Tag: 25-Baisakh

Interview- Actress Sonali Gupta on Returning to Films with the role of Satyabati in Upcoming Byomkesh Film Sajarur Kanta


She is a feisty actress in her own right. After having left the world of acting for some years, actress Sonali Gupta is making her return with the upcoming Bengali film Sajarur Kanta where she plays the role of Satyabati. The actress was engaged in a conversation by Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent. Excerpts from the interview..

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- You are returning to films after a real long break. What made you say yes to this film?

Sonali Gupta– Frankly I had actually said no to Saibal. One day he called me up and said I had to do this role of Satyabati. I said no and just disconnected the call. But he kept on ringing me up and I had to agree to listen to his script. When I actually heard the script, I was impressed. Moreover with such a stellar cast consisting of Dhritiman Chatterjee, Konkona Sen Sharma, Koushik Sen, Indraneil, I just could not say no after the script reading session. Another factor which also helped me in deciding to take up this role is the fact that I made my debut with a role called Satyabati and I am again returning to films with Satyabati. This is like life coming to a full circle.


How was the overall experience of shooting for Sajarur Kanta; more so since you were facing the camera after many years?

I was apprehensive as to how I will be performing. But Saibal, Dhritiman Chatterjee all helped me a lot in releasing my inner tensions and making me feel comfortable in front of the camera again. The atmosphere was homely and this did not make me feel that I was acting after such a long time. My co-actors were so powerful that I felt that I was nothing in front of them. However the experience was thoroughly enjoyable.

Do you have any memorable shooting experiences?

There is not just a single incident that I will like to mention. We all had a great time shooting actually. We worked like a team, supporting and helping each other out. We never felt like we were actually shooting for a film. When the film ended, we were like “It got over, really?” Such was the level of fun we had on the sets.


How different do you think this Byomkesh will be from the other films released?

This is a different Byomkesh as he is in his sixties. He does not want to work anymore. It is due to the cajoling of his wife Satyabati that he takes up the case. He depends much on his wife now. The companionship between the husband and the wife has been shown wonderfully in this film. The character of Satyabati has been developed very well as a result.


What are your expectations from the film?

I have high expectations from the film. Stellar cast, great script and good music all will surely appeal to the audience. Moreover this Byomkesh is not the young Byomkesh and this will surely hit the audience.

With the film slated for release on the 20th of March, we will have to wait and watch how the film is accepted by the audience and whether it fares better than the other films released on the sleuth.



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.



Premasree gets the Support of Tollywood Glitterati, Starry Auction in Kolkata to Support the Initiative


Premasree, a free residential school for children with visual impairment that was founded by Shri. Biju Nair in the year 2012 is one institution that lives up to its promise of creating a safe haven for the sightless as here, children from different parts of Bengal between the age group of four to eighteen and with visual impairments come in pursuit of a life that is not only dignified but happy too. It is here that these children get their due share of love and care as well as learn the life skills which can enable them to live a life free of dependence.

Starry Auction in Kolkata to Support Premasree

In an effort to support this wonderful initiative and thought, Mr. Rana Basu Thakur who is the chief mentor at Just Lateral ThinkInk and Satrajit Sen of Tripod Entertainment organized a star studded auction at MYX in Park Street bringing in the Tollywood Glitterati to lend their support.


Noted Painter Suvaprasanna, Designer Sharbari Datta, Actress Kanchana Moitra, Sreelekha Mitra and Sudipta Chakroborty along with director Srijit Mukherji and RJ/Actor/Singer Mir were present at the auction. Mir who with his easy charm can light up any atmosphere lovingly interacted with the children who had come down for the evening and from thereon even took to hosting the auction as well as singing a few hit numbers with his band Bandage.


Along with the celebrities adding the auction’s glam quotient, the live art installation by painter Suvaprasanna was something that kept the guests engrossed. Seeing the master’s brush strokes transforming a white canvas into a painting worth a lakh is something that many will remember the evening for.


Along with the painting made by Suvaprasanna , other things that were put up for auction were actress Sushmita Sen’s Neeta Lulla designed dress worn by her in Srijit Mukherji’s new Film Nirbaak, Sreelekha Mitra’s Saree (one that she wore to the auction that evening), Prosenjit Mukherjee’s costumes from the film Hanuman.com and other such valuable memorabilia.

The children also presented the celebrity guests with beautiful artworks that they had prepared specially for the occasion and also sang a melodious song to utmost perfection.


Such wonderful initiatives by a handful of responsible citizens indeed act a beacon of hope for the society as they time and again reiterate that we humans (even if a handful) are still capable of selfless work and thought. Hats off Shri. Nair, Mr. Satrajit Sen and Mr. Thakur!

Aakash Aath Tagore Special Programs to Celebrate the Bard’s Birthday


Rabindranath Tagore is one writer who has reshaped the music and the literary traditions of Bengal and also of India. His thoughts were progressive and ahead of the times that he lived in. Born on 7th May, 1861, the poet will be turning 153 this year.

On the occasion of 25 Baishakh, next week Aakash Aath will be airing a special story on Sahityer Sera Samay by Rabindranath Tagore. The episodes will be a tribute to the legend by the channel authorities on his birthday. These special episodes will be aired to celebrate the birthday of Rabindranath Tagore and will be shown on the channel from 5th May to 10th May. The time of this program is 7pm.


Muktir Upay by Rabindranath Tagore which will be aired is the story of a married man. He turns into a fakir. He runs away from his family to carry on with his life as a fakir only to become a target of mistaken identity. Muktir Upay is actually a short story and also a satirical play especially for the children and the young audience.

With Tagore’s birthday just round the corner, Aakash Aath’s endeavor to pay tribute to the legendary writer is a great attempt. The audience will be treated to the style of Tagore and will be able to understand him even better through his works. Therefore, in between all the activities that may have been lined up for Tagore’s birthday celebrations, Bengalis across the globe should spare some time for these Aakash Aath Tagore Special Programs.

Priyanka Dutta