Bimal Roy’s 105 Birth Anniversary is being celebrated in Mumbai in an inimitable style. As a salute to the greatest filmmaker of India a rare exhibition titled Bimal Roy: Life and Times is being held at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly called ‘Prince of Wales Museum’, the famous museum in Mumbai. The exhibition pays a humble tribute to the filmmaker's legacy.
The exhibition scheduled from July 7 till July 20 was inaugurated by famed filmmaker Hansal Mehta, who is recently making waves with his critically acclaimed movie CITYLIGHTS, which itself is being equaled with Roy's celebrated 1954 classic DO BIGHA ZAMEEN.
Speaking on the occasion Hansal Mehta candidly confessed, “Inaugurating the Bimal Roy exhibition was a greater thrill for me than winning National Award because whatever I have learnt about film making is from watching Bimal Roy’s black and white classics and the luminaries of the golden era.”
The exhibition has on display stills (Photographers) from his best works, including those of Kishore Kumar in NAUKRI (1954), Dilip Kumar and Vyajanthimala in MADHUMATI (1958) and Nutan in SUJATA (1959). The exhibition has Roy’s camera from the 1950s and the rare collection of the costumes worn by the actors and actresses in his movies like BANDINI, SUJATA AND MADHUMATI.
The museum will also screen some of Roy’s movies across two weekends at the seminar room in the extension wing. On Friday, July 11, Bimal Roy’s classic SUJATA and DO BIGHA ZAMIN were shown. Today on Saturday, July 12, movie buffs can watch MADHUMATI at 11am, and DEVDAS at 2pm; and on Sunday, July 13, BANDINI at 11am, and KABULIWALA at 2pm. DO BIGHA ZAMIN and MADHUMATI will be repeated on Friday, July 18 at 11am and 2pm respectively, while on Saturday, July 19, movie buffs can watch PARAKH at 11am, and USNE KAHA THA at 2pm.