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Kabir Suman Launches Café Kazi –Shaoli P Mukherjee’s Debut Nazrul Geeti Album

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Café Kazi, a new album of Nazrulgeeti created with a modern soundscape and sung by Shaoli P Mukherjee was launched by noted singer, Kabir Suman. Also present at the album release ceremony were Indrani Sen, Lopamudra Mitra, Joy Sarkar, Anindita Kazi, Shakuntala Barua, Jojo, Ritika Sahani and team members of Cactus to mark the 39th Death Anniversary of Kabi Nazrul Islam.

The music of Café Kazi has been done by Sidhu in a very contemporary style while maintaining the authenticity of the songs. The seven beautifully sung songs include “Gange Jowar Elo Phire”, “Porodeshi Megh”, “Anjali Loho More”, “Dur Dipobashini” “Nache Irani Meye”, “Srijono Chhonde”, and “Mone Pore Aaj”.

“I wanted to do something different and something unique for my first album which would appeal to music lovers across generations. Thus came the idea of coming up with a Nazrulgeeti album with a difference. The songs have been designed in contemporary style and we are hopeful that the listeners will enjoy the album. This is our tribute to Kazi Nazrul Islam on his death anniversary” said Shaoli P Mukherjee.

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“Café Kazi is a refreshing album which will reach out to the youth and also have an equal appeal among the older generation. Shaoli has a wonderful voice and she has put in a lot of effort to sing these songs” said Sidhu.

The music of Café Kazi has been arranged by Kaushik Chakraborty, Gaurab Chatterjee (Gabu) and Sanjoy Das. The music videos of the two songs Gange Jowar Elo Phire and Srijono Chhonde were screened for the occasion which was followed by Shaoli’s performance.

Café Kazi, released by Times Music and priced Rs 150/-, will be available across all the leading retail and online stores across the city.

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Snippets from 4th Edition of Royal Stag Mirchi Music Awards Bangla 2014; Team Srijit Mukherji Tops the List of Awardees

After its overwhelming success for the last three years, Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM is back with the 4th edition of Mirchi Music Awards Bangla, Royal Stag Mirchi Music Awards Bangla 2014 Powered by Idea (MMA Bangla). The prestigious award show in Bengal recognizes and celebrates the best in the Bengali music industry. With the greatest in the Bengali music industry acting as judges and sensational live acts the fourth edition of the annual music awards rocked.

More than 1500 songs which were released in the year 2014 were judged by a panel consisting of thirty two personalities from the music industry. This was done so that the most deserving and outstanding artists were presented with the awards in the various categories. The entire process of judging was held in secret ballot. This was handled by the renowned audit firm Ernst & Young. The songs were adjudged for total 23 award categories. Besides the regular awards categories in Film and Non-Film Bangla music, there was also the Mirchi Listeners’ Choice Awards for the Best Film Song and the Best Film Album.

A bevy of stars from the film and music industry walked the red carpet at the Mirchi Music Awards including the likes of Prosenjit Chatterji, Jeet Ganguly, Chiranjit, Babul Supriyo, Payel Sarkar, Gargi Roy Choudhury, Tanusree, Usha Utthup, Kabir Suman, Pandit Tanmoy Bose, Indraadip Das Gupta, Raghab Chatterjee Director Srijit Mukherjee, actors Indrashish Roy, Tota Roy Chaudhury, Locket Chatterji, singer Rupankar, Sidhu & his band Cactus, Haimanti Sukla, Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta, Surajit, directors Sudeshna Roy, Nandita Ray and Shiboprasad Mukhopadhyay, Rupam Islam, composer Joy Sarkar, and others.

The show was hosted by Abir Chatterji, Kanchan Mullick and Mir. The show was studded with outstanding performances by eminent singers Akriti Kakkar, Anupam Roy, Lagnajita, Prashmita Paul, Sayantika, actress Paoli Dam, Nachiketa Chakraborty and actor Soham.

Radio Mirchi honored veteran musician Jatileshwar Mukherjee with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to Bengali music.

Noted violinist Dilip Roy won “Special Jury’s choice for outstanding contribution to Bangla music”.

Runa Laila, the international face of Bangla music was felicitated as “Chiranabin Surasree” for her outstanding contribution to music not just in Bengal, but beyond borders. She also mesmerized the audience with her popular Bangla folk and Sufi numbers.

Jeet Ganguly was awarded “Royal Stag Make it Large award 2014”, for his outstanding contribution to both Hindi and Bengali music. He also made the audience sing to his tunes with his popular Hindi and Bangla numbers.

The biggest attraction of the night was the presence of the National Award winning actress Vidya Balan. Later she graced the stage with her charm. Prosenjit Chatterji, accompanied her on stage.

“Jaatishwar” was the film that swept all major awards this year bagging best album of the year, song of the year (“E Tumi Kemon Tumi”). Rupankar won the male vocalist of the year for “E Tumi Kemon Tumi” while Shreya Ghoshal won female vocalist of the year for “Bela Boye Jae” from ”Bunoh Haansh”. The veteran artist Kabir Suman won both the awards for best music composer (for “E Tumi Kemon Tumi”) and Lyricist of the year (for “Khudar Kasam Jaan” from “Jaatishwar”). “E Tumi Kemon Tumi” also won the Mirchi listeners’ choice award for best song while “Jaatishwar” was chosen by the listeners as the best album of the year.

Overall the Royal Stag Mirchi Music Awards Bangla 2014 was a grand celebration of music.

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Bangla Sangeet Mela; A Celebration of the Melodies of Bengal inaugurated by West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

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Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal inaugurated the Bangla Sangeet Mela at Nazrul Mancha. The seven days musical extravaganza will see many eminent artists from the world of music being honored with Sangeet Samman and Sangeet Maha Samman awards. This was declared by the Chief Minister of West Bengal Ms. Mamata Bandopadhyay.

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The first Sangeet Samman was awarded to musical legends like late Manna Dey, Sandhya Mukherjee and Dwijen Mukhopadhyay. The Chief Minister also revealed that a handbook will also be created which will contain the names of the musicians who have performed in the various art forms. This hand book will be released on Poila Boisakh, the Bengali New Year’s Day.

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Singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya was honored with Sangeet Maha Samman award at the inauguration ceremony by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal.

Sangeet Maha Samman was also presented to artists like Kabir Suman, Bickram Ghosh, Tanmoy Ghosh, Swapan Gupta and Pramita Mullick.

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The recipients of the Jatiyo Sangeet Samman include Sraboni Sen, Saikat Mitra, Anupam Roy, Gautam Ghosh, Antora Chowdhury, Pratap Ray, Swapan Basu and others.

The closing ceremony of this seven day long musical extravaganza will take place at Rabindra Sadan on the 19th of February.

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The Best Directors and Songs of 2014 with Special Mention of Tollywood’s Most Rewarding Finds; Year End Report of Those who Lived the Promise

Last but not the least, here’s an effort to acknowledge the directors, musicians and those special people who gave the Bengali Film Industry New Dreams and Paved the way for a Brighter Year Ahead!

Wish you all a Very Happy New Year !!

DIRECTORS WHO GAVE US WONDERFUL MOVIES THROUGHOUT 2014

Best-Directors-2014

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SONGS THAT WE ARE STILL HUMMING:

 


E Tumi Kemon Tumi Video Song | Jaatishwar (Bengali Movie) | Prasenjit Chatterjee, Swastika Mukherjee (You Tube) Sung by Rupankar, Music and Lyrics Composed by Kabir Suman

Boba Tunnel Sung, Written and Composed by Anupam Roy and Bawshonto Eshe Geche (Female Version) Sung by Lagnajita Chakraborty, Composed and Written by Anupam Roy from the Movie Chotushkone

Zindagi Kahin Bhi Thamti Nahi from the Movie Bunohaansh sung by Bonnie Chakraborty, Composed by Shantanu Moitra and Written by Srijato

Aami Achi from the Movie Khaad sung by Arijit Singh, Composed by Indraadip Dasgupta and Written by Srijato

Swapno Dekhar Ektu Dure from the Movie Janla Diye Bou Palalo Sung by Akriti Kakkar, Composed by Savvy and Written by Prasen and Pitchgola Rastay from the Movie Ek Phali Rodh Sung by Rupam Islam, Composed by Joy Sarkar and Written by Suchandra Chowdhury

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 THE BENGALI FILM INDUSTRY IS PROUD TO HAVE FOUND THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE:

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The Year End Summary Compiled 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

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Chotushkone Movie Review; The King of Last Minute Twists is Back!!!

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A film that was long awaited finally got released last Friday. Chotushkone by director Srijit Mukherji has the very special Srijit Mukherji touch to it. In essence, in subject, in the narrative and treatment too! So, if you have watched Baishey Shrabon, Hemlock Society, Jaatishwor and loved them then Chotushkone will be yet another treat for you, as the King of Last Minute Twist, Srijit Mukherji is back.

The story is about four directors who have been assigned to direct one story each in the four-story-film. Jay (Parambrata), the youngest of them all, gets the offer from a film producer, (Kaushik Ganguly) and then brings together Trina (Aparna Sen), Sakyo (Goutam Ghose) and Dipto (Chironjeet Chakraborty) to direct one story each. He tells them that the producer wants each story to have one common theme – death. The group leaves for Henry’s Island to brain storm and come up with each one’s story. Their car breaks down and they are forced to stay for the night in a forlorn bungalow deep inside the forest. What happens next is not for me to say but for all to watch.

Parambrata. As Jay, is the bubbly energetic enthusiast and here the actor’s real life cheerful and chirpy disposition has given an extra boost to his performing as this character. Throughout the film, he has delivered subtle yet consistent performance. Goutam Ghose in some of his shades is very good. We see a very restrained and mature acting from him. Chironjeet’s portrayal of Dipto shows some brilliant acting, unprecedented amidst the otherwise melodramatic performances he is forced to do in typically commercial movies. His look in the movie too is something different. But one actor whose brilliance in acting cannot be left unsaid is Aparna Sen. Subtle, mature, convincing and consistent performance by her enhances the quality of the film ever more rich. Indrasish Roy plays a young actor, Rahul Banerjee a young director and Payel Sarkar a young heroine. Saying anything more than this that they portrayed their characters well would be to reveal more about the plot and be a spoiler. Among smaller character roles a few names are a must mention. Debleena Dutt has of late been growing tremendously as an actor and one can see her improved acting prowess even in the small role she assays. Arpita Chatterjee and Suman Mukherji too do very well in their respective roles. Other worth a mention are Sumit Samaddar, Ritabhari Chakraborty, Biswajit Chakraborty and Barun Chanda. Kaushik Ganguly in a special appearance is there in just a couple of scenes but even in that limited exposure he takes away the Best Character Artist’s crown. Overall a very long and much-refreshing a cast.

Coming to technicalities, you will fall in love with the treatment of the film. The form being films within a film, and a non-linear narrative leaping in time and space to and fro, the entire experience is very engaging. Kudos to the director. Cinematography by Sudip Chatterjee is just as brilliant as the director’s treatment of the subject. An entire range of color tinges, filters, textures and light and shadow creates a visual treat for the audience. There is one particular scene where Trina (Aparna Sen) is dreaming. That scene is sure to remind you of a similar surreal sequence from the much popular English horror film, Exorcism of Emily Rose, whose brilliant cinematographer was Tom Stern.  Lyrics and music by Anupam Roy are as delightful as ever and one is sure to love the songs Boba Tunnel and Boshonto Eshe Gechhe. Edit by Rabiranjan Maitra is at par with the other aspects of brilliance in the film.

What makes the story and screenplay (by Srijit Mukherji himself) even more engaging is a perfect blend of suspense, drama, horror, thriller and a beautiful inclusion of heart-rending pathos. And yes, the ending is as surprising and shocking as one that can be expected from Srijit Mukherji, who I will once again call the King of Last Minute Twists. Just as the form of four films in a film, Chotushkone’s genre is also multidimentional, genres within genre. At the least, one can say that after Jaatishwar, this is the Best from director Srijit Mukherji and Chotushkone is absolutely unmissable a film.

 

Sholoana Bangaliana Rating: 8/10

 

Chotushkone Movie Review By:

NiveditaMs. Nivedita Dey is a Post Graduate in English from Stella Maris College, Chennai and has been working in the films and television industry since 2006 as a story and script writer and creative consultant. Nivedita has written for TV programs for channels like Star Jalsha, Life OK, Star Plus, Channel 8 etc. Nivedita has spent quite a few years in Mumbai working in the entertainment Industry there and is currently based in Kolkata and is working as a writer and creative consultant for one of Kolkata’s leading Production Houses.

Nivedita has keen interest in literature, cinema, social and political issues and enjoys expressing her views by way of guest blogs and articles in popular columns and web portals.