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Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s Tope to Premiere at Toronto; Selected at London and Busan Film Festivals


Legendary film-maker Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s latest film Tope-The Bait is all set to premiere at the “Masters of World Cinema“section of the Toronto International Film Festival 2016. It has also been invited to be a part of London and Busan Film festivals.

Five-time National Award Winner, Dasgupta was deeply satisfied at this rare honor and this is the seventh time that his film have been invited to be shown at the Masters in Toronto.


Tope or The Bait, authored by Late Narayan Gangopadhyay is considered an all time outstanding short story of Bengali Literature. Eminent critics have rated it as one of the ten best short stories ever written in Bengali. The story has been translated to other Indian and foreign languages.

The story centers around middle-aged Randeep, descendant of the royal family, and his quest to give a pair of shoes made of tiger skin to his lady love. Buddhadeb Dasgupta has done the script and dialogue, besides directing the film.


Ninety per cent of the film has been shot outdoors. Folklore plays an important role in the film. Treatment wise, the film is almost like an intense suspense thriller, dark and poignant.

The movie has also been selected for 21st Busan International Film Festival which commences from October 6.

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21st European Union Film Festival Begins in Kolkata


The European Union Film Festival began in Kolkata on 24thJune, 2016 with a screening of the German film “Jack”. Twenty four films from twenty four European countries will be shown in the festival. Organized by the Delegation of the European Union and embassies of EU Member States, the festival is being held in partnership with Federation of Film Societies of India, Cine Central, Nandan West Bengal Film Centre and British Council. The Festival was inaugurated on 24thJune at “Nandan West Bengal Film Centre by Mr. Buddhadeb Dasgupta, prominent filmmaker from Kolkata in presence of Chief Guest Mr. Bratya Basu, Minister of Information Technology & Electronics, Government of West Bengal and other prominent guests – Mr. Shyamal Kumar Sen (Former Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court, Former Governor of West Bengal, President Cine Central), Mr. Yadab Mondal, CEO, Nandan, Mr. Premendra Mazumdar, All India General Secretary of Federation of Film Societies of India & Dr. Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director British Council (East India)

The European Union Film Festival will be hosted in Kolkata across two venues – Nandan West Bengal Film Centre and British Council.

In its 21st edition, the festival features 24 exceptional new and award winning European films from Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.This year the festival will screen movies from varied genres ranging from the comedy of the absurd to gripping  drama, unexpected romance and heart-stopping action.


Entry at all venues will be on a first come, first served basis. The festival, currently running in Delhi, Chennai, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Bangalore, will traverse through Kolkata, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Ahmedabad, Pune, and Jodhpur till August 14, 2016.

The films to be screened at the EUFF are–Austria–Jack; Belgium – Les Rayures du Zèbre |(Scouting for Zebras); Cyprus – Block 12; Czech Republic – Three Brothers; Denmark – Stille Hjerte |Silent Heart; Finland – Ollaanvapaita|Urban Family; France-L’illusionniste, |(The Illusionist); Germany – Jack; Greece – Wild Duck; Hungary – Utóélet |(Afterlife); Ireland – The Irish Rebellion; Italy – Michiamo Maya(My Name Is Maya); Latvia – Mother, I love you; Lithuania -Edeno Sodas (The Garden of Eden); Luxembourg – Dead Man Talking; Malta-Simshar; Netherlands-Michiel De Ruyter|Admiral; Poland-Bogowie(Gods); Portugal – Cats Don’t Have Vertigo; Slovakia-Rytmus – A Dream from the Block; Slovenia – Sailing to Paradise; Spain – Flamenco From The Roots; Sweden– ÅTERTRÄFFEN(The Reunion); United Kingdom – Coriolanus.

Do not miss the chance to see these wonderful European films!!

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Director Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s Tope shooting in Full Swing; Director Pawan Kanoria takes his Passion for Films a Step Further with this Film


Director Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s film Tope (The Bait) is currently being shot in different parts of Purulia. Film producer Pawan Kanoria has even turned actor with this film directed by the veteran director.

For Pawan Kanoria, movie making is not just a business, but a passion. Having been groomed by theatre stalwarts like Shyamanand Jalan, Ranjit Kapoor, Satyajit Dubey and Usha Ganguly, role play is a part of his existence. “I play Balai in this film. Balai is the man Friday for the king as well as his confidant and friend of sorts. He does everything the king asks to do, but is straightforward and speaks his mind out no matter what,” says Kanoria, after the first stint of shooting at Purulia.

Tope or THE BAIT, authored by Late Narayan Gangopadhyay is considered an all time outstanding short story of Bengali Literature. Eminent critics have rated it as one of the ten best short stories ever written in Bengali. The story has been translated to other Indian and foreign languages. The story, TOPE (The Bait) centers around Randeep Raj, a middle aged handsome man and a descendant of the royal family, and his quest to give a pair of shoes made of tiger skin to his lady love.


Kanoria actually began his acting career in class VIII when he played the hero in school drama ‘Prastab’ under the direction of Usha Ganguly. That was his first brush with acting. He joined Rangakarmi in 1977 and then Anamika Kala Sangam with Shyamanand Jalan. It was with this thespian of Hindi theatre that he produced his first Tele-series ‘Simana Chariye’ in 1988. Two years later he did his first movie Mon Mane Na with Prosenjit Chatterjee. He has launched Raima Sen, given break to directors like Inder Sen and Raj Mukherjee.

It will indeed be interesting to see how the film producer fares in his acting stint on the big screen.

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Anandam- an album of Vedic verses released by Hindustan Records; Barun Chanda Mesmerizes with his English Commentary


Anandam- an album of vedic verses and hymns on bliss and songs of Rabindranath Tagore based on them was released at Starmark, South City Mall. Present at the album release launch were Barun Chanda, Sayan Mukherjee, Chaitali Dasgupta, Debashish and Rohini Raychaudhuri, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Bharati Roy and others.


The idea of Ananda has been found often in the works of Tagore. This is central to his philosophical writings and also appears in the leitmotif in his songs. The concept of Ananda is not to be mixed with happiness which is opposite to sorrow. The best meaning of Ananda is bliss. This idea can be traced back to the ancient Indian literature of the Vedas. Tagore was initiated and exposed to the Vedas in his formative years by his father.


In the album, efforts have been made to juxtapose the Vedic verses with Tagore’s songs to trace this idea of Ananda. The Vedic hymns are also interpreted in English for those listeners who are not well acquainted with the ancient Indian language. The songs cover eight ragas belonging to eight praharas of the day.

The Vedic songs are by Sayan Mukherjee and the songs of Tagore by Debashish and Rohini Raychaudhuri. The commentary in English is done by Barun Chanda.

Priced at Rs 300, the album has been brought out by Hindusthan Records.

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Interview- Director Jayasree Bhattacharya on her Debut Film Pati Parameswar and the Crackling Chemistry with Dogs


Films where dogs have played roles as important as legendary actors are not unknown to us, more so with the recently released Akshay Kumar starrer Its Entertainment, the trend has all the more caught up with film makers and now a Dog will be seen in an important role even in a mainstream Bengali Film. Debutant director Jayasree Bhattacharya’s film Pati Parameswar focuses on dogs and that too eighteen of them. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent Priyanka Dutta engaged the director in a candid conversation over a cup of coffee.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaWhat brought you into films?

Jayasree Bhattacharya– I began my work as an assistant to director Buddhadeb Dasgupta. It is while working as an assistant that I started working under late director Rituparno Ghosh. I felt that new age films were getting made and hence I contacted Ravi Kinnagi. I have made about twelve telefilms and they were comedies and serious films. However my serious films gained more recognition and popularity than the comic ones. I also wrote for some mega serials (Care korina, Mouchak, Chirosaathi) in between, which helped me to understand the demands of the audience well. I left the serials so that I could focus completely on the making of my film. This helped me with my film’s script immensely.


Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaCan you throw some light on the story of Pati Parameswar?

Jayasree Bhattacharya– This is a comedy film revolving around a husband and wife played by Rituparna Sengupta (Sharmila) and Rajatava Dutta(Arindam). The pet dog Pluto plays an important role in the film. What happens when you have a pet in your house and how you react to certain things is shown in the film. Even when I was reading out the script, everyone was like “This actually happens with our pets too”. So no one had problems with the dialogues.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaWhy is the dog named Pluto? Does it have any connection with the planet Pluto?

Jayasree Bhattacharya– Yes, this is indeed a connection. The fact that one cannot reach the planet is what prompted me to name the dog as Pluto. Moreover the film had eighteen dogs. For the selection of the dogs I roamed through Kolkata and saw about sixty dogs. I used to have a great time during those days. Every morning I used to get up and get ready and then go out with my team in a sumo to look for the dogs suitable for acting. After the selection we had to go through a long paperwork process of getting permission from Madras after which we began shooting.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaWhy did you think of selecting Rituparna for the role of Sharmila?

Jayasree Bhattacharya– Well, the story of this film was narrated to me by someone else. I just developed it. When I was listening to the story her name came to my mind. She is glamorous and also has a mind of her own. I wanted her because Sharmila is neither too young nor too old. Hence Rituparna suits the role the best.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaThe pairing of Rajatava and Rituparna is also quite unusual. Why did you think of pairing them up?

Jayasree Bhattacharya– Rituparna was just perfect for the role as I mentioned earlier. I selected Rajatava as I was well aware of his acting potentials and I felt there is a lot more of his acting yet to be explored. Hence this pairing of Rituparna and Rajatava was decided upon. The producers wanted some other actor but I was adamant. Hence when the dates did not match of the other actors, I was so very happy.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaTell us something about the music of the film.

Jayasree Bhattacharya– Surojeet Chatterjee has composed the music in the film. I have worked before with Surojeet in my telefilms and I am aware of his ability to experiment. This is what made me select him for the music. The songs in the film are situational and they do not pop up all of a sudden. Moreover we did not even have the budget for such extravagance. Akriti Kakkar, Rituparna Sengupta, Jayati, and Surojeet have sung the five songs in the film. There is also a Rabindrasangeet in the film.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaWhere all did the shooting take place?

Jayasree Bhattacharya– The entire shooting has been done in various parts of the city.


Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaCan you share some funny incidents that happened while shooting with the eighteen dogs?

Jayasree Bhattacharya– I had a great time. I am an animal lover. But my husband, many of my assistants and even Rituparna had a fear for dogs. However in the course of the film, they have all become dog lovers. Now Rituparna calls and asks whether any of the female dogs has given birth to a puppy which she can adopt. Her son and daughter also used to come on the days when the dogs gave a shot. One incident that I will like to share is we selected dresses for the dogs for a fashion show. But they were adamant on not wearing them. Hence we had to again redesign everything to suit their moods. It was a fun time we had. I had such a fun time that in my next birth I want to be born as a “DOG”.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaDid Rituparna, Rajatava and the others live up to your expectations?

Jayasree Bhattacharya– I did not know Rituparna personally but the moment I read out the script she agreed to do the film. She and Rajatava have done exceptionally well, much beyond my expectations. Even the other actors like Rahul, Bobby Chakaborty and Sudipta have done extremely well. I never enacted but I kept a couple of script reading sessions so that I could make myself clear to them, which actually helped.


Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaHave you ever faced any problems being a female director in a male dominated industry?

Jayasree Bhattacharya– I will not say I have faced a direct problem. There are many producers who are not convinced that a female director can actually head so many people. However once you prove yourself there is no dearth of producers. The fact is you have to prove yourself. Moreover unless we take this profession seriously and make this our bread and butter, we will not be taken seriously.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaThis is your debut film. What are your expectations from the film?

Jayasree Bhattacharya– I have high expectations from the film. I have been waiting for a long time to make this film. With a good script, low budget, stellar casting, I think the film will be liked by the audience immensely. This is a complete family entertainer and one will be able to watch the film sitting with their full family. There is a certain sense of Bangaliana in the film and full of the Bengali sentiments too.

Team Sholoana Bangaliana wishes the debutant director all the best for the fun filled film Pati Parameswar slated for release after the Pujas.



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.