Mrinal Sen

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Birth Name: Mrinal Sen
Born: 05/04/1923

Though often favoring overt political statement, Sen achieved national prominence as the director of a comedy, "Bhuvan Shome" (1969), a film whose delicate and psychological perceptions reminded critics (not for the first time in Sen's career) of Chekhov. The funny and haunting film, which followed a widowed bureaucrat on holiday as he rediscovered his humanity at the expense of his colonial values, was a huge box-office success, dominating India's National Film Awards with wins for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor.

Of Sen's most daringly experimental and rigorously revolutionary works, his Calcutta trilogy and "Chorus" (1974), only "Calcutta '71" (1972) met with commercial success.... Continue Bio >>

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