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Mrinal Sen
Always Being Born
Always Being Born
by Mrinal Sen

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I Never Say I;ll Retire, for I am Always Being Born
On August 9, 2004, Oxford Bookstore, Kolkata launched the autobiography of renowned filmmaker and author Mrinal Sen’s 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 director’s 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 Sen’s 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 Sen’s wish of remaining “twenty forever” comes true.

The book is memoir that chronicles the life and times not only of the author, but a creative era. It speaks about the author’s 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 author/ filmmaker.

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). He’s also been the Nominated Member of Rajya Sabha (1997-2003).
Hon. Chief Minister of West Bengal Sri Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee releases Mrinal Sen addressing the audience. The panelists at the launch of Always Being Born.
Hon. Chief Minister of West Bengal Sri Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee releases
the book.
Mrinal Sen addressing the audience. The panelists at the launch of Always Being Born.