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Interview: Director Anup Singh on his Recently Released Film Qissa; A Sholoana Bangaliana Exclusive


Director Anup Singh was in the city for a special screening of his second film Qissa. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent caught up with the talented director. Excerpts from the conversation..

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- Welcome to Kolkata!! Can you throw some light on the story of Qissa.

Anup Singh– Thanks!! The film Qissa is about Umber Singh who wakes up one morning to find that all that gave him his identity is lost. This includes his home, land and also his country. Now in an attempt to find himself again, he chooses to bring up his youngest daughter as a boy. This is a decision which he takes and which he believes will change his future. It is a way of thinking and unfortunately this thinking still continues in India.

So is there a feminist trait in the film?

There is not a feminist trend but if you look at the Qissa form, you will find that the stories are called Soni-Mahewal, Heer-Ranjha, Laila-Majnu. The woman’s name comes first. In that way my film celebrates womanhood.


Why were you attracted to the Qissa form?

I think it is simply because it transgresses. It also attracted me because it deals with two different individuals of two different worlds. There is a river in between which the lovers have to be crossed. There are boundaries that have to be crossed. While we live, what is death? That is the ultimate type of crossing that one has to come terms with.

So do you support rights of women?

There is no question of not supporting. As I believe that I am half a woman myself. I support to the fullest my affirmation of living life as fully as possible.

What motivated you to make again a film on Partition, as your first film “The name of a river” was also based on Partition?

Well, that was homage to my favorite director Ritwick Ghatak and was more of a documentary film. There are two things. After years of Partition, there were violence and these continue even now. Take up a newspaper and news on violence abound. As an Indian I am completely distraught by these recurrences of violence in our hearts. What are the sources of violence on a historical and political level?

Secondly there is a story which I end up telling everyone. My grandfather was a refugee and I grew up listening to refugee stories. I saw within the stories the anger and trauma of men. But it was very rare to hear from the women. An older man once told me about his daughter. She jumped in the well when the village was attacked and died. Even now he dreams about his daughter. To me this has been a primal image of writing the story of this film Qissa. I wanted the remembrance to stay with us. These stories are part of our history and deserve our attention.


Why did you select Irrfan Khan for the role of Umber Singh?

When I was writing the script, I thought that Balraj Sahni would suit the role very much. But he was already dead. And I thought that after Balraj Sahni if there was any actor who would do justice to the role then it was Irrfan. He does not manipulate the role and he is not a Punjabi speaker. This is wonderful as Irrfan will be like my grandfather who had to find himself again as a refugee. The joy of working with Irrfan begins when he starts playing with his sense of self. He comes as a refugee on set and hence no role that he acts in is similar to the other.

What is your next project?

I am going to start a film in October. The film is called Mantra. The film is about a young musician in Rajasthan who is trying to find a song which will heal her because she is slowing dying due to the poison of the man who is living with her.

Director Anup Singh’s Qissa released on the 20th of February in select theatres in the city and you must watch it to unravel the mystery of the Qissa that the film tells.



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.

Actress June Maliah to Star in Ashoke Vishwanathan’s Next Film 1+1=3


A press conference was recently called to announce three films namely Umformung- the Transfromation, Neti Neti-Not This Not This and 1+1=3. The event took place at Rotary Sadan in the presence of Ashoke Vishwanathan, Sudeep Ranjan Sarkar, June Maliah, Debdoot Ghosh, producer Rita Jhawar, Akshaya Rao. Umformung-the Transformation and Neti neti- Not This Not This has been directed by Sudeep Ranjan Sakar whereas 1+1=3 is directed by Ashoke Vishwanathan.


Umformung- the Transformation is a Hindi feature film by Sudeep Ranjan Sarkar. “The story is about a Buddhist monk who lives in the desolate mountains in search of his true identity. However he finds the answer in a brothel of the city. The story is interlinked with that of a female corporate builder whose greed for power and money takes her on a life changing discovery. The cast of my film is from all over the country. Akshaya is a leading actress in many Tamil and Telegu movies. The other actors are from Marathi films and theatre” said director Sudeep Ranjan Sarkar.

The other film Neti Neti- Not This Not This is also directed by Sudeep Ranjan Sarkar. The film raises questions about the fact that what we see is real or not. The protagonist in the film faces these questions in her dream. Truth as the dreamer realizes is endless Genesis in the sea of Nirvana.


“Sadhan, a fugitive from the law takes shelter in the home of a police officer Bidhan. Riya, Bidhan’s wife commits the crime of harboring the suspected insurgent. What happens next? This is the story of my film 1+1=3. I play the role of Bidhan in the film whereas June plays the role of Riya and Debdut Ghosh plays the role of Sadhan” said Ashoke Vishwanathan. The story of the film is by Ashoke Vishwanathan and the music direction is by Pragya Dutta.

The films are produced by Rita Jhawar of NEZ Moving Pixels.

Priyanka Dutta

New Kolkata Bangla Movie Nirmok- Review, Poster; A Tale of Harsh Realities of Life

Bangla-Movie-ReviewChauu dance is one art form that is believed to be native to West Bengal- Purulia and dates back to the times when Bengal was at its glorious best. In this dance form dancers wear colorful masks and dance to the beat of music telling different tales. A slice of life of the people of Purulia and this tradition of Chauu dance is what holds center stage in the New Bangla Movie Nirmok.

The film is about a village where the villagers make the masks of the Chauu dancers. Haripada is a well known and clever businessman. He uses the money that government had allotted for the development of the dance form for his family business of making masks. He sells the masks as decorative items to the people in the city. Haripada’s son Shambhu falls in love with the daughter of a once well known Chhau dancer Dasarath. Mohua, Dasarath’s daughter works in the home of the government ranger to earn some money. Due to some circumstances Shambhu comes to Kolkata and Dasarath succumbs to illness. He is promised by Haripada on his death bed that he will make Mohua his daughter-in-law. But what happens is Haripada ultimately marries Mohua. What happens when Shambhu comes back? What is Mohua’s fate ultimately?

The director Mrinmoy Saha must be given the credit for making the film on such a different issue. Chauu dance and the fate of the villagers in the poor villages have been shown wonderfully. The fact that the government’s rules are openly flouted in rural areas with practices like polygamy and misuse of the Government allocated development funds has been shown well. The director has also shown how backward the mentalities of villagers are as they still engage in practices like witch hunting. Another fact which is highly appreciable is that he has not tried to make the film a typical city film. The language used is the type used in Purulia villages. The flaw which becomes an eye sore in this otherwise good flowing film is the bad camera angles. They sometimes have a jarring effect on the smooth viewing of the film. The dubbing also has not been done properly. Often the dialogues did not match with the lip movements. Costumes could also have been paid much attention to by the director. However, given the fact that the film was made on a stringent budget, one can avoid picking out the flaws and rather focus more on the thought process involved in the film making.

Debesh Roy Choudhury excels as the clever, mean minded businessman, Haripada. His diction and body language give life to the role of the businessman that he plays. Priya Paul who had earned fame by her acting in the serial Jol Nupur also does a good job as Mohua. Manie as Shambhu is also not bad.

The film, though has flaws, also showcases the truth happening in the remote villages of Purulia. Nirmok is a slice of life. Just like life, the film has its ups and downs. This film I feel can be viewed once to discover how people in other areas of the ‘Paribartan’ ridden Bengal still live.

Rating- 2.5/5

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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.

New Bengali Movie ‘Bonku Babu’ Promises Laughter Unlimited; A Strong Message Tagged Along


Anindya Bikash Datta with TV soaps like “Ek Akasher Niche”, “Tomar Ghore Star” to his credit makes his debut on the big screen with the film Bonku Babu.  The press conference of this upcoming Bangla Movie took place at Minus 6 degrees in the presence of Anindya Bikash Datta, Saswata Chatterjee, Suchandra Vaniya, Rajatava Datta, Rupa Bhattacharya, Arjun Chakraborty, Arunima Ghosh and the producer duo of Deepak Chandak and Sonika Singh Bhatti.


Speaking about his film, the director said “The film Bonku Babu is a representative of the crisis that most Bengalis face in recent times. With the fast disappearance of the joint family system, nuclear families are fast gaining importance. Big houses are demolished to build skyscrapers. Joint family system with its advantages and disadvantages has played an important part in inducing feelings of community building in our society”.


Saswata Chatterjee plays the role of Bonku Babu in the film. “I play the role of Bonku Babu who is a larger than life character. He is a strict police man. His family is also unique just like him. He is a great fan of Rajesh Khanna, his daughter is a fan of Salman Khan, his elder son a fan of Mithun Chakaborty and the younger one adores Hrithik Roshan. There is a very hilarious sequence where Bonku Babu and his two sons dance to the tunes of the songs of their favorite stars” said Saswata Chatterjee.


Rrupa Bhattacharya said “I am grateful to Arunima for actually suggesting me to do this role in the film. It is said that two heroines cannot help one another but Arunima has proven everyone wrong”.

Bonku Babu promises to make the audiences laugh their hearts out. We will have to wait and see whether the film can live up to the expectations that they have created.

Priyanka Dutta