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Kolkata, January 20, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations): Friday evenings at Priya Cinema (Rashbehari Avenue, Kolkata) are, during most weeks, starry affairs. The premiere shows of eagerly-anticipated, big-budget films are scheduled here and the occasions are invariably graced by the presence of a large number of big celebrities and heavyweights from the Bengali film fraternity. This Friday (the 20th of January) was no exception either, with the premiere of Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s third directorial venture, ‘Aparajita Tumi’ slated to be screened from 6:45 pm here. Given that the director already has two award-winning movies in his kitty, expectations were high from his latest flick too. The imminent arrival of several big names from Tollywood made the air heavy with excitement and anticipation. And boy, did the evening live up to its hype or what!
Gargi Roy Chowdhury with others
Director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury (fondly known as ‘Tony’ among the movie circles) and his wife, Mrs. Indrani Roy Chowdhury, were among the very first to arrive at Priya Cinema on the evening. Mrs. Roy Chowdhury (the ‘First Lady’ of the night, as it were!) was grace and dignity personified, as she greeted the guests, who started arriving well before the movie screening was supposed to start. Shantanu Moitra made an early appearance and the immense excitement of media photographers at the sight of this highly talented music director was proof enough of the popularity that he enjoys. Moitra was gracious and patient enough to pose for cameras for quite some time and even obliged many autograph-hunters.
Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury
Padmapriya Janakiraman, the beautiful young actress from down south, who plays the role of one of the main protagonists in ‘Aparajita Tumi’, arrived next at Priya Cinema. Dressed in a classy red saree and sporting an excited smile on her face, the actress easily managed to turn cameras (and heads!) towards her direction in unison. Padmapriya was clearly delighted to attend the first premiere show of her acting career (since South Indian movies do not have the tradition of hosting premiere screenings). Of course, a smiling, pretty lady was just what the doctor ordered as far as the photographers were concerned!
The other lady of the film, Kamalinee Mukherjee, arrived on the scene soon enough. Cameras went crazy at the sight of this gorgeous and talented actress and requests for posing for the camera (and for short interviews!) poured in incessantly. To her credit, Kamalinee patiently waited as cameramen jostled among each other to get a good snap of her. The actress also said that she was ‘super-nervous’ (it’s her first big-budget movie release, after all!) and yet, ‘super-confident’, for she believed that the film had turned out to be a fantastic one. Chandan Roy Sanyal, who plays Kamalinee’s husband in the film, also arrived soon enough, sending the photographers on a fresh spree of snapping. The producers of the movie, Shoojit Sircar and Ronnie Lahiri, were also present on the occasion. Veteran author Sunil Gangopadhyay, whose novel ‘Dui Naari Haatey Torobari’ forms the main plot of ‘Aparajita Tumi’, attended the premiere show too.
Apart from those associated with the movie, many other Tollywood biggies arrived at the theatre as the evening progressed. Mainak Bhaumik, a fine young director in his own right, reached Priya Cinema quite early on in the piece. Actors Arindam Seal and Gargee Roychowdhuri were the next to arrive and they were instantly encircled by the members of press who were present here. Parambrata Chatterjee arrived at the theatre soon after. The actor tried her best to save himself from the huge contingent of media personnel at Priya, but the latter was smart enough to catch up with this dashing young actor soon. After all, talented Tollywood stars are simply adored by the media!
The degree of class and glamor at Priya Cinema went up several notches with the arrival of celebrated actress and filmmaker, Aparna Sen. The lady, easily one of the leading stalwarts of Bengali cinema, showed that, her popularity among media personnel (and photographers!) is indeed increasing over time. Rupa Ganguly, another seasoned campaigner in Tollywood, also attended the premiere show. Dressed in a smart black tee, the lady delighted many fans by graciously giving her autograph to all those who asked for it. Several other big names from the Bengali movie industry were present at the theatre too.
With the hands of the clock going past 7:10pm (yes, proceedings were running a little late, but then, on such a grand evening, who cares?!), everyone made their way to the hall where ‘Aparajita Tumi’ was to be screened. After a brief formal introduction, the mike was handed over to the man of the moment, director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury. His arrival on the stage was greeted with whistles and claps from the entire audience, clearly showing how moviegoers have taken Roy Chowdhury’s previous works to heart. The director wasted precious little time in inviting the entire cast and crew members of ‘Aparajita Tumi’ onstage. Unfortunately, Indraneil Sengupta, who has a significant role in the movie, could not attend the premiere show due to personal reasons. Prosenjit was also conspicuous by his absence, with heavy morning fogs delaying his flight from Hyderabad, where he is currently shooting. Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, however, conveyed the warm wishes that Prosenjit had sent along for the success of the premiere event.
Video: Bengali Movie Aparajita Tumi (2012) Premiere in Kolkata
A brief moment of hilarity occurred when the director kept on looking for Kamalinee Mukherjee (oblivious of the fact that the actress was already present onstage and was standing right beside Roy Chowdhury himself!). In a short speech, producer Shoojit Sircar expressed his belief that ‘Aparajita Tumi’ had indeed shaped up to be a truly nice film. Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, on his part, thanked Sunil Gangopadhyay for allowing him to borrow the story of the latter’s novel for the film. The fact that the director was given a completely free hand by the producers was also mentioned by Roy Chowdhury.
Trailer - Aparajita Tumi
This concluded the press meet for ‘Aparajita Tumi’ and it was time for the movie to finally start rolling. The hall was choc-a-bloc full and everyone seemed to be truly enjoying the movie. The film received a standing ovation and several rounds of applause on its completion, proving that Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury had indeed succeeded in completing his hattrick of successful movies.
We wish the entire team of ‘Aparajita Tumi’ all the very best. Judging by the audience reactions on the premiere night, this film seems destined for large-scale critical as well as commercial success.