Purnendu Ghosh

There was a time when there was tremendous unrest and Kolkata presented one of its ugliest forms. Mrinal Sen made films — Interview, Calcutta 71, and Padatik during 1971–73. These films were angry and restless, and in varying degrees, both passionate and blatant. Satyajit Ray’s Calcutta Trilogy includes films Pratidwandi, Seemabaddha, and Jana Aranya. These films, made during 1970–1975, talk about the relationships of the main characters in relation to their work, and how work shapes and misshapes a person. In Pratwandi, the protagonist searches for a job. In Seemabadha, the central character has a safe job but wants a promotion. In Jana Aranya, the young man creates his own job. The common thread of these films is making compromises and then living with the consequences of the compromises made.

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Purnendu Ghosh

Purnendu Ghosh

Executive Director BISR Jaipur and Vice President Indian National Academy of Engineering