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Interview: Actress Kanchana Moitra on her Upcoming Film Guha Manob and Co-acting with Chranjit whose Autograph was once a Treasured Possession


She is a stellar actress who has carved out a place for herself in Tollywood solely on her acting capabilities. She is none other than Kanchana Moitra. The actress is busy shooting for director Paramita Munsi’s film Guha Manob. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent caught up with the feisty actress in between shots for a one to one conversation. Here is what she had to say…..

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- I know it sounds very cliché, but our readers will like to know about the character that you play in this film.

Kanchana Moitra- (laughs) Yes, this is a very boring question indeed. Let me still try to make the answer interesting for the readers. My character is Pinky. However, I had objected to the name as that sounds a bit childish. I had imagined that my character’s name will be a high sounding one. Paramita however highlighted on the fact that when the name is given, the individual is a child. Okay coming back to my character. She is an independent woman who is on the process of submitting her thesis. However, she gets married to an IPS officer Saju who is many years older to her. She has a hard time adjusting to her married life. In between she fantasizes a man. It is later due to some incidents that she realizes that the man of her fantasies is no one other than her father-in-law.

That is interesting!! How are you preparing yourself for this role then?

Kanchana Moitra- Yes the role is challenging and the situation is very complicated. Most women have that Electra Complex within us. We all idolize a father figure and this is what is happening to Pinky. I will not deny that I do not have complex. It is this trait which is helping me to do this role properly.


How is the working experience with the director?

Kanchana Moitra- Oh My God!! Paramita is a very, very strict director. This is her debut feature film but I have worked with her in her short film The Last Tram too. She is my friend. But do not think that I am getting any special privileges. On the contrary, she does not think twice before scolding me in front of the entire cast and crew. Instead of getting advantages, I am at a disadvantage, (laughs out loud) for instance, if she says that a shot is ready, then she hardly gives me any time to get a puff or check whether my costume is ready. She is very strict.

However, I will like to add that she knows how to take a particular shot and what the audience will love to watch on screen. This is a linear story and merely taking good shots will not serve the purpose. The shots will have to be such so that it can touch the hearts of the audience. Or else the people will not be able to connect with the film. Those kinds of techniques work well with non-linear storylines. She is a dedicated person and she will indeed be successful in this venture.


The man of your fantasies is Chiranjeet Chakraborty. How is your working experience with him?

Knchana Moitra- I have worked with him in Paramita’s short film The Last Tram. I will like to share a story. I was very small then. My father took me to Indrapuri Studios to watch a shooting. The name of the film was Amar Kantak. The hero of the film was Chiranjeet Chakraborty and the heroine was Moonmoon Sen. Dipankar Dey was also in the film. That was the first time in my life that I took an autograph of an actor and that person was Chiranjeet Chakraborty. And now I am acting with him. I am having a weird feeling. The most important part of Chiranjeet da as an actor is he is not only a good actor but a very positive minded human being. He gives respect to all the crew and cast members of a film. Working with him is a great fan girl moment for me.

Paramita’s voice “Shot is ready” could be heard in the distance and I did not stop Kanchana any more for fear of getting her scolded yet again by the strict director!!



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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Bengali Superhit Film Belaseshe Director Shiboprasad Mukherjee Ties the Knot in a Private Ceremony


‘Bela Sheshe’ director Shiboprasad Mukherjee finally tied the knot with Times of India journalist Zinia Sen. There were many speculations and buzz about his marriage earlier. However he got married at a private function attended by close friends, family members and colleagues from the film fraternity. It is interesting to note that the director was a freelance journalist during his starting days in the media field.

The marriage ceremony was completed following traditional Bengali rituals. Prasenjit Chatterjee, Rituparna Sengupta were among the guests who attended the marriage ceremony. The two stars also have acted in Shiboprasad’s upcoming Bengali film Praktan. The two teamed up after fifteen long years for this film. apart from this, Shiboprasad’s Bela Sheshe also got released in Bangladesh.

Wishing the newly-wed couple all the best for their future!!

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Interview: Mahesh Bhatt on his Debut as a Stage Artist with “The Last Salute”, the Spirit of Kolkata, Daughter Alia’s Career and More; Sholoana Bangaliana Exclusive


He was in the city for his debut performance on stage at the Odeum Festival 2016. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent caught up with veteran director Mahesh Bhatt at Science City auditorium before he headed to attend musician Ghulam Ali’s concert. Excerpts from the conversation..

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- Welcome to the city of Kolkata, yet again for your debut stage performance!!

Mahesh Bhatt- Thank you!! Yes it is true that I have indeed been coming to the city quite a lot these days. You may be amazed to hear that Kolkata is high on the list of cities which I am frequenting too much in recent times. There is something about the city which pulls me to it.

The Last Salute marks your debut on stage. What took you such a long time to make this decision?

Mahesh Bhatt- To tell you the truth, I never ever had the slightest inclination to head towards theatre. However, mediocrity and conformity are the two elements which took the soul from Indian cinema away. It was at this juncture that “The Last Salute” happened. It was a good thing that happened to me. Better late than never and here I am with my debut stage performance.

Since you are making your debut with this play, can you throw some light about the play?

Mahesh Bhatt- This in an age of globalization!! When one part of the world is affected, it is bound to have an impact on the other parts of the world. The contemporary value of the story based on the event of the shoe thrown at President George W Bush made me select this story. This is based on the book by the same name written by Muntadhar al-Zaidi.


Since you are making your debut with this play, can we expect you to direct and write plays in the future?

Mahesh Bhatt- No, that will not be the case simply because I do not think I possess the skills required for writing or directing plays. Watching plays is all right for me, though I don’t watch much plays. Appreciating it is possible but diving straight into the direction or writing of the plays is not my cup of tea.

Have you watched any Bengali play?

Mahesh Bhatt- As I said before, I have not watched much plays before. Sadly, I have not watched any Bengali plays, though I have heard that they are extremely good. I have just watched some Marathi and Hindi plays.

After having worked in both theatre and cinema, how do you differentiate between these two mediums?

Mahesh Bhatt- The trouble in today’s times is we seek for acceptance. Going against the tide, is not what many people are willing to do. As a result, cinema which is a mass medium is always treading on the path of acceptance and gives in to the wishes of the majority. On the other hand, if you take theatre, it raises its voice for the marginalized. In today’s time theatre can become an important medium for protesting against anything.

What are your views about the Odeum Festival 2016?

Mahesh Bhatt- This is indeed a great initiative. One can celebrate the diversity of the country with such festivals. The fact that youths are connected with this festival will give the festival a new lease of energy.

You will be attending music maestro Ghulam Ali’s concert. After what happened in Mumbai, how do you feel about this decision taken up the West Bengal CM?

Mahesh Bhatt– Kudos to CM Mamata Banerjee for actually keeping politics away from art!! What happened to Ghulam Ali in Mumbai is very shameful and should not have happened to him. He is a senior colleague and an artist of world stature. Not letting him perform in Mumbai was insulting him. I felt small because we live in the country where Gandhi ji, Swami Vivekananda lived. We preach Ahimsa, tolerance and yet not letting an artist perform was something that could have been avoided. The West Bengal CM has shown “himmat” in asking the music maestro to come and perform in the city. I just cannot wait to go and see him perform. However, we are film makers and we believe in happy endings. Ghulam Ali’s coming to Kolkata is the happy ending that we have been seeking.

Your daughter Alia is doing quite good with her films. Are you happy with the way her acting career is shaping up?

Mahesh Bhatt- Well she has done quite good so far!! However, I feel that she can do much better. Maybe, I expect more from her as a father. But I simply cannot go ga-ga about what she has done till now. She is doing good but she has much more to achieve.

We hear that you are a possessive father. Is that true?

Mahesh Bhatt- (laughs out loud) Yes I am!!

Since Mahesh Bhatt was in a hurry to go to the Ghulam Ali concert, the conversation had to end. However his parting words were “Celebrate Culture, Celebrate Bengal and Make Us a Part of It”.



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.