EIMPA, Eastern India Motion Picture Directors’ Association will be organizing a seminar Rupantar on 18th September addressing major issues faced by the directors and technicians in today’s time. To announce this seminar, a press meet was organized which was attended by Gautam Ghosh, Raja Chanda, Ashok Vishwanathan, Bimal Dey, Tarapada Mondal and others.
Some of the issues that will be highlighted in the seminar include the advantages and disadvantages of using digital technique in film making. The problems faced by television and film makers will also be discussed.
Mrinal Sen and Tarun Majumder will be conferred with awards for their lifetime contribution to Indian cinema. Many directors who are financially weak will be provided with regular financial help. A short film festival will also be organized by EIMPA. Short film makers can submit their films (duration maximum thirty minutes) by filling a form and submitting two hundred rupees at the office of EIMPA.
“It is important that ideas have to be discussed between film makers. This will enable one to understand new techniques of film making and make good films. exchange of ideas is very important” said Gautam Ghosh.
Gautam Ghosh and Prosenjit Chatterjee have consented to attend the seminar on 18th September.
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Poetry Paradigm and Aauris Hotel organized a poetry reading session titled “Peace Ponder” recently at the hotel premises. Present at the poetry reading session was Ashok Vishwanathan, Saira Shah Halim, Bobby Chakraborty, Nivedita Dey, Agnimitra Paul and others.
“Peace is not discussed much in recent times. This should have been given much prominence given the unrest prevalent in the society. Freedom of expression is at an all time low in the country. So this is the right time to organize a poetry reading session on peace” said Saira Shah Halim.
Designer Agnimitra Paul also highlighted on the fact that this poetry reading session was a great initiative on the part of Poetry Paradigm.
Saira Shah Halim also cut the cake at the event as it was her birthday that day.
Film Noir seems to have become very popular with Bengali Film directors. After the recent release of Ashok Vishwanathan’s 1+1=3, another director Ayan Chakraborti’s film Shororipu is about to release and that too is based on Film Noir. This genre of film making which draws its origins in Hollywood films of the 1930’s and 1940’s can be characterized by their sense of cynicism, moral ambiguity and fatalistic attitude.
The story of Shororipu begins with breaking news being shown on television. Dead bodies of a couple are discovered in the basement of a parking lot of a hotel. It is assumed that they were smashed. A dead body is also discovered in the hotel room where the dead couple was staying. In an apartment close to the hotel, a man is found dead beside a girl. Detective Chandra and his assistant Konee along with DCP Sharma cracks this case within a span of fifteen days. This leaves many of his colleagues amazed and it is then that he narrates the six vices of human beings, the knowledge of which actually helps him crack this case.
Shororipu boasts of a stellar cast. Chiranjeet Chakraborty who is reportedly breaking his earlier image that he had painstakingly created with commercial movies will be seen in a completely new look in this film. Indraneil Sengupta, Sohana Saba (Bangladesh), Rudranil Ghosh, Sudipta Chakraborty, Sohini Sarkar, Konenica Banerjee will be seen in important roles in this upcoming Bengali film.
Produced by Surajit Hari and Fab Four Films, the shooting of the film is currently in progress in various parts of the city.
Upcoming Bengali Film 1+1=3 Director Talks about Film Noir
Film Noir is a cinematic term which is used to describe the stylish Hollywood crime dramas which were so popular in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Such was the popularity that even Indian films and other world cinemas were also equally influenced. Oxford Bookstore Kolkata and Nez Moving Pixels hosted an evening of panel discussion to celebrate the release of Ashok Vishwanathan’s new film 1+1=3.
The evening was introduced by Maina Bhagat, Director, Oxford Bookstore, Kolkata. The panel consisted of eminent personalities like Director Ashok Vishwanathan, veteran film critic and former director of SRFTI, Swapan Mullick, producer Sudeep Ranjan Sarkar, actor Debdut Ghosh and others.
The evening began with Prajna Datta, music director of the upcoming film strumming the guitar and singing a song from the film. This was followed by the discussion on the idea of Film Noir in Indian cinema as well as in world cinema.
The film 1+1=3 is a vehicle for the philosophical exploration in the ruthless world of today. Riya Mitra, Bidhan Mitra and Sadhan Sen are caught in a time-wrap even though they continue with their daily chores. Riya is married to a police officer Bidhan. He is on the hunt for Sadhan who is a notorious revolutionary. The twist in tale is Riya knew Sadhan in her college days and was quite close to him. Will Bidhan know the truth? This is what the film is all about.
Speaking at the occasion, director Ashok Viswanathan said “The film has the element of Film Noir with Riya being the center of things and the activities revolving around her. There will be surprise elements as well. The audiences will have to go the hall to watch these surprises”.
With poetry by Saira Shah Halim and Joie Bose, the evening was thoroughly enjoyed by the guests present at Oxford Bookstore.
Another Soliloquy, a collection of poems was recently released in the august presence of director Ashok Vishwanathan, Anjum Katyal and Dr. Kriti Sengupta. The book of poems has been written by software professional Ananya Chatterjee and architect and urban planner Shruti Goswami. The release was followed by a panel discussion which was moderated by Ashok Vishwanathan with the others participating in the discussion.
Another Soliloquy is a collection of verses written by the poets Shruti Goswami and Ananya Chatterjee. “In this book we have addressed a huge variety of subjects. Incidents like boat ride on the Ganges at dusk, the ignominy of a child going to school and other such feelings have been portrayed through the verses. Apart from these experiences, the poems are also about topical issues like child abuse. I have used my verses to portray these issues in my poems too” said Ananya Chatterjee.
Shruti’s poems range from earthy to sarcastic tones. She prefers on being referred to as translator of emotions. However the main theme of her poems is the undercurrent of love. Love in human relationships or love for nature or any other kind of love- this emotion has an important role in her poems. Some poems of the poetess blend human emotions with nature easily, while others speak of the search for inner peace.
The book has been published by Shambhabi- The Third Eye Imprint and is priced at Rs. 180.