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Interview: Film-Maker Srijit Mukherji on Bengali Movie "BAISHE SRABON" & the Remarkable Journey of "AUTOGRAPH" (WBRi Exclusive)


Picture: Srijit Mukherji & Prosenjit ChatterjeeWashington DC, July 31, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Srijit Mukherji returns to our studios after exactly one year to chat with Arijit Chakraborty about his upcoming 2nd Bengali feature film Baishe Shrabon and the remarkable response to his debut film Autograph. At the time of our last interview (audio available on-line here), Srijit was in the final stages of post-production of Autograph. Little did we know at that time that Autograph would go on to cause such an upheaval in Bengali cinema, winning an unprecedented 38 awards so far and setting a box-office performance record in recent times of an almost 4-month run!

At the time of this chit-chat with Srijit, he is wrapping up his 2nd feature film Baishe Shrabon which is at the final stages of post-production and almost ready to release around Durga Puja 2011.

"After Autograph, I wanted to make something that is diametrically opposite", says Srijit about his forthcoming film. "I have always been a thriller buff".

If Autograph were represented by a color, it would be feel-good white - or perhaps slightly grey. But Baishe Shrabon is going to be darker.

The script for Baishe Shrabon was written in 2008 (for a tele-film broadcast on STAR Jalsha Bengali TV channel owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation). Srijit is no stranger to the thriller - he has written and directed live drama (theater) productions like the English play "MINDGAMES", Bengali play "FELUDA FEROT" (a vision of Feluda's later days from the perspective of Feluda's arch enemy Maghanlal Meghraj), and the play "CHECKMATE", and worked as an assistant director with Anjan Dutta (interview) for Madly Bengali and Aparna Sen (interview) for Iti Mrinalini. Incidentally, Aparna Sen's Iti Mrinalini opened in theaters this weekend along with Riingo Banerjee's (interview) System.

With Baishe Shrabon, Srijit says he wanted to explore genres of the drama and the thriller, violence, and Bangla poetry. Indeed, the producers are using the words "musical thriller" for the film, the oxymoronic labeling adding to the anticipation!

The film-maker himself describes it as being about ...

Listen to the audio interview broadcast via on-demand service on Washington Bangla Radio.

Interview: Film Maker Riingo on New Bengali Movie SYSTEM (2011) - In one word: Underworld

Ringo BanerjeeTollywood writer-director Riingo on Saturday (30 July, 2011) attended the première of his new film on the Bengal underworld, ‘‘System’’. IBNS correspondent Arnab Chakraborty caught up with him before the show.

Note: Washington Bangla Radio's exclusive video interview with Riingo Banerjee and his wife Shiny is available here.

How would you describe ‘‘System’’ in one word?


How difficult was making this movie considering the fact that it's a completely new venture?

Well it was quite difficult. The shooting method and the style of filming  were very difficult.

You have received a lot of praises for your technical superiority in the past. What is different about this film considering the technical aspect?

Interview:Actor Indraneil Sengupta on New Tollywood Movie "SYSTEM" (2011): "An attempt to reach the level of a Hollywood"

[Indraneil Sengupta] After the roaring success of his recent Bengali films with some of the best directors in town, top model turned actor Indraneil Sengupta is a Tollywood hot property now. On Saturday (30 July, 2011) Indraneil's new film  "System" was premiered. IBNS correspondent Arnab Chakraborty caught up with him before the show for a little one on one chat.

Note: Washington Bangla Radio's Exclusive Audio Interview Broadcast with Indraneil is available here >

How would you describe “System”?

SYSTEM (2011) Bengali Movie Review : Surreal gangsters rampage a mythical Kolkata

Sabyasachi Cgakraborty

Image via Wikipedia

By Arnab Chakraborty/IBNS

Riingo’s new action thriller flick- “System” which hit the screens on Friday (July 29, 2011) touches a subject with a lot of promise but fails to deliver the goods in all entirety.

The background

“System one” which is the name of the nexus of criminals and gangsters in Kolkata goes about its everyday business under orders from their immoral supremo “Da” which refers to the Don of Kolkata.

The middleman or “Tara” (Sabyasachi Chakraborty) does the job of providing contract killers for doing the dirty work and also manages other matters.

The protagonist “Eklavya” (Indraneil Sengupta) is one such “Cheetah” (assassin) who eventually falls in love with a bar singer “Rani” (Suvra Kundu), who accidentally becomes blind, and matters start to complicate.

DEBATRA (1955) - The Only Old Bengali Classic Film Starring Uttam Kumar and Kanan Devi

Still from Kolkata Bengali Movie Debatra (1955) - Uttam Kumar and Kanan Debi

Calcutta, July 31, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) In March of 1955, Director Haridas Bhattacharya's Debatra released in move theaters across Kolkata including Rupabani, Bharati and Aruna, under the banner of Kanan Devi's production house Srimati Pictures (who also produced Haridas Bhattacharya's 1954 film Naba Bidhan).

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