Thursday, December 13, 2012

'Bapi Bari Ja'

It's certified fresh! It an enjoyable watch for the youth!
It's the best Bangla film this season!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Happy Birthday, Konkona SenSharma!

Konkona SenSharma happens to be our favorite Bangali heroine
who has made it big in Hindi as well as English language films.
Here's wishing her the very best in life! Happy B'Day, Koko-di!

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Diwali release: 'Idiot'
















IDIOT has not exactly created a bang, but more of a whimper!

Monday, October 15, 2012

'Paanch Adhyay'


Coming this Pujo.......

The debut feature film of ace film-journalist Pratim D. Gupta.......

Starring Diya Mirza and Priyanshu Chatterjee.......

The film also has Soumitro Chattopadhyay and Sampurna in the cast.
The music of the film has been scored by Shantanu Moitra.

Monday, September 17, 2012

'Doshhomi'

'Doshhomi' is quite a letdown of a film.

It had immense possibility to be a film worth watching.
But the execution has left the viewers unimpressed.







Tuesday, September 11, 2012

'Abosheshey'

'Abosheshey' ..............coming soon!

Roopa Ganguly had bagged a National Award for it.

She got the award for her singing though.

The film also has Raima Sen and Ankur Khanna in the cast.

Sadly, the film had to wait for such a long time for seeing the light of day.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Koel vs Shubhosree

Who is your favorite heroine - Koel or Shubhosree?
Koel has already established herself as the most successful leading lady in Bangla films today. And she has done both mainstream and parallel/middle-of-the-road cinema.
Whereas Shubhosree has won audience support almost overnight and has been part of several hit films, her pairing with Tolly-hunk Dev being the most talked about thing.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Soon...... Coming soon......!

Lots of exciting films are coming soon......
Challenge 2

Dashami
Tawbe Taai Hok
Baapi Baari Jaa

Khaashi Katha
Maachh Mishti & More
BaalukaBela.Com
Kidnapper
Aaschorjo Prodip
Dekha.... Na Dekhay

Saturday, September 1, 2012

'Paglu 2' has arrived!

It's the season of the sequels which are NOT sequels!
'Paglu 2' just cashes in on the title of the hit film 'Paglu'
and it has the same hit pair of  Dev and Koel.

Here are some cool stills from the films outdoor - foreign - stint:



Friday, August 24, 2012

'Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish'

Rituparno Ghosh's latest offering - 'Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish' - is all set to release on the 31st of this month.
The film sees Rituparno facing the limelight again as an actor as well, after his successful acting forays in films like 'Memories in March' and 'Arekti Premer Galpo'. This time, he essays the role of a choreographer who plans to stage Rabindranath Tagore's cult musical named Chitrangada on the occasion of the bard's 150th birth centenary.
Incidentally, the conflict in his life runs parallel to the story of Tagore's creation in which the protagonist had not been eager to comply with her father's wish to transform into the prince of Manipur as her father, the king, did not have a male heir. Rituparno's character too refuses to conform to the conventions that include even the sexual identity that he tries to hold on to. The film also has Dipankar De, Raima Sen, Anasua Majumdar, Anjan Dutt and Jishhu Sengupta. The film has been produced by Shree Venkatesh Films.


Thursday, August 9, 2012

'Awara'

Nothing to be proud about.

'Awara' brings us back to square one.
An uninspired remake.Yet again.






Thursday, July 26, 2012

'Idiot'


IDIOT, coming soon,marks Aditya Pancholi's Bangla debut.
But it is making more waves for the lead pair
Ankush and Srabanti



Thursday, July 19, 2012

'Muktodhaara'

Coming soon....... from the makers of 'Ichchhe'........
'Muktodhaara'


It stars Rituparna Sengupta
along with newcomer Nigel,
also in the cast are Debshankar Halder, Kharak Mukherjee,
and Bratya Basu and many others.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

More Mayhem and Madness

Om Shanti..... owmmmm?
No, no, make no mistake,
this Bangla film has nothing to do with
the Shah Rukh Khan starrer 'Om Shanti Om'!
Directed by Shatabdi Roy, this is puerile drama.......
actually, quite a torture!
Once again the Bangali audience are treated to mayhem and madness;
more of it than in the previous films from the actress turned director
who now also happens to be a politician!
The film stars Tapas Pal (another actor-politician), Shatabdi Roy,
Victor Banerjee, and Rakhi Sawant among others.



Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Coming Soon! TASHER DESH

The most anticipated film...... Even in the conception stage the film has been written about extensively, and has become the talk of the town. Director Q (of 'Gandu' fame) has promised his viewers a no-holds-barred adaptation of the Tagorean classic. The radical film has an international cast and the first look, straight from the floors, has caused a flutter that's quite unheard of, especially for a Bangla film.

Friday, June 22, 2012

'Hemlock Society'


In 'Hemlock Society', Srijit Mukherji's new film, Koel is a revelation.

The film stars Koel Mallick, Parambrata Chatterjee, Rupa Ganguly, Dipankar De, Shilajit Majumdar, Saheb Chatterjee. Anindita Bose, and Biswajit Chakraborty.




It features, in interesting cameos, Priyanka, Soumitra Chatterjee, Sabitri Chatterjee, Sohag Sen, Bratya Basu, Raj Chakraborty, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, and Barun Chanda, and also, in a song sequence, Jeet.

The songs for the film have been composed by Anupam Roy, while the theme music has been scored by Indraadip Dasgupta.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Talking films

Bangla films are supposedly witnessing a resurgence.
That's great news. For film buffs, for filmmakers, for Bangalis.
But let us have a reality check........
is it really all hunky dory for Tollygunge?
The answer - after an in depth study - would be: NO!
Yes, more Bangla films are being screened in multiplexes than before.
Yes, more people are turning up to watch Bangla films in theaters.
Some of these films are giving stiff competition to the latest releases from Mumbai or Hollywood, but it is just a small percentage of our films, and even a smaller percentage of these success stories are what can be termed 'good cinema', the rest flex their muscles thanks to the moolah pumped in by the moneybags who back these ventures.
So many of our films are copies of Southie (Tamil or Telugu) hits (and sometimes one even finds remakes of Marathi films and Hollywood hits!) and we tend to overlook this and feel glorified by the roaring business.
Banal products are often hyped beyond logistic terrains and the distress-signals are far-reaching. Case in point: a current release that shows polish in poster-designs does a disgusting overkill on television news-channel by trumping up a line that roughly  translates as "I need a sanitary napkin for myself!", mouthed by the heroine in desperation, shown a million times, inviting ripples of laughter, scorn and dismay.
Tollygunge still loves to showcase the item girls from Mumbai - from Monica Bedi to Claudia Ciesla to Rakhi Sawant to Yana Gupta to Mehak Chahal to Veena Malik - and the list keeps growing.
Aging superstars still romance around trees and now even in virgin locations overseas with nubile nymphets or voluptuous sirens.
Many of the non-mainstream products languish in the cans, still, year after year. Many dissolve into oblivion after being allotted poor screenings for a week or so. Many of the filmmakers who dare to challenge the rut and refuse to dish out stale fare by going against the grain have to give up the hopes of a release as their films do not receive the censor's nod.
Celebrated filmmakers have to settle for accolades and appreciation elsewhere and find it convenient to remain silent regarding the dumbing down phenomenon here on the native soil.
Things really need to change for the better.
I seriously hope they do.
So that we can really celebrate Bangla cinema with pride and honor.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

'Le Halua Le' - a damp squib!


'Le Halua Le' wanted to pep things up
comically, with a youthful cast,
a special character portrayed by Mithun Chakraborty,
and some situational gags.
But, sadly, the outcome is dismal.
It is just a damp squib.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Ray

May your spirit guide us all the more in the days to come.
Satyajit Ray - icon, pioneer, legend - was born on this day, in 1921.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

'Laptop'

'Laptop' (a Kaushik Ganguly film) has won our hearts!

The film has won Mayookh Bhaumik the National Award for the Best Background Score.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

A Whodunit Once Again!

'Aabaar Byomkesh' has hit the screens. It is director Anjan Dutt's second film based on the crime-series penned by the late Saradindu Bandyopadhyay, which has Byomkesh Bakshi as the detective, Ajit as his assistant who pens the mysteries once they are solved, and Satyabati as Byomkesh's wife. These three roles are naturally reprised by Aabir Chatterjee, Saswata Chatterjee and Ushasie Chakraborty respectively. However, the director has repeated other members from the cast of his earlier film as well, in different characters though (they are Biswajit Chakraborty, Arindol Bagchi, Chandan Sen, Pijush and Swastika).

Also in the cast are Debranjan Nag, Sudipa Bose, Sujan Mukherjee, Kunal Padhy and Kaushik Sen. The film is based on the story called 'Chirtrachor', and it is set in the idyllic locale of North Bengal. The story offers not only an intriguing mystery but also explores the dynamics of man-woman relationship, which is never to be found in many of the other books in the whodunit series. Bangla cinema has always been enriched by the detective heroes as have been Bangla literature, and the trend of transcreating the age-old crime thrillers continues - though, unlike the Feluda series, Byomkesh has a mature appeal only.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

'Bhooter Bhobishyot'

'Bhooter Bhobishyot' can be best described as a minor gem of a film.
I loved it. Was ecstatic to read about first on a friend's blog.
Watched it and was thrilled by the film's fresh appeal.

Merely reproducing my friend's post hence.
Read on:
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