Nabendu Ghosh shared a unique bonding with his film guru, Bimal Roy. In 1951, when the celluloid master went to Bombay to make 'Maa' for Bombay Talkies, he took the Bengali litterateur turned screen writer in his team. And in 1964 the director's last film Bandini was scripted by Nabendu Ghosh. In between they had created such timeless classics as Baap Beti, Parineeta, Naukri, Biraj Bahu, Devdas, Yahudi and Sujata. 'And They Made Classics' goes behind the scenes with an interview with Nabendu Ghosh that was taken by Joy Bimal Roy in 2005, as he prepared to make 'Remembering Bimal Roy'. An additional layer of the film has the writer's colleagues such as Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Nutan, Dilip Kumar, Sunil Dutt and Gulzar, and students such as Jaya Bachchan, Saeed Mirza, Girish Kasaravalli, Ravi Ojha and Vikas Desai talking about his art and his contribution to moulding the New Indian Cinema. Ratnottama Sengupta revisits the stories in a Centennial Tribute to Nabendu Ghosh (27 March 1917 - 15 December 2007).
Director: Ratnottama Sengupta
Daughter of Nabendu Ghosh, Ratnottama Sengupta is natural writer with a keen understanding of cinema and visual art. She has been the Arts Editor of The Times of India for 28 years, after having worked with The Telegraph and Screen. She has been editor of the online magazine, CineBengal.com. She has written extensively on Cinema and Art, contributed to Encyclopaedia Britannica on Hindi Cinema, and has many titles to her credit. Simultaneously she has curated Little Language Films Festival, Dehi, Bangalore, Kolkata; Prosenjit Retrospective, Delhi; Bimal Roy Centenary, Kolkata & Goa; Ashok Kumar centenary, Kolkata; against Human Trafficking; New Bengali Cinema, and the Hyderabad Bengali films Festival for three years. She has been on the Steering Committee of IFFI, served on several National Awards Jury, been with CBFC for five years, and also served on NFDC's Script Committee. Presently she is Managing Partner (Media & Publishing) of Winning Management Concepts.