For Kolkata of past, watch films: Aparna Sen

For Kolkata of past, watch films: Aparna Sen Kolkata: National Award winning director Aparna Sen says filmmakers wanting to portray the Kolkata of the past have a ready reckoner in the films of the 1960s and 1970s. "Let me talk about some of the problems one encounters when trying to shoot in Kolkata," Sen said at a seminar organised at the 17th Kolkata Film Festival. "There are times when we need to portray the city of yesteryears. There...
12:34:32 PM Nov 15, 2011

Photos by Satyajit Ray displayed at Kolkata fest

Photos by Satyajit Ray displayed at Kolkata fest Kolkata: Very few know that Legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray was equally at ease with still camera as he was with a movie camera. Rare photographs taken by Ray are on display at 17th Kolkata Film Festival. The pictures capturing various moments both in India and abroad between late 1950s to late 1960s are on display at the film festival. The exhibition started on Nov 11 and will go on till...
03:38:46 PM Nov 13, 2011

Controversial Bangladeshi film to be released

Controversial Bangladeshi film to be released Kolkata: Victor Banerjee and Jaya Bachchan starrer 'Meherjaan', about a Bangladeshi woman's affair with a Pakistani soldier in the backdrop of the 1971 Liberation War abruptly withdrawn from theaters in the neighbouring country, will soon be released in India. "We are looking for a distributor in India. We are also trying for a DVD release in India and Bangladesh," the film's director Rubaiyat Hossain, who has tied up with Anticlock...
02:07:16 PM Nov 13, 2011

'Iti Mrinalini' DVD launched

'Iti Mrinalini' DVD launched Kolkata: After its critical acclaim at home and abroad at different film festivals, the world launch of the DVD of ace director Aparna Sen's 'Iti Mrinalini' took place at a city book store. "I am very happy with the work of Debu (ace music composer Debojyoti Misra. The film was possible because of everybody involved including Debu," Sen said as Misra was present at the DVD launch programme at a...
01:14:18 PM Nov 08, 2011

Popular singer Anupam now wants to direct film

Popular singer Anupam now wants to direct film Kolkata: Popular singer song-writer Anupam Roy, who broke fresh ground in Bengali film music with his lyrics and compositions, now wants to graduate to filmmaking, though music will remain his first love. The singer of 'Amake Amar Moto Thakte Dao' (Let Me Stay As I Like) from the hit film 'Autograph', which is still ruling the radio waves, has in fact already prepared a script, albeit roughly. "I wish to...
11:49:58 AM Nov 07, 2011

Tollywood actor Swastika meets with an accident

Tollywood actor Swastika meets with an accident Burdwan, West Bengal: Popular Bengali actor Swastika Mukherjee and three others, including the driver of their vehicle on way to Durgapur, were injured in a head-on collision with a truck on Durgapur Expressway near Saktigarh in Burdwan district. The other two injured were her make-up person and an officer of a leading industry house, police said. They were taken to a near-by hospital by the locals who had rushed to...
04:57:57 PM Nov 03, 2011

Bengali Review: 'Gandu' is a drug induced trip

Bengali Review: 'Gandu' is a drug induced trip New Delhi: This is not a movie. Its a drug-induced hallucinating trip that you take to someone elses reality. The bylanes of an old city, the rickshaw and its Bruce-Lee-obsessed puller, the constant hurl of abuses and the shifting realm of what is and what could be, makes Gandu a kickshaw. With the aspirations, frustration and rap of the protagonist, Gandu, the audience gets a new form of cinema to...
01:19:04 PM Oct 27, 2011

Off beat films keep me grounded: Mithun

Off beat films keep me grounded: Mithun Mumbai: Three-time national award winning actor Mithun Chakraborty says it is important for him to work in off-beat films because this keeps him grounded. "Such films (off-beat films) pull you down from stardom to the ground and makes you feel human, and that is what brings me to such films," Mithun, who plays the lead role in Bengali film 'Nobel Chor' Wednesday said at an event at the ongoing 13th...
06:26:45 PM Oct 20, 2011

Bengali film 'Ami Aadu' in Sao Paulo film fest

Bengali film 'Ami Aadu' in Sao Paulo film fest Kolkata: Bengali film 'Ami Aadu' (I am Aadu), produced by the legendary New Theatres studio, has been officially selected in the competitive section of Sao Paulo international film festival. Directed by debutante Somnath Gupta, the film will compete in the 35th Sao Paulo International Film Festival to be held from October 20 to November 3. "This is another proud achievement for us," Gupta told PTI. Starring newcomers Debolina Chatterjee and...
06:24:40 PM Oct 14, 2011

Model Sheena Chohan in Buddhadeb Dasgupta's next

Model Sheena Chohan in Buddhadeb Dasgupta's next Kolkata: After starring in Malyalam blockbuster 'The Train' opposite superstar Mammootty, model-turned-actress Sheena Chohan is all set to act in filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta's next project based on Rabindranath Tagore's works. "I feel so humbled by the offer because of the combination of two factors its a work of Tagore and is being directed by no less a director than Buddhadeb Dasgupta, who is respected internationally for his works. Nothing could...
07:28:12 PM Oct 13, 2011

Tannishtha stars in 'Anna Karenina' adaptation

Tannishtha stars in 'Anna Karenina' adaptation Mumbai: Bengali actress Tannistha Chatterjee has been roped in to play a major part in a British production based on Leo Tolstoy's classic Anna Karenina, with Keira Knightley playing the title role and Jude Law starring as her husband. The project is being directed by the super-successful Joe Wright, whose literary adaptations of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice in 2005, followed by the much-acclaimed box-office hits Atonement, The Soloist and...
06:57:43 PM Oct 11, 2011

'Matir Moyna' is rooted in socio-political space

'Matir Moyna' is rooted in socio-political space New Delhi: Directed by late Bangladeshi director Tareque Masud, 'Matir Moyna' is one of those films which though firmly rooted in the socio-political environment of a place can have tremendous appeal universally. The film demonstrates the power of a simple story set in a time of social and political upheaval that can resonate with a viewer sitting in any part of the world. But Matir Moyna is as much complex...
02:20:52 PM Oct 07, 2011

WB CM visits a cinema hall after 20 years

WB CM visits a cinema hall after 20 years Kolkata: She went to a movie hall after 20 years and loved it. By her own admission, the film that finally pulled West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to the silver screen after such a long time was 'Moner Manush'. "During my student life I used to go to the auditoria to watch movies. But for the last 20 years I had never watched a film there," Banerjee disclosed to...
06:26:05 PM Sep 30, 2011

Doubting the woman: Paoli Dam in Chatrak

Doubting the woman: Paoli Dam in Chatrak French auteur Jean Luc Godard once quipped, "Cinema doesn't query the beauty of the woman, it only doubts her heart." Can we replace 'Cinema' with 'Society' here? Molly Haskell argued in her ground-breaking From Reverence to Rape: The treatment of women in the Movies (1974), "Film reflects the ideological and social construction of women who are either revered as the virgin or reviled (as the whore)." From time immemorial, the...
05:34:09 PM Sep 30, 2011

'Baishe Srabon' a dark, violent thriller

'Baishe Srabon' a dark, violent thriller Kolkata: Following the success of his first film Autograph, a tribute to Satyajit Ray's Nayak, young director Srijit Mukherjee is now ready with 'Baishe Srabon' " a heady cocktail of thriller, violence, music and Bengali poetry. Dark and a lot more layered than 'Autograph', his second film explores the genre of crime thriller in Tollywood in a whole new way, said Srijit. "After 'Autograph', I wanted to make a very...
01:41:08 PM Sep 26, 2011