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In September 1965, Utpal Dutt was arrested under the Preventive Detention Act. His article in the CPI's Bengali weekly organ Deshitaishi titled "Another side of struggle" was cited as seditious, coupled with banning the issue. đŸ§”
His 1964 play 'Samajtantrik Chal;' unmasked the hoarding practice of food grains and the black market of rice. He spent 7 months behind bars. Another time he was arrested for his other controversial play 'Teer' which portrayed the limitations of democracy.
He wrote from jail, "I am no hero, I hated every minute of my prison time. But the seven months passed off quickly".
Dutt not only revisited one of the epicenters of a peasant uprising in colonial Bengal but also attempted a critique of colonial history...
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A thread on..
- English language Indian films
- "Hinglish" films
- Crossover films
- International films with Indian theme

..on digital platforms..
#TheHouseholder (1963) by Merchant - Ivory.

Feat. Shashi Kapoor, Leela Naidu, Durga Khote, Achla Sachdev, and Harindranath Chattopadhyay among others.

#ShakespeareWallah (1965) by Merchant - Ivory.

Feat. Shashi Kapoor, Felicity Kendal @madhurjaffrey Geoffrey Kendal, Utpal Dutt, Pinchoo Kapoor and Partap Sharma.

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