31 Dec Farewell MRINAL DA….Rest In Peace! by Prof. Mukesh Sharma
There is but one difference between the death of a young man and the death of an old man. Death comes to young man, whereas the old man goes death.
At 95, Mrinal sen, the grand old man of Indian cinema was waiting in the lounge for his last departure, his last journey.
In 1969, after making several Bangla films, The pioneer of parallel Cinema Mrinal da as we fondly call him, made his first Hindi film
Bhuvan Shome (with Uttpal dutt playing the lead character of MR. Bhuvan Shome) on a shoe string budget of around 2.5 lakhs. The film won the National Award for the best feature film, best actor & best direction.
Shabana Azmi who worked with Mrinal da in 3 films paid rich tributes. ‘‘He was a man of contradictions, strong but gentle, urbane but rustic, both a creator and an iconoclast who was deeply sensitive and very human. I loved working with him in all 3 films — “Khandhar”, “Genesis” and “Ek Din Achanak” — and consider “Khandar” to be the film in which I have made the least number of mistakes. Undoubtedly, he will live on through his films”
Starting his film career with the bengali film Raat Bhore (the Dawn) in 1955,the Dada Sahab Phalke award winner went on to make around 27 feature films, 14 short & 4 documentaries.
“The quality of his output varied, as does any filmmakers’ but what he never let go of was his convictions about the kind of film he wanted to make,” says actor Naseeruddin Shah.
The students of cinema at Devi Prasad Goenka Management college would like to pay rich tributes to the departed filmmaker whose sad demise brings curtains down to the golden era of Bengali cinema which was dominated by troika of Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak & Mrinal Sen.
RIP Mrinal da …we will miss you!!!