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:
sakagaze: Bhooter Bhobishyot: Plight of the Living Dead: Anik Dutta's debut Bangla feature film ' Bhooter Bhobishyot ' is a delightful watch. It is a tongue-in-cheek film about endangered ghosts of...

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Rahul - Best Bangali import

Rahul Bose is not a thoroughbred Bangali, nor does he flaunt his Bangla/Bong connection. He has a pan-Indian appeal, and is even recognised internationally, thanks to his English language films, and the much-coveted regional films which have been celebrated in film festivals worldwide. Yet, his Bangla films have always been special.

Some of his best films are in Bangla (be it fully or partially) and they include 'The Japanese Wife' ( pic. above), 'Anuranan', 'Antaheen', and 'Kaalpurush'. Hence, I am sure most would agree, that Rahul Bose is the best import (from Mumbai) that Bangla cinema has had. He is soon to be seen in 'Laptop', directed by Kaushik Ganguly.