Bimal Roy : The Man Who Spoke in Pictures

Edited by Rinki Roy Bhattacharya, Penguin Books, 2009, xxxii, 256 p, 31 colour photos, ISBN : 0670082971, $30.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Contents: Acknowledgements. Bimal Roy: a biographical sketch/Rinki Roy Bhattacharya. The best Dadu in the world/Aditya Bhattacharya. Jury address/Bimal Roy. Introduction/Rinki Roy Bhattacharya. I. Bengal: 1. Prelude/Mahasweta Devi. 2. A quiet man/Amit Chaudhuri. 3. My film guru/Nabendu Ghosh. 4. Bimal Roy/Asit Baran. 5. A pioneer/Tapan Sinha. 6. My memories of Bimal Roy/Ritwik Ghatak. 7. Remembering Bimal Roy/Vasant Chaudhuri. 8. Remembering Bimalda/Amit Bose. 9. Bimal Roy: the architect of modern Indian cinema/Tutun Mukherjee. 10. Bimal Roy and the golden age of Indian cinema/Chidananda Das Gupta. II. Bombay: 11. Filming Saratchandra Classics/ Bimal Roy. 12. Discovering Bimal Roy/Nayantara Sahgal. 13. Bimal Roy: A film-maker’s perspective/Shyam Benegal. 14. Bimal Roy: the humanist/Jahnu Barua. 15. A legacy of values in black and white/Khalid Mohamed. 16. Discovering India/Iqbal Masud. 17. Music and lyrics in the films of Bimal Roy/Prasoon Joshi. 18. Bimal Roy and Hindi film music/Shantanu Moitra. 19. Mozart and Madhumati/Kishore Chatterjee. 20. Actors in Bimal Roy’s films/Naseeruddin Shah. 21. The visionary/A.K. Bir. 22. Idealized women and a realist’s eye/Maithili Rao. 23. Women in Bimal Roy’s films/Bhawana Somaaya. 24. The possibility of gesture: the poetics of restraint in Bimal Roy’s Bandini/Sampurna Chattarji. 25. Lamps in her eyes/C.S. Lakshmi. 26. Working with Dada/Nutan. 27. Memories of Dada/Shashi Kapoor. 28. Bimalda/Gulzar. III. Beyond borders: 29. Beyond borders: Bimal Roy at home and abroad/Anwesha Arya. 30. A different kind of Hindi cinema/Rachel Dwyer. 31. The pioneering cinema of Bimal Roy/Meghnad Desai. 32. Teaching Bimal Roy’s Devdas in New Jersey/Paula H. Mayhew. 33. Revisiting Madhumati/Sonja Majumder. 34. The politics of costumes in the films of Bimal Roy/Clare Wilkinson-Weber. 35. An author for all cultures/Rada Sesic. 36. Bringing Bengal Renaissance to Bollywood/Manju Seal. 37. Bimal Roy: Master of the erotic/Soudhamini. The Bimal Roy filmography. About the contributors.

“Udayer Pathe, Bimal Roy’s first film, revolutionized Indian cinema. Hailed as a pioneer by Satyajit Ray, he was perhaps the first to bring shades of grey to the black and white screen. Roy’s spare storytelling and nuanced understanding of the human condition are reflected in classics like Devdas, Sujata and Madhumati. His ability to illuminate ordinary characters, like Shambhu in Do Bigha Zamin and Kalyani in Bandini, is attested to by their being a part of popular memory even to this day.

The Man Who Spoke in Pictures, is not just a eulogy to this great director, but also an insight into Roy, the man, the director and his art. The auteur’s little-known Bengal phase is chronicled by Mahasweta Devi and Amit Chaudhuri, as well as Tapan Sinha, Amit Bose and other greats of cinema who trace his journey from cinematographer to director. His Bombay years are recorded through a collection of analyses and anecdotes from leading literary and cinematic luminaries, including Nayantara Sahgal, Gulzar, Naseeruddin Shah and Khalid Mohamed. The final section examines Roy from the outsider’s perspective, with articles by Meghnad Desai, Rachel Dwyer and Paula H. Mayhew.

A must-have for any serious film buff, this centenary tribute is a fitting homage to the man who changed the way we saw films.” (jacket)

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