Interview - Celebrated Actor DIPANKAR DE on Aniket Chattopadhyay's Goray Gondogol & Srijit Mukherji's Hemlock Society

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Dipankar DeKolkata, February 1, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) A name to reckon with in the Bangla film industry and a veteran who has left his mark in all the genres of silver screen productions, Dipankar De is simply unstoppable! And, this time he is reappearing before his fans as one amongst the “eclectic mix of cast” in ‘Goray Gondogol’ – penned and directed by Aniket Chattopadhayay.

In a tele-interview with Washington Bangla Radio’s, Arijit Chakrabarty, shares his experience of working in ‘Goray Gondogol’, on what drives him forward and his future projects which includes Srijit Mukherji's 3rd feature film Hemlock Society.

The chit-chat kicked off with greetings to all the Bengalis residing in the US through WBRi. He was pretty excited about his latest work, ‘Goray Gondogol’. It promises pure fun and entertainment to the audiences who wait with baited breath to be bitten by the comic bug! He said that after many days a film has been made in these lines, bringing together a crazy mix of 13-14 characters in all.

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Dipankar De’s tryst with comedy started quite early. His most memorable act in a comic role is undoubtedly the one in Banchharamer Bagan (1980) [BUY DVD], the super-hit comedy - something that he fondly recalled with a lump of nostalgia. It’s really incredible that for a man of his fame and experience, it is still equally stimulating to work in new age projects like ‘Goray Gondogol’. After a long time the industry will witness a movie with unadulterated fun, he said.

Moving on to the intricacies of the film, he said that the beauty of the script lies in the fact that in every frame 13 or 14 characters are seen together (the shots themselves are cinematographic feats!) and the film has an eclectic mix of cast - right from a pickpocket, or a smuggler, to an actor, or a would be married couple, everyone is present in the film. He also pointed out at the innocence and honesty in the way that the characters have been portrayed.

When asked about the state of the Bengali film industry of today, he says that while the working hours for actors have increased and work is comparatively more, there is a marked lack of discipline. He was also apprehensive about the scarcity of proper technicians or trained professionals, which he feels is affecting the quality, even though there is no dearth of work.

Nevertheless, he was also sure that the future of the industry lay in safe hands with talented directors like Aniruddha Roychoudhury and Srijit Mukherji, introducing Tollywood to a new, urban genre of movies, with a completely new style and thought process. While, both good and bad co-exist in Tollywood today, being an optimist, Dipankar De would rather prefer to look at the brighter side of Bangla film industry.

Turning his attention to the projects on the pipeline, he was very hopeful about Srijit’s (of Autograph and Baishe Srabon fame) “Hemlock Society”, where he will be seen next. The production is marked by subtle and brilliant script consolidated by strong performances. Having put in a lot of hard work and effort, he hopes that he will be able woo the audiences with his act. Coincidentally shooting for Hemlock Society has just been completed and post production / editing is all set to commence.

With such hopes and thoughts the interview came to a close with Dipankar De wishing “a very happy new near” to the Bengalis in the US. We’re sure that the viewers will keep showering their adulation on the respected veteran for his performance in ‘Goray Gondogol’ as well as his future endeavors!

Guest: Dipankar De, Kolkata, India
Host: Arijit Chakraborty, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Article: Penning Creations, Kolkata, India
Audio Recording, Editing: Supratim Sanyal, Washington DC, USA

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