Overview for Chasing the Truth
Mrinal Sen is one of Indiaâ€™s foremost filmmakers, a pioneer of the alterative cinema movement in India. A veteran director whose career spans five decades, he produced his first film in the 1950s and has since made twenty-six features, two documentaries, and a number of televisions films. He is a writer-director whose works are permeated by his engagement with social issues and by his acute political awareness. His widely varied films encompass direct political statement, social analysis and psychological drama. Mrinal Senâ€™s works have been praised by critics throughout the world and honoured with awards at numerous international film festivals in India and abroad. This book is an introduction to the films of Mrinal Sen, helping provide the historical and cultural context in which his work needs to be studied. In this introductory overview, complete with a filmography and a select bibliography, readers are familiarized with his oeuvre and the social and political commitment that informs the body of his work. His films are examined thematically and the connection between his life, the times, the socio-political context and his work is articulated in some detail.
John W. Hood (Author)
John W. Hood is an internationally recognized scholar of Indian art cinema and is known for his work. The Essential Mystery: Major Filmmakers of Indian Art Cinema, also published by Orient Longman. He has also written on the films of Mrinal Sen and has published a book of translations of Buddhadeb Dasgupta's poetry, Love and Other Forms of Death. He has been a scholar of Indian culture for most of his life and is also a translator of Bengali literature. He now divides his time between his homes in Melbourne and Kolkata.