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Mangal Pandey

The controversy over the film, Mangal Pandey: The Rising has once again raised questions on the nature of ?facts? that decide history and their ?falsification? that distorts history. In a more ironical sense, the rising popularity of Bollywood fare in India and even internationally, also appears to have fuelled the current debate and even made it fashionable.

Peculiarities of Soccer in Bengali Cinema

Through a study of three films, this essay identifies some of the problematic elements of the Bengali identification with soccer, which in turn helps to understand the uneasy relationship between soccer and Bengali cinema. In spite of the commonly affirmed Bengali passion for soccer, there are just a handful of Bengali films that deal with soccer to any reasonable extent. Yet, given certain aspects of the history of soccer and cinema in Bengal, there should have been a more potent relationship between these two pillars of 20th century Bengali culture.

Celluloid Chronicles

The Cinemas of India (1896-2000) by Yves Thoraval; Macmillan India Limited, 2000, reprinted 2001 (twice); pp xx + 507, Rs 450.

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