Mrinal Sen turns 90, says that he hasn't yet retired

Mrinal Sen  

Far from calling it quits, legendary filmmaker Mrinal Sen, on his 90th birthday on Monday, said that he might just come up with another new film.

“Every day I feel like making a new film. Ideas pop up in my head. Let's see when I can act on them,” said Sen, who, along with Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak, changed the profile of Indian cinema in the global realm.

Starring actress Nandita Das, his last film Aamaar Bhuvan (This, My Land) was released in 2002.

“I haven't so far made any more films. But, to assure you, I don't think that I have retired,” he told PTI in an interview here.

With his films full of direct political statement, social analysis, and psychological drama, the Left-leaning director is regarded as a pioneer of the alternative cinema movement in India, and is often compared with his contemporary, Satyajit Ray.

Besides bagging four National Film Awards as the best director for works like Khandhar (1984) and Bhuvan Shome (1969), he was also awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India's highest award in filmmaking, in 2005.

Recently, he got a call from a leading private bank, offering him money to make films. “Money isn't a problem for me. The bank said we can fund projects worth upwards of Rs. 5 crore. I told them I can make six films with Rs. 5 crore,” Sen said.

Asked about his birthday party plans, the nonagenarian said he doesn't celebrate birthdays. “Birth or death, it isn't my business to celebrate. My friends, relatives and people who think of me are there to celebrate if they will. But not me,” he said. Starting his career as a director with Raat Bhor in 1951, he has made 28 feature films and four documentaries.

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