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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Legendary Filmmaker Mrinal Sen Dead

Noted filmmaker Mrinal Sen passed away today (30 December, 2018) at 10:30 am. He was 95. Mrinal Sen died at his Bhawanipur residence at about 10.30 AM due to heart attack. Mrinal Sen was suffering from old age diseases.  

Mrinal Sen, a Padma Bhushan and Dada Saheb Phalke awardee will be remembered for his gems like Ek Din Achanak, Padatik, Mrigayaa, Bhuvan Shome, Mrigaya, Akaler Sandhane, Calcutta 71 and many more.

Mrinal Sen was born on 14 May 1923 at Faridpur, now in Bangladesh. After finishing high school there, he left home to come to Calcutta as a student. He studied physics at Scottish Church College, and subsequently earned a postgraduate degree at the University of Calcutta. As a student, he got involved with the cultural wing of the Communist Party of India. 

Mrinal Sen made his first feature film, Raat Bhore, in 1955. It was a flop. Mrinal Sen's second film, Neel Akasher Neechey (Under the Blue Sky), earned him local recognition, while his third film, Baishey Shravan was his first film that gave him international exposure.


National awards
National Film Award for Best Feature Film

1969: Bhuvan Shome
1974: Chorus
1976: Mrigayaa
1980: Akaler Sandhane

National Film Award for Second Best Feature Film

1972: Calcutta 71
1980: Kharij

National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali

1961: Punascha
1965: Akash Kusum
1993: Antareen

National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu

1977: Oka Oori Katha

National Film Award – Special Mention (feature film)

1978: Parashuram

National Film Award for Best Direction

1969: Bhuvan Shome
1979: Ek Din Pratidin
1980: Akaler Sandhane
1984: Khandhar

National Film Award for Best Screenplay

1974: Padatik
1983: Akaler Sandhane
1984: Kharij
Filmfare Awards
Critics Award for Best Film 
1976 Mrigayaa 
Best Screenplay 
1984 Khandhar 
Best Director - Bengali 
1982 Akaler Shandhaney 

Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award 

2017 Bengali Cinema 
International awards
Moscow International Film Festival - Silver Prize 
1975 Chorus[9] 
1979 Parashuram[10] 

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Special Jury Prize 

1977 Oka Oori Katha 
Berlin International Film Festival 
Interfilm Award 
1979 Parashuram 
1981 Akaler Sandhane 
Grand Jury Prize[11] 
1981 Akaler Sandhane 

Cannes Film Festival - Jury Prize 

1983 Kharij 
Valladolid International Film Festival - Golden Spike 
1983 Kharij 
Chicago International Film Festival - Gold Hugo 
1984 Khandhar 
Montreal World Film Festival - Special Prize of the Jury 
1984 Khandhar 
Venice Film Festival - OCIC Award - Honorable Mention 
1989 Ek Din Achanak 

Cairo International Film Festival - Silver Pyramid for Best Director 

2002 Aamar Bhuban 

State and institutional honors

In 1979, he was awarded the Nehru Soviet Land Award by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics for his contribution to world cinema.
In 1981, the Government of India awarded Sen with the Padma Bhushan.
In 1985, President François Mitterrand, the President of France, awarded him the Commandeur de Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters), the highest civilian honour conferred by that country, in recognition of significant contributions to the arts, literature, or the propagation of these fields.
In 1993, he was awarded an honorary D. Litt. by the University of Burdwan.
In 1996, Sen was awarded an honorary D. Litt. by Jadavpur University.
In 1999, he was awarded an honorary D. Litt. by Rabindra Bharati University.
Between 1998 and 2003, he was made an Honorary Member of the Indian Parliament in the Rajya Sabha.
In 2000, President Vladimir Putin of the Russian federation honored him with the Order of Friendship.
In 2005, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest honor given to an Indian filmmaker, was awarded to him by the Government of India for the year 2003.
In 2009, he was awarded an honorary D. Litt. by the University of Calcutta.
In 2017, he was inducted as a member of the Oscar Academy
He is a friend of Gabriel García Márquez and had often been invited as a judge in international film festivals.
In 2004, Mrinal Sen completed his autobiographical book, Always Being Born.
Life Time Achievement Award at 5th Global Film Festival Noida 2012.


Raat Bhore (The Dawn) (1955)
Neel Akasher Neechey (Under the Blue Sky) (1959)
Baishey Shravana (Wedding Day) (1960)
Punascha (Over Again) (1961)
Abasheshe (And at Last) (1963)
Pratinidhi (The Representative) (1964)
Akash Kusum (Up in the Clouds) (1965)
Matira Manisha (Man of the Soil) (Odia film) (1966)
Bhuvan Shome (Mr. Bhuvan Shome) (1969)
Interview (1971)
Ek Adhuri Kahani (An Unfinished Story) (1971)
Calcutta 71 (1972)
Padatik (The Guerilla Fighter) (1973)
Chorus (1974)
Mrigayaa (The Royal Hunt) (1976)
Oka Oori Katha (The Outsiders) (1977)
Parasuram (The Man with the Axe) (1978)
Ek Din Pratidin (And Quiet Rolls the Dawn) (1979)
Akaler Sandhane (In Search of Famine) (1980)
Chalchitra (The Kaleidoscope) (1981)
Kharij (The Case Is Closed) (1982)
Khandhar (The Ruins) (1983)
Genesis (1986)
Ek Din Achanak (Suddenly, One Day) (1989)
Mahaprithibi (World Within, World Without) (1991)
Antareen (The Confined) (1993)
Aamaar Bhuvan (This, My Land) (2002)
Short films
Ichhapuran (The Wish Fulfillment) (1970)
Tasveer Apni Apni (Portrait of an Average Man) (1984)
Aparajit (Unvanquished) (1986–87)
Kabhi Door Kabhi Paas (Sometimes Far, Sometimes Near) (1986–87)
Swamvar (The Courtship) (1986–87)
Aina (The Mirror) (1986–87)
Ravivar (Sunday) (1986–87)
Aajkaal (These Days) (1986–87)
Do Bahene (Two Sisters) (1986–87)
Jit (Win) (1986–87)
Saalgira (Anniversary) (1986–87)
Shawl (1986–87)
Ajnabi (The Stranger) (1986–87)
Das Saal Baad (Ten Years Later) (1986–87)

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