Dibaker Banerjee: Five Fine Realistic Films in Indian Cinema
Movies, and the way they have been made, have changed drastically over the last century.As have the filmmakers' cinematic sensibilities.
This churn has thrown up exciting young directors like Dibakar Banerjee, who has made realistic films like Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006) Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008), Love Sex Aur Dhokha (2010) and Shanghai (2012). His signature style has made him a director worth watching out for.
As part of our celebration of Indian cinema's 100th anniversary, we will ask 100 movie professionals to share their views about Indian cinema.
Here, Dibakar lists Five Fine Realistic Films that he has personally loved:Mirch Masala (1987)
Director: Ketan Mehta
Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil, Om Puri, Suresh Oberoi, Deepti Naval.
Set in a village in Gujarat, one can see such marvelous art direction and visuals. The costumes were so colourful.
You just have to look at this film to be to be proud of being an India, as the country owns such beauty.
The film's story is very provocative, real and aggressive.
Image: A scene from Mirch Masala. Inset: Dibaker Banerjee
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Pankaj Kapur, Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah
Image: A scene from Maqbool
Bandit Queen (1994)
Director: Shekhar Kapur
Cast: Seema Biswas, Nirmal Pandey, Saurab Shukla, Mano Bajpayee
The film opened a new direction for me, in terms of how India could be seen through the camera.
Shekhar Kapur and (cinematographer) Ashok Mehta's work was ground-breaking. I had never seen Indian images of Indians like this.
At the same time, the film was very gritty, real and impactful.
Image: A scene from Bandit Queen
Pather Panchali (1955)
Image: A scene from Pather Panchali
Image: A scene from Holi