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Bollywood Film Dhanak Premiere in Kolkata Attended by Celebrities


The premiere of Nagesh Kukunoor’s film Dhanak took place in Kolkata. Present at the premiere of the film was Nagesh Kukunoor along with the cast of the film consisting of Hetal Gadda, Krrish Chhabria and others.

The film is about Chotu and his elder sister Pari. Chotu is blind and Pari had promised that he will be getting back his eyesight before he turned nine years old. With his ninth birthday just a few days away, Pari thinks how she will fulfill her promise. It is then that he comes across a poster of Shahrukh Khan with the slogan donate your eyes. She believes that he will give her brother’s eyesight back. They come to know that Shahrukh Khan is shooting in Rajasthan and they embark on a road trip to meet the man and get back the eyesight of Chotu.


“The children’s film will also be liked by the adults too. The human emotions shown in the film is one with which everyone will be able to relate with” said the director.


Dhanak has also been novelized into a book by Anushka Ravishankar. The director and the cast unveiled the book at Story before heading for the premiere show. Hetal Gadda who plays the role of Pari was excited to be part of a film directed by Nagesh Kukunoor.

The film is running at cinema halls in the city. Book your date with Dhanak now!!

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Book Launch of Nagesh Kukunoor’s Dhanak; First Time Novelization of a Children’s Film

Video: Book launch of Nagesh Kukunoor’s Dhanak

In the august presence of Bollywood director Nagesh Kukunoor, Hetal Gada, Krrish Chhabria, Rajiv Laxman, the book launch of Dhanak took place at Story. This is the first time a children’s film has been novelized. The novelization has been done by Anushka Ravishankar.


The story of Dhanak revolves around Chotu and his sister Pari. Chotu is blind and Pari helps her brother in everything. She promises him that he will get his eyesight back before he turns nine. But how will the young girl keep her promise? She sees a poster with her favorite star Shahrukh Khan saying “Donate your eyes”. She writes to him asking for help. She also comes to know that the actor is in Rajasthan shooting for the film. She sets out on a road trip to meet the star and get back her brother’s eyesight.


When asked why he opted for the novelization of his film, Nagesh Kukunoor said “Well this has not been done before and I just wanted to brag about it. Jokes apart, this will be a good experience of actually knowing what the two kids were thinking. This way we can delve in their psyche. That will indeed be interesting” said the director.


Written by Nagesh Kukunoor, the film has been shot in Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2015.

Hetal Gada who plays Pari in the film said “I am honored that my debut film in a lead role is directed by Nagesh Kukunoor. Though I have worked in serials, working in a feature film is a completely different experience altogether”.

Dhanak is slated for release on 17th June.

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Interview- Bollywood director Meeraq Mirza on his Upcoming Children’s Film Nanhe Bachche and the Social Message in his Film


Bollywood director Meeraq Mirza was in the city for the selection of the cast of his upcoming film Nanhe Bachche. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent Priyanka Dutta engaged the ace director in a candid conversation about the film. Excerpts from the conversation…

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaWelcome to Kolkata..You are here in Kolkata for the selection of the cast. What is the selection process?

Meeraq Mirza– Thank you!!! Well we will be hosting workshops for the selection of the children who will be essaying out major roles in the film Nanhe Bachche. We have avoided going to schools for the selection as that disrupts the normal work at the school. And the school authorities may also dislike the issue. I will meet a couple of kids and then cast them in the characters.

What is the storyline of the film?

The story is about how children are affected due to the onslaught of technology. This is especially due to the advent of the smart phones. More than the advantageous aspects, the children get attracted to the bad things like drugs and other stuff. How they are getting spoilt through the use of the gadgets and through peer pressure is what is shown in the film. This is the main crux of the film. The parents also have a role to play in the rearing up of the child. This is what is shown in the film. The film has entertainment and also carries a message. It depicts life as it is.

Will you provide any solution to the audience?

I will not preach in the film but there will be subtexts. The audience is intelligent and will be able to understand what I am trying to say. Preaching in the film will make it boring and I do not want to bore the audience. I just want to make them aware about the issue so that they can handle them well.

Will you be conducting auditions in other cities too?

That time will tell, but I do not have any such plans at the moment. Bengal is a culturally rich land. This is the land of film makers like Satyajit Ray and writers like Rabindranath Tagore. I am personally a huge fan of Tagore and have read many of his writings. So I thought of selecting the children for the main roles in my film from Bengal.

Who are your target audience?

Both the masses and the classes are my target audience. In metro cities, even the poor people send their children to schools and become the victims. Thirty percent of the dialogues are in English hence these parts will appeal to the classy audience.

What kind of music had you thought for the film?

My film is not the typical film. There will be situational songs. There is no romantic track in the film. Though, films involving children like Akele Hum Akele Tum had romantic tracks that would not be the case here.

Will you be screening the film at festivals?

Yes, I do have plans of screening the film at film festivals.

What inspired you to do a film on children’s issues?

I am a literary writer too. The literary side of me compels me to contribute something to the society. Hence I thought of making a film on such a topical issue.

This is one of the cliché questions, but still I am tempted to ask. What are your expectations from the film?

I just hope people understand that one need not give high priced mobile phones to their children to showcase their love. This will be doing more harm than good for the children. Give them such phones which will enable you to stay connected and also reduce the chances of them falling prey to such harm.

 The feisty director has a wonderful concept and very honest intentions that shall surely transcend into a beautiful film that will appeal to all. We wish Meeraq Mirza all the best for his upcoming film Nanhe Bachche.

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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.



Upcoming Bengali Film Gogoler Kirti Promises Unlimited Fun and Adventure for Kids and Adults Alike


Based on the stories (Royraja Uddhar and Mahishmardini Uddhar) by eminent writer Samaesh Basu is the upcoming Bengali film Gogoler Kirti. The press meet of this upcoming Bengali film took place recently in the presence of Saheb Chatterjee, Locket Chatterjee, Ahijit Ghosh, Bhaswar Chatterjee, Subhasish Mukherjee and others.

Debutant director Pompi Ghosh Mukherjee said “With this film I am trying to create such a piece of work which will appeal to all sections of the society. The film will give the audience a feel of the joint family system which is slowly getting erased from our culture. Apart from being a children’s film, the film will be focusing on such issues too. It will be a complete family entertainer to be enjoyed with your full family”.


The film Gogoler Kirti is about Gogol who is an eleven year old boy. He goes to the native village of his family for the Durga puja celebrations and one after the other strange incidents start happening. Gogol has the urge to solve mysteries and he jumps into solving the mystery. He is helped in this mission of unraveling the truth by Ashoke Thakur. Whether they are able to solve the mystery or not is what the film all about.

Ahijit Ghosh who is playing the role of Gogol in the film had a good time shooting for the film. As the youngest member in the unit, he was pampered a lot by the senior actors and the director.


The film has been shot in various parts of the city and also in Bolpur. Music in the film is by Surojit Chatterjee. Usha Uthup has sung the title track of this film “Go Gogol Go”.

The film is slated for release on the 12th of September.

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New Children Film Bhoot Bhuture Samuddure Review, Poster; Tastefully Executed


Making a film for the children is one of the biggest challenges that a director can face. If directors feel that making a film for the entertainment of the adults is difficult, then it is an even bigger challenge to make something for the young minds. With the objective of catering to the entertainment needs of the young audience, director Swapan Ghoshal’s New Children Film Bhoot Bhuture Samuddure had its premiere at Indira cinema hall recently. Director Swapan Ghoshal, Bhaswar Chatterjee, Paran Bandopadhyay, Joyjeet Banerjee, child artists Sayan and Megha were also present at the premiere show of this New Bengali Film. The music launch of the film also took place on the same day just before the premiere show.


The music in this film is by Debjit Roy. Speaking on the occasion, he said “There are six songs in the film. The songs have been composed keeping in mind the fact that this is a film for the young audience and hence they must be able to enjoy them. Rakhi Dutta, Kharaj Mukherjee, Atanu Sen, Amit Ganguly have lent their voices to the songs in the film”.

Based on a story by Prafulla Roy named “Kabul Tabuler Notun Bondhu”, the film revolves around two naughty kids Tabul and Tinni. They go with their parents on a visit to Digha and stumble upon the mystery of the missing Lalkamal Babu. It is due to their introspection and nose for mystery that they finally meet the ghost of Lalkamal Babu and unravel the truth about his disappearance. Lalkamal Babu was actually murdered by his cousin as he was given the entire property by his uncle. The two kids are initially terrified when they chance upon the body of Lalkamal Babu. They find out the murder weapons and bring the murderers to justice.

What works for Bhoot Bhuture Samuddure is the fact that the story has been told in a simple manner. This will be of much help for the young audience. The way the story unfolds will keep them glued to their seats. The director Swapan Ghoshal has done justice to the original story. The use of the rhythmic lines may remind you of Satyajit Ray’s Hirak Rajar Deshe. The director blends them well with the storyline and it never seems out of place.

There are two issues which may strike the minds of the parents accompanying the children. One minor issue is the scene when the two kids remove the sands with a thick branch and uncover the body. The same sand is removed by the murderers using a spade. How can two kids remove the sand with a branch when three able bodied men needed spades to do the same? The other issue is the dance of the ghosts when they reveal the story of Lalkamal Babu to the children. The parents sitting in the theaters may feel that the dance looks straight out of a dance reality show. However when seen from the viewpoint of the children it actually helps in taking the story further and adds to the mystery of the film.

Music in the film is average. Kharaj Mukherjee, Rakhi Dutta, Baishali, Amit Ganguly, Debjit Ray have sung the songs in this film. Had the music been more effective, it would have taken the film to greater heights. Children’s films like Hirak Rajar Deshe or the Goopi Bagha had great music. Bhoot Bhuture Samuddure’s music does not reach up to that level.

The actors must be applauded for carrying off their parts well. They are neither too melodramatic and nor too mellow. Acting by the two kids who play the roles of Tabul and Tinni is good. They have been well directed and they play out their part with the childish innocence required in this role. Anamika Saha as the mother also does justice to her role. Bhaswar Chatterjee whom we have seen in a few films on ghosts also carries off his role with elan. Paran Bandopadhyay as the story teller and the grandfather of the two kids is perfect.

Bhoot Bhuture Samuddure is a good film to take your child to. They will enjoy it immensely. And do not worry even you will like this film.


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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.