“Ami Laal Bazaar er meye, amai arrest korbe ke”- a song to which a group of young boys and Kharaj Mukherjee could be seen matching dance steps with at NT1 Studios in Tollygunje. This was the scene that Sholoana Bangaliana was witness to as shooting of the item song number of upcoming Bengali film Abar Bosonto which also features a sexy young dancer was in progress.
The scene that was being enacted had Kharaj Mukherjee and Saswata Chatterjee along with the item dancer Ria. Kharaj Mukherjee is the head officer at the police station where Subhomoy (Saswata) goes to file a complaint. The head police inspector however refuses to take the complaint as he cites that it is PR Day- which means Public Relation Day and the police officers will be entertaining the people with dance and music and promote healthy relations between the police and the public. Subhhomoy gets trapped and later Radhika sees him. He tries to hide but he gets caught. At the end he is thrown in water as a means of punishment.
Ria, who is a student and will be seen performing the item song was seen busy rehearsing the steps. When asked about her experience, the young lady said “Well I am very excited to be a part of such a film. Moreover this is my first break on the big screen and also my first tryst with item songs. The steps given by my choeographer Pankaj are quite tough and the time I have been allotted is less. Hence I am having a tough time learning the steps perfectly”.
Shooting of the film Abar Bosonto is nearly complete. The team will be going to an outdoor location for a song shoot after which the film’s shooting will be over.
Binodini Dasi is a legend in her own right. She was tutored and lovingly guided by Girish Chandra Ghosh. She married at 24 and brought the end to her career on stage. However her happiness was short lived with the passing away of her husband and daughter. She therefore switched to a new sphere of creativity- writing. Kolkata’s largest bookstore chain Starmark hosted in association with Patra Bharati, the launch of Binodini Rachanasamagra at the South City Mall outlet. Edited by Devajit Bandopadhyay, a well known researcher-performer on Bengali theatre songs, Binodini Rachanasamagra is a compilation of writings on and by Binodini Dasi also known as Noti Binodini with rare photographs, portraits and interesting pieces of information relating to her life. The book was launched by eminent actress Madhabi Mukherjee, Riddhi Bandopadhyay, Soumendu Roy, Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee and Tridib Chattopadhyay.
Speaking at the occasion, Madhabi Mukherjee said “This is a great effort by Devajit to bring to life the contribution of many artists in the field of arts and entertainment. Many of them have been forgotten. Efforts of this kind will help in remembering such important personalities and also enable one to value their contribution. Moreover I have read Devajit’s writings before and he writes excellently. I think this will be another of his masterpieces”.
Eminent cinematographer Soumendu Roy well known for his works with Satyajit Ray was also present on the occasion of the book launch. He said “I personally know Riddhi and Devajit for many years now. I also was present at their marriage. I am aware of the dedication that Devajit has and it is no surprise for me to see him do such an extensive research on Binodini Dasi. I look forward to reading the book”.
Devajit Bandopadhyay recited some poems written by Binodini Dasi on the occasion. His wife Riddhi Bandopadhyay sang a song written by Binodini Dasi and regaled the audience.
Binodini Rachanasamagra is priced at Rs. 500 and is a must buy for the theatre loving enthusiasts. This is surely a must have.