Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication (AIMC) New Delhi, held a Live Webinar with the cast & crew of Amazon Prime’s hit show ‘Pataal Lok’ earlier this week (Monday, 15 June) on Zoom.Continue reading “Team ‘Pataal Lok’ addresses Mental Health Issues in a LIVE Webinar organized by Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication”
Pratim D.Gupta is a film journalist who turned filmmaker with the Bengali film Paanch Adhyay (2012) and made one of the segments of X: Past is Present,is now ready with his next film Shaheb Bibi Golaam. The film has had a protracted battle with the CBFC and finally got its certification a few weeks ago. Shaheb Bibi Golaam features Anjan Dutt, Swastika Mukherjee, Ritwick Chakraborty and Parno Mitra in the main roles.Produced by Firdausul Hasan and Prabol Mitra, the film has music by Anupam Roy while Gairik Sarkar is the DOP and Sanjib Dutta is the editor.Continue reading “Shaheb Bibi Golaam: Trailer”
Suman Mukhopadhyay who had earlier made Bengali movies like Herbert (2005), Chaturanga (2008), Mahanagar @ Kolkata (2010) and Kangal Malsat (2013) is now ready with his latest film, Shesher Kobita. Based on a novel written by Rabindranath Tagore of the same name, the film is produced by Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India,along with NFDC. Featuring Rahul Bose, Konkona Sen Sharma and Swastika Mukherjee, the film has music by Debajyoti Mishra while Sirsha Ray is the DOP and Arghakamal Mitra is the editor.Continue reading “Shesher Kobita: Trailer”
Mainak Bhaumik the director of Bengali films like Maach Mishti & More (2013), Ami Aar Amar Girlfriends (2013), Take One (2014) etc is now ready with his latest film, Family Album. Produced by Firdausul Hasan & Probal Halder, Family Album has music by Anupam Roy while Gopi Bhagat is the DOP and Rick Basu is the editor. From the looks of the trailer the film talks of a dysfunctional family where Swastika Mukherjee and Ronodeep Bose play siblings. Riya Sen plays Ronodeep’s girlfriend while Paoli Dam plays Swastika’s lesbian partner in the film.Continue reading “Family Album: Trailer”
In any detective/ thriller movie there are 3 things that bind the story- What, Who, Why (and How). But the most important of these is the ‘Who’. If it is not closer to the end then the rest of the story falls flat even if you have to discover the other ‘W’s. This was the main issue for me in Detective Byomkesh Bakshi.Continue reading “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!: A Quick Review”
Dibakar Banerjee is arguably my most favorite current Indian filmmaker. With a sleight of 4 feature films, Dibakar has trumped many of his peers with unswerving consistency. Its hard for me to recall an average film by him, let alone a bad film. And let me say at the very onset that yet again, Banerjee does not disappoint with Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, starring a magnetic Sushant Singh Rajput in the titular role.
Byomkesh Bakshi is fictional Bengali detective character, created by Sharadindu Bandhopadhyay in 1940s. This is the 10th film to be made on the character, and there are 2 more of them coming out this very year. Save for this one, all other films are in Bengali, including one directed by the great Satyajit Ray. Moreover, Byomkesh has been a favorite character for television as well. Rightfully so, Dibakar took it upon himself to introduce him to Hindi cinema, and largely to an audience which is appallingly unaware of our own literature. It is also Dibakar’s return to his own roots, albeit in his very own charismatic style. Continue reading “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy Movie Review: Delivered Fresh, Strong And Intelligent”
Badshahi 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”
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.
Continue reading “Jaatishwar Movie Review: A Tale of Cultural History, Nostalgia and Music Which Works”
Srijit Mukherji and Prosenjit Chatterjee have a wonderful working relationship, with the latter having featured in 3 of the 4 films made by the former so far (Autograph, Baishe Srabon and the recent Mishawr Rawhoshyo). The dynamic duo return once again with Jaatishwar, which is inspired from the 1967 Bengali hit Antony Firingee, directed by Sunil Bannerjee and featuring Uttam Kumar and Tanuja.Continue reading “Jaatishwar: Trailer”