Tapan Sinha

1924 - 2009

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Tapan Sinha (2 October 1924 – 15 January 2009) was one of the most prominent Indian film directors of his time forming a legendary quartet with Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen. He was primarily a Bengali filmmaker who worked both in Hindi cinema and Bengali cinema, directing films like Kabuliwala (1957), Louha-Kapat, Sagina Mahato (1970), Apanjan (1968), Kshudhita Pashan and children's film Safed Haathi (1978) and Aaj Ka Robinhood. Sinha started his career in 1946, as a sound engineer with New Theatres film production house in Kolkata, then in 1950 left for England where he worked at Pinewood Studios for next two years, before returning home to start his six decade long career in Indian cinema, making films in Bengali, Hindi and Oriya languages, straddling genres from social realism, family drama, labor rights, to children's fantasy films. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Tapan Sinha has received more than 439,325 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). Tapan Sinha is the 1,587th most popular film director (down from 1,354th in 2019), the 899th most popular biography from India (down from 708th in 2019) and the 19th most popular Indian Film Director.

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Over the past year Tapan Sinha has had the most page views in the with 49,269 views, followed by Bengali (6,797), and Hindi (1,253). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Bengali (119.54%), Egyptian Arabic (21.89%), and Indonesian (18.81%)


Among film directors, Tapan Sinha ranks 1,587 out of 2,041Before him are Sándor Sára, David Silverman, Sırrı Süreyya Önder, Gerardo Vera, Jessica Hausner, and Mike van Diem. After him are Dominik Moll, Alex Cox, Jason Reitman, Paul McGuigan, Felix van Groeningen, and Susan Seidelman.

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Among people born in 1924, Tapan Sinha ranks 471Before him are Ron Staniforth, Nek Chand, William H. Gass, Zsuzsa Körmöczy, Terry Southern, and Ivan Udodov. After him are Louie Bellson, Jimmy Rogers, Vajiha Samadova, Mal Whitfield, Jo Benkow, and Wendell Ford. Among people deceased in 2009, Tapan Sinha ranks 368Before him are Gennadiy Shatkov, Brenda Joyce, Stanislav Markelov, Paul Burke, Mohammed Yusuf, and Oswald Karch. After him are Louie Bellson, Ellie Greenwich, Lucy Gordon, Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, Aldo Valentini, and Alfred Swift.

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Among people born in India, Tapan Sinha ranks 899 out of 1,861Before him are Baselios Cleemis (1959), Parmanand Jha (1944), Gulshan Kumar (1956), Surekha Sikri (1945), Ravi Zacharias (1946), and Narain Karthikeyan (1977). After him are Teejan Bai (1956), Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee (1944), Nizam Ali Khan, Asaf Jah II (1734), Aasif Mandvi (1966), Nabaneeta Dev Sen (1938), and Kaifi Azmi (1919).


Among film directors born in India, Tapan Sinha ranks 19Before him are Tarsem Singh (1961), Ismail Merchant (1936), V. Shantaram (1901), Subhash Ghai (1945), Deepa Mehta (1950), and Aparna Sen (1945). After him are Karan Johar (1972), Nasir Hussain (1931), Prakash Jha (1952), Mani Ratnam (1956), Sanjay Leela Bhansali (1963), and Tariq Anwar (1945).


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After years of painstaking research at the cost of his domestic pleasure, Dr. Dipankar Roy discovers a vaccine for leprosy. The news is flashed over television and overnight, an insignificant junior doctor receives international recognition. Professional jealousy and abuse of power threaten Dr. Roy, even as the Secretary of Health reprimands him for breaking the news to the press. He is asked to report to the Director of Health. Professional colleagues Dr. Arijit Sen and Dr. Ramananda invite him to a lecture but it is merely a pretence to humiliate him. Dr. Roy suffers a mild heart attack but he refuses to go to the hospital. His wife and few others like Dr. Kundu stand by Dr. Roy, but the harassment continues; a letter from an American foundation is suppressed and Dr. Roy transferred to a remote village. The last straw is two American doctors receiving credit for discovering the same vaccine. Dr. Roy is shattered. Written by Rajesh Das.
Rahmat, a middle-aged fruit seller from Afghanistan, comes to Calcutta to hawk his merchandise and befriends a small Bengali girl called Mini who reminds him of his own daughter back in Afghanistan. One day Rehmat receives news of his daughter’s illness and decides to return to Afghanistan. But before he goes a violent fight with a customer leads to Rehmat killing him. He gets out of prison ten years later. Based on a Rabindranath Tagore story.
Wheel Chair
Sushmita is paralysed below her neck while escaping a rape attempt. She is admitted to a private nursing home for neurological handicapped patients run by Dr. Mitra, himself a paraplegic. Here she meets a wide variety of patients. Her case is handled by a young physiotherapist Santu, who works hard and soon she can move her fingers. During the process. Santu and Sushmita fall in love but she won't hear of marriage till Santu tells her that they can live a normal married life and have children. Santu very dramatically convinces her that she can even work in an office.