Double Feluda: Trailer

double-feluda-posterDouble Feluda is an upcoming Bengali language crime thriller drama film, based on the Bengali sleuth Feluda, created by the acclaimed and renowned Oscar– winning director Satyajit Ray. Directed by the latter’s son Sandip Ray, the film marks the comeback of both Sabyasachi Chakraborty and Saheb Bhattacharya, with the former returning to the iconic of Feluda and the latter playing his sidekick, Topshe. The film is reportedly said to be released for Christmas, 2016 to mark the 50th anniversary of the iconic creation. After going with Abir Chatterjee as Feluda in Badshahi Angti (2014), Sandip Ray has gone back to Sabyasachi and Eros International has stepped in as the producer. Sirsha Ray is the DOP and Subrata Roy is the editor, the original Feluda theme music by Satyajit Ray has been retained in the film.Continue reading “Double Feluda: Trailer”

Satyajit Ray’s Ganashatru (An Enemy of the People): Drawingroom and Worldview of Hindu Middle Class

Satyajit Ray has always faced the accusation of ignoring political realities in his films. Ray may never have been a left card carrying member, but his movies always have focused on how human lives are impacted due to the larger context of politics right from Apu to his last film Agantuk.

Ray does not waste time in establishing the urgency, the first scene shows a doctor being concerned with the spread of a waterborne disease which he feels is due to contamination. Then in the next few minutes he establishes the major characters of the film in the living room of the doctor.Continue reading “Satyajit Ray’s Ganashatru (An Enemy of the People): Drawingroom and Worldview of Hindu Middle Class”

It’s time to explore Sun, Sand and best of Cinema in Goa

This festive season plan a trip to Goa as the ‘Tourism Capital of India’ is ready to welcome you with its extravagant art and culture festivals. Delve into the exhilaration of art, glamour, and paparazzi as the 46th edition of India’s prestigious film festival; International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is going to add more excitement to your festive celebration. Scheduled to kick start from November 20 2015, the ten day film fiesta is all set to bring the more international colours this year, creating a platform for unlimited entertainment frills and glitterati graced by Indian and international film celebrities.Continue reading “It’s time to explore Sun, Sand and best of Cinema in Goa”

Murder in Neverland – Looking Back at Feluda

Rites of passage are important in every culture – whether it be leaving home, the first kiss, the first real fight, the first job, whatever. For Bengali bibliophiles, it is, or at least it used to be, the point at which a child put down his copy of the collected volumes of Feluda stories and picked up the Byomkesh Somogro. Of course, like a favourite childhood dessert, we all come back to Feluda, always, and have a definite soft corner for it in our hearts, but at the end of the day, the faint praise is damning – Feluda is children’s fare, cursed never to receive the serious analysis or plaudits that it deserves.Continue reading “Murder in Neverland – Looking Back at Feluda”

Badshahi Angti Movie Review: All that Glitters is not Gold

Satyajit Ray’s Feluda tales have by now gone on to attain legendary status. The detective stories have been adapted into telefilms, radio plays and of course feature films by both Satyajit Ray and his son Sandip Ray. In fact it is Sandip Ray who has probably adapted a majority of the stories in some form or the other. While Soumitra Chatterjee played Feluda in Satyajit Ray’s Sonar Kella and Joi Baba Felunath, the character was portrayed by Sabyasachi Chakrabarty in 6 films spanning from 2001 (Baksho Rahasya) to 2011 (Royal Bengal Rahashya). Even now I have vivid memories of Kissa Khatmandu Ka (part of Satyajit Ray Presents), teleseries on Doordarshan which was an adaptation of Joto Kando Khatmandu, featuring Shashi Kapoor as Feluda, Mohan Agashe as Jatayu and Utpal Dutt as Lal Meghraj. But with Sabyasachi already looking too aged for the iconic character and with the demise of Bibhu Bhattacharya who played Jatayu in the last 5 Feluda films, it looked like Sandip Ray had hit a roadblock.Continue reading “Badshahi Angti Movie Review: All that Glitters is not Gold”

Badshahi Angti (2014): Theatrical Trailer

Badshahi Angti PosterBadshahi Angti (The Emperor’s Ring) is an upcoming Feluda film directed by Sandip Ray. Badshahi Angti is based on novel of the same name written by Satyajit Ray. Abir Chatterjee takes over from Sabyasachi Chakrabarty as Feludu, making him the only actor who has donned the role of both Feluda and Byomkesh Bakshi. Badshahi Angti is scheduled to release on 19th Dec 2014. This will be eighth official Feluda film,the first two having been directed by Satyajit Ray himself and the rest by Sandip Ray. Saurav Das is the new Topshe in this film and the rest of the star cast  includes Paran Bandhopadhyay, Rajatava Dutta, Biswajit Chakraborty, Bharat Kaul,Deepankar De etc. With a change in the principal cast, this film is supposedly an attempt to reboot the franchise. Continue reading “Badshahi Angti (2014): Theatrical 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”

Sandip Ray’s Chaar: Theatrical Trailer

Chaar 2014Sandip Ray who has been more popular for his Feluda films went on to make Jekhane Bhooter Bhoy (2012), based on 3 popular ghost based short stories. Emboldened by the success of the film, Sandip is back now with Chaar and as the title suggests,this film is based on 4 popular Bengali short stories. The producers of Jekhane Bhooter Bhoy i.e Shree Venkatesh Films and Surinder Films, have backed Chaar as well. This time the 4 stories chosen are Bateswarer Abodan by ParasuramPorikkha by Sharadindu BandyopadhyayKagtarua and Dui Bondhu by Satyajit Ray. The film features Saswata Chatterjee, Abir Chatterjee, Koel Mallick, Paran Bandopadhyay, Sreelekha Mitra etc. The music is by Sandip Ray himself while Sirsha Ray is the DOP and Subrata Roy is the editor. Continue reading “Sandip Ray’s Chaar: Theatrical Trailer”

A Neo-Realistic Dream: Tribute to P. Ramdas

1955 was always considered as turning point in Indian Cinema. That year saw Satyajit Ray‘s Pather Panchali being released, meanwhile in Kerala  just a few months before that a Neo-Realistic film Newspaper Boy was released which did not make much waves, but the similarity between both films cannot be ignored. Both films used non professional actors, and both were made by debut directors.

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