Antareen, or The Confined, was released in 1994. This film’s primary language is Bengali, West Bengal, India and is 91 minutes in length. This movie was created by Mrinal Sen, and inspired by the short story Antareen written by Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto.
Among Indian cinema’s best films, it portrays the lives of two strangers as their relationship unfolds, having never met, and talking only on the telephone. He is a young writer, staying temporarily all alone, in his friend’s decrepit mansion. She is a kept, but rejected woman, reaching out nightly to strangers on the phone. Because her life is so out of control, she attempts to maintain control of their relationship by phoning him only at her pleasure. She calls him several times, in the beginning and hangs up, which intrigues him. As their conversions continue there are subtle, yet perverse changes in both of them, as he loses his cynicism of her, and she her aloofness with him. —indiavideo.org
Mrinal Sen was born on May 14, 1923, in the town of Faridpur, now in Bangladesh. After finishing his high school there, he left home to come to Calcutta for studying physics. During his student days, he got involved with the cultural wing of the Communist party. Though he never became a member of the party, his association with the Indian Peoples Theatre Association brought him close to a number of like-minded cultural people.
His interest in films started after he stumbled upon a book on film aesthetics. However his interest remained mostly intellectual, and he was forced to take up a job of a medical representative, which took him away from Calcutta. This did not last very long, and he came back to the city and eventually took a job of an audio technician in a Calcutta film studio, which was the beginning of his film carrier.
Mrinal Sen made his first feature film in 1953, which he soon tried to forget. His next film, Neel Akasher Nichey (Under the Blue Sky), earned… read more