12 contemporary Bengali filmmakers to watch out for
Here’s a list of some of the greatest Bengali filmmakers working today.
Bengali film industry or Tollywood has always been recognized for producing good quality cinema. Thanks to the late filmmakers like Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Ritwik Ghatak, Rajen Tarafdar, Tapan Sinha, Rituporno Ghosh, Buddhadev Dasgupta and others, this industry has released a number of movies which are of international standard. While the present scenario is not as good it was back then, there are still some Bengali filmmakers who are working with extreme passion and consistently coming up with pathbreaking movies. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Goutam Ghose: Goutam Ghose is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker who is still equally passionate about cinema, even after working for more than four decades. Best works: ‘Padma Nadir Majhi’, ‘Moner Manush’ etc.
Aparna Sen: Recipient of nine National Film Awards and a Padma Shri, Aparna Sen is another legendary filmmaker who brilliantly explores various complex yet important topics on screen. Best works: ‘Paramitar Akdin’, ‘Parama’ etc.
Kaushik Ganguly: Kaushik Ganguly is a visionary filmmaker whose movies deal with unconventional topics wonderfully yet in a simplistic manner on screen. Best works: ‘Shabdo’, ‘Nagarkirtan’ etc.
Indranil Roychowdhury: An alumnus of FTII, Indranil Roychowdhury has the ability to pull off the conflicting characteristics of human beings brilliantly on screen. Best works: ‘Phoring’, ‘Mayar Jonjal’ etc.
Pradipta Bhattacharyya: Pradipta Bhattacharya is one such filmmaker who breaks all the conventional filmmaking norms and comes up with something unique as well as extraordinary. Best works: ‘Bakita Byaktigato’, ‘Rajlokhi O Srikanto’ etc.
Atanu Ghosh: Atanu Ghosh is widely appreciated for making movies with topics which are very much relevant to the society. Best works: ‘Angshumaner Chhobi’, ‘Mayurakhshi’ etc.
Indrasis Acharya: A brilliant filmmaker coming from corporate background, Indrasis Acharya is unparalleled when it comes to exploring complicated human relationships on screen. Best Works: ‘Bilu Rakkhosh’, ‘Pupa’ etc.
Churni Ganguly: Churni Ganguly is an extremely talented filmmaker who loves to portray characterswith subtle emotions and sensitive memories in her movies. Best works: ‘Nirbashito’, ‘Tarikh’ etc.
Suman Mukhopadhyay: Primarily an eminent theatre personality, Suman Mukhopadhyay is also a visionary filmmaker who mostly works with literature. Best works: ‘Herbert’, ‘Kangal Malsat’ etc.
Anik Dutta: Anik Dutta is one such filmmaker who masters the art of pulling off complicated socio-political subjects in subtle comedic manner on screen. Best works: ‘Bhooter Bhabishyat’, ‘Borunbabur Bondhu’ etc.
Srijit Mukherji: Srijit Mukherji is a commercially successful filmmaker who popularized the concept of “middle-of-the-road cinema” in Bengali film industry in the early 2010s. Best works: ‘Jaatishwar’, ‘Hemlock Society’ etc.
Qaushiq Mukherjee: Qaushiq Mukherjee or Q is an exceptional filmmaker who’s each movie possesses something fresh and out-of-the-box content. Best works: ‘Gandu’, ‘Tasher Desh’ etc.
The list also includes some other filmmakers like Kamaleshwar Mukherjee, Bauddhayan Mukherji, Indradip Dasgupta, Parambrata Chatterjee, Manas Mukul Paul, Soukarya Ghosal, Amitabh Chatterji and others.