Tag: Chotushkone

Acclaimed Director Srijit Mukherji as Guest at The Fourth Edition of Conversations By Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee


The Palms Restaurant played the host to the fourth edition of Conversations with Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee who engaged in a riveting heart-to-heart conversation with the critically acclaimed director Srijit Mukherji. They shared stories of their friendship and the director’s journey and cinematic vision as well his upcoming film Begum Jaan with Bollywood actress Vidya Balan.


Speaking about the event and introducing Mukherji, Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee said, “He is one of the most sought-after filmmakers in the country today but to me he is an old school friend. His films have been criticized as well as appreciated internationally.”

Speaking at the event Srijit Mukherji said “I began with theatre and then directed Bengali films. I wanted to reach out to a wider audience and my greed to tell more stories took me to Bollywood. The film happened suddenly. I had gone to Bombay to check the subtitles for Raj Kahini. Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt happened to see the film and so shsken that he told me to make the film in Hindi and that’s how Begum Jaan happened,” he said.


The conversation also went to highlight Srijit’s appreciation for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films, Rituparno Ghosh’s cinema and the importance of narrative among Bengali filmmakers. About his upcoming projects, he said that talks are going on with producers in Bollywood to remake Hemlock Society in Hindi. Hindi remakes of other films Chotushkone and Nati Binodini are also in the pipeline.

The evening saw celebrated personalities like actor Moubani Sorcar, Dr Mousumi Ghosh, author Sreemoyee Piu Kundu, Nandita Raja and singer Lagnajita Chakraborty among others at the event.

Priyanka Dutta

Connect with us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/sholoanabangaliana?ref=hl

Our You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2nKhJo7Qd_riZIKxRO_RoA

Our Twitter Handle: @Sholoana1

Google+ ID: +Sholoana

Director Sukankan Roy’s ‘Sound of Joy’ wins Best Animation Film at the 62nd National Film Awards of India


Bengali Filmmakers have tasted immense success at the 62nd National Film Awards of India winning 14 Awards across various categories. Srijit Mukherji made Bengal proud by winning a National Award for Chotushkone. This win was followed by the awarding of the Best Animation Film to Sound of Joy at the recently held National Awards ceremony.


‘Sound of Joy’ won the Best Animation Film at the 62nd National Film Awards with the Jury speaking extremely high of the film. The flowing and engaging animation style in narrating the stories from Vivekananda’s childhood and its emphasis on developing the power of concentration were some of the high points of liking this story by the jury panel.


Director Sukankan Roy who spearheaded this project said that this project was dedicated to bring back the lost childhood of the Indian children.This would also imbibe self-belief in them. The director was also equally ecstatic on seeing that so many fellow Bengalis have been awarded National awards in different categories.


At the function, each of the Awardees was conferred with the Rajat Kamal or the Silver Lotus Award. The team at Aura Cinematics, the Producers; were represented by Dipankar Sarkar, Sukankan Roy (Director) and Rishi Sahany (Animator).

Congratulations to the whole team of Sound of Joy for making us proud on the national level.

Our Twitter Handle: @Sholoana1
Google+ ID: +Sholoana

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
The information and views set out in this movie review are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the Publication/Organization. Neither the Publication/Organization nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein.


Creative Cover Picture by: Bitan De for Createch

Posters From : Google Images


Our Twitter Handle: @Sholoana1
Google+ ID: +Sholoana

Interview: Director Anubrata Dutta on his Debut Film Bhoot Adbhoot, Debut Fiction Novel and the Delicate Art of Multi-Tasking


Sholoana Bangaliana: Let us first start with your journey into films; how and when did the love affair with cinema start?

Anubrata Dutta: Basically I am an engineer and have completed my studies from Nagpur and films were never in my radar as am more of a corporate guy. Films were however always there at the backdrop as I always enjoyed watching films of all kinds; so fuelled by this love for the art I actually thought of making one on my own. And then once I had decided that this is what I want to do I started doing m groundwork; met many directors, visited sets to learn the nuances of the art; spoke to people from the industry and did a lot of reading on the subject.

After your studies, you always had an option of going to Mumbai to start your career in films, why did you choose to come to Kolkata and into the Bengali film industry?

The simple and only answer to this is, because I love Kolkata, Bengali and everything related to this language and culture.

Coming to your debut film, BhootAdbhoot, please tell us more about the concept and story?

BhootAdbhoot as people may be presuming is not a ghost story; it has two stories woven together. The first half called Bhoot starring Sabyasachi Chakroborty and others still has some ghostly affairs per say but the second half is called Adbhoot and it revolves around the question whether ghosts really exist or not.

Why did you select a ghost story as your debut film? Is it due to popular choice or do you have a personal liking for the genre?

There was no a conscious choice to make a film on ghosts. Just that the scripts appealed to me and I decided to take them up.

Did you have prior industry experience before trying your hand at film making?

No, I did not have any prior experience. I wanted to be a director and hence I became involved with this art and did all my homework to learn the nuances of the trade.

Can you throw some light on one of the important characters played by Paran Bandopadhyay in the film?

You see the story is itself the main hero and there are many characters which are also equally important, including the one played by Paran Bandopadhyay.

In our last coverage of the shooting of your film, Paran Bandopadhyay himself mentioned that he is a regular in most ghost movies. Why did you select him for the role?

Well, I am a big fan of Paran Bandopadhyay and the character in the film demanded an actor of his stature and even appearance.


How was the experience of working with Paran Bandopadhyay?

Well it was a great experience. The day he gave his first shot it was a wonderful moment for me personally. He is a keen and smart actor. He thinks twice before acting. He modifies his character presentation as the character progresses.

Being a newbie in the industry and that too this young, how did you handle such an experienced cast consisting of the likes of Soumitra Chatterjee and Sabyasachi Chakraborty?

Honestly, when I started working with them I was jittery. They are so experienced and most importantly are thorough professionals which makes working with them all the more a delight.

Coming back to the plot of the film, you mentioned that there is an element of psycho-analysis. Can you elaborate on that aspect of the film?

The second story Adbhoot relates the story of the character played by Paran da in the film. He sees an image which looks exactly like him. Scared and at his wit’s end, he engages a team of paranormal experts to resolve the issue. However few days after engaging the team he is slapped by the image. The question my film raises is ghosts do not assault people. Then is the image a ghost as Paran da’s character claims it to be?

What was the criterion for the selection of the actors? Were these stalwarts selected to encash upon their established positions in the industry or was the selection made solely according to the script of the film?

Well, when I was making the selection, the predominant thought in my mind was to make the selection as per the needs of the script. The names or the stature of the actors was not the criterion. I was not influenced by the element of awe surrounding these actors.

Now about the music of your film- what role did you play in shaping up the music of the film or what contributions if any did you make towards it?

The music was solely dependent on my vision of the film and how the film will progress. I had told the music directors about the kind of music I wanted from the film. Where there is an element of tension, the music will be different from those that support romantic moments.

Your two music directors live seven seas apart; Pritam is from Kolkata and Arnab is from Canada; how did you connect with the two?

Pritam is more of a classical musician. Arnab is into Western Classical music. I thought the confluence of the two genres will be interesting for the music of my debut film. Also, since both of them are my very good friends, working together was great fun.

Do you have any personal interest in music?

I am not an active musician. But I love listening to music. I love melodious songs.


What are the entertaining factors in your film which will appeal to the audience?

Elements of romance and comedy prevail in the film. Good cinematography and great open spaces will also appeal to the audience.

Going by the recent trend in the industry, do you have an item song in the film, if not were you not asked to incorporate one by your producers?

I did not feel the need for such a song in the film and hence there is no such number. My producers were also supportive and comfortable with my decision.

How will you define your film?

Well, firstly I really do not believe in this system of classifying films into genres but If I have to, I would say that my film will fall in the genre of thriller. Anyone who likes a thriller will enjoy my film.

Who is your target audience?

Everyone who loves a good storyline will love the film. It will also appeal to thriller lovers.

Apart from Bhoot Adbhoot, what is the next project that you are working on?

I am working on a film, the working title of which is Chaar Kahini. The film has four different stories held together by a common thread. There are few others too that I am working on and hope to present them soon.

Making it big behind the camera; any plans of ever coming in front of one?

No not at all. I love to be and shall continue to be behind the camera and keep making films.

Apart from films what else do you do; what are your hobbies?

Well, apart from films I also write and my novel which is a fiction is going to come out next year.

What is your novel all about; can we find any hints of personal experience in the book?

It’s a fictional work in English; a love story gone bad and a fiction remains purely fiction with no personal references.

Alright, so you are into making films and writing; all creative stuff, so what’s with the engineering degree? Have you also taken Srijit Mukherji’s root of denouncing a good career to make Bengali films?

Well no, I have an engineering firm that makes stuff and I am not denouncing anything. I do not feel that people cannot have multiple careers and excel in them. If you want to do something, you will do it no matter what.

As a young film maker who is about to make his debut soon, what is your analysis of the Bengali film industry and what message do you have for the Bengali film audiences?

Bengali cinema has its own place in the world. There are very good directors and they are making as well as are capable of presenting great stuff. Just for instance, look at the success rate of films like Chotushkone, I myself did not get the tickets at first attempt and had to go back the second day to watch the film. Moreover, the audience today is very well informed and has access to a lot of different kind of films so the benchmark and levels of comparison have increased but then again Bengali cinema is at par with that made in any other region or country and is equally appreciated.

I would only like to tell the audience that they should go to the halls in large numbers and watch Bengali films and make us all proud.

At barely 25, Anubrata Dutta has over three Bengali films, a novel and an engineering firm in his kitty. Surely an eligible bachelor, this young director is definitely one to watch out for. Sholoana Bangaliana wishes him the Very Best in all that he does!

Our Twitter Handle: @Sholoana1
Google+ ID: +Sholoana

Interview: Director Atanu Ghosh on his Upcoming Bengali Film ‘Ek Phaali Rodh’, the Bystander Effect and His Expectations from the Film



Sanjib Banerji, Sholoana Bangaliana: Your next film Ek Phaali Rodh is ready for release… You must be excited!!

Atanu Ghosh:”It’s a film very close to my heart. I was quite hooked on by the issue of ‘Bystander Effect’ and wanted it to serve as the springboard for the concept of the film. Besides, it gave me an opportunity to work with some of my most favorite actors. The form of the film, combining fiction with non-fiction, use of hidden camera and CCTV footage is quite new for me. The music by Joy Sarkar also turned out to be quite captivating. So, it’s an exciting package indeed.


All of your earlier films, dealt with social and psychological and social issues, we guess there won’t be any exception regarding EPR as well. Please throw some light on the plot?

The film takes off from the issue of Bystander Effect – the socio-psychological phenomenon where people do not offer help to strangers in distress. A social scientist (Dhritiman Chaterji) is working on it and as part of the research, he engages Swagato (Ritwik Chakraborty) and Anwesha (Aparajita Ghosh Das) to create mock crisis on the streets of Kolkata. The aim is to analyze human behavior and derive conclusions from them. Suddenly, one day, they come face to face with some acute crisis which takes them off-guard and they cannot decipher whether its ‘mock’ or ‘real’. After that, there is lot of high-voltage drama, suspense and quite a bit of emotion coming in.


‘Bystander effect’ is the underlying theme of the movie. Why did you choose such a topic and do you intend to spread any kind of awareness in the society about such human emotions and conditions.

The topic is quite alarming. It all started with the public murder of 28-year-old Kitty Genovese in New York in 1964. 38 people watched the young woman getting stabbed and killed on the street and yet no one chose to raise alarm or call the police. It shook the nation and the world at large and rocked our faith against each other. Exactly fifty years have passed since then and there has been numerous incidents happening in different parts of the globe. Though the issue is very sensitive and raises fundamental questions about human behavior, the aim of the film is not restricted to creating awareness. I strongly believe the film stands on its own intending to satisfy viewers as a work of art exploring human emotion, drama and suspense.


What kind of research did you have to do in order to create an entire feature film around it?

The most cinematic aspect of Bystander Effect research lies in the use of ‘mock’ crisis. All over the world, social scientists hire small-time actors to enact scenes of crisis on the streets. And that is what turned me on to create a feature film around the subject. Quite a few books as well as Youtube videos gave me a theoretical know-how and then I met a few social scientists and organizations who were working on this issue. I always enjoy delving deep into the basic reality before designing its fictional representation.


In Rupkatha Noy we saw you presenting Soumitro Chattopadhyay so beautifully, and in EPR you have cast Dhritiman Chattopadhyay who is also a very experienced actor and an industry veteran, your experience of working with Dhirtiman sir? 

I have been waiting for long to work with Dhritiman Chaterji. For quite some time, we used to catch up whenever he came over to Kolkata from Chennai (where he stays now) and I really enjoyed those enlightening sessions. That is how, we started sharing a bond and Ek Phaali Rodh was the best thing to have happened after that. Apart from being a very experienced and accomplished actor, he is a brilliant mind with varied interests and a charming personality. Interacting with him is always a pleasure.


You have repeated Tota Roychowdhury, Aparajita Ghosh Das (Chakraborty), Arunima Ghosh (Abby Sen) and Jisshu Sengupta in two of your movies, do you think these four actors are underrated in  Tollywood or some consider them as unlucky for Box Office success as well ? If yes, do you intend to break this notion and jinx?  

This custom of branding an actor as unlucky for Box Office is utter nonsense. Some actors never get their due and that has happened throughout history. We should acknowledge their talent and passion for acting. No use lamenting as to why they never got the adulation they deserve. Jisshu, Tota, Arunima and Aparajita have proved their brilliance time and again in cinema or television and they are some of my most favorite actors. I would go on working with them irrespective of how they are branded by the industry.


Ritwick Chakraborty is now the budding Star Actor of Tollywood, your directorial views on Ritwick, the actor?

Ritwick is sensational! He can give a unique edge to a character by using his reactionary power, sharp intellect and improvising skill. It’s not common that we come across such actors who can work wonders with a combination of intuitive skills.


Joy Sarkar during the music launch of Ek Phali Rodh said that after working with you, working with other directors becomes a little difficult as no one gives as much freedom as you do… We would like to know why do you always choose Joy Sarkar for the music in your films?

I like film music to be spontaneous and varied. Joy has this rare capacity of blending simple melody with intensity of expression. Besides, he loves to experiment and is never bothered about dictates of the market. In that way, we share a common vision. I have worked with Joy in three films (Rupkatha Noy, Ek Phaali Rodh, Abby Sen) and in each of them, he has developed a different musical expression.


Such a complex psychological behavior as the Bystander Effect forms the theme of your film, do you think the audience is ready for such complex topics, more from the comprehension point of view?

There is nothing complex in Bystander Effect. You see a stranger writhing in pain on a street. The question is, whether you will help him or not. As simple as that! Besides, none of my films are difficult to comprehend. Basically, I conform to a simple narrative style.


Currently what subjects are you reading and researching on and what can the audience expect next?

I am working on some subjects but it is too early to tell about them. It will be something entirely different. Can assure you that!


The Bengali film industry at the moment is said to be going through a slack period, do you think EPR, just like Srijit Mukherji’s Chotushkone, will act as oxygen for this wilted industry?

Certainly, I do have quite a bit of expectation regarding EPR. The subject is new, the treatment is not common, the cast includes some of the best names, and there is a lot of drama, emotion and suspense! I think the audience would like it.


Team Sholoana Bangaliana wishes the director Atanu Ghosh the Very Best and hopes that not only Ek Phali Rodh, his other upcoming Bengali films will also be super successful and give the much needed traction to the slacking Bengali Film Industry.


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. Upcoming Bengali Film Sesh Anko that has been scripted and creatively directed by Sanjib is currently under production and the suspense thriller is being directed by Tathagata Banerjee.