2015 was an eventful year for the Bengali film industry as, not only did film makers and actors dared to be different but also challenged norms and successfully emerged as winners. Let’s take a quick look at the year end summary…
Sholoana Bangaliana Hall of Fame:
A film beyond criticisms, reviews and ranks, we salute the film maker and the entire team of Chotoder Chobi for this brave attempt.
The Top 5 Films that made a mark:
Open Tee Bioscope
Not only did the film highlight the charms of the yesteryear North Kolkata but also entertained and tickled enough to be remembered as a good film to watch with family.
With a theme that boldly challenges the clichéd Bengali, or for that matter, Indian notion about relationships and the ideal code of conduct, Belaseshe held on to theaters across Kolkata for a record number of 200+ days. Cheers to experience and love!
A well-knit story and smart direction are what made Ebar Shobor one of the most entertaining films of the year. Moreover, a new cop detective and the possibilities of a new franchise were more than warmly welcomed by the Bengali cine lovers who, if not overdosed by Feluda and Byomkesh certainly have had enough of their characteristic styles.
With Sesh Anka, the Bengali film industry got to enjoy a racy thriller that was lapped up quite well by the audience and critics alike. The storyline is a sure winner, as even the leading daily TOI (Cal Times) had stated in its review.
A ‘Sci-fi with a heart’ is how we would like to describe this film. With a story line woven so beautifully around a subject that most would find difficult to weave with a relationship drama, this is surely one of its kind.
While these were the films that the audience cherished, lets a take a look at the directors who gave the audience something new and innovative…
The Top 5 Directors whom the audience applauded
His smart direction, ability to breathe magic into stories and the very knowledge of what the audience wants, gave the Bengali film industry two block busters in Ebar Shobor and Har Har Byomkesh in 2015. His wonderful cinematic packaging and ability to extract the best from his actors makes every film of his the talk of the town.
Shiboprosad Mukherjee and Nandita Roy
A director duo that has always surprised the Bengali film audience with novel concepts, Shiboprosad and Nandita not only gave a super-duper hit but also broke the barriers of region and language as the film Belaseshe got overwhelming response even from the non-Bengali speaking audience; making it the pride of Bengal.
The Chandrabindoo man stole hearts with his very debut film as a director. Anindya Chatterjee with his film Open Tee Bioscope not only gave some young and talented actors a wonderful platform but also the Bengali audience wonderful cinema to cherish for long. Shoojit Sircar certainly knows where to put his money!
The master story teller in 2015 went bold and fearless with content driven films like Nirbaak and Rajkahini. Be it the subtle imagery in Nirbaak or the power packed acting by the ensemble cast in Rajkahini, Srijit gave us films to learn from.
Perseverance, patience and an unwavering faith in his team are the key factors that led director Tathagata Banerjee to a successful debut in the racy thriller Sesh Anka. The conviction with which he utilized underrated actors like Deepankar De, Mir, Deboprosad Halder and Debleena Dutta gave Sesh Anka a fresh feel and look.
Special Mention: Birsa Dasgupta must also be applauded for his successful mainstream film ‘Sudhu Tomar Jonyo’. Eminent Bengali theater writer-director Debesh Chattopadhyay has also given us a wonderful film in ‘Natoker Moton’.
***Director Atanu Ghosh surely deserves a special mention for his social Sci-fi Abby Sen.
Summary by Sholoana Bangaliana Creative Team
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Creatives: Bitan De