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DD to air special documentary on film legend Mrinal Sen

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NEW DELHI: Doordarshan will telecast an exclusive documentary on the life of living legendary filmmaker Mrinal Sen titled Celebrating Mrinal Sen.

This documentary will be shown in four episodes and is scheduled for telecast on 18, 19, 25 and 26 April at 9 pm on DD National. 

The archival documentary is primarily based on conversations between the maestro and film critic and analyst Sameek Bandyopadhyay. The conversation is interspersed with relevant excerpts from his memorable films and comments from actors and associate crew members, who worked with him in his different projects. 

The last episode is a free flowing conversation between Sen's only son Kunal and his parents. Almost all the living actors, who have been associated with this iconic director have talked about Sen and their personal experiences of working and interacting with him. 

A DVD of this documentary was handed over recently to Sen and his wife Gita Sen by Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar.

It will later be telecast across other national and regional channels of Doordarshan like DD Bangla, DD Bharati etc, with dubbing and subtitling. 

Born on 14 May, 1923 and now aged 91, Sen is often considered to be one of the greatest ambassadors of Indian parallel cinema on the global stage. Along with Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak, his cinema is known for its artistic depiction of social reality and the three directors were responsible for starting a wave of parallel art cinema in West Bengal.

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