Bengali

  • What films does Bipasha Basu enjoy doing? The ones which give me author-driven roles, she says 6 days ago

    Mumbai: Actress Bipasha Basu, who will next feature in "Creature 3D", says she is open to offbeat cinema as much as commercial films. In fact, she is keen to do a new Bengali film too. The actress' last appearance in a Bengali film was the 2009 Rituparno Ghosh directorial "Shob Charitro...
  • 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...
  • Eminent Bengali novelist Shaktipada Rajguru dies June 12, 2014

    Kolkata: Eminent Bengali novelist Shaktipada Rajguru, many of whose works were adapted into Hindi and Bengali films like 'Amanush', 'Meghe Dhaka Tara' and 'Barsat Ki Ek Raat', passed away on Thursday following age-related illness, family sources said. He was 92 and is survived by two sons. Rajguru had written more...
  • 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...
  • Being an MP will not diminish my star appeal: Bengali actor Dev May 23, 2014

    Kolkata: Bengali movie star and now MP Dev does not feel that his new status would detract his star appeal from fans who may be supporters of rival political parties. "I do not think me being elected on a Trinamool Congress ticket will in any way diminish my popularity with fans...
  • 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...
  • Legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray's plan to make a film on Pandit Ravi Shankar remained unfulfilled April 27, 2014

    New Delhi: They were great friends and went on to work on four projects but Satyajit Ray's plan to make a short film on his musician friend Ravi Shankar remained a wish unfulfilled. Shankar gave music to four of Ray's classics, beginning with his greatest and the first 'Pather Panchali', 'Aparajito',...
  • Konkona Sen Sharma, Indraneil Sengupta to star in latest Byomkesh Bakshi film 'Sajarur Kanta' April 26, 2014

    Kolkata: Actress Konkona Sen Sharma and Indraneil Sengupta are all set to star in a new Byomkesh Bakshi film titled 'Sajarur Kanta' directed by Saibal Mitra. In the thriller, Dhritiman Chatterjee will be seen donning the gloves of the sleuth, who tries to solve a murder mystery. Indraneil, portraying the role of...
  • Delhi: Several shops gutted in Bengali market fire, no casualties April 25, 2014

    New Delhi: A fire broke out in Delhi's Bengali market early on Friday morning, gutting several shops. 20 fire brigades rushed to the spot to douse the flames. The fire was put out within a couple of hours. No casualty has been reported so far. It is unclear as to...
  • 'Shakti Mills gangrape verdict landmark, will act as a deterrent' April 4, 2014

    Mumbai: Calling it a landmark judgement, prosecution lawyer Ujjwal Nikam said, "this is the first time in the country that a court has given death sentence in a rape case where accused have been charged with repeated offence. Repeat offenders should be dealt with seriously." A Mumbai Sessions Court...
  • '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...
  • Bengali star Trinamool candidate Dev reminds us why rape jokes are always inappropriate and why we won't 'lighten up' March 24, 2014

    Bengali superstar and Trinamool's candidate from the Ghatal Lok Sabha constituency Dev Adhikari said his busy political campaign and the media focus on it felt like "getting raped". He elaborated in an interview with the Bengali daily 'Ebela', "it's like getting raped yaar, you can shout or you can enjoy". ...
  • If Barack Obama can run America, why should the young generation in Bengal lag behind, asks matinee idol Dev March 19, 2014

    Midnapore: Amid frenzied cheers from thousands of adoring fans rooting for him, Bengal's reigning matinee idol Dev began his campaign for the Lok Sabha election on Tuesday, urging the youth to turn out in large numbers at the polling booths. Soaking in the adulation of the crowd at the Aurobindo...
  • 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...
  • We owe him everything: Sharmila, Soumitra on Satyajit Ray January 29, 2014

    Kolkata: Fondly reminiscing their relationship with their 'mentor' and legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray, veteran actors Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore Tuesday expressed awe that every time they watch his films, there's always something new to learn. Privileged to have worked with the master in the early phases of their career, Chatterjee...
  • 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...
  • Soumitra Chatterjee turns 80, wishes pour in from the Bengali film industry January 20, 2014

    Kolkata: Veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee turned 80 Sunday with fans and well-wishers celebrating the day amid a special line up of exhibitions and plays. Congratulations poured in through the day for the thespian, who starred in 14 celluloid classics of Satyajit Ray. Equally at ease in films and on stage,...
  • Suchitra Sen cremated, an enigma even in her final journey January 17, 2014

    Kolkata: Much like her life after movies, the final journey of legendary actress Suchitra Sen too was a quiet affair with the administration taking measures honouring her wish of keeping her face away from public gaze. The body of Sen, who died Friday following cardiac arrest at a city nursing home,...
  • Suchitra Sen (1931 - 2014): Forever young January 17, 2014

    And the other half passes away. It was 2009, College Street in Kolkata. I was searching for old Bengali magazines from the 60s and the 70s, while researching for my book, 'Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen - Bengali Cinema's First Couple'. I asked a magazine vendor, "Dada Suchitra Sen er...
  • When Suchitra Sen tore off Soumitra Chatterjee's vest January 17, 2014

    Kolkata: Whether refusing filmmaker Raj Kapoor's offer of a movie or her glamorous off-screen lifestyle - she once playfully tore off actor Soumitra Chatterjee's vest at a party - Bengali screen icon Suchitra Sen, who died Friday, made heads turn with her moves and stunned her contemporaries. Filmmaker Aparna Sen recalled...
  • Suchitra Sen (1931 - 2014): Bengali cinema's 'Queen of Hearts' January 17, 2014

    Kolkata: Capturing the public's imagination for three decades through her ethereal beauty and intense celluloid performance, Suchitra Sen symbolised the golden age of Bengali cinema with memorable films like 'Agnipariksha', 'Devdas' and 'Saat Paake Bandha'. The doe-eyed beauty turned a recluse after bidding adieu to the world of films in the...
  • Uttam Kumar and 'Mrs Sen': The magical and hypnotic Uttam-Suchitra years January 17, 2014

    Greta Garbo was born on September 1905 and died in 1990 at the age of 84. But for almost half a century before that, she was a recluse, choosing her life in seclusion as she famously remarked once - "I want to be let alone." She shot into fame in...
  • Review: Prosenjit Chatterjee's 'Jaatishwar' is a nostalgic tribute to 19th century Bengal, but falls short as a biopic January 17, 2014

    There is little documented history about Heynesman Antony, a folk artiste of Portugese origin who settled in colonial Bengal, mastered the local language and composed songs in it to face off with veteran poets in public duels known as 'kavigaan'. Forty-seven years after superstar Uttam Kumar played the titular role in...
  • Bengali actress Suchitra Sen is stable but weak January 16, 2014

    Kolkata: The condition of legendary Bengali actress Suchitra Sen, who is undergoing treatment at a nursing home here for serious respiratory problems, was stable Thursday, a medical bulletin said. "Her condition remains much the same as yesterday (Wednesday). Her vital parameters are stable," said the brief bulletin released by the Belle...
  • Prosenjit: If Bangladesh opens its market, Bengali cinema can prosper January 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Bengali cinema superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee, whose latest film 'Jaatishwar' will get a countrywide release Friday, says Bengali films can prosper if Bangladesh opens its market for them. The 51-year-old, who has featured in over 300 films, including 'Chokher Bali' and 'Dosar', considers Bangladesh a good market to sell Bengali...