‘The Cinema of Bimal Roy: An ‘Outsider’ Within’ penned by Shoma A Chatterji examines Roy’s adaptations of Bengali and Hindi literary classics. It is also an analysis of his films and how it depicted people outside the ‘mainstream’ by dwelling on his approach and treatment of women, a focal point of many of his films.
The title draws attention to his cinema of social relevance and social stigmas-untouchability (Sujata), woman deserted by society and family (Biraj Bou), child marriage (Parineeta) and the inhumanity of oppression and forced urbanization (Do Bigha Zameen).
While he gave screen space to actors like Nutan, Meena Kumari and Dilip Kumar on one hand and he discovered new talents such as Sunil Dutt, Sadhana and Tarun Bose on the other.
He also introduced many new faces to the film industry like Salil Choudhury, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Nabendu Ghosh and Gulzar among others.
The aesthetics of technique like cinematography, editing and sound-in Roy’s films are also discussed and analysed in this title. It also analyses what made Madhumati his biggest commercial success.