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Bengali Movie Hrid Majharey Review, Poster, Trailer; Celebrating Shakespeare in Style

Hrid-Majharey-reviewThe term Hamartia means a tragic flaw in the character of a hero. According to Aristotle’s Poetics, it has also been described as an error in the judgement or a fatal mistake. Rangan Ghosh’s debut Bengali film Hrid Majharey traces this very concept of Hamartia in the life of the hero of the film.

The film begins with a scene in which a very disheveled looking Abhijit (Abir) enters the room to find Debjani(Raima) dead. The story goes back to a flashback and we get to see the reason behind such a fatal outcome. Abhijit is a professor of Mathematics at St. Xavier’s College Kolkata. He lives with his only sister who is a crime journalist by profession. A chance meeting with a soothsayer who warns Abhijit to stay away from love for his own good is not given much importance by the professor. One rainy night he gives Debjani a lift in his car and Cupid strikes. They date and fall in love. Abhijit however faces a problem at his job when an infatuated student proposes him. He rejects and in retaliation she does something to get back at the professor. Faced with such grave issues at work, along with Debjani he goes to the Andamans in search of a new life. There they meet Shubro who is a junior of Debjani. Abhijit at times gets jealous of Shubro’s unwavering attention on Debjani. Shubro dies in an accident and this leaves Abhijit in a confused state. He begins to question himself about the prophecy of the soothsayer. What actually happens next? Does Abhijit leave Debjani? Who killed Debjani? Hrid Majharey answers them all.

Director Rangan Ghosh deserves quite a few appreciative pats on the back for dealing with the Shakespearean concepts in such an engaging manner. Despite bringing many a Shakespearean elements in this film, the director presents the love story quite cinematically. This blending is what gives the story a distinct taste. The soothsayer will remind many of the Witches in the tragedy Macbeth. It is the Witches who triggered off the latent ambition of Macbeth. Similarly Abhijit after being forbidden to fall in love actually falls deeply in love with Debjani. This is a simple case of the Forbidden Fruit which is more attractive due to this very aspect.

What is also notable is the fact that the element of Hamartia which is a notable aspect of the tragic heroes has also been shown here. Abhijit’s Hamartia is his indecisiveness (much like Hamlet’s indecisiveness) and also the fact that he gets angry very easily (Much like King Lear). These are two of the most distinct flaws in the otherwise charming Abhijit. It is these qualities which lead him to take instant decisions which actually harm him in ways more than one.

Acting by the cast receives a big thumbs up and ably helps the director in this project. Sohag Sen as the soothsayer is just perfect. You will actually have to look twice to understand that it is her. She is that convincing! Raima as the cardiologist does justice to her role. Indrasish Ray as Shubhro also supports the acting department well. Abir Chatterjee as Abhijit is one of the most good looking professors that I have seen in my life. No wonder that the student Shinjini actually falls for him. The actor is just fantastic in the romantic scenes. The soft look and the dimpled smile will melt many a girl’s heart away and Debjani in the film falls for his charms. He must also be given credit for bringing out the troubled emotions in a man so well. The angst and the indecisiveness that he portrays with his eyes and expressions will actually touch your heart.

Music in the film by Mayookh Bhowmick is just so apt and blends really well with the storyline. The music director presents us with such soothing romantic numbers like Emni Korey that you will surely be humming them to your partner the next time you are on a wooing spree.

Andamans has been shot wonderfully. You actually get to see the beauty of the place and also the devastation caused by the natural disaster. It is high time that directors should consider going to this place for the shooting of films.

Hrid Majharey shows that love can be both tender and violent. It can make your life as well as give you enough pains that will take even a lifetime to heal. The film will surely touch your heart and will ensure that it stays in your heart for quite some time.

Rating- 4.5/5


HRID MAJHAREY | Bengali Movie | 2014 | Trailer | Abir Chatterjee | Raima Sen | Indrasish Roy (You Tube)

 

Bengali Movie Hrid Majharey Review By:

Priyanka

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.

 

 

 

 

Sesh Bole Kichu Nei: Movie Review, Poster, Trailer; Did we Expect Too Much ?

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Cigarette smoking and tobacco consumption is injurious for your health. It can lead to cancer. These kinds of statutory warnings at the beginning of films and serials have become a compulsory item. With steps being taken to increase the awareness of the people on such issues, there is a great role that films can play in popularizing such thoughts among the general public. Recently released Bengali film Sesh Bole Kichu Nei by director Anjan Dutt is a take on such issues.

The film is about a Bangkok based Bengali writer Animesh Roy (Played by Anjan Dutt) who comes back to Kolkata on receiving an email from his estranged son Judhajit. Judhajit is a song writer by profession. Animesh finds that his talented son had died meanwhile in a road accident. He also finds out that Judhajit was a drug addict. Animesh’s search for his son’s songs leads him to meet his son’s friends Kakoli (Subhasree) and Andy (Jisshu Sengupta). This quest takes Animesh on a tour of the dark world of the drug peddlers and also gives him an insight into the lives of the drug addicts.

With an experienced director like Anjan Dutt at the helm of affairs, expectations are bound to rise among the audience. The film rather than addressing the issues regarding drug addicts and peddlers focuses too much on the other issues. This leads the audience to lose track of the main issue. It does not strike when the iron is hot. It strikes when the audience has got bored and is wondering is anything exciting next. This will lead many to get bored in the process too. Why will a father simply leave his only child due to the wife’s death at childbirth? Any rational human being will have tried to cope with the grief and raised the child as the last ray of hope in his life. Even if I agree with this reaction, why will this same person come rushing back after getting an email from his so-called-estranged-son whom he had left behind with his father-in-law some thirty years ago? Moreover I have doubts whether a heroin and cocaine addict individual can be cured so soon as to start singing songs. Kunal, the character played by Bratya Basu is never explained clearly in the film. As the audience we had to rack our minds and assume that he is an old friend of Animesh. These are some glaring loopholes which I failed to understand. This also bored me as I expected something new and exciting from an Anjan Dutt film.

Soumitra Chatterjee as the father-in-law does full justice to the role given to him. Jisshu as Andy also gets a thumbs up for his act as the drug addict. You forget for a moment that you are actually watching Jisshu on screen. Subhasree is good in her role. But at times she fails to remain the girl next door and actress Subhasree gains an upper hand. Anjan Dutt’s role will remind many of his character San in his earlier Madly Bangalee. Bratya Basu as Kunal does a fitting job in the small screen time allotted to him.

Music in the film is quite good and gels well with the pace of the story.

Sesh Bole Kichu Ney is a film which despite having all the ingredients and matter to serve us a great film fails to strike the note. Despite dealing with such a relevant issue, it fails to strike a chord with the Bengali movie goers.

Rating- 2/5


“Shesh Boley Kichu Nei” Bengali Movie official Trailer | New Bengali Movie 2014 | Jisshu, Subhasree (You Tube)

 

Bengali Movie Sesh Bole Kichu Ney Review By:

Priyanka

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.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Bengali Movie Abar Bosonto to Present Saswata Chatterjee in another Different Avatar

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A song “Ek je chilo kesto thakur” was sung by Subhamoy and his gang of boys from the verandah of the men’s hostel targeting the girls at the ladies hostel. If you are wondering why the men were taunting the girls, then do not be worried as this is a scene from the Upcoming Bangla Movie Abar Bosonto which was recently shot at Dhanuka Studios in Joka.

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 “The film has Saswata as Subhamoy and Anjana as Radhika who runs a boy’s hostel named Krishna Kunja and a girl’s hostel named Radhika respectively. Subhamoy and Radhika are at loggerheads though the boys and the girls in the hostel do suspect their hidden love for each other. Whether they finally understand their love for each other or not is what the story is all about. Since they restrict the members in their hostels to mix with the others from the neighboring hostel, it becomes a tough proposition for the members. This will lead to much comedy in the film” said director Biswanath Chakraborty.

“One may find resemblances with Bosonto Bilap. But you will find that there were even films made before Bosonto Bilap with the same theme. So long as men and women will exist, stories of this kind will continue to have an appeal among the audience. These are universal stories which will be liked both by the older generation and by the younger generations too” said Saswata.

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Subhasish Mukherjee plays the role of Amod in the film. “I am the manager of Krishna Kunja hostel. My character is a comic one. I have worked with Biswanath before and from my experience I know he is a very technically sound director.

Lama Halder will be seen playing the role of Indra in the film. He is a cable operator by profession. The actor confessed as to having great fun on the sets during the shooting.

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Paran Bandopadhyay, Kharaj Mukhejee, Kanchan Mullick, Tanima Sen, will also be seen in pivotal roles in this film.

The music in this film will be composed by Raja Narayan Deb.

Abar Bosonto is produced by Ujjwal Sikdar under the banner of “Morning Fresh Media (P) Ltd”. This New Bengali film is scheduled to hit the theatres in September.

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Sandip Ray’s Next Bengali Movie Chaar Releases June 13; A Collection of Four Stories

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The press conference of the upcoming Bengali film Chaar recently took place at Hotel Hindustan International in the presence of Director Sandip Ray and actors Saswata Chatterjee, Koel Mullick, Abir Chatterjee, Paran Bandopadhyay, Subhojeet Dutta, Pijush Ganguly and Sudipta Chakraborty.

The four stories in the film are by eminent stalwarts of Bengali literature including Satyajit Ray, Parashuram and Saradindu Banerjee. The first story in the film is Boteshwarer Abodaan by Parashuram. The second and the third story are by Satyajit Ray and titled Dui Bondhu and Kaagtarua. The fourth story is by Saradindu Banerjee.

“Chaar is a collection of four short stories. The idea to make Chaar came to me after the success of my earlier effort, Jekane Bhooter Bhoi which again was a collection of short stories. It was during that time that I read the stories and found them interesting so as to make them into a film” said Sandip Ray.

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In a green sari, Koel looked beautiful and serene. Speaking about the film she said “It is a great experience working with Babu Da (Sandip Ray). The whole crew was also awesome. Moreover this is the first time I am working in a black and white film. This makes it even more interesting for me”.

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“Jekane Bhooter Bhoy had a connecting thread in the stories. But this is not the case with the four stories in Chaar. The four stories are of different kinds and will hugely appeal to the audience who will be coming to see the film” said Abir Chatterjee who looked dashing in a red Punjabi. Abir who has done two films earlier with Sandip Ray added that the experience was a pleasant one.

The New Kolkata Bangla Movie which is produced by Shree Venkatesh Films film is set to release on the 13th of June in theatres all over the city.

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Interview: Suman Ghosh; New Bangla Movie Kadambari, The director’s journey so far and more (Sholoana Bangaliana Exclusive)

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Suman Ghosh, the National Award winning director is now busy shooting his new Bangla Movie Kadambari that stars Parambrata Chatterjee and the very beautiful Konkona Sen Sharma. Sholoana Bangaliana caught up with Mr. Ghosh to know more about his journey so far as a film maker and about his new movie. The director not only spoke at length about his new movie Kadambari but also shared a very important tip for the budding film-makers of Kolkata.

Mr. Suman Ghosh who is now a Non-Resident Indian living in Miami keeps coming back to Kolkata with great Bangla Movies and when asked about the motivation that keeps bringing him back he said that his physical absence from Kolkata does not really make any difference to his lifestyle or interests as the Bangla culture and literature still remains the focus of his studies and interest area which keeps on pulling him back to the city and Bangla Cinema; that coupled with the fact that his friends and family are still here in Kolkata.

Sri. Soumitra Chatterjee who had given stellar performances in many of Satyajit Ray and other classic Bangla Movies had been missing out on the National Award till probably Suman Ghosh stepped in with his directorial debut Podokkhep which not only fetched Mr. Chatterjee the long awaited and highly deserving National Award for Best Actor but also made Mr. Ghosh a name to be reckoned with the brigade that has always made Bengal proud as even the National Award for the Best Regional Feature Film of 2008 went to the young Suman Ghosh. When asked about his reactions on the same, this humble man only had to say that he had never expected such a wonderful outcome and had only made the film with complete honesty and no such expectations but he is definitely glad that Mr. Soumitro Chatterjee eventually got the award that he should have been honored with long back for so many of his other phenomenal films.

Mr. Ghosh has also worked with Bengal’s most versatile actor Mr. Mithun Chakraborty who as some people say, along with being a great actor is also one who is not too easy to deal with and when asked about his experience of working with Bengal’s own Mithun Da, Mr. Ghosh said that Mr. Chakraborty is probably one of the closest people in his life that he can think of and though outwardly he may seem to be a little tough, the real Mithun Da is an amazing human being who will not hesitate to go out of his way to help and co-operate if he can see the honest and genuine efforts and intentions of the person he is working with.

SHYAMAL UNCLE TURNS OFF THE LIGHTS, a feature film made with complete non-actors in original locations by Suman Ghosh is doing the rounds in International Film Festivals and has won huge critical acclaim. This film had originated as a form of experimentation as Mr. Ghosh wanted to see if he can make a film that will have international acceptability and yes as expected, the film has turned out to be a great success in the International Film circuit. Though in India this movie has yet not been able to create that kind of hype, cinema enthusiasts from across the world are praising its content and style of presentation. Happy with the outcome of SHYAMAL UNCLE TURNS OFF THE LIGHTS at least in the international arena, Mr. Ghosh has already started preparing for his next movie Peace Heaven that shall be made on the same lines.

While talking about Bangla Movies and their International recognition, Mr. Ghosh also said that though good films are being made in Bengal there is a serious dearth of efforts in promoting and presenting these in International Film festivals due to which Bangla cinema has almost become extinct from the International Film scene.

The conversation now shifted to the director’s most awaited New Bangla movie Kadambari in the course of which the director spoke about the literature that he had followed to understand Kadambari, the motivation that drove him to make a film on such a difficult topic, his choice of the lead pair and all that can be expected from the movie.

The motivation behind making Kadambari as it turned out, was an urge to know more about Thakurbari as well as set the records right about Kadambari, the woman she was, the time she lived in and of course young Rabindranath’s relationship with her as these have been highly misrepresented by the society. The screenplay which is majorly based on Sunil Ganguly’s book ‘Prothom Alo’ has a beautiful narrative that brings to the fore these larger than life characters. One interesting portrayal that the audience can look forward to in Kadambari is that of the life of Kadambari’s husband Jyotindranath Tagore who was one of the most creative minds of Bengal of that time but has been more in the lime light for his irresponsible attitude towards personal relationships.

Konkona Sen Sharma for her dedication towards the role and Param for his natural flair and good education in cinema were the obvious choices for the lead pair of Kadambari. Though, there were some initial doubts in the director’s minds about Parambrata’s looks as the young Rabindranath, the positive results from the look test gave him a clear go ahead.

Suman Ghosh in his message to the city’s budding film makers quoted Late. Rituparno Ghosh saying that people should make good Films and thus become a Film-Maker and not become a film-maker just for the sake of the glamour and fame that comes with filmmaking. “Make Good and meaningful cinema and the glory automatically follows”, said Suman Ghosh in his signing off message.

With the shooting on for Kadambari and the next commercial pot boiler ‘RingTone’ starring Parambrata (Though initially Prosenjit Chatterjee had been cast) and Arpita Chatterjee already in queue, Bangla Movie lovers are surely in for some great cinema coming from the very talented and the very Bangali director Suman Ghosh.

Photo Credits: Mr. Arindam Ghosh

(With prior permission of Mr. Suman Ghosh)

 

 

 

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