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New Bengali Film Ichchemotir Gappo Review, Premiere Pics; A Tale of Relationships told in an Unusual Way

Moments from the Premiere of New Bengali Film Ichchemotir Gappo

All those of you who have been yearning for a film that brings to light the working culture and dynamics of most of Bengali Dance and Theater groups, MacNeil Media’s New Kolkata Bengali Film Ichchemotir Gappo is here to treat you with all that is musical and mostly pleasant.

Ichchemotir Gappo is essentially the story of a danseuse named Ichche and her conflicting emotions and relationships with two men and her first love i.e. dance. Ichche initially falls in love with Neel (played by Saswata Chatterjee) only to give up on him owed to her commitment to the art but then again falls for the charms of the young and dynamic photographer Rupam (played by Saheb Bhattacharya). Ichche owed to all the turmoil and dilemma that she goes though in her personal life completely loses her mental composure and gives up dancing. It is now that Neel who is still madly in love with Ichche comes to her rescue and helps her gain back the mental balance and makes way for her return on stage. After this entire episode of rejections, denials and psychological breakdowns has Ichche really been able to come back to stage and to her beloved Neel or is she still willing to chalk her own way out without any regard for boundaries and bonds, much like the river Ichchemoti is what the story reveals in due course.

The directors A-AA-K, as they prefer being addressed must be credited for having attempted to film such a complex tale of human emotions. Each with expertise in different aspects of film making seem to have put in their heart and soul in making this film and their efforts in more places than one are visible.

Since, along with being a tale of relationships and human emotions this is essentially a film that entwines dance, choreographer Kohinoor Sen Borat must be specially congratulated for such beautiful choreography and very strong visual representations of some basic human needs. Duly complementing the younger Borat’s choreography is elder brother Kalyan Sen Borat’s music that is contemporary yet rooted.

This being the tale of Ichchemoti which has been played by Tanushree in the film, the audience had a lot of expectations from the actress but were left wanting for more. Tanushree, as most say is a director’s actor and here her performance could really shine out with little more efforts from the director trio. Saswata is good in whatever he does but unfortunately in the film where the assumption was that Neel and Ichche make a couple in their mid-twenties, Saswata comes across as bit too matured for a young man madly in love. Saheb as the photographer had precious little to add to the film. Other actors namely Aparajita Auddy, Biswanath Basu, Dwijen Bandopadhyay, Biswajit Chakroborty and others have done their bit with due sincerity but could not add much to the film.

Apart from the cultural extravaganza that the film promises with its beautiful dance sequences and eloquent language, it also brings with it a huge culture shock as not always do you get to hear slang of such elite order, that too in Bangla. Biswajit Chakroborty for no particular reason seemed to be entrusted with the task of educating the masses with the slang that the great Bengali language hides within itself. Those typical mannerisms and gestures not only seemed gross but time and again kept acting as hurdles in the smooth flow of the film. Also, those who are not too musically inclined and would try watching the film for the sake of its cinematic elements would time and again question the credibility of the script as, in an effort to talk about too many things in one film the directors have not really been able to present individual concepts to their best.

The cinematographer however must be credited for such beautiful portrayal of the hills of North Bengal. Right from the city scape as is visible at dusk to the lofty peaks of the Kanchenjunga bathed in the golden rays of the morning sun; the lens man has captured it all in its most surreal form.

Overall it can be said that Ichchemotir Gappo is a film that gives the viewers the independence of opinion and approval as while a certain group of people would hail such an effort another would simply shun it off stating it as an absolutely half baked thing. Ichchemotir Gappo is one that you can Love or Hate but definitely not ignore; so go watch it lest you miss something you may enjoy watching.

 

Sholoana Bangaliana Rating: 2/5

 

Photographs By: Amitav Sarkar

 

The Best Directors and Songs of 2014 with Special Mention of Tollywood’s Most Rewarding Finds; Year End Report of Those who Lived the Promise

Last but not the least, here’s an effort to acknowledge the directors, musicians and those special people who gave the Bengali Film Industry New Dreams and Paved the way for a Brighter Year Ahead!

Wish you all a Very Happy New Year !!

DIRECTORS WHO GAVE US WONDERFUL MOVIES THROUGHOUT 2014

Best-Directors-2014

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SONGS THAT WE ARE STILL HUMMING:

 


E Tumi Kemon Tumi Video Song | Jaatishwar (Bengali Movie) | Prasenjit Chatterjee, Swastika Mukherjee (You Tube) Sung by Rupankar, Music and Lyrics Composed by Kabir Suman

Boba Tunnel Sung, Written and Composed by Anupam Roy and Bawshonto Eshe Geche (Female Version) Sung by Lagnajita Chakraborty, Composed and Written by Anupam Roy from the Movie Chotushkone

Zindagi Kahin Bhi Thamti Nahi from the Movie Bunohaansh sung by Bonnie Chakraborty, Composed by Shantanu Moitra and Written by Srijato

Aami Achi from the Movie Khaad sung by Arijit Singh, Composed by Indraadip Dasgupta and Written by Srijato

Swapno Dekhar Ektu Dure from the Movie Janla Diye Bou Palalo Sung by Akriti Kakkar, Composed by Savvy and Written by Prasen and Pitchgola Rastay from the Movie Ek Phali Rodh Sung by Rupam Islam, Composed by Joy Sarkar and Written by Suchandra Chowdhury

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SanjibSanjib Banerji takes a keen interest in both Old and Contemporary/modern Bengali literature and cinema and has written several short stories for Bengali Little magazines. He also runs a little magazine in Bangla, named – Haat Nispish, which has completed its 6th consecutive year in the last Kolkata International Book Fair. Being the eldest grandson of Late Sukumar Bandopadhaya, who was the owner of HNC Productions and an eminent film producer cum distributor of his time (made platinum blockbusters with Uttam Kumar, like “Prithibi Aamarey Chaaye”, “Indrani” and several others), Sanjib always nurtured an inherent aspiration of making it big and worthy in the reel arena. He has already written few screenplays for ETV BANGLA and he is currently working as the writer and creative director of upcoming Bengali Thriller Sesh Anko.

Sanjib can be reached at sanjib.banerji2013@gmail.com

The information and views set out in this movie review are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the Publication/Organization. Neither the Publication/Organization nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Kolkata Bengali Films 2014 that Made a Mark and Fell Flat; A Year End Summary of the Good, Bad and Ugly by Sanjib Banerji (Sholoana Bangaliana Exclusive)

In an effort to salute the Bengali Film Industry’s showmanship in the year 2014, team Sholoana Bangaliana hereby presents a year end summary of films that the audience loved, lived with and trashed to the last frame. Hope you will enjoy reading!!

Chotushkone-ReviewCHOTUSHKONE: A Tale of Twists

The King of Last minute twists, Srijit Mukherji has the Bengali cine goer’s mind mapped to accuracy and has enchased heavily yet again on the star power and Bengal’s taste for thrillers. Accompanied with soulful music and a sleek editing, Chotushkone emerges as the undisputed winner in the league of Bengali Films released in the year 2014.

Apur-Panchali-ReviewAPUR PANCHALI : Pather Panchali the Kaushik Way

The tragic tale of an unsung hero told cinematically with conviction by the Master Story Teller of The Bengali Film Fraternity Kaushik Ganguly, Apur Panchali reminds the Nostalgic Bangali of Ray in more ways than one. With Indraadip Dasgupta’s BGM and some praiseworthy performance by the cast, Apur Panchali conquered many hearts at the IFFI 2013 and brought home a bouquet of accolades.

 

Byomkesh-Phire-Elo-ReviewBYOMKESH PHIRE ELO: Dutt Dhamaka at the Box Office

With Byomkesh Phire Elo Dutt proves it yet again that he cannot be written off from the Bengali cinema scene that easily. Though Sesh Bole Kichu Nei bombed at the box office, with Byomkesh Phire Elo Anjan Dutt made a statement ‘Anjan Dutt’er Sesh Bole Kichu Nei’. This film also marked the coming back of producer Kaustav Roy and that too with a bang. It is however a pity that Abir Chatterjee will not be seen as Byomkesh Bakshi again……

 

Jatishwar-ReviewJATISHWAR: A Musical of Sorts

A completely new product offering from brand Srijit, Jatishwar with its intelligent time play, Bangaliana and the acting prowess of Prosenjit Chatterjee gave Bangla cinema a new critical vantage point into the future of Bengali films. The hit formula that arose out of Srijit Mukherji and Kabir Suman’s astounding chemistry also added to the films undying appeal making it the industry’s Ivy League offering.

 

Ramdhanu-ReviewRAMDHANU: Directing the scanners onto the education system of India

A very relevant social docu-fiction, Ramdhanu exudes Shiboprosad Mukherjee and Nandita Roy’s philosophy of film making. A film that will coax the audience to evaluate their expectations from their children and the education system of the country, Ramdhanu with excellent performances from Gargi Roy Chowdhury, Rachana Banerjee, child artist Akashneel Mitra and the director himself is a very relevant and at the same time entertaining film. The fact that it is now going to be made into a Bollywood Hindi film affirms its relevance.

 

Ek-Phaali-Rodh-ReviewEK PHALI RODH: Social Mirror

In today’s realm of lawlessness where even kins abandon the dying, Atanu Ghosh conceives and presents a film on Bystander Effect which talks about stranger psychology in times of emergency or chaos and yes he presents it with élan. Proving yet again that fortune favors the brave; Ghosh has roped in some of the industry’s most talented but underrated (often considered unlucky for box office success) actors in a mesmerizing tale of the human psyche. The cerebral film maker that Ghosh is, he even dares to present Ray’s heroes as protagonists in films with a very modern context.

 

Jodi-Love-Dile-Na-Prane-ReviewJODI LOVE DILE NA PRANE: Love Still Exists in this Loveless World

A film on Bangla Modern literature, Jodi Love Dile Na Prane is director Duo Sudeshna Roy and Abhijit Ghuha’s best till date. With a psychological disorder presented in such a positive and feel good way, the film holds on to its romantic elements in every frame. While Abir Chatterjee is a revelation in terms of acting, the lyrical capturing of Kolkata and Shantiniketan makes this film a treat to watch.

 

Khaad-ReviewKHAAD: Soul Stirring Journey of Life from Darkness to Eternal Light

A soul searching visual narrative about the basic human values of sharing and caring, Khaad gives us food for thought. Right from the BGM to Screenplay, every bit of the film challenges the mental makeup of humans of the 21st century. Another comprehensive yet sensitive film from the master story teller that Ganguly is, Khaad transcends into a stimulator of introspection.

 

Bachchan-ReviewBACHCHAN: A Masala Pot Boiler

Encashing on the Bachchan mantra and Jeet’s charisma the producers, Reliance Entertainment found a money spinner in Bachchan. Under Raja Chanda’s direction, Bachchan with all its masala in Subhasree’s item number, Jeet’s action sequences and comic timing as well as Oindrita’s charm did roaring business in the suburbs of Bengal thus aptly balancing the yearly quota of urbane and mainstream Bengali films.

 

Buno-Haansh-ReviewBUNO HAANSH: Dev re-discovered

An open ended thought provoking underworld thriller, Buno Haansh with Dev’s star image stripped off proves it yet again that Bengali literature has the prowess to grab audience attention even today. Tollywood hero Dev’s efforts in portraying a character that was out of his safe zone was evident throughout the film and that to an extant adds to the film’s appeal. Excellent music by National Award winning composer Shantanu Moitra coupled with crisp editing by veteran editor Arghyakamal Mitra heightens the intensity of the plot. Overall Bunohaansh is director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s bold attempt at presenting a dark underworld thriller in Bangla which was well complemented by Harendra Singh’s cinematography and Shyamal Sengupta’s screenplay.

While 2014 did indeed see some wonderful presentations by ace directors, few that were an utter disappointment were:

Yoddha-Movie-ReviewYoddha: A classic turned into Circus

Bindaas-Movie-ReviewBindaas: A bit too erratic for a rational human brain

Obhishopto-Nighty-ReviewObhishopto Nighty: Accursed

Highway-ReviewHighway: A fatal cinematic accident

Kolkata-Calling-ReviewKolkata Calling: Uncalled for!

Force-Movie-ReviewForce: Forced direction

Taan-Movie-ReviewTaan: Literature shabbily represented

Arundhuti-Movie-ReviewArundhuti: Nothing looked right

Window-Connection-ReviewWindow Connection: Just could not connect

Aakarshan-Movie-ReviewAakarshan: Nothing to attract

To sum up, 2014 has been the year of some path breaking experiments by seasoned film makers and films with bold content that are very much at par with those of National stature.

With a number of films like Chotoder Chobi, Lorai, Nirbak and others already lined up for 2015 we surely are about to start the year on a high and we wish the entire Bengali film fraternity the Very Best in their efforts.

So here’s wishing You all a Very Happy and Prosperous 2015!

 

Sholoana Bangaliana Year End Film Summary by:

SanjibSanjib Banerji takes a keen interest in both Old and Contemporary/modern Bengali literature and cinema and has written several short stories for Bengali Little magazines. He also runs a little magazine in Bangla, named – Haat Nispish, which has completed its 6th consecutive year in the last Kolkata International Book Fair. Being the eldest grandson of Late Sukumar Bandopadhaya, who was the owner of HNC Productions and an eminent film producer cum distributor of his time (made platinum blockbusters with Uttam Kumar, like “Prithibi Aamarey Chaaye”, “Indrani” and several others), Sanjib always nurtured an inherent aspiration of making it big and worthy in the reel arena.He has already written few screenplays for ETV BANGLA and he is currently working as the writer and creative director of upcoming Bengali Thriller Sesh Anko.

Sanjib can be reached at sanjib.banerji2013@gmail.com
The information and views set out in this movie review are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the Publication/Organization. Neither the Publication/Organization nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein.

 

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New Bengali Film Ek Phaali Rodh Review, Premiere Pics, Video; Brilliant Performances by some of the most Talented but Underrated actors in Tollywood

 

Yet another socio-psychological drama released last Friday – director Atanu Ghosh’s Ek Phaali Rodh. The film deals with, what in social psychology is called, Bystander Effect – a phenomenon in which passers-by on streets don’t come to help strangers in crisis.

The film begins with a social scientist Dr. Shomshankar Roy (Dhiritiman Chatterjee) hiring Anwesha (Aparajita Ghosh) and Swagato (Ritwick Chakraborty) for a project on bystander Effect – seeking to find out how much of compassion and humanity is still left in human beings. The experiments of creating mock crisis on streets of Kolkata go on fine and soon interest the famous blind writer, Pratim (Tota Roy Chowdhury) who is searching for an interesting plot for his new love story. Anwesha who saves Pratim from an accident one night and helps him cross the road safely appears quite naturally inclined towards compassion. Swagato too is seen as a much compassionate lover to Rupa, (Mahua) and helps her with her much ailing cancer patient mother, both physically and financially. Pratim too is later seen as a much sensitive and kind person. The only person out of the humane and compassionate mode seems to be the celebrity singer, Joy (Jisshu Sengupta), Anwesha’s fiancée. He often mocks Anwesha’s project and even once derides Dr. Somshankar for his pseudo-experiment. Then one day everything changes – when all these people go out for a trip outside Kolkata and Rupa suddenly goes missing. Each of them is seen reacting to this new crisis in their own way. A web of distrust, doubt, anger, blame-game and despair is soon weaved in the plot, which only gets resolved in the end and with Joy undergoing a strange change.

Brilliant subject! Good story with a good beginning. But then where does it all lead to in the end? Though instances of human ego and selfishness are propped against incidents of compassion and helping strangers (like when Swagato’s father helps a local shopkeeper and when an absolute stranger rescues the former from a goon attack), at the end of it, one wonders if the whole story was about discovering and resurrecting the humanity and moral responsibility of just a single person. Though socio-psychologically extremely relevant and pertinent a question in today’s milieu, the story of Ek Phaali Rodh hardly depicts a bigger mass awakening or even the incidental involvement of the larger society in which these characters are set. The crisis gets resolved and life goes back to normal perhaps – with just one convert at the end of it all. Quite an anti-climax to such an important and huge social subject!

Nevertheless the actors in the film have done justice to their characters. Dhritiman Chatterjee as Dr. Somshankar appears aptly stoic, pragmatic, poised and sensible, with his steady underacting. Ritwick as Swagato is good. He depicts the middle class and much hassled Swagato well. Jisshu as the indifferent and pragmatic yet often loyal and emotional Joy is brilliant. One cannot not be glad to see this much underrated actor deliver some of his bests in the recent times. Tota, on the other hand, as the blind writer Pratim, is the best of the lot. His subtle underacting, his exact body-language to portray a visually challenged person and his naturally heart-warming smile to depict the much friendly, sensitive and compassionate writer is worth much appreciation. Mahua as Rupa is convincing. Aparajita Ghosh disappoints to an extent with her predictable and typical style of acting. Rudranil Ghosh in a very short guest appearance is just about ok. But the cameo done by Arunima Ghosh is striking and she is as convincing and good as ever.

The storyline and screenplay disappoints. The acting by some very good actors compensate; but to what extent? The technical aspects are again a let-down. One surely misses the otherwise brilliant cinematography of Soumik Halder here. There is hardly any attention grabbing visual treat or camera work in this handiwork of his. Nor has the director Atanu Ghosh played with or offered much in terms of interesting and innovative frame composition or shot-taking. Coming to edit, one can’t really blame editor Sujoy Dutta Ray for the much plain and lack-luster edit. Edit of a film takes place in two different plains – the first narrative edit happens at the screenplay level and the second technical one on the post production edit table. And if the first narrational edit itself is lack-luster and un-intriguing then the editor at the edit table might not have much to add, offer or salvage. And such is the case in this film.

Music is the one fresh and nice element of the film. Suchandra Chowdhury’s lyrics matched with Joy Sarkar’s music falls soft and soothing, nice and fresh upon our ears.

Overall, a brilliant and extremely relevant subject, a not so brilliant storytelling and screenplay, some real good acting and some not so good technical aspects – all together makes Ek Phaali Rodh an average viewing experience.


New Bengali Film Ek Phaali Rodh Premiere

Sholoana Bangaliana Rating: 4/10

New Bengali Film Ek Phaali Rodh Review By:

Nivedita-DeyMs. Nivedita Dey is a Post Graduate in English from Stella Maris College, Chennai and has been working in the films and television industry since 2006 as a story and script writer and creative consultant. Nivedita has written for TV programs for channels like Star Jalsha, Life OK, Star Plus, Channel 8 etc. Nivedita has spent quite a few years in Mumbai working in the entertainment Industry there and is currently based in Kolkata and has worked as a writer and creative consultant for Kolkata’s leading Production House.

Nivedita has keen interest in literature, cinema, social and political issues and enjoys expressing her views by way of guest blogs and articles in popular columns and web portals.

The information and views set out in this movie review are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the Publication/Organization. Neither the Publication/Organization nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein.

 

 

Upcoming Bengali Film Ek Phali Rodh Story to Present the Changing Face of the Once Compassionate City of Joy


Bengali Film Ek Phali Rodh Press Conference

“So Atanu what criterion did you keep in mind while selecting the actors for your upcoming Bengali film Ek Phali Rodh?” asked Rajat in a typical detective kind of interrogation. If you are wondering what is this all about, then let me tell you that this was exactly the way the press conference of Ek Phali Rodh was conducted. Rajat is none other than Barun Chanda while Atanu being questioned is director Atanu Ghosh. The press conference was held in the presence of the director Atanu Ghosh and cast members Ritwik Chakrborty, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Aparajita Ghosh Das, Jisshu Sengupta, Tota Roychowdhury, Barun Chanda, Joy Sarkar and Suchandra Chowdhury.

Bengali-Film-Ek-Phali-Rodh

The film Ek Phali Rodh revolves around Bystander Effect which is a socio-psychological phenomenon that refers to incidents where people do not help strangers in crisis. The film is about a social scientist Dr. Somshankar Roy who engages Anwesha (a post-graduate in sociology from an affluent family, engaged to the celebrity singer Joy) and Swagato (a journalist with no decent job and a financially distressed girlfriend Rupa whose mother has been diagnosed with cancer) for creating mock situations on the roads of Kolkata to check the reaction of the people and analyze as well as derive conclusive theories on the Bystander Effect. Pratim Guha, the blind yet dynamic and emotional love story writer learns about the whole experiment and gets involved in it in order to find the plot of his next story. All goes well until suddenly one of these people go missing. Who goes missing and why and even if someone is, is it a mock crisis or a real one, will Dr. Roy’s experiment see a successful end or will it go haywire, Ek Phali Rodh answers it all.

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“I was not at all aware of this phenomenon before Atanu da told me. I was both surprised and mesmerized. I had seen such reactions but I did not know that psychologists had developed some theory regarding this” said Aparita Ghosh Das who plays the role of Anwesha in the film.

Jisshu Sengupta plays the role of Joy in the film. Atanu Ghosh, who had worked with Jisshu earlier in Takhan 23 praised the actor for his good looks and his acting capabilities. “Joy is a musician who is possessive about his girlfriend Anwesha. He dislikes the fact that she goes around the city creating such mock situations. He fears that she might get into trouble. He may look like a bit possessive but in reality he ties to protect her from harm” said Jisshu.

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Director Atanu Ghosh highlighted that all the characters in this film have grey shades. None of the characters can be termed as black or white. “I am also happy that I have worked with some of my favorite actors and actresses in this film” added the director with a smile.

The music in the film has been composed by Joy Sarkar while the lyrics have been penned down by Suchandra Chaowdhury. Rupam Islan, Srikanta Acharya, Rupankar, Somlata and Lopamudra have sung songs in this film. Speaking at the occasion, lyrist Suchandra Chowdhury said,“Joy Sarkar is already a very popular music composer. Hence I was having doubts whether I will be able to do work properly with him. But he is a gem of a person and has helped me much. When I was at a loss of words, I used to give him calls at the middle of the night and he would always help me out”.

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Joy Sarkar who is the music composer of this film said “I was initially surprised when Atanu da asked me to compose the music for such a realistic film. I thought why anyone will need music for such a film. However he persisted and I composed the music of this film. This is actually my first work with Atanu Da though Rupkotha Noy released first”.

Produced by Antara Ghosh and Bitan Roy, the story and screenplay of this film has been handled by Atanu Ghosh. Indranil Ghosh is the art director, Soumik Halder is the cinematographer and Sujoy Dutta Ray is the editor of this upcoming Bengali film.

The film is slated for release on the 5th of December.

Priyanka Dutta

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