Book Review of Kunal Basu’s Filmi Stories

The Return of the Storyteller

  • Ananya Dutta Gupta Department of English, Visva-Bharati
Keywords: Kunal Basu, Filmi Stories, The Return of the Storyteller, Ananya Dutta Gupta, Book Review


Book Review of Kunal Basu’s Filmi Stories: The Return of the Storyteller by Ananya Dutta Gupta.


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Author Biography

Ananya Dutta Gupta, Department of English, Visva-Bharati

Ananya Dutta Gupta teaches at Visva-Bharati and writes research articles, literary and cultural essays, poetry and travelogues in her leisure. For her review of Kunal Basu’s In An Ideal World see Kunal Basu’s In An Ideal World: Old Country of Young People , The Punch Magazine, 9 April 2022, . She has also twice interviewed the author on invitation: in person for the Nabanna Earth Weekend (2019), an international literary festival curated by Anjum Katyal, and as part of an online international lecture series hosted by the Department of English, Bankura Christian College in 2020.


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How to Cite
Dutta Gupta, A. “Book Review of Kunal Basu’s Filmi Stories”. Contemporary Literary Review India, Vol. 10, no. 3, Aug. 2023, pp. 197-0,
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