Federation of Film Societies of Bangladesh (FFSB) and Bangladesh Short Film Forum held a seminar on the sub-continent’s legendary filmmaker, the late Mrinal Sen discussing his achievements and the works left behind by him. The seminar was hosted at the National Music, Dance & Recitation Centre at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) at 5:30pm on 11 January.
The filmmaker passed away at the age of 96 in 30 December 2018 at his residence in Kolkata. Mrinal Sen was born in 14 May 1923 in Faridpur, Bengal Presidency, British India (current day district of Faridpur, Bangladesh). After having studied physics at University of Calcutta, Sen worked as a freelance journalist, a salesman of patent medicines and a sound technician in a film studio. In the mid-1940s he joined the Indian People’s Theatre Association and at that time began to read about and study film. The association had links to the Communist Party of India and this heralded the beginning of Sen’s involvement with Marxist politics. In 1956 Sen made his debut with ‘Raat Bhore’ (1956). Although his first film was openly political, he achieved national status as the director of a comedy for ‘Bhuvan Shome’ (1969). Influenced by Italian neorealism and the work of Satyajit Ray, Sen used location shooting and non-professional casts in his early films. By the 1970s he was making wider use of symbolism and allegory. His passing away is a loss to the film industry of the sub-continent.
Liaquat Ali Lucky, Director General (DG), Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, presided over the memorial meeting. Other guests of the event included Premendu Mazumdar, Secretary, Federation of Film Societies of India, director Akram Khan, Zahidur Rahman, General Secretary, FFSB, Belyat Hossain Mamun, General Secretary, Bangladesh Short Film Forum and several others.