August 9, 2004, Oxford Bookstore, Kolkata
launched the autobiography of renowned filmmaker
and author Mrinal Sens
Always Being Born. The
memoir, published by Stellar Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
and distributed worldwide by Om Books, New Delhi,
was released by the Honorable Chief Minister
of West Bengal, Sri Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee
in the presence of an august gathering.
Praising Mrinal Sen for his wonderful craft,
Sri Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee spoke of
the directors extraordinarily ability to
go beyond the barriers of space and time
in his cinema. With intermittent laughter, Sri
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee walked down the
memory lane with Sens movies and his ability
to depict "blood in the streets" through
his cinematic art. What he did behind the
lens, he has now done the same with his pen.
He concluded his speech hoping Mrinal Sens
wish of remaining twenty forever comes
The book is memoir that chronicles the life and
times not only of the author, but a creative era.
It speaks about the authors journey through
various phases of life and his experiments as
a filmmaker. He firmly claims that he is a filmmaker
by accident and an author by compulsion. As the
title suggests, Mrinal Sen is always being
born in his journey of life, whether it is
professional or personal.
Present on the occasion was the noted Film
and Art Critic Sri Samik Bandyopadhyay
who initiated a provocative interaction with the
About Mrinal Sen
Having directed twenty-eight feature films and
four documentaries in languages varying from Bengali,
Oriya, Hindi to Telugu the list of the
awards and accolades bestowed on the inimitable
film maker Mrinal Sen is phenomenal. He is a recipient
of numerous National Awards and Lifetime Achievement
Awards. His other laurels include the Nehru Soviet
Land Award (1979), Padma Bhushan (1981), D. Litt
(Honoris Causa): Burdwan University (1993), Jadavpur
University (1996), Rabindra Bharati University
(1999), Order of Friendship, Russian Federation
(2000). Hes also been the Nominated Member
of Rajya Sabha (1997-2003).