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The long and short of this section is a collection of select long-form articles and short films that have been specially commissioned by BFA as a tribute to our film heritage. In between, take a peek at what happened behind the scene of some gems.


In Tune: How did music sound in Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s cinema?

That Buddhadeb Dasgupta was a poet is no secret. But that he should have been a musician is an observation which only his daughter – music director Alokananda Dasgupta – can make. Very few know about the man behind the music of his films. Two years after his demise, his daughter revisits his music room to join the notes from his journey from Dooratwa to Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa

The Old Man and the Cinema

On Poila Boishakh last year, we had begun our journey with a short film on an iconic single screen of Kolkata. On turning one today, we celebrate the passion associated with yet another iconic single screen of the City of Joy. Rabin Seth, the nonagenarian manager of Chhabighar, would hop on to his bicycle and pedal some two km from his residence to reach the theatre. Unfortunately, Seth passed away on 30th January this year. But his love for cinema remains frozen for the screen forever in this Bijoy Chowdhury film. What better time to unveil it than on BFA’s first birthday? 


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.