What's New? Madhabi Mukhopadhyay's 'Petty politics ruined Kanan-di's dream' in the Longform Article segment!
What's remembered, lives. What's archived, stays. Despite all our interest in nostalgia and passion for movies, too little has been done to document the history of Bengal's cinema from the previous century. The pandemic came as a wake-up call for us. As a passionate group of film enthusiasts, we decided to create a digital platform that inspires artists and audiences alike. That's how Bengal Film Archive (BFA) was conceived as a bilingual e-archive. At this one-stop digital cine-cyclopedia, we have not just tried to archive facts, trivia, features, interviews and biographical sketches but also included interactive online games regarding old and contemporary Bengali cinema

Since the advent of the talkie era, playback has played a big role in Bengali cinema. From Kanan Devi’s Ami banaphool go to Arati Mukhopadhyay’s Ami Miss Calutta  our films have a song for every emotion. In this segment, BFA tunes in to the music composers, singers and lyricists who made all that happen. The bonus is a chance to listen to the BFA-curated list of hits across seven decades!

Longform Articles
In an age of minuscule attention span, what is the advantage of sharing long-form articles? Those playing the devils' advocate might call it suicidal. We, at BFA, are ready to gamble and celebrate the art of fine writing. We want to share in-depth analytical pieces on cinema, engaging memoirs that offer genuine value for time and interviews that make for immersive reading experiences. All our articles are available in both English and Bengali. Additionally, none of them are behind a paywall. So, take your time to read, know about our panel of authors and revisit the pieces without having to worry about your wallet.

‘Molina Devi would buy foreign magazines to check out and try various looks!’

Once upon a time, her circumstances were such that Molina Devi had to start her acting career at the tender age of eight. From being one of the dancers in Kinnari that was staged at Minerva Theater to becoming the quintessential Rani Rashmoni of the stage and the silver screen, Molina Devi made her way up through talent. Veteran actress
Madhabi Mukhopadhyay
revisits her life both on and off screen

This archive is essentially a celebration of cinema from Bengal through words and still images. Yet, no celebration of cinema is complete without a tribute from moving images. In this section, BFA presents short films about unsung foot soldiers, forgotten studios and ageing single screens that have silently contributed to make cinema larger-than-life. For us, their unheard stories deserve to be in the limelight as much as those of the icons who have created magic in front of the lens.
BFA Originals

The iconic Paradise Cinema has been a cherished part of Kolkata's cine history. Nirmal De’s Sare Chuattor marked its first Bengali screening in 1953, amidst a legacy primarily dedicated to Hindi films. From the triple-layered curtains covering its single screen to the chilled air from the running ACs wafting through its doors during intervals, each detail of Paradise’s majestic allure is still ingrained in the fond memories of its patrons. One such patron is Junaid Ahmed. BFA joins this Dharmatala resident as he recollects his days of being a witness to paradise on earth in this Bijoy Chowdhury film


Do you know that the famous swing scene of Charulata was shot in a garden on of the erstwhile Bengal Engineering College campus in Shibpur? Are you aware of what happened when Debaki Kumar Bose had accidentally chanced upon Tarun Majumdar's publicity design of Padatik? Do you have a clue about how Asit Sen learnt the fine art of low angle shots when he had first met Satyajit Ray at the DJ Keymer advertising firm? Read on to check out such anecdotes that happened on and off the sets of some of our cult Bengali films.