Bengali Films

  • 'Take One' alludes to women abuse in cyber space 25-03-2014 11:15 AM

    Kolkata: Casting Swastika Mukherjee in a never-before role, a far cry from her portrayals in 'Ami aar Amar Girlfriends' or 'Maach Misti and More' , director Mainak Bhowmik alludes to real life abuses of women in cyber space in 'Take One'. "In 'Take One' the conservative Bengali society comes under...
  • Film on Hercules to be made in Bengali; Saswata 'Bob Biswas' Chatterjee to play the title role 25-03-2014 10:40 AM

    Kolkata: In a reference to the mythological superhero, director duo Sudeshna Roy-Abhijit Guha now brings the mediev Hercules to the contemporary Bengal casting Saswata Chatterjee in the lead. "A man of bigger and greater magnitude resides within the self of a person. This is called trapping or caging your inner...
  • Mahanayika: New book brings out lesser known facts about Suchitra Sen 20-02-2014 05:01 PM

    Kolkata: A new book on the late Bengali cinema icon Suchitra Sen offers a peep into the life of the elusive actress through rare photographs, replica of posters and insights offered by renowned filmmakers. Titled 'Mahanayika' (great actress), the 500-page book was released Wednesday and has write-ups on Sen by...
  • Why is the Bengali film industry against dubbing Hindi films? 18-02-2014 02:32 PM

    Kolkata: The Tollywood fraternity here has called for an immediate halt to dubbing Hindi films and telly soaps in Bengali. The call by the Bengali film industry comes in the wake of dubbed versions of Yash Raj Film production 'Gunday' releasing simultaneously in Hindi and Bengali in the state. The...
  • Bengali film 'Chander Pahar' brings tourists to South Africa 22-01-2014 11:21 AM

    Kolkata: Shot extensively in South Africa, Bengali blockbuster film 'Chander Pahar (Mountain of the Moon)' has generated huge interest among travellers from West Bengal, said a South African tourism official. Kamaleshwar Mukherjee's film, the most expensive Bengali celluloid outing till date, was filmed for 45 days in the 'Rainbow Nation'....
  • Suchitra Sen critical, oxygen saturation fluctuating: Doctor 11-01-2014 09:52 AM

    Kolkata: The condition of veteran Bengali actress Suchitra Sen is critical, a doctor said Friday. Subir Mondal, a member of the team of experts attending on Sen at the Belle Vue Clinic here, said her oxygen saturation level is fluctuating and she is dependent on oxygen via non-invasive ventilation. "Unless...
  • Suchitra Sen stable, cardiac condition satisfactory 08-01-2014 04:06 PM

    Kolkata: Bengali veteran actress Suchitra Sen is stable and sessions of chest physiotherapy, non-invasive ventilation and continuous oxygen therapy have helped her oxygen saturation level go up, her medical reports said Wednesday. According to the latest medical bulletin, her fluctuating oxygen saturation level stabilised 'to some extent'. She was put...
  • Who am I to give a message through cinema, asks filmmaker Aparna Sen 04-11-2013 04:55 PM

    New Delhi: Acclaimed actress-filmmaker Aparna Sen depicted a subject as sensitive as the changing role of women in the Indian society in her last directorial 'Goynar Baksho' in a very light-hearted manner, but says she never makes movies with an intention to convey a message. "There are messages (in my...
  • 'Khiladi' 'invades' Bengal turf ahead of pujas 29-09-2013 11:39 AM

    Kolkata: Reinventing the Akshay Kumar comic caper, high on adrenaline and less in emotional quotient, 'Khiladi' invades the Bengal turf with hit Tolly pair Ankush-Nusrat Jahan in the lead. Taking the 'Mirchi Jalsaghar' turf, the film's lead pair said while retaining references of the bigger masala blockbuster, the Bengali Khiladi...
  • Genres merge as BFJA honours Bengali film industry 11-09-2013 02:27 PM

    Kolkata: In a merger of masala and arthouse genre, reflecting the emerging trend of Bengali cinema, the 75th premier BFJA award feted both Anik Dutta and Dev for 'Bhooter Bhabishyat' and 'Khokababu' respectively. 'Proloy' maker Raj Chakraborty, basing his flick on the brutalization of women in a hamlet years back,...
  • 'Boss has the blessings of Mr Amitabh Bachchan' 06-08-2013 12:36 PM

    Kolkata: Few days before the film's release, Bengali superstar Jeet today said that he had the blessings of Amitabh Bachchan for the gangster flick 'Boss'. "My meeting with Mr Bachchan in Mumbai was an edifying experience and he was so attentive and inspiring. He sounded enthusiastic about my films, about...
  • Uttam Kumar: The man who almost gave up on films 24-07-2013 02:11 PM

    When Bengal's ace-of-hearts, the one and only Uttam Kumar breathed his last on July 24, 1980, he unleashed the kind of public hysteria unprecedented in the annals of Bengal's movie history. Millions of Uttam lovers, suddenly orphaned, dazed and unbelieving, kept asking just one question, all along: "Is it true?"...
  • Vidya Balan regrets not working with the late Rituparno Ghosh 20-06-2013 05:18 PM

    Kolkata: Regretting that she did not get a chance to work with late filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh, actress Vidya Balan Thursday said she would like to work in a Bengali movie. "When I was driving to the hotel from the airport, I was thinking of Rituda because I used to have...
  • Not Sujoy, but Aveek likely to complete Rituparno's film 07-06-2013 04:45 PM

    Mumbai: Contrary to reports that Sujoy Ghosh will complete Rituparno Ghosh's 'Satyanweshi', the buzz is that the late director's long-standing cinematographer Aveek Mukhopadhyay would supervise the post-production work. Sujoy, who plays popular Bengali sleuth Byomkesh Bakshi in the film, said: "Firstly, 'Satyanweshi' is complete, so there is no question of...
  • Ritu da left a void in the world of progressive work: Big B 01-06-2013 10:17 AM

    Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who worked with maverick filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh in his first English language film 'The Last Lear', said his death has left a huge void in the world of progressive cinema. The 12-time National Award-winning filmmaker died of cardiac arrest yesterday at his south Kolkata residence. Bachchan,...
  • Rituparno Ghosh was an actor's delight: Amitabh 31-05-2013 03:51 PM

    Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who worked with late filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh in 'The Last Lear', says he always gave 'immense liberty' to his actors, and that he was "never rigid in his directions to the artists". "Challenging, gently pushing for a correction, giving immense liberty to the actor on set...
  • Rituparno Ghosh: A genius ad man before a renowned filmmaker 31-05-2013 09:59 AM

    Well before he became a world-renowned filmmaker, Rituparno Ghosh was a genius in the advertising industry. He first made news in the mid-1980s. At Ogilvy and Mather, where I worked, we heard of this brilliant copywriter at Ram Ray's Response. He was not just translating English-language ads to Bengali but...
  • Rituparno Ghosh's last rites performed as Kolkata bids tearful goodbye 30-05-2013 11:44 PM

    Kolkata: Maverick filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh's mortal remains were consigned to flames on Thursday night as a tearful city bade farewell to a person credited for ushering in a new wave in Bengali cinema. A team of Kolkata Police accorded gun salute to the filmmaker, whose last rites were done at...
  • Rituparno Ghosh: An excellent celluloid painter 30-05-2013 02:06 PM

    Kolkata: Credited for ushering in a new wave in Bengali cinema by his trailblazing films like 'Unishe April' and 'Dahan', director-turned-actor Rituparno Ghosh was known for glorifying women besides exploring the touchy subject of same sex relationships. As someone who had a different take on sexuality, life, filmmaking and equally...
  • Leading a disciplined life is key to fitness: Soumitra 05-05-2013 11:13 AM

    Kolkata: Refusing to commit if he considered the present trend of Bengali film industry as a real turn-around, Ray's favourite actor, thespian Soumitra Chatterjee today said but he believed in keeping himself busy in all the genres of flicks. Averse to tag a label like turnaround or buyoancy to the...
  • Anik Datta's next is about the consumerist society 22-11-2012 02:53 PM

    Kolkata: After trend-setting 'Bhooter Bhabisyat' (Future of Ghosts), director Anik Dutta's next project casts an irreverent look on today's consumerist society. 'Ashchorjyo Prodeep' is the story of an ordinary man who stumbles on a magical lamp and the comic events that follow, Anik said. "It is a modern allegorical tale,...
  • Teen Kanya: Director claims screening, theatre denies 04-11-2012 06:37 PM

    Kolkata: Director Agnideb Chattopadhyay, whose Bengali movie 'Teen Kanya' was banned in state-run Star theatre for being 'anti-government', Sunday said the theatre has withdrawn its decision. But the theatre authorities rejected Chattopadhyay's claim. "The distributors of my movie said that they have been informed by the Star authorities that the...
  • Bengali film released in 270 screens, sets record 28-10-2012 12:49 PM

    Kolkata: With masala flick 'Challenge-2' being opened in 270 screens across the country, the highest number of theatres for a Bengali film, the movie has set a new record, the film's producers said. Starring Dev, 'Challenge-2' is being screened in both single screen and multiplexes in Mumbai, in single screens...