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A Man of Silence - Bimal Roy

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The title O Re Majhi , a recent book (Pralhad Agarwal) on my father, Bimal Roy, is inspired by these evocative opening words of poet/lyricist Shailendra, set to tune by S.D. Burman. The haunting bhatiali -boatman's song was the climax in Roy's last film Bandini -1963.The words o re majhi (oh, you boatman) are a strangely appropriate metaphor for baba. He was born in the land of a thousand rivers, in East Bengal (Bangladesh). And like the indigenous boatmen, my father, baba, set sail for the unknown shores at the age of 19.
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Keywords: Bandini; Bimal Roy; East Bengal; recollection

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-03-01

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