Arshinagar: Trailer

After making Goynar Baksho (2013) & featuring in Srijit Mukherji‘s Chotushkone (2014),Aparna Sen returns to direction with Arshinagar. Based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet,the film is produced by Shree Venkatesh Films. Slated for release on Christmas (December 25th) later this month,the film features Dev and Rittika Sen playing the romantic leads and Jisshu Sengupta as the antagonist.The rest of the star cast includes Waheeda Rehman, Kamaleshwar Mukherjee, Roopa Ganguly,Jaya Seal Ghosh etc. The music is by Debojyoti Mishra while Sirsha Ray is the DOP and Rabi Ranjan Maitra is the editor.Continue reading “Arshinagar: Trailer”

Autograph(2010) Bengali Movie Review: Homage to Satyajit Ray’s Nayak

If they try to snatch away your verse-poetry,I promise I’ll fight them really hard.

Satyajit Ray is one of the all time best filmmakers across the globe, it would be impossible for any budding Indian especially Bengali filmmaker not to watch his films and get influenced by his work. Srijit Mukhreje’s debut film Autograph is a homage to Ray’s acclaimed film Nayak, which I feel is one of the most beautifully shot films ever and Ray’s expertise is quite evident in first two minutes when he introduces the yesteryear Superstar Uttam Kumar, during credits. Coming Back to Srijit’s Autograph, it is a look at what would have happened if Aditi’s (Sharmila Tagore) character from Nayak would have acted with the super star.

Autograph 2010We are introduced to Shubhobroto Mitra (Indraneil Sengupta) who is an aspiring director wanting to adapt Ray’s Nayak, with current superstar Arun (Prosenjit Chatterjee). Arun readily agrees for the film as he wants to establish the fact that success of his films and the reason behind audience flocking to to theatre is him and not producer or director. He sees this as an opportunity to establish his supremacy and stardom.Continue reading “Autograph(2010) Bengali Movie Review: Homage to Satyajit Ray’s Nayak”

Chander Pahar: Trailer

Chander Pahar PosterPhysician turned filmmaker Kamaleshwar Mukherjee made heads turn earlier this year with his Bengali film Meghe Dhaka Tara, which is a tribute of sorts to the classic film of the same name by Ritwik Ghatak.

The film wasn’t a remake of the classic but instead focused more on a fictionalized account of Ritwik Ghatak’s life and that of Neelkanth, his alter ego and his own character. Now Kamaleshwar Mukherjee teams up with Shree Venkatesh Films once again for an even more ambitious film, Chander Pahar. Based on the popular novel of the same name by Bibhutibhushan Bandhyopadhyay, Continue reading “Chander Pahar: Trailer”

Rituparno Ghosh's Satyanweshi (The Truth-Seeker) Movie Review

Satyanweshi PosterBengali literature has had its fair shares of goenda-golpo or detective fiction over the years, whether it be the swashbuckling adventures of Sunil Gangopadhyay’s  Indiana Jones-ish Kakababu, Samaresh Majumdar’s intrepid youthful sleuth Arjun (who could beat the Hardy Boys under the table any day) or Satyajit Ray’s towering Bong Sherlock, Pradosh C. Mitter, aka Feluda. In this private-eye pantheon though, Saradindu Bandopadhyay’s Byomkesh Bakshi holds a unique place of distinction.Continue reading “Rituparno Ghosh's Satyanweshi (The Truth-Seeker) Movie Review”

Meghe Dhaka Tara (2013) : Trailer

Meghe Dhaka Tara-SaswataKamaleswar Mukherjee, a physician turned ad filmmaker ventured into Bengali feature films recently with films like Natobor Notout (2010) and Uro Chithi (2011). And now he’s got not one but two interesting films in the pipeline.Continue reading “Meghe Dhaka Tara (2013) : Trailer”

Goynar Baksho: Trailer

Based on noted Bengali writer Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay‘s novel Goynar Baksho, the film adaptation by the same name is written and directed by Aparna Sen. It’s a tale of 3 generations of women & their changing position in society,seen in relation to a box of jewels, handed down from one generation to the next.Continue reading “Goynar Baksho: Trailer”

Trailer of Rituparno Ghosh's Chitrangada

That Rituparno Ghosh has been one of the more successful crossover Bengali filmmakers in the recent past is something that most of us know. His films are always debated and even if you don’t agree with them sometimes you can’t ignore his works either. Continue reading “Trailer of Rituparno Ghosh's Chitrangada”