Zulfiqar is a forthcoming Bengali crime drama from Srijit Mukherji which is based on adaptation of two of William Shakespeare’s tragedies: Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra. Produced by Shree Venkatesh Films, the film has a huge ensemble cast comprising of Prosenjit Chatterjee, Dev, Parambrata Chatterjee, Jisshu Sengupta, Ankush Hazra, Koushik Sen, Rahul, Arunoday Banerjee, Kanchan Mullick, Nusrat Jahan, Paoli Dam, Kyra Dutt, June Malia. Soumik Haldar is the DOP while Anindya Chatterjee is the editor. The songs are composed by Anupam Roy while the backgorund score is provided by Indraadip Dasgupta.Continue reading “Zulfiqar: Trailer”
It is but natural to fall in relationships that seem to appear rosy initially, only to appear as a difficult proposition later on. Yes you do tell yourself that you would try and adjust and expect the same out of the other person as well, but then you end up realizing that it is not all that simple eventually. Have you ever gone through any such relationship or heard or know of someone who has gone through it? Chances of hearing a yes from most people are extremely high and I am sure of the same. Ok here are some questions for us to ponder over-when a relationship seems to have probably reached its end what do we do? How sure are we that we gave it a fair chance to succeed? Are we willing to let go of each other amicably if it comes to that? Most importantly do we actually manage to move on in every way possible once the relationship ceases to exist?Continue reading “Praktan Movie Review: Life’s a Journey, You Have to Move on at the Right Time”
Every now and then I keep wondering how India’s position in the World could have got stronger on various counts, if the partition of 1947 and the war of 1971 had not happened. I know it’s easy to imagine but not all that simple in reality, but can you imagine the prospects if Pakistan, Bangladesh and India were to remain united as one single Nation? Be it in politics, sports, international affairs, commerce and more, we would certainly be looked upon with far more respect by the rest of the World. There’s another strong reason for me to feel so, if not for the political and religious divide that set in post 1947, I strongly believe that there isn’t much of a difference between people on the either side of the border. Artists of Pakistan continue to be popular in India, while Hindi films are enjoying terrific patronage in Pakistan. The cultural synergy between West Bengal and East Bengal i.e Bangladesh is still very much on display, what with the language and love for literature and music remaining intact on either side of the border.Continue reading “Shankhachil Movie Review: An Envious Flight of a Bird”
The successful director-duo of Nandita Roy and Shiboprasad Mukherjee made their mark with their very first Bengali movie, Icche (2011) and went on to make 6 more films ever since. Their last film Bela Seshe went on to be critically acclaimed but also a major commercial success as well. Now they are ready with their latest film, Praktan which sees the evergreen jodi of Prosenjit Chatterjee and Rituparna Sengupta coming back together after around 14 years. Produced by Probhat Roy and Windows,the film also features Soumitra Chatterjee, Sabitri Chatterjee, Aparajita Adhya, Biswanath Basu, Manali Dey etc. The music is by Anindya Chatterjee and Anupam Roy while Gopi Bhagat is the DOP and Malay Laha is the editor.Continue reading “Praktan: Trailer”
Acclaimed filmmaker Goutam Ghose is back with his latest Bengali film, Shankhachil which is again an Indo-Bangladesh co-production similar to couple of his earlier works Padma Nadir Majhi (1992) and Moner Manush (2010). Shankhachil (boundless) is produced by Prosenjit Chatterjee and Mou Roychowdhury from India, along with Habibur Rahman Khan and Faridur Reza Sagar from Bangladesh. Featuring Prosenjit along with Kushum Shikder, Shajbati (Introducing), Dipankar Dey, Nakul Vaid, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Arindam Sil etc, the film has music by Goutam Ghose himself. Ishaan Ghose is the DOP while editing is by Baishali Dasgupta Bhaumic and Niladri Roy. Continue reading “Shankhachil: Trailer”
Popular Bengali actor Parambrata Chatterjee made his directorial debut with Jiyo Kaka (2011) after which he made Hawa Bodol (2013). He is now ready with his 3rd film as director, Lorai which is releasing this Friday, 9th January. Featuring Prosenjit Chatterjee in the lead, the film is produced by Shyam Sudar De. Written by Parambrata and Padmanabha Dasgupta,Lorai has music by Indradeep Dasgupta while Gopi Bhagat is the DOP and Bodhaditya Banerjee is the editor.Continue reading “Lorai: Trailer”
Let me tell you at the very outset that Srijit Mukherji’s Baishe Srabon (22nd of the Bengali month-Srabon) fails to work as thriller, but many other aspects of the film is enjoyable and watchable. It is 2011 and the City of Joy is witnessing serial murdes similar to Stoneman Murders, and the killer leaves behind every time a Bengali poem near the scene of murder. The case is being handled by Abhijit Pakrashi (Parambrata Chatterjee) who is unable to crack the case while the murder count piles up. His boss Amit Srivastav (Rakesh Sharma) advises him to take the help of his ex-colleague Probir Roy (Prosenjit Chatterjee). Probir is an ex-cop who used extra judicial method to kill people, whom he thought are criminals and to get a confession from a suspect he would go to any extent. Probir has been suspended from the police force due to this. An initially reluctant Probir agrees to help Abhijit solve the case.Continue reading “Baishe Srabon (2011) Bengali Movie Review: Breaking Bard”
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.
We 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”
Srijit Mukherji has been one of the more popular writer-directors to have emerged in Bengali Cinema in the recent past. People tracking the industry would be well aware that traditionally Bengali Cinema has been largely divided into 2 extremes-the relatively offbeat films typically aimed at the festivals and the commercial potboilers which appeal to the masses. But in the last 10 odd years there has been a resurgence of the middle ground, filmmakers brave enough to attempt all kinds of subjects and aiming to reach out to the more educated urbane audience. In the process a lot of these films end up being critically acclaimed and some of them turn out to be commercially successful as well. The late Rituparno Ghosh was probably the most well-known among this category of Bengali filmmakers. Filmmakers like Srijit Mukherji and Aniruddha Roy Chowdhary seem to be following the same route, though they still have a long way to go before we slot them in any proper way.
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