Three noted Indian filmmakers to revive Mrinal Sen’s works
As the cinema world marks the 99th birth anniversary of acclaimed filmmaker Mrinal Sen, who was born in Faridpur (Bangladesh) on May 14, 1923 -- his son Kunal took to the Facebook to announce that three feature films are being made on the late director by popular Bengali directors on his life and one of his films.
The three directors are Kaushik Ganguly, Anjan Dutt and Srijit Mukherji. Mrinal Sen was one of the leading lights of India's "new wave" of Indian cinema. "At the moment, three pictures are being made about the life and work of my father," Kunal said.
Kaushik Ganguly is making the film called "Palan", apparently reliving of sorts Sen's 1982 film "Kharij" starring Anjan Dutt, Mamata Shankar, Sreela Majumdar and Mrinal Sen's wife Gita Sen. Kaushik's film is named after the domestic help's name in Sen's movie.
According to Kunal, Kaushik Ganguly has given 40 years to the characters of his father's film 'Kharij'. "Many of those who acted in "Kharij" are also playing the same role in Kaushik's film."
Srijit Mukherji is "creating a fictional biography. He named the series "Padatik" (The Foot Soldier), apparently taking a cue from Sen's 1973 film "Padatik" which has Dhritiman Chatterjee, Simi Grewal, Bijan Bhattacharya and Jochan Dastidar among others in the cast. Then, as Kunal shares in the FB, there is Anjan Dutta "creating a personal feature picture. This picture is being made based on the conversation between father and Anjan."
Anjan Dutt made his debut in a Mrinal Sen movie through "Chalchitra" in the role of a journalist. Chalchitra stars Utpal Dutta and Gita Sen among others. "We look forward to seeing these three pictures," Kunal signs off by saying.