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Press Conference of Bilingual Film Policewala Returns

Video: Press Conference of Policewala Returns

Soma Mittal, the producer of upcoming bilingual movie Policewala Returns announced this project at a press conference. Present at the press conference was producer Soma Mittal, Partha Sarathi, music director Dev Sen, singers Vicky, Prosenjit and others. The event took place at Princeton Club.


“I play the role of a police officer and Ajay Devgan is playing the role of the Commissioner of Police. Dev is playing the role of a gangster. The film has already completed 7 days of shooting in Mumbai, for Ajay Devgn’s part. He completed the shooting for his part as he will become busy with his film Shivaay” said Soma Mittal.


Speaking about the music of the film, composer Dev Sen said “Not much work done with fusion music in Kolkata. I have tried to experiment therefore. Since this is a bilingual film, there are songs in Hindi and Bengali. Singers like Vicky, Prosenjit will be singing the songs. I am also trying to bring in Shreya Ghoshal and Arijit Singh to sing the songs of this film. Let’s see!!”

The film stars Ajay Devgan, Nana Patekar, Juhi Chawla, Supriyo Dutta, Bharat Kaul, Parthasarathi and Dev in pivotal roles.

The film is slated for release on 25th December this year.

Priyanka Dutta

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New Colors Bangla Serial Aponjon to be aired from July 6; Serial shows how one Truth can Change People’s Lives


Twenty years ago, a convict had switched his daughter with an advocate’s daughter who had convicted him wrongly. Before breathing his last, he confesses about the switch that he did years before. The advocate traces his biological daughter Siuli and brings her back to his home to his family where lives Antara whom he had raised as his own daughter. The lives of the girls change and a twist in tale happens when they both fall for the same boy, Sam. This is the crux of the story of Colors Bangla’s new serial Aponjon.


The shooting of this upcoming Bengali serial was going at Technician’s Studio. Speaking at the occasion, director Manish Ghosh said “Aponjon is the name of the house. It also denotes the link between the young and the old generations. How the older generation has accepted the young generation and likewise is also shown in the serial. Aponjon also denotes the love that develops between the boy and the girl”.


The first two episodes have a feel good elements. The episodes have been devoted to establishing the characters and the ties between the old and young members of the family.

Rajdeep Gupta will be seen in the role of Sam, while debutant Nabanita will essay out the role of Siuli and actress Debjani Modak (of Knockout fame) will be seen in the role of Antara.

Renowned singer Nachiketa has sung the title track of the serial. Parts of the show have been shot in hills of North Bengal.

Sohini Sanyal, Bharat Kaul, Jayashree, Kushal Chakraborty, Shankar Chakraborty, Anindita will be seen in important roles in the serial.

The new serial on Colors Bangla will begin from 6th July, Monday to Saturday at 8.30pm.

With a fresh cast and a refreshing storyline, Aponjon will be a good serial to watch out for!!

Priyanka Dutta


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Upcoming Bengali Film Miss Butterfly goes on floors; Stellar Cast and Gripping Tale Makes for an Entertainer

Upcoming Bengali Film Miss Butterfly goes on Floors

In the august presence of the director Sujit Guha, music director Shree Pritam, producer and story writer Bidu Das, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Labony Sarkar, Bharat Kaul, Paamela, Sunil Pal and newcomer Aniket, the Mahurat of the upcoming Bengali film Miss Butterfly took place.


The story of the film is about Kolkata High Court judge Mahesh Ray whose family consists of his wife Srimoyee Devi and their only daughter Malini. Malini is a crime journalist by profession. Like her father, she is also engaged in the task of unveiling the criminals. She is helped in her work by Biju, who is the son of Doctor Indrajit Chatterjee. How she unveils the villains and carries on her work is what the film all about.


Speaking at the occasion, Bharat Kaul said “Since the number of Bengali films made every year has reduced, I believe it is high time the directors focused more on the quality of the films being made. This will help to attract audiences and also increase the status of the Bengali films”.


Sabyasachi Chakraborty (Mahesh Ray), Labony Sarkar (Srimoyee Devi), Paamela (Malini),Biswajit Chakraborty (Dr. Indrajit Chatterjee), Anuradha Roy (Shanti Debi), Bharat Kaul (Soni Haldar), Sumit Ganguly (Tony), Diganta Bagchi and new comer Aniket (Biju) will be seen in important roles in the upcoming Bengali film. The cinematographer of the film is B. Satish and the editor is M. Susmit. The fight sequences will be handled by Judo Ramu and the choreography will be handled by Murli.

The shooting of the film has already started immediately after the Mahurat ceremony.

Miss Butterfly with a stellar cast and an engaging plot will surely appeal to the Bengali film loving audiences.

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From being a Fan of Feluda to portraying Feluda himself, Actor Abir Chaterjee shares his Badshahi Angti Shooting Memories with the Press

Video: Bengali Film Badshahi Angti Stars Meet the Press

The location is Oudh 1590 and enters Feluda with Topse. No, this is not a setting for a new mystery story revolving the legendary Bengali sleuth. This is the press conference of upcoming Bengali Film Badshahi Angti produced by Shree Venkatesh Films where actors Abir Chatterjee and Sourav Das were present along with director Sandip Ray, Bharat Kaul and Dwijen Bandopadhyay.


“This is a perfect setting for the press conference of the upcoming Feluda film. A Feluda film is always special for the Bengali audience and more so when a new Feluda will be presented for the audience” said director Sandip Ray.


Abir Chatterjee who plays the lead character of Feluda in the upcoming Bengali film was all smiles at the press conference. The actor looked visibly excited to be a part of this film. Speaking with Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent, the actor said “I know both my films (Badshahi Angti and Byomkesh Phire Elo) are releasing on the same day. I am a bit nervous and also have high expectations from the films. But this is a great treat for the Bengali film lovers. I mean a person who loves either Feluda or Byomkesh or both will be in for a real treat during the Christmas Holidays. Ideally this is the time when most of the other films on the sleuth Feluda had been released”. The actor who is a huge fan of the Bengali sleuth said “I have read all the stories of Feluda during my childhood. This helped me to get prepared for the role of Feluda. Moreover Babu da (Sandip Ray) had also instructed me that my portrayal of the sleuth must be different. There must not be any trace of the acting style of the actors who had enacted the role before me. I have interpreted the character according to my perception. This is like a tribute to Satyajit Ray”.


Abir Chatterjee who is being introduced as the new Feluda also added that the story which has been selected for the film is one of those where Jatayu is not present and Feluda has not established himself. He is just starting out as a sleuth. “This is quite similar to my state. I am also starting as Feluda and this is one of the initial stories written by Satyajit Ray. Hence this is also exciting for me as an actor. Mentally I was prepared always. But physically I had to prepare myself as this story tells the tale of a younger Feluda who was fit and agile. Hence the challenge was more to keep physically fit”.


Having shot for the film in both the older and the newer parts of the city of Lucknow, Abir Chatterjee was in awe of the architecture of the city. “Many of the buildings which had been mentioned in the story by Mr. Ray are still intact. This was a great experience. Shooting for the film in the older parts of Lucknow was great. When we moved to Haridwar, the landscape changed. This will be a unique experience for the audience who will get to see variety of landscape in one film”. Abir who had worked with Sandip Ray before also mentioned that it was a great pleasure working with the director.

Sourav Das who is the new Topse claimed to be a blind fan of Feluda and Satyajit Ray. “This is like a tribute to Satyajit Ray. We all have worked hard on making this film. This is an honest and sincere effort on our part” said the young actor.

Badshahi Angti releases on the same day as Byomkesh Phire Elo; 19th of December. The two films on two legendary sleuths will surely leave the Bengali audience spoilt for choices. We will have to wait and watch to understand whether Abir as Feluda or Abir as Byomkesh gets more acceptance among the audience.

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Bengali Film Khaad (2014) Review; A Soul-Stirring Musical Journey of Human Lives from Darkness unto Eternal Light


After a very long time a Bengali movie has hit the screens this Friday which will touch your heart in a way that the Bengali audience was missing for quite some time. Director Kaushik Ganguly’s Khaad is not just brilliant in its story-telling but also in the very humane and touching sub-plots of Life, Secrets, Endings and Moving on-s.

A group of tourists on their way to North Bengal get stranded in the Mall Station due to a local bus and car strike. Among them is a Christian priest who arranges for a bus from his missionary center which picks up the stranded group and starts on its way to Lava. But in an unforeseen turn of an unfortunate event the bus meets with an accident and slides of the hillside in to a deep gorge (Khaad). Fortunately the entire group survives but finds themselves absolutely stranded without any help deep inside the gorge. Rajib (Kamaleshwar Mukherjee) is a trained trekker who advices the group to stay put in the gorge for the night and start climbing uphill the next morning. In the group, there are Jeet (Saheb Bhattacharya) and Poonam (Mimi Chakraborty), a newly-wed couple on their honeymoon, Khokhon (Kaushik Ganguly) who has brought his mother Sabita (Lily Chakraborty), a terminally ill cancer patient to the hills to fulfill her last wish to see Kanchenjungha, Doctor Shidhhartha (Bharat Kaul) and his sister Moushumi (Tanushree Chakraborty), the Christian Priest (Ardhendu Banerjee), a Hindi school teacher from the hills, Tiwariji (Masood Akhtar), a famous Bengali actress Aparna (Gargi Roy Choudhury) and her brain damaged brother Avik (Rajdeep Ghosh) and another family from Kolkata with Mohonkumar (Kaushik Banerjee), his wife. Shiuli (Pallavi Chatterjee), their daughter Meghna (Tridha Choudhury) and younger son Tito (Pratyay Basu). Polton, the bus conductor (Rudranil Ghosh) is also with the group. And how the group then survives through the night in that lonely dangerous forest-surrounded gorge and what happens to them next are what the film, ‘Khaad’ is all about. As the group spends the night together, many secrets are revealed, which peak at the climax of the movie, and the story ends with a sudden and shocking final secret being revealed to the unsuspecting audience.

Kaushik Ganguly has indeed brought together a marvelous and convincing cast. Mimi Chakraborty, as Poonam, Tanushree Chakraborty, as Moushumi and Gargi Roy Choudhury, as Aparna are just brilliant. Mimi’s unabashed portrayal of Poonam who doesn’t hesitate to bad mouth people and almost constantly crib is very spontaneous and uninhibited a portrayal. Tanushree Chakraborty is just a pleasantly shocking revelation in the movie with her very natural bold portrayal of a high society girl who is brutally honest about almost everything. Gargi Roy Choudhury is as serene, mature and poignant in her subtle undertones and facial expressions and has done perfect justice to her character of a famous glamour girl with a broken personal life. On the other hand, three male actors are as stunning as the three ladies are – Kamaleshwar Mukherjee as Rajib, the trekker with a secret life, Kaushik Ganguly, as Khokhon, the dutiful son and Rajdeep Ghosh, as Avik, the abnormal brother of the actor Aparna. Kamaleshwar is spontaneous, neat and sleek in his acting. He is the most convincing character in the entire league of male characters in the film. Kaushik Ganguly as the Bangaal son, apparently very loving towards his mother yet nursing a secret grudge, and with his Bangaal dialect and strong acting is also very convincing and wins the heart of the audience. But the one who wins our heart the most is Rajdeep Ghosh. who as the dumb, dialogue-less character is supremely brilliant and has done perfect justice to the pathos and the humane shades of the character. Pallavi Chatterjee enacts the constantly complaining and over-protective mother well while the daughter is played by Tridha who passes off as ok. Kaushik Banerjee as the helpless middle-class husband and father is also ok and nothing much is done to highlight his role. Masood Akhtar, the Hindi school teacher is very good and convincing in his stern yet helpless school-teacher attitude. Saheb again has not much to do in the film and he passes off ok as Jeet. Rudranil as Polton is very convincing and gives a very humane and fresh touch to his role. Bharat Kaul is ok as the doctor with a secret. Ardhendu Bangerjee as the Priest appears convincingly at-times stoic and at-times loving and compassionate a Christian soul. Lily Chakraborty as the cancer patient mother touches our heart in her soft, emotional, motherly, yet sensible and practical characterization which is pulled off by her quite well. Little Pratyay Basu as Tito is sweet and convincing. Altogether the ensemble of cast in Khaad is a very balanced and great team of mature actors, shining even more under the direction of a director as good as Kaushik Ganguly.

Story and direction by Kaushik Ganguly is fresh, new and quite engaging. Treatment of the story-telling is excellent with some brilliant frame compositions which are a visual treat. Cinematography by Soumik Halder is quite good. But one wishes that the night scenes were even richer in their light scheme. They fail to somewhere portray the mysterious and complex psychological character of the plot and the characters. Editor Bodhaditya Banerjee has done a very good job in putting together the many layered pieces of plots and subplots that the story by Kaushik Ganguly has entwined together as one thread. But one possibly has ‘Never’ heard such a Soul-stirring, Heart-wrenching and Breath-taking music and back ground music composition by Indradip Dasgupta!!! Must say he has taken the film to completely another level with his excellent renditions. But yes, ears well tuned to Tagore’s songs will very well identify Tagore tunes intelligently mixed with the music director’s own. Songs penned by Srijato are very apt for the theme and plot of the movie and songs ‘Muthoy Aaj’ and ‘Aami Aachhhi’ are beautiful songs with even more beautiful music. The climax song ‘Asodoma Sadgamayo’ is supremely brilliant but one cannot justifiably give the entire credit to the lyricist and the music director here, as the song is an intelligent blended version of the famous Manna Dey song, ‘Mahasindhur Opar Hote’. The Srijato-Indradip music team has cracked it supremely together with talent as well as intelligent use of existing pieces of brilliant music like from Tagore or from the cult Bengali song mentioned above.

The philosophy of the film is also food for thought if you want to read deeper into the text and the sub-text. The psychological complexities and secret issues that we need to unburden ourselves of in the whole process of moving on in life’s journey and moving from Darkness to Light and from Earthly Lies to Eternal Truth is depicted so well through the sub-text and the song ‘Asadoma Sadgamaya’, that has been used by the director in the film with a deep philosophical message, that one can only be left speechless at the end of the movie.

The only fault one could possibly find with Khaad is the abrupt ending of the narration. The end, the climax comes with a startling twist, which is a wow factor no doubt, but one only wishes only that the end was elaborated a little bit more by the story-teller Ganguly. Other than that, the movie is Flawless and strewn with some awesome humane moments created with the help of a brilliant screenplay and a heavenly music.

No need to say anymore I guess, Khaad by the brilliant Ganguly, is a must watch for every sensible and sensitive film lover. it will not only render an intellectual jolt to your mind at the end of the film, but also keep giving you goosebumps and keep making your eyes well up with happy and sad tears throughout the journey. Altogether, Khaad is another brilliant and a very different production by Shree Venkatesh films and Surinder Films, who keep surprising us with their sense of and trust in the potential of a good story and good film-making.

Sholoana Bangaliana Rating of Khaad : 8/10

Bengali Movie Khaad 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 is working as a writer and creative consultant for Kolkata’s leading Production House Shree Venkatesh Films.

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.


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