Interview: RAJA SEN - Director of LABORATORY (2010) Bengali Movie talks to MARIAN CHATTERJEE in CLEVELAND, OH, USA


Interview Video: RAJA SEN, Director, LABORATORY (2010) Bengali Film, Talks to MARIAN CHATTERJEE

Germantown, Maryland, November 7, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Rabindranath Tagore wrote his famous short story Laboratory very late in his life. Laboratory is one of the three stories by Tagore which are entiely different in character and tehnique from his earlier short stories many of which are well-known in English translation, the other two being Sunday and Last Word. These three stories - "Sunday", "Last Word" and "Laboratory" - have been newly translated and published together in a single volume in English for the first time. (Buy Tagore's Three Companions Online).

Bengali Movie Laboratory (2010) - Raja Sen - USA Premiere
Raja Sen At The Showing of LABORATORY (Bengali, 2010) To An American Audience in Cleveland, OH

Acclaimed Kolkata, India based film-maker Raja Sen (www.rajasensfilms.com) has directed the new Bengali film adaptation of LABORATORY starring Arpita Pal Chatterjee, Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Ranjit Mallick and others. This is the Bengali cinema debut of Raveena Tandon.

Raja Sen was in the USA recently on the occassion of the North American premiere of Laboratory (Bengali, 2010). Laboratory was actually screened in USA at San Francisco, Houston, Washington DC and Cleveland Ohio even before it was released in India. Raja Sen talked to Marian Chatterjee in Cleveland, Ohio in this exclusive and informal interview while staying with his relatives Nitish and Chandana Sarkar in Cleveland.

Bengali Film Laboratory (2010) - Raja Sen - USA PremiereBengali Film Laboratory (2010) - Raja Sen - USA Premiere
Raja Sen with Bengali-Americans at North American Premiere of Bengali Film Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio

Raja-da talks about his career in film-making, his prior visits to the USA and given the remarkable cultural consciousness, education and taste of Bengalis in USA, how he realized releasing Laboratory in USA first on the 150th anniversary of Tagore's birthday is highly appropriate. Raja-da also talks about Bollywood and Bengali films, serious and popular.

Marian Chatterjee and Raja Sen - Bengali Film Laboratory (2010) - USA Premiere
Marian Chatterjee, Raja Sen at Premiere of Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio

Marian Chatterjee, the presenter of this unique interview, is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and has been studying Rabindrasangeet for 11 years primarily under Mrs. Rama Banerjee of Pittsburgh and also under Sri Rano Guhathakurta of Kolkata. She learned Bengali at the University of Washington, Seattle, under the late Dr. Carol Salomon, renowned translator of Lalon Giti.  A clinical and forensic psychologist by profession, Marian has participated in numerous cultural programs with the Bengali Cultural Society of Cleveland and has also served on the board. Other passions include translation of Rabindrasangeet.

Raja Sen - Jayanta Mukherjee at Laboratory US Premiere
  Raja Sen, Jayanta Mukherjee at Premiere of Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio 

Raja Sen, winner of three national awards in India, has previously directed Krishnakanter Will (2007) [BUY DVD] adapted from the Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay classic, starring Jeet, Soumitra Chatterjee, Swastika Mukherjee, Monali Thakur, Dulal Lahiri, Papiya Sen and others. Raja Sen's other memorable films include Atmiyo Sajan (1998) [DVD] starring Soumitra Chatterjee, Supriya Choudhury, Rituparna Sengupta, Tapas Pal, Sabyasachi Chakravarthy, June Malia, Dipankar Dey, Shakuntala Barua and more.

Raja-da's previous films include:

  • A Documentary on Suchitra Mitra (National Award winner - best documentary)
  • Damu (1997) - Cast: Raghuvir Jadav, Satya Banerjee, Monoj Mitra, Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Rimi Sen (Child Artist) (National Award winner - best feature film)
  • Atmiyo Swajan (1999) - Cast: Shakuntala Barua, Alok Mukherjee, Ashok Mitra, Asit Mukherjee, Chaitali Ghoshal, June Malia, Papiya Sen, Piyush Ganguly, Pradip Chakraborty, Rimi Sen (Child Artist), Tridib Ghosh (National Award winner - best feature film)
  • Chakrabyuhya (2000)
  • Desh (2002) - Cast: Jaya Bhaduri, Abhishek Bachchan, Sabyasachi Chakravarthy, Subhendu Chatterjee, Gyanesh Mukherjee, Nayana Das, Monu Mukherjee, Koushik Sen, Rajesh Sharma, Dulal Lahiri.
  • Debipaksha (2004) - Cast: Soumitra Chatterjee, Rituparna Sengupta, Satabdi Roy, Koel Mallick.
  • Krishnakanter Will (2007) - Cast: Jeet, Soumitra Chatterjee, Swastika Mukherjee.
  • Tinmurti (2009) - Cast: Ranjit Mallick, Dipankar Dey, Manoj Mitra, Paoli Dam.