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Bimal da gets a 'stamp' of honour

Jan 09, 2007 06:55 PM IST India India

Mumbai: We may celebrate the exuberance of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas, and soak in the sheer poetry of Pradeep Sarkar's Parineeta, but cinema doffs hats only to Bimal Roy who gave life to Saratchandra Chatterjee’s novels at a time when big budgets, fancy sets and dolby sound were non existent. 41-years after Bimal Roy departed leaving behind a cinematic legacy, postal department has honoured the legendary filmmaker by issuing a stamp in his name. At the occasion Bollywood star Sunny Deol credited the filmmaker for shaping father Dharmendra’s career. “All that I remember of Bimal da is through my dad. When my father (Dharmendra) came to the film industry and gave a screen tests Bimal da was the one to select him. He gave my dad the role in Bandini, which he cherishes till today as one of his best performances," said Deol.

Remembering Bimal Roy

Do Bigha Zameen won Roy much critical acclaim and an award at the Cannes festival. Bandini tells the story of a woman prisoner charged with murder. Devdas in spite of having its moments was not too successful commercially.
Bimal Roy's films, studied extensively across the world for their sensitivity and simplicity continue to inspire both audiences and upcoming filmmakers. From Do Bigha Zameen to Devdas or perhaps Madhumati, Sujata, Parineeta and Bandini, Bimal’s Roy’s films left a mark on the celloid screens for generations to come in Bollywood.

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