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Upcoming Bengali Film Dark Chocolate Poster Launched; Fictional Adaptation of the Sheena Bora Murder Case Starring Mahima Choudhury

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The sensational Sheena Bora murder case took the nation by storm. Macneill Engineering Pvt. Ltd has undertaken a fictional adaptation of this incident and with director Agnidev Chatterjee’s help has made it into a film titled “Dark Chocolate”. The poster launch of this film took place recently in the presence of the cast and crew of the film.

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The film takes a fictional route to sketch the life and times of femme fatale Indrani Mukherjee. “The movie is a work of art and fiction made to entertain and also narrate one of the darkest episodes of modern times” said director Agnidev Chatterjee.

The film is shot in Hindi, English and Bengali like any urban set up.

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“This is one of the most shocking and diabolical crimes of our times. I have done a lot of research on the case and while I have tried to remain true to most of the case. However, some parts have been fictionalized for cinematic appeal and also to keep the element of wonder alive in the movie till the very end,” said director Agnidev Chatterjee.

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Mahima Choudhury plays Ishani inspired by the character of Indrani Mukherjee, while Riya Sen plays Rina Bardhan inspired by Sheena Bora. Mumtaz Sorcar, Indrashis Roy, Kaushik Sen, Biswajit Chakroborty, Sudip Mukherjee, Shataf Figar, Rajesh Sharma, Rwik Basu among others play other important characters in the movie.

The movie is slated for release soon.

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Upcoming Bengali Film Tadanto goes on Floors; Rituparna Sengupta to play a Cabaret Dancer in the Upcoming Thriller

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The story of Tadanto begins in the eighties when Kolkata is undergoing several changes like the construction of the Metro Railways. Abir and Nisha study in the same college but hail from different backgrounds. Abir is the son of a grocery shop owner while Nisha is from a rich household. Despite the financial differences, they fall in love.

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Years later, Inspector De Sarkar arrives with a constable to enquire about the murder of Dr. Dinesh Chowdhury. He belongs to an affluent mill owner’s family. He had few members in his family. He was volatile and temperamental by nature. His failed marriage made him isolated. Who killed him and why is what the film deals with.

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The shooting of the film was in progress at a house in Belgachia. Speaking in between the shots, Gautam halder said “I play Rabi, the owner of a cheap bar in the film. Hence you can see care has been taken to make me look credible. From the tattoo to the dress- the director has taken pains to make me look perfect in the role”.

Debshankar Halder who will be sharing screen with theatre actors like Kaushik Sen and Gautam Halder was too happy to be part of the project.

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Directed by Nitish Roy, the DOP of the film is Badal Sarkar. The story is by Gandharva Raja while the screenplay has been penned by Nitish Roy and Kaushik Bandopadhyay. Debaditya Datta has written the dialogue of the film while the lyrics have been handled by Kaushik Bandopadhyay.

Rituparna Sengupta (Mona), Priyanka Sarkar (Nisha), Rahul Banerjee (Abhi), Kaushik Sen (Dinesh), Debshankar Halder(De Sarkar), Gautam Halder (Rabi), Biswajit Chakrabarty (Kashinath), Badsha Mitra (Dulal) will be seen in important roles in this upcoming Bengali film.

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Interview: Actor Dwijen Bandyopadhyay on Upcoming Bengali Film Sajarur Kanta; Applauds the Director Saibal Mitra for Honest Portrayal of Theater

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Veteran Theater and Film actor Dwijen Bandopadhyay plays a pivotal role in director Saibal Mitra’s upcoming Bengali film Sajarur Kanta presented by Mac Neil Media. Sholoana Bangaliana caught up with the actor in a telephonic conversation and got some interesting insights on the role he plays….

Sholoana Bangaliana: Please throw some light on the character you play in the film Sajarur Kanta?

Dwijen Bandyopadhyay:  I play the role of Deepa’s brother who also acts in theater and my character is very important to the film as it is through my character that the entire plot gets revealed. I am the one who gets Byomkesh involved in the case and in more ways than one act as a catalyst to the whole journey of seeking the truth.

Had you read Saradindu Bandopadhyay’s Sajarur Kanta before being offered this film?

Yes I had read the novel and loved it more because along with all its interwoven plots it also has a societal angle to it and this is Saradindu’s uniqueness. The best thing is that even in this film that very element of connecting with the society has been retained. Saradindu’s Byomkesh is not a mere detective; he is a ‘Satyanweshi’, a truth seeker who goes on to unearth the dark secrets of the society and free mankind of some intrinsic evils.

Since you have read the original book thoroughly, you would be the best person to say if the story has been presented as it is in the movie or has been manipulated in some ways?

Making a movie out of a popular novel is quite a tough task and needs a lot of fineness in scripting and Saibal is just too good in doing this. He has handled the script very delicately and when he had narrated the script to me, I just loved it and found no deviation from the original thought.

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Any particular character from the film that you are particularly fond of?

I love my own character! Otherwise I also love Dhirtiman Chatterjee and Kaushik Sen’s characters and their performance in particular.

Along with all the highlights that the film boasts of, Sonali Gupta’s comeback is another USP; how was your experience of working with her?

The film indeed has a stellar cast and Sonali’s return also acts as an icing on the cake but unfortunately I do not have too many scenes with her. Nevertheless, she is a wonderful actor and it is great to be in the same film with such talented actors.

What do you have to say about Saibal Mitra as a director?

Saibal is a wonderful person to work with. He gives his actors complete creative freedom and ensures that they feel completely at home when working with him. His narrative is also so good that we actors do not have any trouble understanding what the character demands. Saibal, while being cool and composed is also a disciplinarian and on his sets work goes on smoothly without any breach in conduct.

You being from the theater also would be the best person to judge if Mr. Mitra has honestly portrayed theater in his upcoming Bengali Film?

Oh Yes! He has portrayed theater with complete honesty. Saibal himself is very closely associated with theater and not only does he avidly watch theater but also takes keen interest in understanding the working mechanism of theater groups. I honestly feel that Saibal’s portrayal of theater in Sajarur Kanta is very realistic and cinematic at the same time and people should watch out for it.

How would you like to classify the film Sajarur Kanta?

This film cannot be classified just like this. It has interwoven tales of love, revenge, crime and even the wrongs prevalent in society today. The subtle nuances of human psychology have also been beautifully portrayed in the film. Byomkesh is not merely a detective who goes about solving cases; he is a truth seeker and brings to the fore several malpractices of the society.

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Why do you think people should come to theaters and watch Sajarur Kanta?

This film has Byomkesh at its best and Dhritiman Chatterji who plays the grey haired Byomkesh has essayed the character in his own distinctive style. People should watch this film as it’s a classic entertainer and has been wonderfully made with the efforts of the whole cast and crew.

With Sajarur Kanta ready for release this Friday, expectations around the film are on a high and we are just a day away from the grand release of the film. So book your tickets now and secure your seats for the grand star studded premiere to be held at Nandan.

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Interview: Amrita, the Runaway Bride of Upcoming Bengali Movie ‘Janla Diye Bou Palalo’ on her Big Break, Godfather Prasenjit Chatterjee and More

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Director Aniket Chattopadhyay’s New Rom-Com ‘Janla Diye Bou Palalo’ is a ready for release on October 17 and just when the team was busy running around with the last minute promotions, Team Sholoana Bangaliana caught up with the new runaway bride in news Amrita Chattopadhyay to get the inside story on all the running around that she had to do to make a career in films as well as ensure the success of her debut film. Excerpts…

Sholoana Bangaliana: What shaped up Amrita into the independent woman and actress that she is today?

Amrita: Well, my childhood and my growing up years have a big role to play in what I am today. I did my schooling from Patha Bhavan and Bachelors from Xaviers post which I went to JU in order to do my Masters in Sociology. During my growing up years, though studies always had the center stage, I was exposed to a lot of cultural activities and devoted a lot of time into learning dance and music. Thankfully, my parents were very supportive of this and always encouraged me in all that I wanted to do.

So was acting your conscious choice and did you really put in efforts to land up a role?

Amrita: Well, like% 90 of Kolkata’s population I did want to act but had never given it a serious thought. It so happened that on a college assignment when I went to meet Bumba Da (Prosenjit Chatterjee) he asked me if I wanted to act or pursue journalism, to which I promptly replied that I wanted to act and on hearing that, he asked me to leave my contact details with him. And though I had least expected it, Bumba Da did call me after my graduation was over and offered me the role of the younger sister in the Television serial Kanakanjali which ran successfully for over a year. After the serial was over I was again in a fix about my career choice and didn’t know if I should take up new serials or try my luck in films; and here again, Bumba Da whom I consider my godfather in the industry came to my rescue and told me to wait for the right break in films. It was then that in due course of time offers started coming in and finally I got the call to audition for Janla Diye Bou Palalo and even got selected for the role of Mimi.

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So after your initiation into acting did you go for any acting classes to hone your skills?

Amrita: I did not go for any classes during the serial but post that I did do an acting workshop with Sohag Sen. Also, I did follow theater closely and learnt a lot from it; I also feel that it is a very difficult art form that needs a lot of skill and I would really want to be a part of a theater group someday.

The film is called ‘Janla Diye Bou Palalo’, not a name that people would easily associate with a film, so what was your reaction when you were finally selected for a movie with such a queer name?

Amrita: Yes indeed quite a queer name and I truly could not connect with it initially but when the director, Aniket Da read out the script, I was truly overwhelmed and felt lucky to have been selected for such a wonderful project.

Your experience of working with Aniket Chattopadhyay in your debut Bengali Film…

Amrita: Aniket da’s energy is contagious and at the same time enviable. Always charged up and ready for the run, he used to infuse us with all the vigor and get the best shots from us even at two in the night. He is strict and at the same time very comforting and knows how to get the best from his actors. His briefing sessions are so eloquent that post those sessions, actors hardly have to think twice about the shot that they are about to give. Another wonderful thing about him is that he is very methodical and co-operative which eliminates any scope of confusion, thus ensuring a hassle free schedule for the entire crew. Getting to work with Aniket Chattopadhyay in my debut Bengali Film has indeed been an enriching experience!

Arjun, your co-actor playing Upo in the movie seems to be a very quiet and reserved kind of person; was he intimidating or fun to work with?

Amrita: Arjun and I are of the same age but he is a senior in the profession and I immensely respect him for his talent. He indeed is very quiet but the workshops we did together helped in breaking the ice as, post that we were very comfortable in each other’s company and enjoyed working together. Arjun has also helped me a lot throughout and the entire team effort has transcended into a crackling chemistry between us that am sure the audience will Love!

Any funny incident from the shooting floors that you may want to share with us..

Amrita: Well, the movie is a comedy so there is fun in every bit of it but one that I distinctly remember is a scene in which I had to drive a car with Arjun sitting beside me. I had just learnt driving for this movie while Arjun can drive very well and in this scene Arjun had to sit beside me with the expressions of someone who does not know anything about driving; you should have seen the initial expression on his face! He was scared as hell and was throughout ready with the hand brakes to save us from ramming into things; thankfully the shot was taken without any hindrance and I drove to safety.

Post this big break am sure you must be having many more films to look forward to…

Amrita: Yes I do, in fact my next is again with Arjun under the same production house but with new directors and we have already started shooting for it.

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Expectations from your debut film..

Amrita: Though clichéd, I would say that we have all put in a lot of hard work into making this film, rather making people laugh and sincerely hope that people will appreciate our work and enjoy this thorough entertainer. Aniket Da does a very tough job; he makes people laugh and helps them unwind, at least during the running time of his movies and I sincerely hope that people will come to the theaters in overwhelming numbers and support him and his team in their endeavor.

A master of the rom-com genre, director Aniket Chattopadhyay promises a thorough entertainer with New Bengali Movie Janla Diye Bou Palalo produced by Jalan International Films Pvt Ltd, starring Amrita, Arjun Chakroborty and other industry veterans that the audience is sure to enjoy watching. Team Sholoana Bangaliana wishes Amrita and the entire team of JDBP the Very Best and hopes to partner with them in their mission of spreading the cheer!

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