2013 has been a great year for the Bangla Film Industry as not only have great films been made but the industry has got some very talented new faces and has even seen some already established Tollywood Stars giving landmark performances.
It is none other than Ritwick Chakraborty who deserves the title of Megastar 2013 as it is his brilliance that could infuse life into the unheard ‘Shobdo’ as well as the absolutely different and very subtle Bakita Byaktigato. Be it the stubborn and honest football coach Moti Nandi in Bicycle Kick or the investigative journalist in Khancha, Ritwick had given an absolutely new life and shape to these charecters.
Though not a Hero as we usually see them, Saswata Chatterjee by all means deserves to be called the Superstar of 2013. His fantastic acting skills made ‘Neelkantha Bagchi’, the protagonist of Meghe Dhaka Tara 2013’ alive and it would be absolutely justified to say that his fantabulous comic timing with Rajatava Dutta was the only saving grace of Anik Dutta’s ‘Aschorjyo Prodeep’. In ‘Arindam Sil’s directorial debut venture ‘Aborto’ Saswata Chatterjee played the shrewd evil man and carried forward the antagonistic character with equal élan. 2013 also featured ‘Proloy’, in which Saswata acted as ‘Animesh Roy’ – the aggressive and heroic cop and got the loudest cheers from the audience in the theaters. Altogether, the versatile & loveable ‘Apu da’ of Tollywood was perhaps at his creative ‘Peak’ during 2013.
Actor turned Director Parambrata Chattopadhyay has also ruled the industry as the Star of 2013. The year started with his directorial venture ‘Hawa Bodol’ and went on to ‘Machh Mishti & More’ and ‘Proloy’. This young actor-director excelled with his flamboyance and improvisations in each of the characters he played. After the highly forgettable directorial debut film ‘Jio Kaka’, Director Parambrata returned back with a bang with the sarcastic comic fantasy movie ‘Hawa Bodol’, in which he acted brilliantly as well. The film was well received by all sectors of audiences. Parambrata followed it up with films like ‘Maachh Mishti & More’, where he played a confused middle class Bengali youth, whose professional and personal front is dominated by his wealthy Marwari girlfriend. Param’s acting skills ably portrayed the ‘vulnerability’ of the character. And then came ‘Proloy’ which was Raj Chakraborty’s first ‘original’ film that spoke about the life and death of the Late. Social activist Barun Biswas. Raj chose Param to play the protagonist and Param seemed equally confident in doing a mainstream film like ‘Proloy’.
While these three men were at the helm of the industry in the year 2013, the three gorgeous ladies who kept the audience wanting for more are as follows:
Sohini Sarkar made her debut with Director Atanu Ghosh’s film ‘Rupkatha Noy’ in 2013 that instantly catapult her to the status of a Tollywood Megastar. Sohini’s act in Rupkatha Noy was indeed memorable and her acting skills were praised by the media and critics alike. Her onscreen chemistry with veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee, Koushik Sen and hero Gaurab Chakraborty was just awesome. Thereafter, Sohini cemented her place as an actor with an experimental film like ‘Phoring’. She literally excelled as Doel, the sweet lady teacher and her onscreen chemistry with child artist Akashneel seemed magical. We wish Sohini Sarkar all the very best for 2014.
After a dry 2012, this charming Tollywood actress scored heavily in 2013 as the leading lady of one of the most commercially successful movies of Tollywood ‘Boss’ and thus getting the undisputed title of a Superstar 2013. For the first time she acted outside the banner of Shree Venkatesh Films and delivered super hits like Khoka 420 and Boss. 2012 did not go well for Subhosree on both personal and professional fronts, but 2013 gave her that required oxygen, which cemented her status as a mainstream Tollywood actress. She is also doing Anjan Dutt’s next Bangla Movie and this proves that Subhosree is now up-to acting in all kinds of movies and this is good news for her fans.
Mimi Chakraborty had arrived on the Big Screen after impressing the critics with her television debut ‘Ganer Opare’ and almost effortlessly carved a niche for herself with her performances in mainstream films like ‘Bojhena Se Bojhena’ and ‘Proloy’. Though the movie ‘Bapi Bari Ja’ failed to impress the masses, she has effortlessly scored well to be called one of Bengal’s most Adored Stars of 2013. Though Mimi has only acted in mainstream projects on the Big Screen, we all know that an actor of her caliber will also excel in new-age off-beat movies. Mimi will soon be seen in Shree Venkatesh Fims’ new project titled Bangali Babu English Mem and the song sequences featuring the beautiful Mimi are already a hit with the masses.
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