Friday, March 25, 2011

Soumitra Chatterjee - the living legend

Soumitra Chatterjee received the Best Supporting Actor Award for 'Angshumaner Chhobi' at the 54th Asia Pacific Film Festival in Taiwan. As he couldnt attend the festival due to illness, the award was sent to his residence yesterday.
Soumitra Chatterjee can truly be described as the living legend of Bangla Cinema. Having started out with the films of Satyajit Ray, and having starred in umpteen films that merit distinction both for their content and his individual performance, the stalwart has contributed more than anyone else to Bangla Cinema. Here's wishing him good health and a happy life.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

'Autograph': Revisiting 'Nayak'

"Autograph" - directed by Srijit Mukherjee was a majot success story for meaningful Bangla cinema last year.

Prosenjit Chatterjee plays the matinee idol Arun Chatterjee in the film.

The film also stars Indraneil Sengupta, Nandana Sen, Biswajit Chakraborty, Dwijen Banerjee, and Pijush Ganguly. Dhruv Mukherjee and Sohini Pal have cameo roles as well. 

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Dev (pronounced Deb, in Bengali, and originally called Deepak Adhikary, before joining films) rules the roost in Tollygunge, as the romantic cum action hero in mainstream Bangla films.
This star has tasted stupendous success within a very short time.
His popularity with the masses is largely on account of his beefy looks, paired quite paradoxically with a baby-face and a sweet, toothy smile.

Dev's first film was a gory revenge saga named Agnishapath, where he was noticed but not taken seriously as the film was a bad rehash. His next film, I Love You, was a blockbuster. It was followed by films like Premer Kahini, Mon Maane Na, Challenge, Paran Jaay Joliya Re, Dujone, Balo Na Tumi Aamaar, Le Chhakka, Dui Prithibi, and Sedin Dekha Hoyechhilo, most of which have raked in decent profits for the producers.

Becoming the box-office favorite is not a mean feat. However, Dev has a long way to go to be reckoned as a competent actor. His dialogue delivery and pronunciation leave a lot to be desired. His limitations as an actor is too evident in the dramatic scenes. However, his good looks, especially his physique and height, and his dancing skills are of great advantage. His power-packed dance routines are strike a chord with the masses, especially with young boys and girls. In films like Chirodni Tumi Je Aamaar and Jackpot, Dev's special appearances (item numbers) have been a bonus attraction for his fans, and hence a major draw. I am sure, he'll go a long way, provided he shows some panache as a sensible actor. Even directors like Rituparno Ghosh and Aparna Sen have admitted to be floored by Dev's charms as a male lead.