15 June, 2021

Mrinal Sen

At 75, a mellowed maestro looks for a form that will redefine popular cinema

Mrinal Sen
Is there any aspect of your life and work you'd want to change in your career?
Not my career alone, given another chance, I'd treat my life as a dress rehearsal and start all over again. Even as there's a sense of fulfilment, I'm aware of the lapses I've committed.

Why hasn't there been a full-length film for 5 years?
In mid-1995, my friend Amit Khanna did offer to produce a film directed by me. I toyed with ideas, drafted scripts, even organised a serious hunt for actors and locations but dropped it all. I am still on the job, looking for a subject untouched so far, a form that will push the frontiers of popular cinema.

Among your films, which one would you rate as your personal favourite?
Don't ask me to rate my favourites. I've quite a few films that are close to my heart.

Do you think the good cinema movement is dead in India?
Good cinema in India is getting increasingly uninteresting and dull. Not cinema alone, creativity as a whole is in the throes of a crisis. But I'm sure the tide will...

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