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The man behind Devdas, Parineeta

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santanu dey
saratbabu ,bankimbabu
by santanu dey on Jun 21, 2005 07:59 AM

while you are praising saratbabu,praise him as much as you can because he deserves that.but why are you criticising bankimbabu.they were not contemporary.it is almost comparing walter scott with thomas hardy."bankimbabu is like trigonometry and saratbabu is like algebra" is the most stupid line one can come across .it shows the writer's lack of knowledge both in maths and bengali literature. a story may be really good but somebody has to be good director to make a good film out of it.there are many example of poor films made out of classics.

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No mention of Srikanta
by Ullas on Jun 21, 2005 12:29 AM


Agree with most part of what you say. I have a regret that you didnt mention 'Srikanta' which was Saratchandra's best work as for me. There has been no other writer in Indian literature who has created as varied and as powerful women as Saratchandra and 'RajaLakshmi' of Srikanta will let alone triumph over all the rest.

And one opinion about men in Saratchandra's works. If any one thinks they are weak, check out 'Pather Debi'- one of the most engrossing problem novels India has produced - Doctor/Sabyasachi of 'Pather Debi' is one of the strongest male characters of Indian literature (May be a bit like Subhash Chandra Bose and CR Das, i may add)

I am happy that Sarat babu is getting wide attention and respect that was long due for him(Outside Bengal).
Thats the least we can do to the literary genius who broke the tradition of literary works in India in more than one way and produced a magic that works like a web in the minds of interested readers.


PS: Sarat Babu was a fabulous painter as well(I am not fortunate enough to see any and this is from those who have seen it). Almost all his paintings were lost in a fire in his house in Berma,

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Sapan Kumar
Great Article: Parineeta
by Sapan Kumar on Jun 20, 2005 07:34 PM

I like the article titled \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"The man behind Devdas, Parineeta\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" posted by Indrani Roy Mitra. Could any one give a profile information about the lead actress in the film \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"Parineeta\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\".

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u. Das
S.C. Chottopadhayay
by u. Das on Jun 20, 2005 07:34 PM

In my view V.V. Chopra is appreciable. It can be understand that he keeps a indepth knowledge about our so rich indian culture & tresures.

Also it shuld not be forgotten that there are still people we are attached to the soil & doing a lot to preserve tresures of this kind.

VVC is appreciable in this case particularly for the reason that he has taken a lot of risk investing so much money instead going for a cheaper way of earning money. He could have also gone for a film without clothes.

This is appreciable

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Sarat Chandra
by Arjun on Jun 20, 2005 07:33 PM

There was a time when Bimal Roy brought Sarat Chandra's classics alive on the screen through gems like Devdas, Biraj Bahu , Parineeta etc. It seems that this tradition of Bimal Roy has been reawakened today!

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Rana Beteille
Undue co-relation
by Rana Beteille on Jun 20, 2005 07:17 PM  | Hide replies

The Author, in order to establish the writing skills of Saratchandra has drawn undue corelation of his writings to that of Rabindranath and Bankimchandra.

Katha-shilpi Saratchandra (that is the title given to him in literary circles of that time) touched the hearts of contemporary bengali community through his simplistic depiction of situations and related emotions...he was unique in that. But,it is completely out of place to draw Rabindranath and Bankimchandra in examples to establish Sartchandra's creativity.

Most educated Calcuttans know that Bankimchandra was a pioneer in Bengali literature and his skills with the vocabulary still goes unsurpassed. Comparing his novels with such shallow subjects as trigonometry, only help in explaining the profundity of the author's understanding.

Not to say much about Rabindranath, he still remains the literary benchmark for Indian writing accross the world. And the figment of imagination in constructing some element of jelousy in him, when compared to Saratchandra, only clarifies the authors connection with 'Hindi Cinema'

Thanks & Regards

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afsal khan
parineeta a crap movie
by afsal khan on Jun 20, 2005 06:58 PM  | Hide replies

dont compare parineeta with devdas , devdas excelled only because sanjayleela bhansalis artistic mind, there is no soul in parineeta, why are making people to loose their money????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????/

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karuna sharma
RE:parineeta a crap movie
by karuna sharma on Jun 22, 2005 11:00 AM
i was shocked at the very title saying parineeta is a crap movie......'twas shocking as well as dissappointing.....no seriously... something written by sarat chandra can never be called as crap...... it has a lot of sense and if the writer of this message is giving such a statement coz the film lacks that true and exact depiction of those times i feel then we all have to bear with that. even the film devdas lacked that exact depiction......and its quite hard on the part of the director....coz at the end of the day what matters is the coins you count....isn't it a bravado act for the director to have the guts to make a film which doesn't have any contemporary issue?.........the film deals with the the issue which matches all eras and times ...that's LOVE...the film is a beautiful work of art and should not be called crap

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RE:parineeta a crap movie
by Rex on Jun 26, 2005 10:22 PM
Grow up buddy .. Try to appreciate the litreary work of the great writers .
If you feel that all movies should be mar dhad style then I am sorry to say that you still need to mature a lot

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Wonderful piece of article
by Subhasis on Jun 20, 2005 06:52 PM  | Hide replies

This was a wonderful piece of writing which is very much true. I only hope that more and more Bolywood film makers can convert Sarat Chandra Chattopadyay's writings into movies rather that borrowing stories from Hollywood or elsewhere...

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biswajit mandal
RE:Wonderful piece of article
by biswajit mandal on Jul 19, 2006 07:38 PM

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about Sarat Chandra
by Jay on Jun 20, 2005 06:23 PM

Nice article, this little tribute to Sarat Chandra was long overdue....... and very well-written one too........

but I was a bit surprised that the article contains no mention of "Sreekanta", perhaps the most popular and immortal of his works.... the four different phases of life.... a amazing novel..... without a parallel in world literature..... exciting, romantic, sublime, a masterpiece..........
how could you possibly miss that out?


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santosh gupta
Excellent movie
by santosh gupta on Jun 20, 2005 05:52 PM

I would appreciate the Director & producer of the movie (both Devdas & Parineeta)...They made it a great movie. Through like these movies we came to know many thing about indian culture & orthodox.


Santosh Gupta

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