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NAYAK / THE HERO (Dir. Satyajit Ray, 1966, India) – Past Transgressions

There is no repudiating that Nayak saw Ray entering a period of digression, from a fecund classical style to one of artistic self-examination. Nayak questionably deconstructs both masculinity and stardom … Continue reading

September 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Chalchitra / Kaleidoscope (1981, Dir. Mrinal Sen, India)

This semi-comical snapshot of the middle class Bengali experience in Kolkata is apparently a minor work in Sen’s oeuvre. The story is slight; a young Bengali man Dipu (Anjan Dutta) … Continue reading

June 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

THE APU TRILOGY – Robin Wood (1972) Movie Magazine

‘Where most of Godard’s detractors wouldn’t dream of missing a new Godard film, there is a general sense among Ray’s that Mahanagar and Charulata wouldn’t be worth the time and … Continue reading

August 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

PIKU (Dir. Shoojit Sircar, 2015, India)

What would Satyajit Ray have made of Piku? There was a sundry of questions running through my head as I left the cinema. There is no doubt he would have … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 4 Comments

OMAR AHMED

UK-based Film Scholar and PhD Researcher (Indian Parallel Cinema) at The University of Manchester (AHRC 2015).

Previously Head of Film (2003 – 2016) at Aquinas College, Stockport.

Contact:
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LATEST PUBLICATION: ROBOCOP (Auteur/Columbia University Press, 2018)

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