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Sen, Mrinal 1923-

Works: 119 works in 218 publications in 5 languages and 1,575 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Screenplays  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Internet videos  Interviews  Film adaptations  History  Biography  Musical films  Sermons 
Roles: Author, Director, Interviewee, Other, Editor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Mrinal Sen
In search of famine (Ākāler Sandhāney) : a film by Mrinal Sen( Book )

10 editions published between 1980 and 1985 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guerilla fighter( Visual )

2 editions published in 1973 in Bengali and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Considered by some to be the first politically-overt film made in India, Padatik was made at a time when the extreme left-wing Naxalite movement, was enervated by the constant attack of the Indian state and by factional in-fighting. The third part of the Calcutta Trilogy (after Interview, 1970, and Calcutta '71, 1972), shows an activist, escaping from police custody and sheltering with an upper-class woman. During his enforced isolation, he begins to question party leadership. As Mrinal Sen said: PADATIK has something to do with the contemporary political scene. You don't have a free hand here. It is not possible for many reasons to be very candid about many things. But that doesn't mean you'll tell half-truths. Half-truths are perhaps more dangerous than lies. To my mind, I tried to analyze the political situation the way I felt it would be done. It could have been clearer but I felt that even this should be done. We had arrived at a point when the Left movement was lying low and the leftist parties were in disarray, losing perspective, and isolated, at a time when there was a need for unceasing self-criticism. That is why the protagonist in PADATIK has unshaken faith in the party, even though he has suffered reverses due to faulty direction. Yet he does question the leadership bitterly and uncompromisingly. Nonetheless, the fact remains that in our country, as elsewhere, you do have the leadership and to a certain extent even the cadres go the established way in order to fight the establishment. As the party fights the establishment, it falls victim to it. The party soon adopts the very mores and manners it has been fighting. This is what is happening to our party. This is why a lot of criticism is being taken up these days and there are so many factions even in the most extremist left party--in each of the Marxist variety there are a lot of factions. So any situation dealing with this is liable to be criticized and contradicted by some faction or other. But to my mind, it is important to raise these issues. It is detrimental, ruinous, and suicidal not to discuss these issues at all when you know there is something wrong somewhere, maybe in the cadres, maybe in the leadership, maybe somewhere else. Winner Indian National Award for Best Screenplay, 1974
Suddenly one day by Mrinal Sen( Visual )

2 editions published in 1988 in Hindi and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A retired professor, Lagoo, suddenly disappears one day. His family is worried especially when he doesn't return after months, and then years. His wife, children and friends, then try to remember him through reconstructed memory, providing the film's flashback structure. Some critics saw this as Mrinal Sen's most personal film. As Sen said: 'Life didn't stop even for a moment. It carried on. But his family - his wife, his children - keep looking back, into the past. Each constantly reconstructs the man in their own minds, aided by fragments of memory. That man and I, that man and you, that man and the rest of us -- one among many. "Believe me, irrespective of who you are and how talented you may be, you are possessed of mediocrity. The minute you are conscious of this within you, your crisis deepens." This is the thought that prompted the film, and perhaps the greatest tragedy in man's life is that he has only that one life
The confined by Mrinal Sen( Visual )

2 editions published in 1993 in Bengali and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inspired by the short story Antareen written by Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto, the film shows the unfolding telephone relationship of two strangers. A young writer, staying alone, strikes up a friendship with a lonely anonymous female caller. We soon learn that she is the mistress of a rich old man, who keeps her in a lavish apartment and maintains her lower-middle-class family. Feeling powerless by her circumstance, she exerts control over the phone relationship by calling him only at her pleasure. As their conversations continue, so do their attachment to each other. They finally meet in a train compartment where his voice gives her a moment of recognition. The writer was played by Anjan Dutt, and the woman on the phone by Dimple Kapadia. Winner Indian National Award, Best Bengali Film 1994. Winner Outstanding Film, Istanbul Film Festival 1995, Winner BFJA (Journalist Association, oldest film critics award) Award Best Screenwriter - Mrinal Sen 1995 and BFJA Award Best Editing - Mrinmoy Chakraborty 1995
Genesis by D. James Kennedy( Visual )

5 editions published between 1980 and 1992 in Hindi and German and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of two men who left civilization after a famine to live in a desolate land. They were later joined by a woman who had left the land of the floods after everyone including her son had died
The absence trilogy by Mrinal Sen( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scripts and shots of three films directed by the author
Views on cinema by Mrinal Sen( Book )

2 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bhuvan Shome( Visual )

13 editions published between 1969 and 2012 in Hindi and Gujarati and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sen's breakthrough low-budget film is sometimes seen as the origin of New Indian Cinema. Set in the late 40's just after Independence, it is a satirical comedy about the upright Bengali railway officer Bhuvan Shome who sacks a corrupt ticket collector before going off on a duck-hunting expedition in Gujarat. There he meets the village belle Gauri, who turns out to be the wife of the man he sacked. He enjoys the attention she lavishes upon him and returns a "humanised" bureaucrat, determined to enjoy life to the full
Aakaler sandhane by Mrinal Sen( Visual )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in Bengali and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young, idealistic director arrives in a Bengali village to fictionally reconstruct the 1943 man-made Bengal famine. Once in the town everything begins to go wrong. An actress walks off the set and a local girl quits when the film's subject becomes too personal, forestalling production. Ironically the presence of the film crew begins to drive up the price of food in the village, leaving the residents angry and fearful of another famine
Āmi ebaṃ calaccitra. by Mrinal Sen( Book )

3 editions published in 1972 in Bengali and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

My Chaplin by Mrinal Sen( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the life and works of Charlie Chaplin, 1889-1977, comedian and film artist from United States
Ek din achanak = Eka dina acānaka( Visual )

5 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in Hindi and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One evening, in the midst of torrential rains, professor Shashanka goes out for a walk and fails to return. As the evening stretches into days and the days into weeks with no sign of him, the member of his family struggle both to regain their footing and to understand what might have caused him to leave
Kalakātā 71 = Calcutta 71 by Mrinal Sen( Visual )

3 editions published in 2002 in Bengali and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Film recounts three famous Bengali stories and two contemporary episodes, each presenting an aspect of poverty and exploitation
Sinemā, ādhunikatā by Mrinal Sen( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in Bengali and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Articles on motion picture, with special reference to the modern Indian cinema
Calaccitra, bhūta bartamāna bhabishyat̲ by Mrinal Sen( Book )

1 edition published in 1977 in Bengali and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmgeschichte Weltweit( Visual )

3 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in German and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Antarīṇa( Visual )

4 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in Bengali and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film is the love story of a young writer who goes to an old country mansion, in search of inspiration for writing. The young writer strikes up a telephonic relationship with an anonymous female caller, a suffering mistress of a rich man. These conversations provide the writer with material for his fiction. In the end, the two protagonists meet each other in a train compartment
Padatik( Visual )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in Bengali and Hindi and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on a chapter from the Ramayana. Sumit is an ideologue of an extremist left-wing party, and escapes from police custody. Thanks to his party boss Nikhilda{u2019}s connections, he gets refuge in the high-rise apartment of a rich divorcee, who works as a high profile executive in an advertising agency. Isolated in his comfortable refuge, Sumit begins to question the actions of his party and its consequences and also develops a somewhat romantic friendship with his benefactress
Inaṭārabhiu = Interview( Visual )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in Bengali and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ranjit cannot get a middle-class job because he cannot get hold of his only Western-style suit
Ekdin pratidin( Visual )

3 editions published between 1989 and 2010 in Bengali and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A story of the interaction among the owner and tenants of a house, especially the family whose daughter does not come home one night
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The absence trilogy
The enemy within : the films of Mrinal SenOver the years : an interview with Samik BandyopadhyayMrinal sen : the survivor
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English (44)

Bengali (42)

Hindi (26)

German (4)

Gujarati (1)