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Bollywood Film Mona Darling Press Conference in Kolkata; A Social Media Thriller To Enthrall The Audience


Video: Bollywood Film Mona Darling Press Conference

The press conference of the upcoming Bollywood film Mona Darling took place in the august presence of Divya Menon, Sanjay Suri, Suzanna Mukherjee and Anshuman Jha.

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The film Mona Darling is a social media thriller. “Bengal loves thrillers and hopefully the film will be loved here. I was worried that since this is a social thriller, maybe someone else will be making it. This idea was in mind for the past five years and now this got made. With so many things happening on the social media now, this is indeed a good time for the release of the film” said Anshuman Jha.

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“I play the Dean of the college where the incidents take place. He is a strict disciplinarian but he is also equally popular among the students. I said yes to this film because this is a thriller and this whodunit will keep the audiences hooked to the seats till the very end of the film” said Sanjay Suri.

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Divya Menon plays the role of Sara in the film whose friend Mona gets into trouble due to some things posted on her social media account. Next people get killed and it is Sara who takes up the challenge to find out who did this. “I love thrillers and hence I said yes to the film. The second reason is when I was given the script, it was 80%. In order to know who did it, I said yes. It is immensely engrossing. And since Anshuman and I have a common background of working with Dibakar Banerjee, I said yes” said the actress.

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Suzanna Mukherjee who plays Mona in the film mentioned that the team had a fun time shooting the film. “We played pranks on each other too. Sanjay Suri was the most senior actor and yet he was the most energetic person on the sets” said the actress. The actress who is a non-resident Bengali has some relatives in the city. She wants to polish her Bengali and do some good Bengali films.

The film is directed by Shashi Sudigala and produced by First Ray Films and is slated for release soon.

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Interview: Model-Actress Ushoshi Sengupta on Her Debut Bengali film Eagoler Chokh (Sholoana Bangaliana Exclusive)

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Ushoshi Sengupta won the title of I Am She – Miss Universe India. Later she represented India in Miss Universe 2010 held at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada. The super sexy model will soon be making her debut in Bengali films with Arindam Sil’s Eagoler Chokh. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent caught up with the model in an exclusive conversation about her venture in Bengali films. Excerpts…

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- So tell us about the character you play in this film.

Ushoshi- I play Shyamangi, the sister of Jaya Ahsan in the film. Shyamangi’s sister is married.

How was your experience of working in you debut Bengali film?

Ushoshi- Well, I have been extremely lucky to have got such a film for my debut. Arindam Sil is a dream director to make you debut. Jaya Di whose sister I play in the film is an amazing actress. This is a dream team you see. I am so very excited about this film.

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Did you get help from the senior actors?

Ushoshi- Absolutely!! Team Shabor is like a small happy family. I got great help from Apu da, Jaya di, June mam and the other actors whenever I have asked them. Riya who is also making her debut with this film bonded with me really well. Most of the time we were together!! Though she is a bit young, we have become good friends. Even after the shoot we are in touch. I am blessed that I could be a part of Shabor franchise and I hope to be a part of more films in future.

Modeling to acting- what similarities and dissimilarities did you find between the two worlds?

Ushoshi- Modeling and acting are two different ball games. When I used to do modeling I used to think acting will be easy. But when I stated acting, I realized it is different. You need to learn so many things. The actors who are trained have an advantage. You need to update yourself. The only advantage that I had was that I knew how to face the camera. With Soumik da as the camera man, you know that you will surely look pretty. Even Arindam Sir said Usho you are looking great!!

How did you bag this role?

Ushoshi- The name of the character is Shyamangi and since I have a dusky complexion, the choice was obvious. (smiles) Shyamangi is a confident and independent girl who stays in Singapore. She is an entrepreneur. She comes to Kolkata to visit her sister. She has many secrets and is a mystery herself. Arindam sir felt I fitted the bill perfectly and hence I was cast. The best thing is I did not have to act. I was playing myself on screen.

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Did you do any research for the role?

Ushoshi- I followed strictly what Arindam sir asked me to do. He used to narrate me the scene and how he wanted me to act. That made things easy. I have always believed that there are no good or bad actors there is only good or bad directors!! I also saw a lot of Bengali films recommended by him. As a non-resident Bengali, we do not get to see much Bengali films. During the last three months, I have watched many Bengali films. I am amazed at the great work happening here.

My grandfather Madhusudan Banerjee was a film editor who worked with Satyajit Ray. He even won the National Award. I still have the card of artist’s forum of my grandfather. I also have his scissors with the help of which he used to cut films. Had he been alive he would have been very proud of me. My mother wanted to be an actress and now that I have become one, she is extremely proud of me.

We hope that the dusky beauty Ushoshi Sengupta makes a mark with her debut film, Eagoler Chokh. Best of luck!!

Interviewer:

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.

 

 

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Kahaani 2 being shot in Kolkata; Vidya Balan Shoots for the Film in Kolkata and Darjeeling

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After the stupendous success of Kahaani, director Sujoy Ghosh is back again with the sequel of the best reviewed film of the year 2012. Titled Kahaani 2, the film has Vidya Balan and Arjun Rampal in pivotal roles. Vidya Balan and Sujoy Ghosh had some bitterness over the project namely Durga Rani Singh, but they seemed to have forgotten things and moved on.

The film has also been shot in Kalimpong and Darjeeling too. After the minor tiff between Vidya and Sujoy got over, he scraped off the film and started Kahaani 2. Names like Kajol, Kangana Ranaut, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan were doing the rounds when the lead casting was being decided. However, after the director and the actress sorted out their differences, Vidya’s name was announced as the lead of the project.

Vidya Balan received IIFA and Filmfare Awards for her performance in Kahaani. We cannot wait to see her back on the screen again in Kahaani 2.

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New Zee Bangla Cinema Originals film Guti Malhar Team Meets the Press


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Zee Bangla Cinema Originals which began its journey successfully completed a long year of making original films for the television viewing audience. The journey began with the film Ekla Cholo directed by Abhijit Guha and Sudeshna Roy. The latest film Guti Malhar directed by Pallab Kumar Ghosh is the next Zee Bangla Cinema Originals film.

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The press conference and the special screening took place recently. Present at the occasion were Pallab Kumar Ghosh, Raj Chakraborty, Savvy, Bodhisatwa Majumdar, Anindita Bose, Sourav Das and others. Also present were Sudeshna Roy, Abhijit Guha, June Maliah at the special screening of the film. The film has been produced by Raj Chakraborty Productions.

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The film Guti Mallar is about a boy named Mallar who is a born loser. He can speak or do no good. He has a cousin Bhatkai who is his rival. Bhatkai wants the ancestral home in which they live all for himself. Malhar and his parents try different techniques to drive Bhatkai away. They also appoint a special female goon named Guti for the purpose. The love story between the female goon and the local boy is what the film all about.

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Sourav who plays Mallar said “Mallar is a loser. Not that he does not try hard but he loses his nerve under pressure. How he overcomes this nervousness with the help of Guti is what you will see in the film. This is my first film with Zee Bangla Cinema Originals and with this film I am taking small steps towards doing a film in Tollywood. I share a good rapport with Raj da as I have worked with him before too. I have done Raage Anuraage where I was the main villain and I have done “I Laugh You” too. Hence, we share a great rapport. When he offered me the role I agreed at once to do the role”.

Mimi Chakraborty has lent her voice to a song in this film. Savvy has composed the music of this film.

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Raj Chakraborty said “When I was making Chirodini Tumi Je Amar, Pallab da helped me a lot. I was not even aware of how to use the camera. He helped me a lot. I am glad that I am associated with him in this film. Padmanabha Dasgupta has written a good story. I had heard that Mimi often sang songs. So I asked her to prove herself. She recorded the song within an hour. After listening to the song, I thought I could have used it in a film. She has sung so beautifully. Watch the film. Hope you like the entire team effort!!”

The film will be shown on 24th April, at 9 pm on Zee Bangla Cinema.

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International Film Festival of South Asia Toronto 2016 Announced; Bong Connection, Har Har Byomkesh, Belaseshe and Joyee to be Screened


International Film Festival of South Asia Toronto 2016 announcement

Bengali films namely the Bong Connection, Har Har Byomkesh, Belaseshe and Joyee will be screened at International Film Festival of South Asia Toronto (IFFSA Toronto). This is the biggest South Asian film festival in North America. A press conference to announce this success of Bengali films was recently held at The Saturday Club. Present at the meet were the cast members and director of Har Har Byomkesh and Joyee respectively. Also present was Hansdip Singh Bindra, Advisory Board member.

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The ten day event will showcase feature films, documentaries and short films in different languages from around the world on themes of South Asian cultures and identities.

The festival will also feature concerts, gala events, lounge parties, seminars, workshops and networking opportunities.

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“This is indeed a great moment for me when two of my films namely Belaseshe and Joyee will be screened at this prestigious film festival. I am also glad that Har Har Byomkesh which has also received critical and box office success is also getting screened here. 2016 also marks the tenth year of The Bong Connection and the selection of this film is a feel good factor for us” said director Shiboprosad Mukherjee.

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Abir Chatterjee said “We always say limit the budget of the film but we never say expand the markets. As a MBA student, I will urge the individuals associated with this industry to come forward and help in expansion of the markets for the Bengali film industry. That will be helpful for us and the makers will not have to limit their budgets while making the film”.

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IFFSA Toronto 2016 will be held from 19th May to 23rd May 2016 in Ontario, Canada as part of South Asian Heritage Month celebrations. Various launch events and special series programs will also take place during the month of April 2016.

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