A discussion on film scholar Smita Banerjee’s “Modernities and the Popular Melodrama: The Suchitra–Uttam Yug in Bengali Cinema” (2023). Published by Orient Blackswan.

The book examines the film careers of Suchitra Sen and Uttam Kumar, the media frenzy surrounding their public and private lives and selves, and the imprint they left on the popular imagination in newly independent India. A fascinating account of the Suchitra–Uttam phenomenon, its social context, and its enduring emotional appeal.

Discussants:  Dr. Anugyan Nag, Asst. Professor, Film and Media Studies, MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia; Dr. Abhija Ghosh, Asst. Professor, Film and New Media, Jindal School of Journalism and Communication, OP Jindal Global University. In conversation with the author- Smita Banerjee, Professor, Dept. of English, DCAC, University of Delhi.