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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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...

Rafi Saab’s singing was divine – Suman Kalyanpur

I was humming, Tere Hum O Sanam to myself. Memories of this lilting hit of mine with Mohammad Rafi Saab tuned by Sardar Malik flocked my mind. I was a new entry in the 60s...

Dilip Kumar had met Jawaharlal Nehru, few days ahead of his demise, had noticed former PM was ‘exhausted’

“How are you?” Kemon Achish? Dilip Kumar greeted me during a telephonic conversation a decade ago as I greeted him on his birthday, 11th December, 2013. “Thespian uncle“ I burst into tears of joy. After...

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Hotel Mumbai, narrates the fight India put up against its worst terrorist attack

Kolkata: The two-hour-three-minute long docu-drama of debutant director Anthony Maras is strong, subdued, nerve-wrecking thriller that keeps the audience at the edge of the...