Author Spotlight

Mayukh Sen

Mayukh Sen is the author of Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America (W. W. Norton & Company, 2021). He is currently writing a biography of the Indian-born Hollywood actor Merle Oberon, which will be published by W. W. Norton & Company in winter 2025.

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Linda Darnell’s Tough and Timeless Women

Despite being one of the most mesmerizing performers of 1940s Hollywood, Darnell struggled throughout her career to be seen as more than a great beauty.

By Mayukh Sen

The Melancholic, Joyous Soul of Guru Dutt

The Indian director, actor, and producer’s early death has enshrined him as a tragic icon in public memory. But there is more to his art than misery.

By Mayukh Sen

Bengali First: The Fierce Commitments of Soumitra Chatterjee

The esteemed actor, who died in November, was far more than the face of Satyajit Ray’s cinema. Always, though, he maintained an unwavering devotion to his roots in Bengal.

By Mayukh Sen


The Money Pit: Uttam Kumar in The Hero

In the first of his two collaborations with Satyajit Ray, the Bengali superstar did not just rely on his image, he enriched it with a unique blend of charisma and craft.

By Mayukh Sen