Director Reshmi Mitra talks about Bengali films Pirit Kathaler Atha, Mon Rage Onurage, Ektu Ushnotar Jonno (Interview)

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[Tollywood Bengali Kolkata Film Piriti Khataler Atha Poster]Washington, DC, Feb 26, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Film-maker Reshmi Mitra chats with Arijit Chakraborty in a live interview for WBRi. Ms. Mitra talks about her movies, prior work, and future plans. Of her previous movies, her incomplete dream “Char Odhdhay” based on the acclaimed story by Rabindranath Tagore is still the closest to her heart. Her previous movie, Bhalobasha Zindabad was satisfying to make because of its novelty and its realistic flavor. Her docu-features on Pramathesh Barua, Salil Chaudhury, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, junior artists in the movie business, and eunuchs have moved people, and herself, and remain some of her favorites.

Piriti Kanthaler Atha, her latest movie is getting rave reviews in Kolkata. Ms. Mitra attributes this to its appeal to the current, young generation because of the combination of its entertainment factor, original story line, freshness, realistic flavor, and relatability. The fight sequences are exquisitely coordinated and CG (computer graphics) is used effectively. Created by the famous fight master (action director) from Mumbai, Andali Pathan (who has directed action sequences for heroes like Akshay Kumar and Govinda), they have a fancy-ness (“chamak”) to them, while the songs, directed by Indian classical instrumental Santoor artist Pinak Bhattacharya are classical-based and sequenced according to the story line. The lyrics of the songs are penned by Gautam Sushmit.

Ms. Mitra is working on three new movies at this time. The first, Mon Raage Onurage is written and directed by her. The music is directed by Babul Bose, and singers from Mumbai, including Shaan, Kunal Ganjawala, Javed Ali, June Bannerjee, Kalpana, and Reema have been signed on.

Ms. Mitra is also very hopeful about a second movie in the making based on Buddhadeb Guha’s famous novel, Ektu Ushnatar Jonno. Mr. Guha is her favorite writer. Ms Mitra has acquired the rights to the novel, and preproduction is on. The shooting will predominantly take place in McCluskieganj later this year since winter plays a significant role in the story. The casting has not yet been fixed, but initial talks are on with Prasenjit for the role of Sukumar Bose, and a new female actor will be chosen for the role of Chuti. Keep an eye out for more information as the shooting progresses !