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Didi Number 1 Special Episode to be Aired on March 27 Evening; Celebration of the Mother-Daughter Relationship

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Popular reality show on Zee Bangla Didi Number 1 is in its fifth season. The show which had seen actresses like June Maliah, Rachana Banerjee as anchors has eminent actress Debasree Roy in its fifth edition. The program which is immensely popular among the audience had its grand opening on November 17 2013. Continuing with the trend of giving the audience surprises, the show has come up with the special Maa-Meye episode in the show. The episode will feature a bunch of celebrity daughter-mothers who will be participating in a hoard of games and fun activities.

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Sonali Chowdhury-Sila Chowdhury, Sohini Sarkar-Ruma Sarkar, Sayani Ghosh-Sudipa Ghosh, Swaralipi Chatterjee-Madhabi Chatterjee are the mother-daughter pairs who will be featuring in this special episode. The episode became interesting with the mother-daughter duo participating in games like Lootpath, Sona Loot, Bumper Loot and Maha Loot. The celebrity daughters spoke about how their mothers have been their pillars of strength and have been their best friend, philosopher and guide. Debasree Roy, the anchor of this season said “The relationship between a mother and a daughter is more so of friendship. As soon as the daughter starts to grow, she becomes a friend to the mother and less of a daughter to her. This episode will highlight the mother-daughter relationship. The mothers will also get to spend some time with their daughters who otherwise are always busy with their busy schedules”. Sidhu (Sidhartha Ray) of Cactus band was also present in the episode to add some music to this beautiful event. Debasree Roy along with Sonali Chowdhury, Sohini Sarkar and Sayani Ghosh also matched steps to songs sung by Sidhu.

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This special episode highlighting the love and friendship between a mother and a daughter will be aired on March 27 at 5.30pm.

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Preview: Anik Dutta’s new Bengali Film ‘Aschorjo Prodip; After Ghosts its Genies now

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Anik Dutta’s new Bengali film ‘Aschorjo Prodip’ is a satirical fantasy that narrates a strange story of a common man and a magical Genie (miniature form of a Giant).


After the grand commercial plus critical success of the Mega Blockbuster “Bhooter Bhobisyot”, it seems that ace filmmaker Anik Datta is finally ready with his fresh film, named “Aschorjo Prodip”. The plot is loosely based on Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay’s satiristic comedy, bearing the same name. This is a modern day fantasy tale and deals with contemporary consumerist society and consumerist trends. What happens when a salesman suddenly becomes the owner of The Magic Lamp? The Lamp, with a Genie within. A Genie who can solve all the problematic miseries those essentially surrounds a human life with his super magical super powers.

During 2009-2010, Mumbai based Bengali Filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh (of Kaahani fame) also have written and directed a Comical fantasy in Hindi, which was based on a similar plot outline & was named “Aladin”, which starred Ritesh Deshmukh as Aladin, Jacquine D’Souza as Jasmine , Sanjay Dutt as the evil Magician and Amitabh Bacchan as Genie. Though the film did not do that well at the box office, still BIG B’s performance as the old Genie was appreciated by the film critics.

Also way back in 1988-1989 Sonex Production Private Limited has also produced a 15 episodes Television Serial for DD Bangla, also named ‘Aschorjo Prodip’, which featured superstar Ranjit Mullick as the protagonist Aniket and Sabyasachi Chakraborty as Prodip Das, the Genie. Incidentally this Bengali TV Serial was also officially adopted from the same Shirsendu Mukhopadhyay novel and was directed by the theater maestro late Jochan Dastidar (of ‘Tero Parbon’ & ‘Uron Chondi’ fame). It seems that Anik Dutta has thoroughly reworked on the story & screenplay, considering the varied tastes of modern urban audiences and this new ‘Aschorjo Prodip’ won’t be just a broader silver screen version of the 1989 Doordarshan TV Serial.

Anik Datta’s film features Saswata Chatterjee as the protagonist and Rajatava Dutta as Genie of the Magic Lamp. The film also stars Sreelekha Mitra as Saswata’s wife and Mumtaz Sorcar as an established model. As an avid admirer of Anik Datta’s style of storytelling, I can vouch on the fact that an educated urban audience can very well expect Anik’s trademark dry sense of humour and lots of laughs in “Aschorjo Prodip”.

Now let’s patiently wait & watch whether this 2013 Magic Lamp can also lit up the box office collections!!! And also if the magic of satirical comic fantasy, which is Anik Datta’s favorite genre of storytelling, strikes the right chord in the intellects of educated urban audiences, this time as well.



Image Credits: Anik Dutta Facebook Profile


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