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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  28 Jan 2020 11:46 AM GMT

Prantik Deka

30 must see indian films, selected by utpal datta

One of the country’s most influential film critic, Utpal Datta has compiled a list of 30 Indian films, some groundbreaking ones, as ‘Must See’ movies.

Datta’s film appreciation book – Chalachitrar Rasaswadan, sheds light on some of the most artistically made movies, and the people behind their makings. It has to be mentioned that this will be the first Assamese book ever on film appreciation. The author addresses the book not just to film students but to any filmgoer or film enthusiast. From a carefully selected list of 100 films, he has included 30 Indian films along with seventy specially picked films from world cinema. This book, which aims to help readers to see movies in a whole new light, is likely to be regarded as an important guide to the students of Film Appreciation.

Utpal Datta bagged the Special Jury Mention for his writings on Cinema at the National Film Awards besides winning several other awards. He extensively writes on films and edits books on cinema and delivers lectures on Film Aesthetics at Universities. He has also made short films, most notably ‘By Lane 2’ and ‘Bahubritta’, both of which were included in the prestigious Indian Panorama. ‘By Lane 2’ also fetched him the State Award for Best Direction. He has served as a member of Jury in several National and International Film Festivals.

The following is the list of 30 Indian films :

Assamese :

  1. Anirban, Dir - Bhabendra Nath Saikia
  2. Dr. Bezbarua, Brajen Barua
  3. Agnishnan, Bhabendra Nath Saikia
  4. Kallol, Atul Bardaloi

Bangla :

  1. Pather Panchali, Satyajit Ray
  2. Charulata, Satyajit Ray
  3. Pratidwandi, Satyajit Ray
  4. Ajantrik, Rwitwik Ghatak
  5. Chorus, Mrinal Sen
  6. Chitrangada, Rituparno Ghosh
  7. Hrid Majharey, Ranjan Ghosh

Khasi :

  1. Onaatah, Pradip Kurbah

Manipuri :

  1. Imagi Ningthem, Aribam Syam Sharma

Hindi :

  1. Pyaasa, Guru Dutt
  2. Mughal-E-Azam, K. Asif
  3. Mother India, Mehboob Khan
  4. Do Bigha Zamin, Bimal Roy
  5. Kaagaz Ke Phool, Guru Dutt
  6. Trikal, Shyam Benegal
  7. Guide, Vijay Anand
  8. Sholay, Ramesh Sippy
  9. Anand, Hrishikesh Mukherjee
  10. Satya, Ram Gopal Varma
  11. Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon, Chandan Arora

Malayalam :

  1. Elippathayam, Adoor Gopalakrishnan
  2. Piravi, Shaji N. Karun
  3. Swaham, Shaji N. Karun
  4. Olu, Shaji N. Karun
  5. Chidambaram, G. Aravindan

Telugu :

  1. Sankarabharanam, K. Viswanath

indranee talukdar making waves

A number of Assam’s budding artistes and technicians, hailing from diverse backgrounds, are currently scattered all over the country, making a name for themselves in cinema and serials. One particular artiste, who, besides acting in several Hindi films, has also worked in Telugu and Bhojpuri movies.

Hailing from Pub Sarania in Guwahati, Indranee Talukdar went to Mumbai to pursue her post-graduation studies and joined the University of Mumbai, but soon enough, acting bug hit her. A self-confident Indranee decided to stay on in Mumbai, steadily building an acting career, while mostly concentrating on the small-scale movies. Besides Hindi films, offers to act in South Indian movies also came to her lap. She is now acting in Bhojpuri films as well.

Indranee made her debut in Hindi movies with the 2015 release 'Lateef', where she acted opposite the versatile actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The film, directed by Israr Ahmed, received critical appreciation. It was quite a lifting experience for Indranee to act with someone like Nawazuddin Siddique, who is known for his critically acclaimed performances. After ‘Lateef’, she acted in the Hindi film ‘Aparichit Shakti’, where she was paired opposite the popular comedian Rajpal Yadav. Indranee received a fair amount of appreciation for her enactments.

Indranee also acted in the first film made in the Magahi language — 'Devan Misir', a biopic on the life of a renowned poet. Censored in 2018, the film got released in Bihar this year. She acted in the role of the poet’s wife. ‘Deven Misir’ scooped up most of the awards at the Jharkhand National Film Festival this year.

Indranee garnered the Dr Radhakrishna Memorial Award in Mumbai for her performance in the film ‘Khandala Night’. ‘Horror Love Story’ is another Hindi film where she worked with Shakti Kapoor, Sunil Pal, Murli Sarma, among others. She has also acted in a number of item songs in Hindi and regional movies. Besides Hindi, Indranee played the leading roles in several Telugu and Bhojpuri films.

Indranee Talukdar has also wrapped up her shooting for the Assamese film ‘Dwipen Gandhi’, which is being produced by Sanjive Narain and directed by Kangkan Rajkhowa, and features veteran actor Bishnu Kharghoria in the title role. The film’s cast of artistes also includes Nipon Goswami, Dinesh Das, Aimee Barua, Ashrumoni Bora, etc. She wishes to act in more such Assamese films in the future.

meghalaya women sing revolutionary assamese song

Breaking barriers, a group of women from the neighbouring state of Meghalaya were seen crooning ‘Luitor parore ami deka lora…’ (We are young people from the banks of Luit), a famous Assamese revolutionary song composed by Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, one of the greatest lyricists, composers and film directors of the state.

In the heartwarming video, the Khasi women are first heard singing in Assamese and then moving on to sing in Khasi, making a nice fusion of the popular song composed several decades ago.

It is indeed heart-warming to see people from neighbouring states sing a popular Assamese song. This speaks volumes of the ties that people of Assam and Meghalaya share.

Likewise, Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protestors have been singing revolutionary songs composed by Agarwala, Bishnu Rabha, another great singer-composer of Assam, and Dr Bhupen Hazarika to register their protest against the new citizenship law.

tangla to host kalaguru sangeet mahotsav

Kalaguru Sangeet Mahotsav – one of the largest cultural extravaganzas of Assam, will be organised on the Tangla High School playground in Tangla town of Udalguri district on January 30 and 31, 2020.

This was announced by the celebrated musician Zubeen Garg during an anti-CAA protest rally organised jointly by the artiste fraternity and AASU recently.

Popular actor Pabitra Rabha, who is a close friend of Garg, said: “Every year, this music festival is hosted by Zubeen Garg.”

“However, this time, the business and educational institutions of Udalguri district will partner Garg in his endeavour as a homage to the legendary Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha,” he added.

“Though the programme schedule is yet to be prepared, we have chalked out plans for holding seminars on the life and history of the Kalaguru and other legendary singers of Assam,” Rabha added.

“We will also pitch for and make efforts to preserve their rich heritage and would try to carry forward their legacy,” he reiterated.

The two-day event will include exhibitions, musical nights and performances by folk teams representing diverse ethnic communities of the Northeast.

A life-size statue of the Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha will be erected in Tangla town ahead of the event.

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