Tribute to Mrinal Sen and Girish Karnad

Tribute to Mrinal Sen and Girish Karnad

The 24th International Film Festival of Kerala pays homage to the renowned filmmakers Mrinal Sen and Girish Karnad. Mrinal Sen’s film ”Interview’ and Karnad’s film ‘Samskara’ are being screened at the IFFK in the Homage category.

Film critic Pradeep Biswas spoke in memory of Mrinal Sen. He shared his experiences of the 57 years he spent in the film industry with Mrinal Sen. He spoke about the life and politics of Sen in his 28 films and 2 documentaries. He highlighted Sen’s focus on the marginalised and oppressed people of India as a strong undercurrent in his films. Biswas also spoke of Girish Karnad as a filmmaker of great diversity.

A letter written in 1991 by Sen to his friend and cinematographer K K Mahajan was read out by Mahajan’s wife Prabha Mahajan. Film critic I Shanmughadas elaborated on the life and works of Girish Karnad.  He talked about his contributions to various fields, including his mastery of acting, drama and filmmaking.

Madhuja Janardhanan’s book on Girish Karnad was released by Pradeep Biswas to Shanmughadas. Chalachitra Academy Chairman Kamal, Vice-Chairperson Beena Paul and Deputy Director H. Shaji were also presented in the function.