Audio Music Album of Bengali Film Manihara Launched; Deconstructing Tagore’s Manihara

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Music Launch of Upcoming Bengali Film Manihara

The music launch of the upcoming Bengali film Manihara took place in the august presence of Sohini Sarkar, Chiranjeet, Subhabrata Chatterjee, Biplab Chatterjee, Madhura and others.

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Based on a story by Rabindranath Tagore, the story of Manihara has been de-constructed by the director, Subhabrata Chatterjee. “Tagore’s Manihara is one which I had read a couple of times before making the film. When I actually thought of making a feature film, my mind stuck to this story and hence I came up with this film. The biggest challenge was that this film had already been made by a master (Satyajit Ray) and hence I was under much pressure. However I have tried to present the film in my own perspective. The setting is contemporary and hence the characters are ones with which one will be able to relate easily” said the director.

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The director also added that Sohini Sarkar was not the first actress that he had in mind for the role of Manideepa in the film. “I initially wanted Swastika to do the film but due to some miscommunication that did not happen. Since the role was a powerful one, we needed an equally powerful actress. It is then that Sohini came in the scene. I had to brief her for over an hour before she got the grip of the character. We also used to sit before the shoot began and discussed aspects of the character. I think Sohini did a fabulous job as Manideepa” added the director.

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Chiranjit who plays an important role in the film was highly affirmative of the success of this film. The actor said “I have acted in many films in my forty years career. I have also directed a few hit films. Hence you can assume that I understand film making a little bit. From that experience I can say this will be a good film”.

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With three songs in the film, the music of the film has been composed by Bob. “It was a huge challenge for me to compose the music of this film. No songs of Tagore have been used in the film. We have made contemporary music for the film. The background score has an eerie feel to it and will gel well with the content of the film” said Bob.

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Sohini Sarkar who plays the role of Manideepa in the film said “I had a great time working in this film as the cast and crew consisted mainly of young people. Subhabrata has an experience in making ad films and that helped him immensely during the shoot of the film”. When questioned whether she had the same fetish for jewelry as her on screen character, the actress smiled and said “Which girl dislikes jewelry? The role fulfilled my wish of wearing different kinds of jewelry very well”.

With such a great cast, interesting storyline and good music, Manihara should be on your must watch film list!!

Priyanka Dutta

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