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Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s Tope- The Bait Shown at the 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival

Video: Tope press conference at KIFF 2016

Ace film maker Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s Tope- The Bait was shown at the 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival. A press meet was held in the presence of Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Paoli Dam, Malobika, Ananya Chatterjee, producer Pawan Kanodia and others.


The film Tope is about three characters. Munni is a nomadic girl who performs tricks with her parents. Goja is a postmaster who is fed up with his life and takes residence in a tree. Raja is a man of regal origins who lives in the glory of his past. As the film shifts between the three stories, it raises the question as to who is actually the bait.

Speaking at the event, Paoli Dam said “I am honored that I got the chance to work with Buddhadeb Dasgupta. I have always disturbed him during the shoots by asking about the different technicalities. His trolley shots are just wonderful. This has been a great learning experience”.


Paoli Dam, Malobika, Ananya Chatterjee, Sudipto Chatterjee, Kajal Kumari, Chandan Roy Sanyal and others will be seen in important roles in the film.

The film has also been show at Busan and Toronto 2016 Film Festivals.

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Stagecraft Awards 2016 Felicitates Technicians and Other Support Staff Working with the Bengali Film Industry


The third edition of Stagecraft Award 2016 was held at Science City Auditorium recently. Eminent personalities from different fields like television, music, films came to attend the event.

Instituted in 2014, the award gives the unsung technicians their due recognition. The categories in which the prizes were given include Best event manager, Best sound and light company, Best theatre production, Best costume, Best makeup and others.


Nitin Mukesh, Papon, Udit Narayan, Mame Khan and Humsufi Band were the star performers at the event. The event was anchored by Mir.

Speaking at the occasion, singer Nitin Mukesh said “I have known Usha for many years since my college days. She is an inspiration for all in the field of music. She is a blessed soul and I can very well imagine that it is she who can think of such an event honoring these unsung heroes”.


The show also witnessed other performances like a tribute to Hemanta Mukherjee featuring Rupankar, Srikanto Acharya, Monomoy Bhattacharya, Sibaji, Jayati Chakraborty and Sampa Kundu.

Bicycle, another performance to a medley of songs was performed by Anik, Saptak, Lagnajita, Ujjaini, Kaushik and Pratik. The cast and crew members of Srijit Mukherji’s upcoming film Zulfiqar were present at the occasion for a special act.


Usha Uthup said “I am grateful that so many people have come to support this cause. This means a lot to me. Honoring such unsung heroes for the third time in a row has only been possible due to this immense support”.

A tribute to Nachiketa Chakaborty featuring Raghav, Timir, Sudeshna, Rupak, Subhamita and Nachiketa himself was also performed at the event.

Some of the other guests found in the audience include Surojit, Ananya Chatterjee, Arjun Chakraborty, Neelanjana Chakraborty and others.


The event was an astounding success with a house packed with audience and some scintillating performances!!

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Starmark, in association with Poetry Paradigm hosts Poetry Book Launch


Kolkata’s leading bookstore chain Starmark, in association with Poetry Paradigm, played host to the launch of two books of poems at its Quest Mall outlet. The two books were Ananya Chatterjee’s The Blind Man’s Rainbow and Joie Bose’s Corazon Roto and Sixty Nine Other Treasons.

Present at the launch were Rita Bhimani, Barun Chanda, Jayant Kripalani and Ashoke Vishwanathan who took part in a lively and interesting discussion on the two books which followed their launches. Thereafter, Ananya Chatterjee and Joie Bose signed their books at a book signing session.


Both the launch and the discussion were moderated by Arthur Cardozo, who is himself a poet, cartoonist, writer and advertising professional. Like the two authors, he is also an active member of the Poetry Paradigm group of poets.

The books are available at Starmark and also at other book stores in the city.

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Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s Debi Releases this Durga Puja; A Short Film of Sorts for those Hooked to the Digital Platform


After the great success of Sujoy Ghosh’s Ahalya and the positive critical reviews from the audience and the critics alike, another director namely two time National Award winner Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury will be testing this short film ground with his film Debi.

Debi is about Anuradha, the daughter of the Basu Chowdhury family of Kolkata, who once again stepped inside the age-old mansion after she left this familiar world of her girlhood and moved overseas with the love of her life against strong family opposition. Today, Anuradha is going through a plethora of memories as she returns to her roots amidst the joy and mirth of Durga Puja festivities after twenty years. However, this homecoming of Anuradha’s is very special since she is accompanied by her daughter Lali – for whom this is not just homecoming but a journey of discovery, love and searching for one’s own roots through the gastronomical route against the festive backdrop  of Durga Puja. This home-coming gets two different dimensions for the mother-daughter duo as the surrounding gets soaked in the festive mood of Durga Puja.


“Debi” is Aniruddha’s first internet venture of 13minutes and boasts of a stellar cast like Ananya Chatterjee, Arjun Chakraborty, Kaushik Banerjee, Monali Thakur. Noted singer Anupam Roy, has composed the film’s music as well as lent his voice too and Srijato has penned the lyrics for “Debi”. Acclaimed cinematographer Ranjan Palit is the director of photography in this film, while the screenplay is by Shyamal Sengupta.

To be released on the digital platform, “Debi” is produced by Opus Communications and presented by Emami Healthy & Tasty, a popular edible oil brand from the house of Emami Group. The film is shot in the heritage backdrop of the Lahabari and the old lanes and by lanes of North Kolkata.


Speaking about the film, Mr. Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, director of Debi, said, “Capturing the audience interest within a span of few minutes while narrating a complete story is challenging for any filmmaker. Through laptops, tablets, smart phones, this is a great opportunity to enter into the very “me-time” of a viewer while he or she is surfing the net at work or leisure or getting connected through a smart devices while on transit.”

Debi is going to be released on the 10th of October, 2015. The film can also be viewed on YouTube.

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New Bengali Film Jogajog Review; Tagore it is but to What Levels of Perfection?


Rabindranath Tagore is the cultural icon of the people of Bengal. There can be no second doubts about this fact. His writings still continue to inspire us and are also adapted for making films and serials. Even his personal life is also a zone of interest for the inquisitive Bengalis. The recently released film Kadambari highlighted on his personal life. Another filmmaker Shekhar Das also turned to the Bard for inspiration for his film, Jogajog (which released recently). The film is made on a classic story by Tagore with the same name.

Jogajog narrates the tale of two families- the Chatujjeys and the Ghoshals. They are age old rivals. Biprodas Chatujjey is a music lover and is a soft spoken person by nature. He becomes financially indebted to Madhusudan Ghoshal, his family rival. To resolve this financial dispute, Madhusudan offers to marry Kumudini. Kumudini is half his age and is the youngest daughter of the Chatujjey family. This marriage showcases the differences of the two families in their style of living or way of thinking out in the open. Kumudini agrees to marry Madhusudan and after the marriage his rudeness repulses her. Things even become more acute when she finds out that the widowed sister-in-law has an illegitimate relationship with her husband. What happens to Kumudini? The film answers the question in the running time of two hours and eighteen minutes.

When one makes a film on a classic novel or a literary piece, the task is both easy and also difficult. The job is easy because the writer had already done half the job of the director by providing him with varied characters, different backgrounds and hence aiding him fifty percent in his cinematic work. The same is true for this film too. With Tagore’s writing as a guide, Shekhar Das’s job had been made easy. The tough part is however the adaptation and presenting the philosophical observations of Tagore in the running time of the film is a tad difficult job. However the director succeeded in making a decent film and he was aptly aided by the actors and the music directors.

However some faults in the directorial department strike out. The second half of the film could have been edited and made thirty minutes short. It drags much in this half. Editing and scripting of the film should have been given more importance by the director as some scenes come and go before you actually can understand it properly. Jogajog was published in 1929 and is a tale of that era so during the marriage scene how can the band party be shown playing tunes like “mein hood don”? This is a glaring mistake and had the director paid heed to it, this would not have happened.

Music by Pandit Debojyoti Bose is the strength of the film. He does a good job with the music of this film and lends an aura of those times with his music.

Bratya Basu as Madhusudan, Suvolagna Mukherjee as Kumudini and Ananya Chatterjee as the widowed Sister-in-law, shine brightly in the film with their performances. Suvolagna in her debut film is a bit stiff in the initial scenes but gains momentum as the film progresses. Her softness actually helps in highlighting Madhusudan’s rudeness and puts the focus much on Bratya Basu as the actor.

Ananya does an excellent job as the widowed sister-in-law Shyamasundori. She is in one scene the lonely widowed woman and in the next she is the femme fatale. And she shines in her role.

Shaheb Chatterjee and Locket Chatterjee are good in their respective roles as is Arjun Chakraborty as Biprodas.

Jogajog is one film that can must watch simply for the stellar acting and the good music.

Sholoana Bangaliana Rating-2.5/5

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