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Premiere of Bengali Film Gangster; A Star Studded Affair


The premiere of the film Gangster took place in the august presence of director Birsa Dasgupta, lead pair of the film Yash Dasgupta, Mimi Chakraborty and others.

The film Gangster is a story of star crossed lovers Guru and Ruhi who fall in love with each other. How they overcome obstacles coming in their way is what the film all about.


Yash Dasgupta who had made his presence felt with many serials both in Kolkata and Mumbai made his debut with the film. “I am glad I got this film to make my debut. I believe in the story and I could easily connect with the film’s story. The audience will also be able to connect with it similarly” said the actor.


Actors from the Bengali film fraternity namely Sayantika, Tanushree, Parambrata Chatterjee, Gaurav Chakraborty, Ridhima Ghosh, Prosenjit Chatterjee came at the premiere to wish the team of Gangster good luck.


The event also saw a cake cutting ceremony to mark the release of the film which was attended by the cast members of the film along with Prosenjit Chatterjee.

The film is running at several single screens and multiplexes. Grab your ticket now!!

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Interview: Actor Yash Dasgupta on his Debut Bengali Film Gangster (Sholoana Bangaliana Exclusive)


Remember Aranya Sinha Roy of Star Jalsha serial Bojhena se Bojhena? Good news for his fans. Actor Yash Dasgupta who played the role of Aranya will be seen as Guru in the upcoming Bengali film Gangster. Sholoana Bangaliana caught up with the actor in an exclusive interview. Excerpts…

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- What made you say “yes” to the role of Guru in the film Gangster?

Yash Dasgupta- I was with the film from the time the script was being written down. The person who wrote the story is my friend. It is not that I have helped in the concept or anything. But I had belief in the story. I always believe that if I like the story in which I am acting, then I can expect that the audience will love it. Or else how can I expect a story which I had no faith in to be loved and appreciated by the audience? This story touched my heart and hence I believe this will touch the hearts of the audience too.


You are making your debut in Birsa Dasgupta’s film. How was the experience of working with him?

Yash Dasgupta- I believe that this is Birsa’s best work till date as a director. He has gone beyond his capabilities in the film. The script has been so wonderfully utilized that I think that many seated in the hall will have tears in their eyes. The film Gangster is not simply a story of a gangster of about his love. It is also about redefining love.

Mimi and your chemistry are much talked about. So how was it sharing screen space with her?

Yash Dasgupta- To be very frank, I am glad she was part of the film. Otherwise I and Birsa are very serious and reserved individuals. The film would have been shot in utter seriousness. It is she who in between shots did some pranks and gave us comic relief. She is however a talented actress. Her fans will be amazed to see her acting skills in the film. If I was a girl, I would have loved to get the role that she acted in. She is the one to watch out for.


Bengali film songs are shot abroad. But you have shot the entire film abroad. How was the shooting experience?

Yash Dasgupta- It was a wonderful experience. The weather was so good that we had no trouble shooting the film. Not only in Istanbul, but we have shot the film at various places in Turkey. Since the country is located at the middle of the Earth, the days are long and sunset would happen at 9 o’ clock. This meant we got long hours of sunlight and we could shoot to our heart’s content. Though we may not have gone on sightseeing, the schedule was such that we shot at beautiful locations and made the most of the stay.

We often send the shot portions for color corrections to the DI. But in this case we had to send it so that the color could be dimmed a little as the real color was so unnatural. We also had long adda sessions as no one had the hurry to go back home.

Will we get to see you again on television?

Yash Dasgupta- Television is my backbone. Whatever little I have become is because of television. If I get something good, I will do television again. When there are integration programs for the film on television, I feel like I have come back home.

You are reserved in your real life and so is Aranya and so is Guru. Was the decision to take up such characters entirely coincidental or did you intentionally pick them up as you will be relate with them easily?

Yash Dasgupta- (laughs) It is purely coincidental that I have done characters which are reserved just like me. Aranya loved Pakhi in a different way and Guru’s way of expressing love is different. But yes, I like characters which speak lesser words and express more through their eyes. But I also did Radhe in the serial which was completely different from me. As an actor I have to keep on pushing myself and doing different roles. For playing Guru, I had to learn Muay-Thai. I have tried to present myself in a new way in front of the audience. I just hope that they like me.

Wishing the actor all the best for his debut Bengali film Gangster!!



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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Trailer and Songs of Upcoming Bengali Film Gangster Released; Yash Dasgupta, Mimi in Lead Roles


The trailer and songs of the soon to release Shree Venkatesh Films’ presentation, ‘Gangster’ was unveiled recently. Gangster is a film by Birsa Dasgupta. The film marks the debut of Yash Dasgupta with Mimi Chakraborty. It also has Bratya Basu, Gourav Chakraborty, Sourav Das in pivotal roles.

‘Gangster’ is a timeless love story of two star-crossed lovers who fight all odds to be with each other. The intense trailer introduces the audiences to Guru and Ruhi’s lives and their journey. However, their past becomes the biggest threat in realizing their dream. Their blissful life is shattered as Guru’s past comes back to haunt them. As their world turns upside down, will their love be enough to survive against all odds?


The story is by Manish Sharma and Shweta Bharadwaj. The DOP of the film is Subhankar Bhar. Arindom has composed the music while the lyrics are by Prasen.  The very first song from the film ‘Gangster’, – ‘Thik Emon Ebhabe’ has been sung by Arijit Singh exudes melody and romance in every sense.

Izaz Yulab is the man directing the action sequences while the costumes have been designed by Jayanti Sen.

‘Gangster’ is scheduled to release on 7th October, the same day on which Srijit Mukherji’s Zulfiqar is releasing.

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Star Jalsha Serial Mahanayak Starts from 27th June; A Tale Inspired By the Lives of Yesteryear Superstars of Bengali Films


“When I was offered the role, I could not believe that I will be actually playing a character based on him on screen. This is a dream come true for me. I have always watched his films during my growing up years and now to actually lip sync with some of the evergreen songs is very fulfilling for me as an actor. However the character also has traces of my father too” said Tollywood actor Prosenjit Chatterjee at the press conference of the upcoming Star Jalsha serial Mahanayak.


Some of the other eminent personalities spotted at the press conference included Tanushree, Abir Chatterjee, Priyanka Sarkar, Saheb Bhattacharya, Kanchan Mullick, Padmanabha Dasgupta and others.

Ace director Birsa Dasgupta is the director of this serial. The director revealed that a team consisting of six members and headed by ace director Kamaleswar Mukherjee have done the research for the film. The set, costume and the feel of that era has been recreated with the help of Kamaleswar and the team’s research on the period.


Paoli Dam who is making a comeback to the small screen with this serial is excited to play a role inspired by matinee idol Suchitra Sen. “I will not say that the character is completely based on Suchitra Sen’s life. Sucharita, the character that I play is a glamorous heroine of the 60’s” said the actress.

Mahanayak starts from 27th June on Star Jalsha.

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Kolkata Bengali Films 2014 that Made a Mark and Fell Flat; A Year End Summary of the Good, Bad and Ugly by Sanjib Banerji (Sholoana Bangaliana Exclusive)

In an effort to salute the Bengali Film Industry’s showmanship in the year 2014, team Sholoana Bangaliana hereby presents a year end summary of films that the audience loved, lived with and trashed to the last frame. Hope you will enjoy reading!!

Chotushkone-ReviewCHOTUSHKONE: A Tale of Twists

The King of Last minute twists, Srijit Mukherji has the Bengali cine goer’s mind mapped to accuracy and has enchased heavily yet again on the star power and Bengal’s taste for thrillers. Accompanied with soulful music and a sleek editing, Chotushkone emerges as the undisputed winner in the league of Bengali Films released in the year 2014.

Apur-Panchali-ReviewAPUR PANCHALI : Pather Panchali the Kaushik Way

The tragic tale of an unsung hero told cinematically with conviction by the Master Story Teller of The Bengali Film Fraternity Kaushik Ganguly, Apur Panchali reminds the Nostalgic Bangali of Ray in more ways than one. With Indraadip Dasgupta’s BGM and some praiseworthy performance by the cast, Apur Panchali conquered many hearts at the IFFI 2013 and brought home a bouquet of accolades.


Byomkesh-Phire-Elo-ReviewBYOMKESH PHIRE ELO: Dutt Dhamaka at the Box Office

With Byomkesh Phire Elo Dutt proves it yet again that he cannot be written off from the Bengali cinema scene that easily. Though Sesh Bole Kichu Nei bombed at the box office, with Byomkesh Phire Elo Anjan Dutt made a statement ‘Anjan Dutt’er Sesh Bole Kichu Nei’. This film also marked the coming back of producer Kaustav Roy and that too with a bang. It is however a pity that Abir Chatterjee will not be seen as Byomkesh Bakshi again……


Jatishwar-ReviewJATISHWAR: A Musical of Sorts

A completely new product offering from brand Srijit, Jatishwar with its intelligent time play, Bangaliana and the acting prowess of Prosenjit Chatterjee gave Bangla cinema a new critical vantage point into the future of Bengali films. The hit formula that arose out of Srijit Mukherji and Kabir Suman’s astounding chemistry also added to the films undying appeal making it the industry’s Ivy League offering.


Ramdhanu-ReviewRAMDHANU: Directing the scanners onto the education system of India

A very relevant social docu-fiction, Ramdhanu exudes Shiboprosad Mukherjee and Nandita Roy’s philosophy of film making. A film that will coax the audience to evaluate their expectations from their children and the education system of the country, Ramdhanu with excellent performances from Gargi Roy Chowdhury, Rachana Banerjee, child artist Akashneel Mitra and the director himself is a very relevant and at the same time entertaining film. The fact that it is now going to be made into a Bollywood Hindi film affirms its relevance.


Ek-Phaali-Rodh-ReviewEK PHALI RODH: Social Mirror

In today’s realm of lawlessness where even kins abandon the dying, Atanu Ghosh conceives and presents a film on Bystander Effect which talks about stranger psychology in times of emergency or chaos and yes he presents it with élan. Proving yet again that fortune favors the brave; Ghosh has roped in some of the industry’s most talented but underrated (often considered unlucky for box office success) actors in a mesmerizing tale of the human psyche. The cerebral film maker that Ghosh is, he even dares to present Ray’s heroes as protagonists in films with a very modern context.


Jodi-Love-Dile-Na-Prane-ReviewJODI LOVE DILE NA PRANE: Love Still Exists in this Loveless World

A film on Bangla Modern literature, Jodi Love Dile Na Prane is director Duo Sudeshna Roy and Abhijit Ghuha’s best till date. With a psychological disorder presented in such a positive and feel good way, the film holds on to its romantic elements in every frame. While Abir Chatterjee is a revelation in terms of acting, the lyrical capturing of Kolkata and Shantiniketan makes this film a treat to watch.


Khaad-ReviewKHAAD: Soul Stirring Journey of Life from Darkness to Eternal Light

A soul searching visual narrative about the basic human values of sharing and caring, Khaad gives us food for thought. Right from the BGM to Screenplay, every bit of the film challenges the mental makeup of humans of the 21st century. Another comprehensive yet sensitive film from the master story teller that Ganguly is, Khaad transcends into a stimulator of introspection.


Bachchan-ReviewBACHCHAN: A Masala Pot Boiler

Encashing on the Bachchan mantra and Jeet’s charisma the producers, Reliance Entertainment found a money spinner in Bachchan. Under Raja Chanda’s direction, Bachchan with all its masala in Subhasree’s item number, Jeet’s action sequences and comic timing as well as Oindrita’s charm did roaring business in the suburbs of Bengal thus aptly balancing the yearly quota of urbane and mainstream Bengali films.


Buno-Haansh-ReviewBUNO HAANSH: Dev re-discovered

An open ended thought provoking underworld thriller, Buno Haansh with Dev’s star image stripped off proves it yet again that Bengali literature has the prowess to grab audience attention even today. Tollywood hero Dev’s efforts in portraying a character that was out of his safe zone was evident throughout the film and that to an extant adds to the film’s appeal. Excellent music by National Award winning composer Shantanu Moitra coupled with crisp editing by veteran editor Arghyakamal Mitra heightens the intensity of the plot. Overall Bunohaansh is director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s bold attempt at presenting a dark underworld thriller in Bangla which was well complemented by Harendra Singh’s cinematography and Shyamal Sengupta’s screenplay.

While 2014 did indeed see some wonderful presentations by ace directors, few that were an utter disappointment were:

Yoddha-Movie-ReviewYoddha: A classic turned into Circus

Bindaas-Movie-ReviewBindaas: A bit too erratic for a rational human brain

Obhishopto-Nighty-ReviewObhishopto Nighty: Accursed

Highway-ReviewHighway: A fatal cinematic accident

Kolkata-Calling-ReviewKolkata Calling: Uncalled for!

Force-Movie-ReviewForce: Forced direction

Taan-Movie-ReviewTaan: Literature shabbily represented

Arundhuti-Movie-ReviewArundhuti: Nothing looked right

Window-Connection-ReviewWindow Connection: Just could not connect

Aakarshan-Movie-ReviewAakarshan: Nothing to attract

To sum up, 2014 has been the year of some path breaking experiments by seasoned film makers and films with bold content that are very much at par with those of National stature.

With a number of films like Chotoder Chobi, Lorai, Nirbak and others already lined up for 2015 we surely are about to start the year on a high and we wish the entire Bengali film fraternity the Very Best in their efforts.

So here’s wishing You all a Very Happy and Prosperous 2015!


Sholoana Bangaliana Year End Film Summary by:

SanjibSanjib Banerji takes a keen interest in both Old and Contemporary/modern Bengali literature and cinema and has written several short stories for Bengali Little magazines. He also runs a little magazine in Bangla, named – Haat Nispish, which has completed its 6th consecutive year in the last Kolkata International Book Fair. Being the eldest grandson of Late Sukumar Bandopadhaya, who was the owner of HNC Productions and an eminent film producer cum distributor of his time (made platinum blockbusters with Uttam Kumar, like “Prithibi Aamarey Chaaye”, “Indrani” and several others), Sanjib always nurtured an inherent aspiration of making it big and worthy in the reel arena.He has already written few screenplays for ETV BANGLA and he is currently working as the writer and creative director of upcoming Bengali Thriller Sesh Anko.

Sanjib can be reached at sanjib.banerji2013@gmail.com
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