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.
When we choose to look away for good, we are as complicit as those at the helm of this atrocity
Over 100 people in Lebanon have been reported killed during the hostilities started on October 7