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Interview: Bollywood Actor Gajendra Chauhan on Becoming Dr.Shyamaprasad Mukherjee for Milan Bhowmik’s Film Danga


A semi-bald man in white dhoti and Punjabi was walking down the stairs as Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent waited for an interview with ace actor Gajendra Chauhan. Little did the interviewer realize that this semi bald individual is the actor himself!! The makeup was so good that one had to look twice or maybe thrice to actually know that it is the actor. Here is what the actor had to say after the initial surprise wore off from our interviewer. Read on…

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- You look so much like Dr. Shyamaprasad Mukherjee. I could not actually recognize you.

Gajendra Chauhan- (smiles) The hard work is paying off then. If you can be convinced that I am Dr. Mukherjee, then the audiences will also be similarly convinced too.


How did you bag the role?

Gajendra Chauhan- Director Milan Bhowmik was looking for actors for the role. However he could not find one suitable for the role. This was even before I was made the Chairman of FTII. He asked me to play this role. But I was skeptical whether I will fit the bill or not.

So how did he convince you to play this character?

Gajendra Chauhan- Well, due to my skepticism, a look test was being conducted. The look test gave me the confidence that I will be able to pull off the character. And hence I started with this film.


Since the film is being shot in Bengali (and Hindi too), did you have problem with the language?

Gajendra Chauhan- As an actor, I have always believed that language should not be a barrier. I have done films in other languages too like Malayalam, Assamese and so on. I am getting ample help in speaking Bengali. Moreover dubbing will be done later on too.

How did you do the research for getting in the shoes of Dr. Shyamaprasad Mukherjee?

Gajendra Chauhan- I went to his house and did some research on him. I saw his pictures to understand his postures well. A funny thing happened during our shooting in Medinipur. The manager of the hotel had come to call me as the shot was ready. However he found me in dhoti and Punjabi and it made him realize that I was not the actor Gajendra Chauhan. When he asked where the actor was I said he was in the bathroom. And he actually waited. I was so happy that I could actually carry this off.


You have done a Bengali film before, the name of which is Durga. How was the experience of shooting for this film?

Gajendra Chauhan- I am having a great time shooting this film. The people of Kolkata are good hearted people who are also art lovers and religious. I have been to the city during Durga Pujas. And look at the contribution of Bengalis in Bollywood. It is huge. There are so many actors, directors, singers who are Bengalis. I am actually glad that I am part of this film made on such an eminent personality. It is sad that no one before had made any film on him.

The call for his next shot came and we had to end the interview!! We wish he makes a mark with his portrayal of Dr. Shayamaprasad Mukherjee as he did years ago in portraying Yudhisthir in the TV series Mahabharat.



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.



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Upcoming Bengali Film Game Plan Stars Meet The Press

Video: Press Conference of Upcoming Bengali Film Game Plan

In the august presence of Mahesh Thakur, Pallavi Chatterjee, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Krishna Kishor, director Anindya Sarkar, the press conference of the upcoming Bengali film Game Plan took place. Amrita Mukherjee acted as the moderator of the adda session.


The film Game Plan is a social thriller. It tells the story of a married coupe Akash, Madhu and their son, Tobo. Their life goes haywire when during a vacation, Akash is killed and Madhu is held captive by unknown assailants. Madhu gets framed for murdering her husband and is jailed. She realizes that her son is in danger and escapes. The film shows how she finds the truth behind her husband’s murder and how she rescues her son.

The story of the film has been conceived by Pallavi Chatterjee who has also produced the film. “Films like Kuheli and Lal Kuthi have always inspired me since childhood. Social thrillers have not been made much in Bollywood or Tollywood. Hence this is an effort to make a film catering to this genre” said Pallavi Chatterjee.

Mahesh-Thakur-Game Plan

Mahesh Thakur who acted for the first time in a Bengali movie felt excited to be a part of such a film. “When I read the script, I could pronounce the Bengali words correctly. But when I faced the camera, I was pronouncing them incorrectly. So I got a prompter who used to prompt me my lines. But during a romantic scene with Pallavi, the prompting was difficult. So she sat between us and prompted the lines. That was hilarious” said the actor.


The film has Sayantani Guhathakurta, Master Samriddha, Saikat, Ishika, Jaydeep Mukherjee and Papiya Debrajan in pivotal roles. The music of the film has been scored by Amit-Anjan. The editor of the film is M Sushmit while Magi Natesh is the DOP of the film. The script of the film has been penned down by Amitava Bhattacharya.

The film Game Plan’s tentative date of release is 24th June.

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Bengali Film Borbaad Review, Premiere Video and Premiere Photo Album

Video: Dev and the Entire Tollywood Fraternity attend Borbad Premiere

First love and the object of your first desire are both very precious and this becomes even more special when the object of your desire enables you to impress your love. This is the basis of the action love story weaved by Raj Chakraborty in his recently released film Borbaad.

This Kolkata Bangla Movie revolves around Joy (Bonny Sengupta) who even after his graduation did not care to look for a means to earn a livelihood; instead played carom and spent time hatching out plans to impress his lady love. He is regularly taken to task by his father but all the good counsel simply falls on deaf ears. However after a quarrel with his father, his father gives him 75000 rupees with the help of which he buys a bike and eventually succeeds in impressing his lady love Nandini(Rittika Sen) and somehow bagging a job too. However things take a turn when his bike gets stolen. He gets into a tiff with Imraan, the brother of the local goon. Does Joy get his bike back? What happens to his job? Does Nandini understand his plight? All these questions are answered in the film.

The film Borbaad is a remake of the 2007 Tamil film Polladhavan featuring Dhanush in the lead role. Director Raj Chakraborty who made his debut with Chirodini Tumi Je Amar and a fresh pair (Rahul and Priyanka) has again struck gold with this film. The film never bores you and will keep you hooked with its racy sequences. The narrative has been kept linear and this is of immense help for the audience. We all like a well told love story and this is a love story with action, humor and romance. The action helps in giving a swift pace to the narrative and the director ensures that the film has both sugary and spicy elements to cater to diverse audience segments.

With all the good things in tow, one point I cannot help highlight is that, though during one of the interviews with Sholoana Bangaliana the director proclaimed that this is a love story of 2014, things like wooing a girl with the help of a new bike or roaming in front of her house are old school antics that have been shown in many a Hindi and Bengali films and to add to that, these things are more or less considered very childish by today’s generation and even in the rural areas the youth are seen trying out other smarter ways to woo their lady love. Raj definitely had the opportunity to make it to the history books for romantics and bag the credit of being the initiator of a whole new trend of courtship had he tried to put in some originally thought out elements in the movie.

Music by Arindom Chatterjee is pleasing and to add to the good compositions when it is Arijit Singh crooning away romantic numbers like Parbona the music album is bound to do well. Prashmita Paul has also beautifully complemented Singh in the playback and presented a beautiful collection of Bengali Audio Songs.

Acting is one of the strongest points in the film. Bonny Sengupta shines as Joy. He is promising and has enough screen presence. The Tollywood industry needs young blood and Bonny surely promises to deliver good films in future. Bonny, as the irresponsible boy who becomes mature enough to fight against the local goons looks very convincing. Rittika as Nandini frankly does not have much to do except look good. She does not get the scope of showing her acting skills (which she also needs to brush up) as Priyanka got in Chirodini Tumi Je Amar. Sudip Mukherjee as Akram is excellent. He breathes life into the role of the Muslim goon. Mainak as Imraan is also another revelation. As the evil minded brother who does not think twice before murdering his own brother, he is one to look out for. He should focus on more such roles in good films rather than acting in B-grade Bengali films.

With Bunohaansh starring Tollywood Hero Dev and Singham Returns having released on the same day and competing for audience attention, the success of Borbaad will surely be a landmark for the entire crew of this New Bengali Film and from the looks of it, the team may not have to see disappointment at all. A complete masala entertainer, you will in no way waste “Borbaad” your time watching the young couple Bonny Rittika romancing on screen.


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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.





Swastika Mukherjee Film ‘Take One’ Now Available on Home Video


Take one is one Bengali film which made a statement with its bold posters and also due to the bold story that it narrated. After gathering much acclaim both from the audience and the critics alike, the home video of the film was released at M3 store in South City Mall. This launch was done in the presence of the sexy Bengali actress Swastika Mukherjee, her daughter Anwesha and director Mainak Bhowmick.


Take One is the story based on the life of an Indian actress, and the trauma that she goes through when one of the sex scenes from one of her foreign films gets leaked on the internet. Ironically this happens when the actress is bust shooting for a mythological film where she plays the role of Sita and Sita is the symbol of chastity and purity for Indian ladies. To act in the role of such a pious lady when one has done such scenes in the film, is what the common people could not tolerate. The film takes a dig at the hypocrisies that are so prevalent in the society. The biggest highlight of the film is that though the character of Doel and Sita are poles apart, the trials faced by the two of them are on similar lines.


Actress Swastika Mukherjee looked sexy and beautiful in the yellow and white combination short dress that she wore to the occasion. Speaking at the occasion, Swastika Mukherjee said “This will be a good collector’s item for sure. This will also be helpful for those individuals who could not watch the film at the theatre. They will be able to enjoy the film at their home now”.

The DVDs and VCDs of this film are priced at Rs. 299 and Rs. 125 respectively.

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New Bengali Movie Sada Canvas Review, Poster; Good Effort !

Bengali-Movie-ReviewWhat is it with painters and the Tollywood directors? Two films, Ei Raat Tomar Amar and Sada Canvas, the premieres of which were held back to back at Priya Cinemas Kolkata have painters as their male leads.

Director Subrata Sen’s film Sada Canvas is the tale of an eminent artist Anjan and his wife Rupa. The husband wife duo is in their thirties. Rupa runs a business of her own while Anjan carries with his art work and also continues with his teaching at an Art School. However like all artists, Anjan experiences an artist’s block and is unable to give vent to his creativity. He meets Ria at the art school. Ria has come to Kolkata to complete her graduation. Ria develops a fondness for Anjan which he is unaware of. Since Ria needs money, Anjan refers her to Rupa. Ria changes from the simple small town girl into a smart confident city girl. However a crisis happens and the lives of the three individuals go topsy-turvy. What happens? The film has the key to all these answers.

Subrata Sen aptly weaves a colorful tale of a painter’s life and the troubles that he and his family had to face. Despite the name of the film being Sada Canvas which means white board, the film has a number of colors. The emotions of the characters and their passions are aptly described in this film and this leads to the colorful canvas. However a slight hitch that the director faced is that despite having ample scope, he could not take the film to great heights. The narrative technique taken up by the director makes for a smooth viewing of the film. It is crisp and deals with the life of the painter better than the other film Ei Raat Tomar Amar which is also about the life of an artist. A minor hitch that I felt is how can a girl with a meager salary afford such expensive clothes? Also the possessiveness of the girl Ria towards the art teacher should have been explored in detail. That would have at least raised the interest level of the audience.

Rohit Roy as Anjan and Paoli Dam as his wife Rupa are fairly good at their job. Their chemistry may not be sizzling but they share enough spark to make the screen characters look credible. Rohit Roy is credible as the painter who has this artistic block. His mannerisms and expressions make the character portrayal effective. Malobika as Ria also acts her part well. The transformation from the small town belle to the city girl is well portrayed.

Sada Canvas is a good film to watch this weekend. Despite a few hitches, the director presents us with a good glimpse about the life of the painter.


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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.