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Director duo Abhijit Guha and Sudeshna Roy is renowned for their meaningful comedy films. Be it Cross Connection, Teen Yaari Kotha, Prem By Chance or the recently released Ekla Cholo, the director duo has been entertaining the masses and also spreading meaningful message amongst the audiences with their films. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent caught up with director Abhijit Guha to speak about his soon to be released film Bitnoon. Excerpts from the salty-tangy conversation..

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- Bitnoon is quite an unusual name for a Bengali feature film. Why is the film so named?

Abhijit Guha- Bitnoon or rock salt as you know has a salty and tangy taste to it. There are people with High blood pressure problems or indigestion issues. Taking a pinch of rock salt not only enhances the taste but also helps a lot in the improvement of the health of individuals. Now back to your question as to why we named the film Bitnoon. That is simply because our lives are also filled with such salty and tangy moments. And in this film we will be highlighting life in all its spicy and salty form.

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Sounds tasty, I mean interesting. Tell us something about the film’s story.

(Laughs out loud) Even you are finding it tasty at the mere mention of rocksalt. Jokes apart the film showcases conjugal problems. Rahul and Mou is a happily married couple with a six year old son. The trouble is the child does not leave the parents alone thereby destroying the privacy of the parents. Even when Rahul tries to woo his wife, the child comes in way. It is then that Rusha enters his life and this leads to a disastrous and hilarious consequence.

Many Bengali men will be able to relate to the problem that we are trying to showcase with the help of this film. There was a time when people used to say that a child will save a marriage; these days however a child and all the attention he demands increases the gap between the husband and the wife leading to separation. This is a reality and we have been trying to show this in our film. The audiences will surely be able to relate to this fact.

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There are a couple of problems showcased in the film about present day society. Are you by any chance giving any solution to the audiences?

No, we are leaving an open end. We are just merely pointing out what is happening all around us. The film is like a mirror of the society and we did not want to pose any solutions to the problem. The audiences are wise enough to know how to tackle their own issues.

Speaking about the cast, you have actors like Sayoni Ghosh, Gargi Roychowdhury and Ritwik in the lead roles. What was the basis for the selection of the roles?

We selected all the three actors as they are all talented and versatile. We did not choose them merely for their star power or fame. They suited the role perfectly well and hence the decision to cast them.

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Like all film makers you also do have some expectations from this film. How do you think the film will perform at the box office?

I personally feel that the film will do quite good business. I am not telling it will be a blockbuster. But I hope that the audiences will go to the hall and watch the film. That will be a great appreciation of the hard work that the entire team has done.

Bitnoon releases on the 3rd of April. Make sure you watch this tangy salty real life tale as am sure most couples today will be able to relate to this very realistic depiction of a certain stage of marriage.

Interviewer:

Priyanka

Priyanka Dutta takes a keen interest in lifestyle and entertainment related news. She also enjoys interviewing celebrities and other renowned personalities. Priyanka holds a post graduate degree in English and Mass Communication. Journalism is her passion and she has reported for many a reputed international web portals.

New Kolkata Acting Course Launched by Tollywood Stars; Rituparna Sengupta and Indrani Sen Spearhead the Effort


Actor Grooming Course initiated by Kolkata Stars

Groom yourself to become a star in 100 days!! Sounds unrealistic or impossible? Then you are thinking on the wrong track as this is possible with the help from the experienced faculty at Indrani Dutta Kala Niketan. The announcement of this course was recently done in the presence of celebrities like Rituparna Sengupta, Arindam Ganguly, Sumitro Banerjee, Kheyali Dastidar, Sourav Nandy, Probhat Roy, Monami Ghosh, Nandita Roy and many others.

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The course will focus on aspects like acting, modeling, grooming, Bollywood, Western dance, Zoomba and personality development. The special benefits that one will receive from these courses are the confidence to face the camera, interaction with celebrities for tips and guidance and proper assistance given to become a star.

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Speaking at the occasion, Indrani Dutta said, “Since we all have contacts in the world of cinema and theatre, the students will have better chances of entering the film industry. There are students who ask us about placements before getting enrolled. I like this career minded attitude and hence we will groom them in such a way that they are trained enough to face the camera confidently”.

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The course fees for juniors (4 to 12 years) is Rs 15000, for youths (13 to 35 years) Rs 18000 and for the seniors (35 to 40 years) Rs 15000. This amount is payable during admission to the institution by a particular individual.

Rituparna Sengupta who is not only the Chief Advisor but has also helped in designing the course said “Indrani is a very good friend of mine. Her initiatives are always innovative and with this course many people will get help in establishing a career in this industry”.

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On the completion of the course a completion certificate will be awarded to the student on the occasion of the Gala Annual show of Indrani Dutta Kala Niketan. The ten best students will be eligible to perform in the annual show.

The students will have Indrani Dutta, Arindam Ganguly, Kheyali Dastidar, Sumitro Banerjee, Sourav Nandy, Rajarsi Chowdhury and Swarnava Kris as the groomers in this institution.

The various courses will begin from 15th April, coinciding with the Bengali New Year’s Day.

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The World Celebrates International Theater Day Today; A look back at the International Conference and Theater Festival held in Kolkata

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Rabindra Bharati University’s Department of Drama in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, organized Shakespeare Reconsidered — the 25th UGC International Conference and Theatre Festival to celebrate the 450th birth anniversary of William Shakespeare. The Festival was held between March 17 and 20, 2015, at the Jorasanko Thakurbari, Kolkata. The festival had conferences and workshops, a theatre festival based on Shakespeare’s works, and also an exhibition on ‘Shakespeare and Bengali Theatre’.

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Reputed persons from the field of theatre delivered keynote addresses and special lectures. There were 48 scholar-participants from various countries including Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Taiwan and Japan, apart from Indian delegates who came from various parts of the country.

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The inaugural session was graced by the presence of eminent theatre person Bibhas Chakraborty as the Chief Guest, along with Prof. Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury, Vice Chancellor, Rabindra Bharati University. Theater-workshop-kolkata

The theatre festival showed how Shakespeare, as a playwright has, for the last 430 years, inspired various theatre productions. This has given rise to a huge body of experimental productions on the various plays of the Bard.

The plays presented during the theatre festival were Macbeth Question – Santanu Bose – Bose Studio, New Delhi on March 17, Fall of a King – Palash Protim Mech – OFTAS, Sibsagar on March 18, Macbeth – Sudip Chakraborty – Padatik Nattya Sangsad, Dhaka, Bangladesh on March 19 and Fagun Rater Goppo – Tarun Pradhan – Theatre Repertory, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata on March 20, the concluding day.

The international theatre festival was therefore a great success and paved the way for better understanding of Shakespeare in today’s time.

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Film Noir in Indian cinema- A discussion with Ashok Viswanathan before the Release of Upcoming Bengali Film 1+1=3


Upcoming Bengali Film 1+1=3 Director Talks about Film Noir

Film Noir is a cinematic term which is used to describe the stylish Hollywood crime dramas which were so popular in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Such was the popularity that even Indian films and other world cinemas were also equally influenced. Oxford Bookstore Kolkata and Nez Moving Pixels hosted an evening of panel discussion to celebrate the release of Ashok Vishwanathan’s new film 1+1=3.

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The evening was introduced by Maina Bhagat, Director, Oxford Bookstore, Kolkata. The panel consisted of eminent personalities like Director Ashok Vishwanathan, veteran film critic and former director of SRFTI, Swapan Mullick, producer Sudeep Ranjan Sarkar, actor Debdut Ghosh and others.

The evening began with Prajna Datta, music director of the upcoming film strumming the guitar and singing a song from the film. This was followed by the discussion on the idea of Film Noir in Indian cinema as well as in world cinema.

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The film 1+1=3 is a vehicle for the philosophical exploration in the ruthless world of today. Riya Mitra, Bidhan Mitra and Sadhan Sen are caught in a time-wrap even though they continue with their daily chores. Riya is married to a police officer Bidhan. He is on the hunt for Sadhan who is a notorious revolutionary. The twist in tale is Riya knew Sadhan in her college days and was quite close to him. Will Bidhan know the truth? This is what the film is all about.

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Speaking at the occasion, director Ashok Viswanathan said “The film has the element of Film Noir with Riya being the center of things and the activities revolving around her. There will be surprise elements as well. The audiences will have to go the hall to watch these surprises”.

With poetry by Saira Shah Halim and Joie Bose, the evening was thoroughly enjoyed by the guests present at Oxford Bookstore.

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Goût de France – Celebrating French gastronomy at Taj Bengal

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Taj Bengal took part in the ambitious Goût de France/Good France project that took place worldwide for a unique tasty experience. Chambers at Taj Bengal surrendered to the pleasures of an exquisite French gourmet dinner for its guests as French cuisine was celebrated in various locations all over the world. Over 1,000 chefs from all five continents joined in this event on the eve of spring.

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Taj Hotel paid homage to the basic essences of the French food. Elements of innovation and the values which come along with it is the main attractive point. Sharing pleasure and respect for good food stood out in this food fiesta. Mushroom medley, Herb and panko crumbed Corn-fed chicken, Chilean Sea bass, Bay of Bengal prawn and Valronha chocolate marquise, ganache and orange formed the essential part of the classy French menu.

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Forty eight participants took part and they have earned the fourth spot after Italy, Japan and Brazil. The event was spearheaded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development along with renowned Chef Alain Ducasse.

Good France also offered the French food lovers an opportunity to enjoy the fine flavours from across five continents on the same date.

 

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