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The Person

Pradip Biswas

About Pradip Biswas

Pradip BiswasPRADIP BISWAS, as the fact goes, is the veteran most film critic of International Cinema. His career as a film critic spans over 50 odd years or so. He has bagged many International awards for his illuminating film discourses on films emerging from across the Globe. His tally of film books crosses 31 in numbers. Each of his books is a serious study of Directors of International reputation and bears the stamp of his colossal and critical understanding of the visual medium. Says eminent director Shyam Benegal, winner of Dadasaheb Phalke award : “Your books are introduction to the works you have written about.” British film scholar Derek Malcolm commented: “I have found the works of Pradip deeply interesting. He takes to film writing as a creative passion, extreme love and commitment.”

Pradip Biswas has steadily worked and took part in International Film Festivals as a main Jury. He was made Jury thrice at Fribourg International Film Festival, FIFF; his experience at International Film Festivals of Bulgaria, Istanbul and Busan is large and fruitful. His post-modern discourses are of huge sociological interest and reflections about good cinema across the Globe. His books on Theo Angelopoulos, Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Yilmaz Guney, Zang Yimou, Kim Ki Duk, Girish Kasaravalli, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Sandip Ray, Christian Mungiu, Nabyendu Chatterjee, Naomi Kawase (Japan), Samira Makmalbaf (Iran), Gita Sen, Deepti Naval (India), Sabiha Sumar (Pakistan), Andrey Zviagintsev (Russia) have been internationally lauded. The eminent director Angelopoulos said: “Overwhelmed by the intellectual discourse on my films.”

In the field of Indian cinema, his contributions to Bengali cinema, Assamese cinema, Manipuri cinema, Oriya cinema, Malayalam cinema, Off-beat Hindi and Marathi cinema and Kannada cinema are massive and memorable. He has seldom compromised with vanilla, lousy and melodramatic films in his calibrated and illustrative discourses. Biswas is a marquee film scholar who is though not above controversy as he stands for the ‘other cinema’ throughout his creative career as a maverick personality. Reading his post modern and epistemic writings have created a climate for understanding, cinematic knowledge and psychological acceptance.

The film journals, English dailies, film weeklies he largely wrote for include The Telegraph, The Hindusthan Standad, Sunday Mail, Cinema International, Cinema in India, Screen, The Indian Express, The Financial Express, Shomengeki (Germany) etc other than vernacular dailies. He is a Jury Member & Curator, International Film Festivals, A Faculty in film studies, and Journalism, Netaji Subhas Open University, Kolkata, a Board Member Film Script Committee National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), Govt. Of India, Member Selection Committee SRFTI, I & B Ministry, Govt. Of India. He also taught Film Studies at the University of Calcutta and SRFTI.

Pradip Biswas is considered to be an incorrigible optimist being a protégé of Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Jean Luc Godard, Theo Angelopoulos, Ritwik Ghatak etc. He is the only film critic who is incredibly active even at the age of 75 and continues writing on Web journals and The Indian Express.

He is adored by the master-class director Adoor Gopalakrishnan who has opined: “If you are a film-lover and still haven’t heard about Theo Angelopoulos, the master-filmmaker from Greece, here is a book penned by the well-known journalist and critic Pradip Biswas that would introduce his art and genius to you.”

An Actor

One of the well-known actors of all time known for his great works in the film world.

Thetre Person

Mr. Pradip Biswas is counted in the list of the most eminent dramatists in India.

A Poet

He is featured in the list of one of the famous Indian poets because of his great works.

Elocutionist

A great reciter and elocutionist in the country known till date.