Started in 1348 B.S. (1941), Roop-Mancha was a popular Bengali film journal. Roop-Mancha was edited and published by Kalish Mukhopadhyay in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and published short stories, plays, novels, film news, essays, interviews, reviews, and correspondences. The journal published special issues such as ‘Sharad Sankhya’ (Festival Number on the Occasion of Durga Puja), ‘Dol Sankhya’ (Holi Number), and issues dedicated to film personalities such as Pramathesh Barua, the famous actor and filmmaker.
Well-known writers and film personalities contributed to the journal, including Kalish Mukhopadhyay, Shaktipada Rajguru, Baradacharan Chakraborty, Manoranjan Hazra, Manmatha Ray and Narayan Gangopadhyay. Articles published in the journal focused on different aspects of Bengali cinema and theatre along with other performing arts and media such as music, dance and radio. These included Jogesh Chandra Chaudhury’s ‘New York e Bangla Theatre’ (Bengali Theatre in New York); Umesh Mallick’s ‘Bilater Chhobir Rajye’ (On British Films); Prahlad Das’ ‘Bharatiya Nrityakola’ (Indian Dance); Sachin Sengupta’s ‘Natyashala o Jatiya Government’ (Theatre and National Government); Birendra Krishna Bhadra’s ‘Betarer Sanskar’ (Reform of Radio); and Bibhuti Laha’s ‘Bangla Chhobir Adhogatir Karon Ki?’ (What are the Reasons for the Decline of Bengali Cinema?).
The section ‘Sagar Parer Khoborakhobor’ (News from Abroad) provided international film news (e.g. on the Academy Awards). The journal published detailed and critical film reviews as well as promotional information about new films (‘Somalochona o Anyanyo Sambad’).
The journal published photographs of film stars, stills from films and plays, and photographs from live events. The front cover of the journal frequently carried promotional images of films.