The song recording of the upcoming Bengali film “A Mad Man’s Dairy” took place recently at a city studio.
The film “A Mad Man’s Dairy”, the story shows the rash folly of Shanna (played by Nibedita Sen) who is a researcher by profession. The film begins with a scene where Dr.Kaushik (played by Kaushik Ghosh ) recollects his memories of Kushandapur where he met Manob Majhi, who was uneducated but had enough worldly knowledge. The film also teaches us that we should think twice before directly tagging a person mad as each and every individual has insanity within.
A Mad Man’s Dairy stars Dr. Kaushik Ghosh, Tathagata Banerjee, Deboprasad Halder, Koushik Chakraborty (lead vocalist of band Prithivi), Sourav Basak in pivotal roles.
Prosenjit Choudhury is the DoP, while Koushik Chakraborty is composing for the film. Koushik Chakraborty is making his debut as music director and an actor in A Mad Man’s Dairy. There are three tracks in the movie, and Neepabithi Ghosh, Pota and Koushik Chakraborty has lent their voices to the songs in the film.
“A Mad Man’s Dairy” is produced under the banner of “Pepperpot Pixels”.
After the success of the short films like Sujoy Ghosh’s Ahalya and Aniruddha Roychowdhury’s Devi, there is a growing urge among the Bengali film makers to make such short films for the digital space. With the help of such films, the directors are able to reach out to the young audience who are more hooked on to the digital space for meeting their entertainment needs. Ace director Tathagata Banerjee whose last film Sesh Anka was a huge hit among the audience is back yet again with his short film titled Potrait. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent was present to cover the shooting of this short film.
The film Potrait is about Tirtho Mitro who is a portrait artist based in South Kolkata. He lives life according to his own wish and terms. He comes across a mysterious girl named Anamika, who requests him to make her portrait. She promises to meet him the next day. But she never returns. What happens next transforms the painter’s vision about life and death.
In between shots, director Tathagata Banerji said “There is a great challenge in making short films which I find quite appealing. Not all short films which are made now are attractive. But there is a growing charm revolving around short films which is good. Keeping this in mind, we decided to make a short film with the help of which we will be reaching out to a broader audience and also attending to the audiences hooked to the digital space”.
The story, screenplay, dialogues and creative direction is being handled by Sanjib Banerji. “It is great to work again with Tathagata Banerji on this project. The film has a social message and also supernatural elements which has been presented in a different manner” said Sanjib Banerji.
Debaprasad Halder who plays the role of Tirtho Mitro in the film revealed that he was having a great time shooting for the film. “I always have a good time shooting with Tathagata da. Since this is a short film, the challenge is even more. I am having a good time and the audiences will surely love the story” said the actor.
Amrita Chatterjee plays the role of a mysterious girl named Anamika in the film. “There is a good balance of supernatural element in the film. The presentation is different. This will be a good experience for the audience” said the actress.
The film has been produced by Createch. Supriyo Ghosh of Createch said “The whole world is moving towards the digital space. Now people see everything on the smart phone. People hardly have the time to go to halls and watch films. The future lies in short films. People want to watch films while on the move. Hence, we ventured with this short film. We are highly positive that the story will be liked by one and all.
Assistant Director of Sesh Anka Shubhadeep Mukherjee aka Bambi is making his debut as the cinematographer and the Top ranked editor of Tollywood Sujay Datta Ray (who has also edited Sesh Anka) has taken over the responsibility of trimming the film.
The film which is of twenty three minutes film will premiere on Youtube.
Actor Deboprasad Halder will be seen in an important role in the soon to release thriller Sesh Anko directed by Tathagata Banerjee. The actor spoke at length about his roles, dreams and aspirations in a candid conversation with Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent.
Sholoana Bangaliana– Hi Deboprasad!! Welcome to Sholoana Bangaliana. So to start with, let us talk about what shaped you into the actor that you are today?
Deboprasad Halder– I grew up in Netaji Nagar and studied in AK Ghosh Memorial School. Then I completed my graduation from Netaji Nagar College. After graduation I did a job at a company and also started my business. I met upcoming Bengali film Sesh Anko Director Tathagata Banerjee through a common friend and was highly impressed with his craft. I thought of entering the film industry but I had no idea that I actually will be able to come in front of the camera. I started with looking after the post production work in Kuheli which was aired on Star Jalsa. In due course I was also offered a small role in Kuheli which I did but also got my due share of scolding from Tathagata da for my bad acting. The sheer thrill of being in front of the camera ignited the want to act and henceforth I started learning the craft. Tathagata da helped me immensely and he turned my life completely.
So you entered acting under the guidance of Tathagata da. How supportive was your family, since you do not hail from a film background per say?
My father worked as a Government employee and he was a movie buff. He used to take me to the hall for watching films. He did not understand acting much but his enthusiasm for cinema inspired me much. He once asked me to watch a Nana Patekar film Wajood simply to see his acting. I watched and I was deeply touched. These actions of my father have remained in my sub conscious and have played a role in my becoming an actor.
So it will not be exaggeration to say that you are director Tathagata Banerjee’s discovery?
It is absolutely right that I am indeed his discovery. Right from the very art of acting to that of survival in this industry was taught by none other than Tathagata Da and whatever he has taught, in which ever way will always remain with me.
After Kuheli, how did your acting career shape up?
I used to roam around with Tathagata da. He once said that to be a good actor I need to observe. And during the time after Kuheli, when I did not have much work in my hand, I just used to observe people. This has actually helped me a lot in my acting. I did some work but I was rejected many times. I have had my due share of highs and lows and every experience has been a lesson for life.
Dibaratrir Golpo, directed by Tathagata da was another break that I got. I did an important character in the mega serial which had Bratya basu, Ushashie as my co-actors and this was also quite a big break for me.
Apart From Tathagata Banerjee, Who are the other directors with whom you have worked?
Deboprasad Haldar- I did a role in Anjan Dutta’s Manenquin, a Tele-serial for ETV Bangla. Then I got a call from Srijit Mukherjee for acting in Baishe Srabon. I did a single scene in the film but the film gave me the confidence. The scene was with Parambrata and Raima. Sanjay Pathak next introduced me to Mainak Bhowmick and I did a small scene in the Bengali Film Bedroom. Then Mach, Misti and More, Hemlock Society, Damadol, Ami ar Amar Girlfriends happened. Ami ar Amar Girlfriends actually gave me a position in the industry and I was actually noticed. Take One, Meghe Dhaka Tara, Family Album, Sesh Anko are some of the films that I have done.
You have already worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, any director whom you look forward to work with?
I like most of them but Srijit Mukherjee and Mainak Bhaumik for sure will rank high amongst my favorites!! Mainak’s directorial style and his interaction with the actors is what I really appreciate.
Tell us something about the character that you play in Sesh Anko!!
This is a different character. Firoz Hassan is a Muslim lad who hails from a rich family. He is not a good guy. He is a drug addict and he can do anything to get the drugs. He however has a conscience and in the course of the film he turns into a new leaf. The character has a grey shade to it. I am thankful to Tathagata Banerjee and Sanjib Banerji for actually giving me this character.
What can the audience expect from this soon to release film?
From the way the film has shaped up, I will actually ask the audience not to expect anything as they will be getting surprises in every scene. That I think should be the essence of a thriller. It is a racy, edgy thriller and we all have worked hard to make the film.
Any offers from Bollywood that you have received?
I do not want to reveal much now.
Which character that you have done till now is closest to your heart?
Apart from Sesh Anko, the character that I play in Aami Ar Amar Girlfriends is close to my heart.
This talented young man surely has a promising career ahead as not only does he have the required skills but the patience and perseverance too to fight on too.
We wish Deboprasad All the Best and sincerely hope that he shines in his future endeavors.