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Bong-Up Job

Bengali writers aimed for a more genteel kind of pulp— literary but not bound by the plausible.

For readers conditioned to think of Bengali culture as dauntingly highbrow, the idea of Bangla pulp can be hard to digest, much like the realisation that actors like Soumitra Chatterjee didn't feature only in Satyajit Ray's cinema but also in dozens of shoddily made potboilers.

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