BANGLA FILM

  • There are takers of women's issues, says Bengali actress Swastika Mukherjee July 28, 2014

    Kolkata: Having not expected her portrayal in 'Take One' will get so much acceptance from the audience, actor Swastika Mukherjee says her sole aim was to put scanner thoughts about according due honour and recognition to women in this society. "Amazed the film had got such wholehearted acceptance from people, youngsters...
  • Remember Rituparno Ghosh by watching his criticallyacclaimed films 'Dahan' and 'Chitrangada' online May 30, 2014

    Kolkata: With the staging of a play devoted to his life and alternate sexuality, the city today reminisced the late Bengali film director Rituparno Ghosh on the occasion of his first death anniversary. Rituparno Ghosh, credited for ushering in a new wave in Bengali cinema by his trailblazing films like 'Unishe...
  • Many present day films are repetitive: Soumitra Chatterjee May 8, 2014

    Kolkata: Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee feels that current films are mostly repetitive and he has been tired of being part of similar subjects. "I have turned up in over 350 films, but of late I have found that many of them deal with the same subject over and over again, which...
  • Actor Soumitra Chatterjee to exhibit doodles, sketches September 10, 2013

    Kolkata: Renowned for his prowess in acting and elocution, veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee will soon be seen in a new role, unveiling a collection of his sketches, doodles and paintings at an exhibition. 'Forms Within', an exhibition of artworks by the actor in his inimitable style will showcase sketches and...
  • Bengali superstar Prosenjit to turn director soon July 25, 2013

    Kolkata: Planning to direct a film, over three decades into his career, Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee has said it would happen after two ongoing projects. "I am planning to make a film under my production banner. A film which will portray my vision of life. My script is ready but the...
  • Kolkata: Many pay tribute to Rituparno Ghosh before his last rites May 30, 2013

    A black Thursday for Indian cinema Kolkata filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh, known for his sensitive and incisive cinema, died of heart failure at the age of 49. ...
  • The legacy of Rituparno Ghosh May 30, 2013

    Filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh breathed his last on Thursday morning after a cardiac arrest at his Kolkata home. He was 49. Here's more about the acclaimed filmmaker, winner of 12 national film awards. ...
  • After Sujoy Ghosh, Anurag Basu to act in a Bengali film? May 30, 2013

    Mumbai: Director Anurag Basu is likely to act in his assistant Abhijeet Das's debut Bengali film. Basu, who has directed films like 'Murder', Gangster', 'Kites', 'Life In A Metro' and 'Barfi', played the role of a doctor in filmmaker Onir's movie 'I Am'. If all goes well, he might be in...
  • 'Success of Bengali films should be told outside Bengal' February 7, 2013

    Kolkata: Acknowledging that Bengali film industry is undergoing a resurgent phase, filmstar Mithun Chakraborty says it is high time the success story was taken outside the state. Mithun said Tollugunje showbiz should now be presented to the film fraternity beyond Bengal's borders. Asked to comment on the closing down of numerous...
  • 'Role of female lead has changed in our movies' February 7, 2013

    Kolkata: Flush with the success of superhit masala entertainer Challenge 2, opposite Deb, popular Hindi serial actor Puja Bose today said she was hopeful the next comedyromance flick by Raja Chanda will also be a hit. "Unlike Challenge 2, which is basically an action thriller, Loveria is more a romantic...
  • 'Chandrabindoo' singer makes his acting debut January 15, 2013

    Kolkata: Enjoying every bit of his first role in Anik Dutta's 'Aschorjo Prodip', far divorced from setting musical scores and prolonged sessions in studio, lead band singer Anindyo Chattopadhyay says he would now wish to cast Anik in his first directorial feature. "I play a musician present at an album launch...
  • What makes 'Bhooter Bhabishyat' so special June 26, 2012

    New Delhi: Once upon a time Kolkata boasted of the finest in quality cinema. From Ray, Ghatak and Sen to Tapan Sinha, Tarun Mazumdar, Ajoy Kar, Asit Sen and gang, it offered both artistic and commercial fare that entertained while it enriched, enlightened as it empowered in one fell swoop....
  • Paanch Adhyay: Dia Mirza's first regional film April 12, 2012

    Mumbai: Not many people know that Dia Mirza is halfBengali. The fact that Dia Mirza, who has been busy working on her first regional film Paanch Adhyay directed by Pratim D Gupta, wanted to dub her lines herself should not come as a surprise. After all, the actress is halfBengali...
  • Bengali film's title changed at CBFC prodding February 24, 2012

    Kolkata: Days before its release in the first week of March 'Macho Mustafa', stated to be the most expensive Bengali film till date, has been renamed as 'Macho Mastana' following prodding by the Censor Board. "As the Censor Board expressed reservations about the title, we sought feedback from community leaders and...
  • Column: 'Gandu' director Q on good indie cinema February 21, 2012

    New Delhi: DearCinema completes five years this February. A journey full of ups and downs, yet immensely meaningful and fulfilling, driven by passion and conviction. Similar to the journey of the cause that it supports: the good Indian indie cinema. So here, DearCinema brings to you a few voices that...
  • Bengali film inspired by Agatha Christie February 14, 2012

    Kolkata: In a whodunit plot, inspired by Agatha Christie thrillers, popular Bengali film actor Tota Roy Choudhury has turned up in a new avatar unravelling the murder mystery of a bar girl. "From the role of a crook in Hitlist by Sandip Ray, to that of an upright ACP, bent on...
  • 'Old Rooms' is nostalgia for present: Sandeep Ray January 31, 2012

    New Delhi: In 'KokkhoPoth' (The Sound of Old Rooms), shot over a span of 20 years, director Sandeep Ray delves deep into the cultural consciousness of Kolkata through the life of teacherpoet Sarthak Roychowdhury. The film is already making its presence felt in the festival circuit after screening at Busan and...
  • 'Aparajita Tumi' to be released in January, 2012 January 5, 2012

    Kolkata: Nationalawardwinning filmmaker Aniruddha Roy Choudhury has turned his focus on Bengali diaspora in San Francisco in his third venture 'Aparajita Tumi' with Bengali superstar Prosenjit in the main lead. The film dwells on the lives of two NRI couples and the problems in their relationship, said Roy Choudhury, whose previous...
  • 'Iti Mrinalini' DVD launched November 8, 2011

    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...
  • 'Matir Moyna' is rooted in sociopolitical space October 7, 2011

    New Delhi: Directed by late Bangladeshi director Tareque Masud, 'Matir Moyna' is one of those films which though firmly rooted in the sociopolitical 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...
  • Doubting the woman: Paoli Dam in Chatrak September 30, 2011

    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 groundbreaking From Reverence to Rape: The treatment of women in the Movies (1974), "Film reflects the ideological...
  • Is 'Chatrak' the boldest film ever made in India? September 15, 2011

    New Delhi: Vimukthi Jayasundara is a Sri Lanka based filmmaker, whose new film 'Chatrak' (Mushroom) has been selected for several prestigious film festivals, including Cannes and ongoing Toronto International Film Festival. The film deals with the mental agony of a Dubai based builder, who has returned to Kolkata to take part...
  • 'Jodi Ekdin' is superb April 19, 2010

    "In love, everyone deserves a second chance." This is the bottom line of Riingo's Jodi Ekdin. Riingo has written the story and the script, edited and cinematographed the film capping it with direction. Neil Basu (Indraneil Sengupta) and Nikita Choudhury (Priyanka) live together in Kolkata. Neil is a highpowered executive...