The Bengali tigers!

Not since Sir Rabindranath Tagore, Satyajit Ray, Bimal Roy and sitarist Ravi Shankar ruled the Indian literary, film and music scene and Hrishikesh Mukherjee gave Indian cinema a taste of the Bengali language, a-la “Babu Moshai”, has the State of West Bengal featured so prominently in the Indian entertainment milieu.

By Ar Modak, By Email

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Published: Thu 24 Jan 2013, 9:08 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:48 AM

The latest wins by “Kahaani”, and “Barfi”, (for best film and best direction, respectively), bears testimony to the immense talent in this Bay of Bengal.

It is also probably the first time that in an industry dominated by Bollywood A-listers, Bengalis have taken stellar honours.

Calcutta, famous globally for the charitable work by the late Mother Teresa, will find greater solace now that its sons (and daughters) have put their state in the forefront of cinematic lore, harking back to the days of the “Kashmiri Kali” Sharmila Tagore, the multiple award-winning director Bimal Roy, Sarat Chandra’s novellas Devdas and Parineeta …and, even a one-time cricket captain by the name of Ganguly.


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