A beautiful painting with a heart and mind of its own, Shobdo can be touted as the grand arrival of Bengal’s most adored cinematic story teller of recent times, Kaushik Ganguly. With his earlier movies like Jackpot and Brake Fail not striking the right chord with his audience, Shobdo again catapulted the director to his position as the master story teller; an undisputed territory created with his tele-films like Collage, Ulka, and A-Tithi. We loved Shobdo for its ‘Ahead of Time’ thought.
A Movie that brings to the fore the most unexplored territories of an adolescent mind, Phoring stood out to be a trendsetter that dared to think differently. Director Indranil Roychowdhury lived up to his reputation of a new age experimental film maker with this very classy Bangla Movie. We loved Phoring for its ‘Innocent Boldness’
Director Atanu Ghosh’s Rupkatha Noy in very simplistic terms states that in order to become a ‘Messiah’ divine powers are not required, it is the will and the intent that acts as the driving force. We loved Rupkatha Noy for ‘Sishir Babu (Played by Soumitro Chatterjee)’.
A complete entertainment package with a passport to Egypt, Mishawr Rohosyo stood out to be one of the most well-crafted commercial Bangla Movies of the year; its release passing on to the festivities of Durga Puja 2013. We loved Mishawr Rohosyo because of ‘Hani Al Quadi (Played by Indraneil Sengupta)’.
Meghe Dhaka Taara (2013)
A Landmark movie in the Bangla Film Industry, Meghe Dhaka Taara took the challenge of portraying the colorful cinematic life of director Late. Ritwik Ghatak. A fantastic attempt and a very well thought out script makes for the overall Wow factor of the movie. We Loved Meghe Dhaka Taara for its ‘Surreal Narratives’.
A spirited script by Padmanabha Dasgupta added the silver streak to director Raj Chakroborty’s ‘First Original Bangla Movie’ Proloy. Effusing positivity, the movie fared well with the audience and distributors alike. We loved Proloy for ‘Raj Chakroborty’s attempt at Originality’.
A low budget masterpiece tastefully made to satiate the hunger for ‘Good Cinema’ that portrays the surreal world of fantasy without any artificial ornamentation; Bakita Byaktigato was another landmark attempt in the Bengali Film Industry. We loved Baklita Byaktigato for its ‘Thought Evoking Elements’.
Nayika Sangbad scored well with a select few for its subject and performances. It brings to light the dark areas of the film industry and the innermost conflicts of an apparently successful actress. We loved Nayika Sangbad for ‘Dia Mukherjee (Played by Arunima Ghosh)’.
Aborto is a sensitive film that rides high on the Bangaliana quotient. This very Humane movie beautifully uplifts the middle class Bangali sentiments that are fast eroding due to the corporate rat race. The movie Aborto justifies its title and we Loved it for Proshanto (Played by Kaushik Ganguly) who portrays ‘Everything Good’.
An out-n-out entertainer that brought the production house out of a lean period, Boss is a complete commercial potboiler that in-spite of being an official South- Indian film remake was able to strike a chord with the Bengali cine-goers thus reporting phenomenal box-office collections. We loved Boss for ‘Jeet’.
Though Hawa Bodol could not be officially reviewed by Sholoana Bangaliana, the movie, owed to its freshness and matured directorial treatment by Parambrata Chatterjee was highly appreciated by all sections of the Bengali cinegoer. We loved Hawa Bodol for ‘Its Unique Story and Anindya Bose’s Funky Script’ as such felt the compulsion to include it in our list of Most Loved Movies of the year 2013.
Goynar Baksho, Chander Pahar, Majnu, Ranbaaz, Khiladi, Amraa Panch, Khancha, Aschorjyo Prodip, Kangal Malshat, Alik Sukh, C/O Sir, Bicycle Kick, Paanch Adhyay, Shunyo Onko, Jekhane Bhooter Bhoy, Kanamachi, Mahapurush O Kapurush
Ganesh Talkies – Failed attempt at making commercial cinema.
Swabhumi – Complete Mayhem
Sada Kalo Abcha – Thriller gone bad
Satyanweshi- Rituparno Ghosh’s unfinished film could not be finished well by the team
Anyo Na – Flawed script and pathetic direction
Knock Out – Totally knocked out of the league
The Play – Potential Story spoiled due to a bad script
Hanuman.com – Total confusion
Aashbo Arek Din – Haywire script
Mukti – Bad script
Tasher Desh – An attempt to tamper with Tagore
Bangla Nache Bhangra – Attempt to make a romantic saga miserably failed
Nil Swapno – Horrendous direction, performances and script
Oh! Henry – Wasted
Mrs. Sen – No fresh thought
Kagojer Nauko – Bad direction spoils a potential movie with a great star cast
This brief summary of 2013 Kolkata Bangla Movies is an attempt to take a look back at this very dynamic year which will always get a special mention whenever the history of Bangla Films will be looked into.
Team Sholoana Bangaliana wishes its readers and followers a Very Happy New Year!
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