Central, Calcutta was formed in September 1965 with
legendary film director Madhu Bose as President and Satyajit Ray, the
great Master of Indian Cinema, as Vice President. It’s a non-commercial, non-Governmental Organisation and Registered under
Society Registration Act, Govt. of West Bengal. Cine Central, Calcutta
is also registered under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act,
1976, Govt. of India. It is located in Calcutta (Now known as
KOLKATA), the capital city of the state of West Bengal in INDIA.
Cine Central, Calcutta was formed in September 1965 with legendary film director Madhu Bose as President and Satyajit Ray, the great Master of Indian Cinema, as Vice President. It’s a non-commercial, non-Governmental Organisation and Registered under Society Registration Act, Govt. of West Bengal. Cine Central, Calcutta is also registered under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976, Govt. of India. It is located in Calcutta (Now known as KOLKATA), the capital city of the state of West Bengal in INDIA.
The society is devoted to the cause of Film Appreciation through screenings of contemporary and classic films of the world, publications, exhibitions, seminars, discussions etc. Over forty four years the society is spearheading a movement for cinema with social relevance.
The objectives of the society as mentioned in the ‘Memorandum of Association’ of Cine Central, Calcutta
a) To cultivate true art and make systematic study of films on its educational aspect,
b) To arrange for an increase of appreciation for good films among the general public,
c) To influence the film-industry for the production of films of standard for the need of the society,
d) To promote a healthy social movement in support of the objects mentioned herein before,
e) To enhance the growth of film society and movements in this behalf.
The first show of the society was held at Tiger Cinema on October 31, 1965 and by the end of the first year itself the society screened 45 films and the membership strength grew by every month. Very soon it became the largest film society in India and ever since it maintains this record. The Society stands forefront in mobilizing resources and procurement of films from all over the world and has established cordial relations with all film producing countries.
Cine Central, Calcutta devoted equal attention to Indian Cinema. In 1966 it organized the first ever Festival of Indian Cinema in Kolkata where Regional films were shown. The society regularly screens films of Indian Directors and most of the Award-winning Regional Films have been shown.
Besides regular screening of films, the society publishes a Monthly Film Bulletin, mainly to cater the needs of members. However, its reputed Bengali journal Chitrabikshan has now become irregular. It has published a number of booklets on various aspects of cinema with a view to spread the film culture.
INTERNATIONAL FORUM OF NEW CINEMA
We are at the door
steps of entering a new chapter in our history. We have completed 48
years of event full journey. On this 49th year we are looking forward to
our Golden Jubilee. While film societies through out India are dying a
slow death, we are not merely surviving but expanding our work. The
landmark programme ‘International Forum of New Cinema’ is a shining
The legendary actress Smt. Madhabi Mukherjee accepting the ‘Satyajit Ray Life Time Achievement Award’ recalled her work with great film directors. She said that she performed with devotion and it is the viewer’s affection and love which she cherishes most.
While offering the vote of thanks to the Honoured Guests and assembled spectators Shri Parimal Mukherjee, General Secretary made special mention of the generous help and support received from Govt. of West Bengal, Kolkata Chalachittra Utsav Committee and Nandan.
Tomorrow will be
another day. We will embark on a new journey to make the next
Cine Central, Calcutta has been
striving hard continuously to reach the greater mass and keep the banner
of the film society movement held high. In consonance with the fast
changing technology in audio-visual sector, the society has been
reorganizing its mode of presentation and going for adaptation of modern
technology in film-making and film screening. We are optimistic for
further progress and strengthening of the film society movement.