Review: Rituparno Ghosh On/And Film edited by Somdatta Mandal and Koushik Mondal – Hindustan Times

ByShoma A Chatterji

Nov 22, 2023 09:54 AM IST

Award successful movie maker Rituparno Ghosh was additionally a author of profiles, quick tales and tune lyrics in Bengali. This quantity features a assortment of his writing translated into English

Few outdoors West Bengal are conscious that filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh was not solely an award-winning filmmaker and actor but in addition a author of lovely reminiscence items, profiles, editorials, quick tales, tune lyrics in Bengali, over which his command was unimaginable. On being given the accountability of enhancing Anandbazar Patrika’s movie fortnightly, Anandalok, he gave it a brand new look. Some years later, he took over the editorship of Robbar, the Sunday complement of famous Bengali each day, Shongbad Protidin. It will usually be offered out inside an hour of copies being laid out on the information stand. Following his premature and sudden loss of life, all his editorials have been collected and revealed by Deys’ Publishing because the two-volume First Individual. The title remains to be promoting very properly however as all of the writing is in Bengali, it’s inaccessible to the non-Bengali reader.

Bengali filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh won around 12 national and some international awards for his critical and commercially successful films like Unishe April, Dahan, Asukh, Chokher Bali, Raincoat, Bariwali, Antarmahal, Noukadubi, Abohoman, Chitrangada and The Last Lear. (Prateek Choudhary/Hindustan Times)
Bengali filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh gained round 12 nationwide and a few worldwide awards for his vital and commercially profitable movies like Unishe April, Dahan, Asukh, Chokher Bali, Raincoat, Bariwali, Antarmahal, Noukadubi, Abohoman, Chitrangada and The Final Lear. (Prateek Choudhary/Hindustan Occasions)

364pp, ₹650; Hawakal Publishers
364pp, ₹650; Hawakal Publishers

Critic and translator and former Professor of English at Visva-Bharati College, Santiniketan, Somdatta Mandal and her doctoral scholar, Koushik Mondal, determined to assemble all of Rituparno Ghosh’s writings that appeared in Bengali media, translate them and current them in a single quantity. The result’s this ebook, Rituparno Ghosh On/And Movie.

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What made them take up such a difficult mission? “After Rituparno’s loss of life, I used to be alarmed to seek out out that there have been hardly any severe books or materials obtainable on him. Rituparno Ghosh; Cinema, gender and artwork edited by Sangita Dutta and others was too erudite for the common reader and focussed on his queerness. The excessive worth of the overseas version additionally made it inaccessible. Only some libraries would retailer a replica. So a ebook that’s complete and simply obtainable within the Indian context was the necessity of the hour,” says Mandal.

Rituparno Ghosh On/And Movie begins with a protracted introduction to the filmmaker after which graduates to his different abilities as a substitute of specializing in his sexuality and its affect on his public picture. Within the ebook’s introduction that runs to greater than 70 pages, Mandal factors out:

“This ebook is a humble try to carry your complete Rituparno Ghosh oeuvre inside two covers as until date, solely a few books have been revealed in English on his movies. From the start, we’ve tried to keep away from all kinds of vital evaluation of his movies by others. We wished to seize the movie maker’s personal voice and viewpoints so far as attainable.”

Apart from Koushik’s go to to the SRFTI Library and the Little Journal Library in Kolkata, a lot of the sources have been collected on-line. Rituparno’s “First Individual” editorials, that appeared each week in Robbar, helped the editors of this quantity higher perceive the director’s thought patterns.

In a single opinion piece Ghosh writes:

My actual remorse is that I couldn’t direct the nimble-footed Madhuri Dixit. She has probably the most stunning smile, is very photogenic and has a physique language which no different actress can match. We have been virtually on the verge of working collectively however future was not sort in the direction of us. I shared an excellent rapport with Dimple Kapadia however by no means had a script in thoughts, which might do justice to her versatility.(Web page 59)

The ebook is split into 5 chapters that embody the lengthy introduction which carries many quotes from Rituparno on his view on cinema and on how the movies of Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and others impressed him even throughout his stint as a copywriter with Response Promoting Company. This chapter reveals a Ghosh who will not be broadly identified. He was all reward for a number of Bombay movies like Barfi, which he liked, and actors he labored with like Naseeruddin Shah, Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan. The quotes reveal that he was fairly not like the everyday Bengali elite mental who turns up his nostril at even the point out of Bollywood. In truth, he expressed his remorse at not having had the chance to work with Madhuri Dixit. He directed many mainstream Bollywood actors together with Aishwarya Rai, Monisha Koirala, Arjun Rampal, Divya Seth, Kiron Kher, Shefali Chhaya, Preiti Zinta amongst others. What’s extra, many actors bagged Nationwide Awards for his or her performances in his movies.

A scene from Rituparno Ghosh’s Naukadubi (Hindustan Times Archive)
A scene from Rituparno Ghosh’s Naukadubi (Hindustan Occasions Archive)

The second chapter entitled Talking/Writing on his personal characteristic movies as director supplies deep insights into his movies organized in chronological sequence starting with Hirer Angti (1991) and shutting with Satyanweshi (2013). Subsequent is The Queer Trilogy, which refers to his “uninhibited efficiency of queerness each in his movies and within the public area.” The chapter seems at his remaining queer movie trilogy and the affect he left on Kolkata’s LGBT group. Apparently, two of those movies weren’t directed by Ghosh. The primary, Simply One other Love Story was directed by Kaushik Ganguly and the final, Reminiscences in March, was directed by Sanjoy Nag. Within the latter movie, Deepti Naval made her first look as Ghosh’s display screen mom. This chapter is replete with dozens of interviews of Ghosh taken by famous journalists and movie critics each in English and in Bengali. Footnotes supply particulars of every.

Chapter 4 entitled Brief Movies, Telefilms, TV Serials, Documentaries, Dream Tasks gives an perception into Ghosh’s lesser identified work in these genres. This reviewer remembers the spectacular tv serial Bahanno Episode that was, sadly, not seen by too many individuals. This chapter additionally particulars his much-discussed speak reveals on satellite tv for pc channels, a few of which raised heated controversies. However he shrugged them off with the informal indifference that grew to become a part of his id as a star.

The final chapter titled Choose Interviews in Print and Media is simply that.

When requested why they’d chosen to work on Rituparno and never another well-known filmmaker in Bengali cinema, Mandal stated, “A lot has been written and revealed about Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen and different Indian movie administrators however nothing a lot is discovered on Rituparno per se. For such an vital movie director there may be hardly any severe materials on him obtainable and the main focus of the ebook was to carry out his personal perspective concerning his personal movies in addition to his opinion about different cinema and movie personalities as properly. Now that his life has come to a full cease it’s simple to make a summation, not like a director who remains to be dwelling.”

An excellent learn, this can be a must-have for movie aficionados and movie students alike.

Shoma A Chatterji is an unbiased journalist. She lives in Kolkata.

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