My fascination for the films by Aparna Sen is not easy to explain. Instead of words and superlatives, there are always certain moments of these films which come to my mind and most descriptions can not even get near the enormous impact they had on me. But beside the fact I can enjoy the films by Aparna Sen now as examples of great cinema, there is even more they have evoked in me. They gave me a new and deeper understanding of what cinema is about, a lesson only very few books ever written on cinema could offer me. And even in my long review on Mr. And Mrs. Iyer I already knew the ideal piece on this film should be rather an audiovisual essay than a text. Before I saw Mr. And Mrs Iyer I really believed I had seen and read enough on cinema to know my way, but I was wrong because I was only tired and sated and in my vanity I considered myself as smarter than I really was. In that sense Mr. And Mrs. Iyer made me this precious gift to enable me to rediscover all the glory of cinema and especially the joy to watch films I had lost without being aware of it.
In Mr. And Mrs. Iyer, Meenakshi and Raja are looking through the objective of Raja´s photo camera. It is a rare moment of contemplation. They are watching deers in the forest and again it seems they are watching to a big screen. There is also the amazing scene with the young Mrinalini in Iti Mrinalini on the beach of the ocean with her daughter. It is the most beautiful moment in this film which will be lost a few moments later through tragic circumstances. Here they don´t only watch like to a big over dimensional screen but the whole world around them becomes a screen, the scene is as well a kind of total cinema.
-IMDB site for Aparna Sen unfortunately it does not include her Television work, her new short film and her next film which will released soon).