Synopsis: Nabendu Ghosh shared a unique bonding with his film guru, Bimal Roy. In 1951,when the celluloid master went to Bombay to make \'Maa\' for Bombay Talkies, he took the Bengali litterateur turned screenwriter in his team. And in 1964 the director\'s last film Bandini, that won a silver trophy at Karlovy Vary, was scripted by screen playwright Nabendu Ghosh. In between they had created such timeless classics as Baap Beti, Parineeta, Naukri, Biraj Bahu, Devdas, Yahudi and Sujata. How did the writer-director duo work? And what made their unique association work?
And They Made Classics goes behind the scenes with an interview with Nabendu Ghosh that was taken by Joy Bimal Roy in 2005, as he prepared to make \'Remembering Bimal Roy\'. Ratnottama Sengupta revisits the stories in a Centennial Tribute to Nabendu Ghosh (27 March 1917 - 15 December 2007).
An additional layer of the film has the writer\'s colleagues such as Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Nutan, Dilip Kumar, Sunil Dutt and Gulzar, and students such as Jaya Bachchan, Saeed Mirza, Girish Kasaravalli, Ravi Ojha and Vikas Desai talking about his art and his contribution to moulding the New Indian Cinema. This makes this Centennial Film a storehouse of information, anecdotes, and comments of archival value.
Production: Dr. Debasis Sengupta
Screenplay: Ratnottama Sengupta
Cinematography: Christopher Rego
Editing: Dipak Mandal
Sound: Sandip Singha
Festivals: Kolkata International Film Festival 2017, Bhubaneswar International Film Festival 2018, Dhaka 2018, Bangalore 2018
Screening will be followed by the launch of That Bird Called Happiness published by Speaking Tiger. The book is a collection of nine stories of Nabendu Ghosh in English translation edited by Ratnotamma Sengupta.
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