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Mrinal Sen was born in 1923 in Faridpur, presently in Bangladesh. His early films were heavily influenced by Marxist ideals. His first film was Raat Bhore (1956) and his second film Neel Akasher Neechay (1958) were banned by the government for two months. He was one of the pioneers of the New Cinema movement and made notable films include Bhuvan Shome, Baishey Shravana (1960), Punascha (1962), Akash Kusum (1956), the Calcutta trilogy: Interview (1970), Calcutta 71(1972) and Patalik (1973); Ek Din Pratidin (1979), Kharij, Akaler Sandhaney (1980), Khandhar (1983), Tasvir Apni Apni, Interview, Chorus and Parsuram. Unlike Satyajit Ray, his great contemporary with whom he is often compared, Mrinal Sen did not restrict himself to Bengali films. Besides Hindi, he also made films in Oriya and Telugu. Mrinal Sen also directed a 4-nation (India, France, Belgium, Switzerland) film, Genesis, which had music by Ravi Shankar. Recently, Mrinal Sen was appointed chairman of the international jury at the famous Sochi International Film Festival in Russia.