It is the story of a man, of one among many. Suddenly one day the man, a retired professor, disappears. Days roll into months, life goes on, but the children and the wife keep on looking back. The lost man appears on the scene over and over again, all fragmented encounters between him and others, all that happened in the past which freely intermingle with the present. Thus, through unceasing dialogue between the past and the present, life of the interior begins to unfold itself revealing receptions on diverse levels and eventually cutting the man to his size. —mrinalsen.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