Bengali Films

  • Doing Bengali film is like homecoming for me: Sushmita Sen July 14, 2014

    Mumbai: Former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen, who is set to shoot her first Bengali film 'Nirbaak', feels its like "homecoming" for her. "In four days I am going to Kolkata to shoot for my first Bengali film and I am very excited about that. It's like a homecoming, it's like going...
  • National Award-winning Bengali filmmaker Anjan Das passes away June 2, 2014

    Kolkata: National Award-winning Bengali filmmaker Anjan Das, best known for films like 'Saanjhbatir Rupkathara', 'Achin Pakhi' and 'Faltu', today passed away following illness, family sources said. Das, who was in his sixties, died at a hospital where he was being treated for liver cancer. His 2006 film 'Faltu' which featured Soumitra...
  • Sushmita Sen to star in Srijit Mukherji's Bengali film 'Nirbaak' May 31, 2014

    Kolkata: Bollywood actress Sushmita Sen, last seen on the big screen in 2010 film 'No Problem', is all set to make her Bengali movie debut with acclaimed director Srijit Mukherji's next. Titled 'Nirbaak', the movie will be produced by Venkatesh Films. "Finally Sushmita Sen in Tollywood! In our next production with Srijit...
  • Bengali actor Parambrata to direct a sports film May 20, 2014

    Kolkata: Actor Parambrata Chatterjee of 'Kahaani' fame says he always wanted to direct a sports-based film. "Sports film is such an interesting assignment! A group of 14-15 people react to the team's fortunes. Sometimes they dream, sometimes they wallow in frustration and sometimes they celebrate, isn't it interesting?" Parambrata, who is...
  • Watch: The unintentionally hilarious trailer of Bengali film 'Arundhati' with Koel Mallick as a warrior princess will give Rajinikanth a complex April 28, 2014

    An upcoming Bengali film's trailer is the trippiest thing you will see on the Internet today. 'Arundhati', directed by Sujit Mondal and starring actress Koel Mallick in the lead role, tells the story of a warrior queen. The remake of the 2009 Telugu film by the same name has some...
  • 'Take One' alludes to women abuse in cyber space March 25, 2014

    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 the...
  • Film on Hercules to be made in Bengali; Saswata 'Bob Biswas' Chatterjee to play the title role March 25, 2014

    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 strength...
  • Mahanayika: New book brings out lesser known facts about Suchitra Sen February 20, 2014

    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 director...
  • Why is the Bengali film industry against dubbing Hindi films? February 18, 2014

    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 January 22, 2014

    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'. Based on...
  • Suchitra Sen critical, oxygen saturation fluctuating: Doctor January 11, 2014

    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 she is...
  • Suchitra Sen stable, cardiac condition satisfactory January 8, 2014

    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 on...
  • Who am I to give a message through cinema, asks filmmaker Aparna Sen November 4, 2013

    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 film),...
  • 'Khiladi' 'invades' Bengal turf ahead of pujas September 29, 2013

    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 was...
  • Genres merge as BFJA honours Bengali film industry September 11, 2013

    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' August 6, 2013

    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 Boss...
  • Uttam Kumar: The man who almost gave up on films July 24, 2013

    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 June 20, 2013

    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 a...
  • Not Sujoy, but Aveek likely to complete Rituparno's film June 7, 2013

    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 me...
  • Ritu da left a void in the world of progressive work: Big B June 1, 2013

    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 May 31, 2013

    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 without...
  • Rituparno Ghosh: A genius ad man before a renowned filmmaker May 31, 2013

    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 May 30, 2013

    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 May 30, 2013

    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 adaptive...
  • Leading a disciplined life is key to fitness: Soumitra May 5, 2013

    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 current spate...
  • 'Goyner Bakso' increases my appetite for good work: Mousumi April 2, 2013

    Kolkata: Actress Mousumi Chatterjee says she is fortunate to have been cast in a full-fledged role in Aparna Sen's next film 'Goynar Bakso', which she feels has done justice to her age. The 59-year-old actress, who enlivened the screen by portraying sweet next-door girls in both Hindi and Bengali films,...
  • 'Chayamoy' raises social awareness: Haranath Chakraborty March 16, 2013

    Kolkata: With ghosts the flavour of the season, frequenting worn-out mansions dating back to centuries to Brit-owned hill resorts in Bengali films, seasoned director Haranath Chakraborty said his new flick Chayamoy (The Shadowy) was more a children's film where the apparitions were friendly. Regretting there had been very few children's films, ace...
  • OP Nayyar's grand-daughter debuts with item number March 6, 2013

    Kolkata: A successful practising cardiologist in England, Dr Niharica Raizada, grand-daughter of legendary musician O P Nayyar, has debuted in a hit Bengali romantic comedy 'Damadol' with an item number. Niharica has also been signed up for three films by a major Bollywood production house. Asked what made her take a...
  • West Bengal government is impatient and intolerant in cultural matters: filmmaker Suman Mukhopadhyay February 27, 2013

    The Bengali film 'Kangal Malsat' is based on the anarchist novel of Nabarun Bhattacharya and explores the dark underbelly of a city which fights the state power. The part real, part surreal narrative has been made into a movie which has been denied clearance by the Kolkata chapter of Central...
  • Jackie Shroff shooting for Bengali film on land stir February 27, 2013

    Kolkata: Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff, who is currently shooting his fourth Bengali film, says he is excited to be part of the movie based on the burning issue of land acquisition. The 56-year-old actor, who appears as an IPS officer in the film titled 'Swabhumi', said he was aware of the...