Are you a lover of cinema and call yourself a movie-buff? Are you one of those people for whom the likes of Ray, Ghatak and Gopalakrishanan are nothing short of Gods? Are you an Indian movie fanatic, who not only loves commercial movies but also appreciates parallel cinema? Then you will surely fall in love with this book in no time. Always Being Born: Recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke Award Mrinal Sen A Memoir is the autobiography of one of the greatest auteurs that the world has ever seen, Mrinal Sen. He is regarded as a pioneer of the New Cinema genre in India, which ushered in an era of parallel cinema and paved the path for quite a few Indian directors.
His films have been watched, analysed, discussed and dissected several times and have also been included in the curriculum of various film institutes and schools. This book is an autobiography of Sen, which mostly concentrates on his cinematic journey. If you are a fan of Mrinal Sen, then you should definitely consider buying this autobiography. This edition of the book has been published by Stellar Publishers Pvt. Ltd. on January 1, 2006. For those who want to buy books online, you can order your copy of this book from any online bookstore on Junglee.
Mrinal Sen, one of the greatest directors of all times, has always maintained that he has become an author by compulsion and a filmmaker by accident. However, his fans would thank the good lord for that accident. In this book, Sen takes his readers through his entire journey of filmmaking in his own inimitable style. Not even for a single moment the book become boastful and bragging. He writes straight from his heart and allows us to be a part of his amazing journey. His first encounter with films happened in the early 1940s in the form of an unknown book by Rudolf Arnheim titled, Film. He found the book at the Imperial Library, which is now called National Library. As he went on perusing various tomes regarding films and devoured anything and everything available on films, he fell in love with Cinema. He started penning down critiques on various aspects of Cinema and its philosophy, and in the process started dreaming about a new genre of Cinema, called New Cinema. He fell in love with films and sowed a seed of filmmaking within his heart. This seed one day grew into a gigantic tree which provided the world with many gems like, Akaler Sandhane, Calcutta 71 and Interview. Mrinal Sen, through his films, nonchalantly provided the society with a mirror to take a closer look at its inner demons, which was slowly but steadily corroding the very foundation of the society. His films are known for their unique narrative, which is ascribed to the New Cinema genre. He along with Satyajit Ray and Rittick Ghatak, formed a triumvirate and took Indian Cinema to the global stage, and how! Sen is known for his acute political awareness, left-wing orientation and brazen outlook towards life.
This book captures Sen at his best. It has been written in a conversational tone, which makes the book speak to its readers. Reading this book is almost like engaging in a conversation with the great auteur over a cup of tea. This edition of the book is published in English and comes in paperback binding. Its ISBN 10 code is 8190224719 and ISBN 13 code is 9788190224710.