wanted a satirical song for a party sequence to be filmed on Dev Anand. Thinking for a while the lyricist penned...

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By keeping away from PM’s meeting, Mamata Banerjee averted an ugly situation

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राँची: जब मैं झारखंड विधानसभा चुनाव की रेपोर्टिंग कर रहा था तो जो खास बात थी वो ये के झारखंड में लोकल मुद्दे पूरे...

A tribal, owner of priceless Alexandrite land, evicted and forced to wander

Gariyaband/Raipur: “World’s most precious stones lies beneath your land," officers told me.  Praye Lal begin to narrate his story. He further said, "And your...

Indian Postal Service officer gets admission in Harvard, Oxford, LSE for her migrant related proposal 

Delhi/Kolkata: The second wave of Covid-19 is now in India, and it is again forcing lockdowns in many parts of the country. Again migrants...

We will not let the people of Bengal be slaves: Mamata Banerjee on dividing Bengal

Kolkata: Since the mandate of Bengal assembly polls was delivered in May, Bharatiya Janata Party, who has been drubbed in the election raised several...