Dipen Guhawrote on May 16 2009 7:55PM
Neel Aakasher Niche (Under the Blue Sky)) Mrinal Sen
All good creations are the products of the troubled minds of the creators. Mrinal Sen is one of such creators whose films are the clear manifestations of times he has passed through. Mrinal Sen was born on May 14, 1923 at Faridpur in Bangladesh.A graduate in Physics, young Mrinal took the job of a medical representative . But, his cup of tea was lying elsewhere. He joined IPTA and chanced to come across a host of intellectuals. He joined the Studio as an audio-technician where he could smell the flavours of his coveted cup. He made his presence felt with "Neel Aakasher Niche"(Under the blue sky).It was followed by "Baise Sravan"(Wedding Day), Aakash Kusum, Calcutta-71, Interview, Akaler Sandhane (In Search of Femine) in which he aptly exploited the talent of Smita Patil, Khandahar with Shabana Aazmi and Nasir- uddin Shah. Political turmoils of times are always vivid in his films. Actually he caught the spirit of the times or periods he belonged to. Ek Din Pratidin, Ek Din Aachanak, Kharij center round the domestic ambit but not without economic and socio impacts. Sen, who is pronounced next to Satyajit Ray, bagged awards from Canes, Berlin Venice, Moscow and Karlovy Vary. Mrinal Sen, the Padma Bhusan was the pathfinder to the New Wave Cinema with his creation of "Bhuban Shome"in 1969. The Govt. Of India bestowed upon him "Dada Saheb Phalke Award"in 2005. This octogenarian youth still retains uncloying spirit.