Rinki Bhattacharya

Rinki Bhattacharyaicon female small Rinki Bhattacharya icon tree small Rinki BhattacharyaBorn:
Father: Bimal RoyMother: Manobina Roy
Children: Anwesha Arya, Aditya Bhattacharya, Chimmu Bhattacharya
Siblings: Joy Roy, Aparajita Sinha, Yashodhara Roy

A Kolkata native, Rinki was born in 1942. She was the eldest daughter of the renowned Indian filmmaker, Bimal Roy. Her childhood was spent around prominent writers, poets and artists, who frequented their household, which was also noted for its gourmet Bengali cuisine.

She began her career as a freelance journalist in 1966 and had articles published in The Economic Times, The Indian Express and many other periodicals. She made her debut into making documentary films with Char Divari, a documentary which deals with wife-beating, which was followed soon after by a sequel on related issues involving violence against women in India.

She became deeply involved in the Women’s Movement in India and has written several books on the subject, including Behind Closed Doors: Domestic Violence In India, Bimal Roy – A Man of Silence, Indelible Imprints, an essay in Uncertain Liaisons as well as several cookbooks.

Personal life

The name Rinki means “noble soul”. Rinki was married to the film director, Basu Bhattacharya (1934–1997), though after suffering domestic abuse, she walked out of her home in 1982, publicly, she came out in 1984, through an interview with journalist Madhu Kishwar in Manushi, the couple formally divorced in 1990. She successfully litigated against her mother and siblings for her share of her father’s property.

She has a son Aditya Bhattacharya (director), and two daughters, Chimmu and Anwesha Arya (a writer).

Bibliography

  • Cuisine Creations from Bengal, 1993
  • Bimal Roy: A Man of Silence, 1994
  • Behind Closed Doors: Domestic Violence in India. 2004
  • Bengal Spices, 2004
  • Janani – Mothers, Daughters, Motherhood, 2006

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