Avinaba Chakraborty

Avinaba Chakraborty

Cinema is the medium to quench my spiritual thirst

Favorite films

  • Stalker
  • The Time to Live and the Time to Die
  • Death in the Land of Encantos
  • Pratidwandi

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  • The Affair

    ★★★★½

  • Secret Agents

    ★★★

  • Forest of Oppression — A Record of the Struggle at Takasaki City University of Economics

    ★★★★

  • The Salt in Our Waters

    ★★★

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  • The Affair

    The Affair

    ★★★★½

    In all of 𝑌𝑜𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑑𝑎's anti-melodramas the psychological tension stems from the heroine's emotional instability, she is desperate to liberate herself from the traditional family structure that men impose on her while acknowledging the necessity of men for fulfillment of her erotic desires. When these modern women assert themselves as whole individualized beings disavowing the idealized image of women they end up lonely and what remains is an empty shell of femininity. While the plots immediately demand a melodrama, 𝑌𝑜𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑑𝑎, in…

  • Forest of Oppression — A Record of the Struggle at Takasaki City University of Economics

    Forest of Oppression — A Record of the Struggle at Takasaki City University of Economics

    ★★★★

    𝑇𝑎𝑑𝑎𝑜 𝑆𝑎𝑡𝑜 called 𝑂𝑔𝑎𝑤𝑎 a cinematic guerrilla who drew attention to the existence of alienated minorities by independently producing and showing documentaries of their struggle. 𝑂𝑔𝑎𝑤𝑎's second feature after Sea of Youth documents the fiercely stubborn student protests at 𝑇𝑎𝑘𝑎𝑠𝑎𝑘𝑖 𝐶𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑈𝑛𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝐸𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑜𝑚𝑖𝑐𝑠. In terms of status the university of 𝑇𝑎𝑘𝑎𝑠𝑎𝑘𝑖 falls way behind the country's most prestigious ones like 𝑇𝑜𝑘𝑦𝑜, 𝐾𝑦𝑜𝑡𝑜 or 𝑊𝑎𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑑𝑎 as a result the student demonstrations at those prestigious universities grabbed all the media attention…

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  • Duvidha

    Duvidha

    ★★★★★

    Simply celestial craft, a connoisseur of Indian art, music and literature, Mani Kaul was cinema in short. His boundless imagination and mastery over composing a scene by impeccable framing, detailed object oriented storytelling, perfect utilization of space and time just turns a rural Rajasthani folklore into visual poetry the rhythms of which effortlessly pierces your soul and continues to ring within you long after the credits begin to roll. The concept of duality never appears so alluring, also Kaul's multi-layered…

  • Alms for a Blind Horse

    Alms for a Blind Horse

    ★★★★½

    Broken walls, scattered bricks, chains of smoke out of a thermal plant, frowning eyebrows of transparent eyes reflecting agony and most importantly a deathly silence; each and every element shares it's own story in Gurdial Singh's drama with deadpan seriousness. It takes time to sink in but when it does, there's no going back, just like his mentor Mani Kaul, Singh strips cinema down to it's bare essentials limiting down the performances and expressions to a level that only allows…