While determined to fight against all reactionary ways, we proceed in this feature to a sort of inner quest.
Is everything all right on the opposition side? Is it not time to evaluate the validity of the mandates of the parties’ leaders and question them? Is it not sensible to go against the tide from time to time?
We know the line between slander and self criticism is thin. It is like tightrope walking, and it isn’t easy. You have to cultivate a kind of unwavering faith to successfully walk the line. We were aware of that while doing « Padatik ».
We have faith in concerted action, we have faith in solidarity.
Born in May 1923, Mrinal Sen was reader and copy editor, independant journalist and medical supply salesman – without knowing anything of medecine – before directing his first feature film in 1956, and being convinced right away that it wasn’t his calling. He directed another long feature in 1959 which was a success. He continued directing regularly after that, and still is controversial. He wrote for several years about cinema and its aesthetics.
Title in Original Version : Fantassin