Structures, people and nature - as seen through the eyes and the lens of the person who crafted Bandini and Parineeta. Bimal Roy's dalliance with the camera is being presented in town.
The Bimal Roy Birth Centenary Committee, in association with the Hyderabad Architecture Foundation and the Kalakriti Art Gallery, is presenting an exhibition of rare architectural photographs shot by the late legendary Hindi film director Bimal Roy.
Titled Reflections On Cities & Spaces, the exhibition is on from 22nd to 31st January, at Kalakriti Art Gallery on Road No. 2, Banjara Hills.
These black and white photographs were shot by Bimal Roy during his extensive travels where he captured structures, people and nature. They were shot by the legendary director during his visits to Russia, Britain, Czechoslovakia, China and Lebanon, and show the cinematographer/film-maker's eye to capture architectural marvels with an abstract play of light and shade.
The photographs have been chosen out of hundreds - of studies of buildings, people, and places and of nature. There has been deliberate exclusion of subjects such as family portraits, the emphasis being on the impersonal, the abstract, and the pure enjoymnt of structures, shapes, light and shadow - all basic elements of architecture. This brings out another facet of the film-maker - his sensitivity and fine understanding of a subject like architecture from a cinematographic perspective.
Bimal Roy (12 July 1909 - 7 January 1966) was one of the most acclaimed Hindi film directors of all time. He is particularly noted for his realistic and socialistic films like Do Bigha Zameen, Parineeta, Biraj Bahu, Madhumati, Sujata, and Bandini, making him a significant part of Hindi cinema.
Roy was born to a Bengali family in Dhaka, and after India's independence, moved to India. He entered cinema as a camera assistant with New Theatres Pvt. Ltd, during which time he assisted director P C Barua on the 1935 hit Devdas starring K.L. Saigal. He then went on to win a number of awards throughout his career - including 11 Filmfare Awards, a National Film Award, and the International Prize of the Cannes Film Festival.
Please contact Aparajita Sinha, daughter of Bimal Roy, at 98496-16063 / 93910-20243 for further details.