Goray Gondogol (2012) Bengali Comedy Film Premieres at Nandan in Kolkata

Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie Actress SAMPURNA LAHIRI in Goray Gondogol (2012) Premiere
Actress SAMPURNA LAHIRI at Goraye Gondogol (2012) Premiere

Calcutta, Feb 3, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Even in the present day and age of swanky multiplexes and glitzy, revamped single screens, the Nandan theatre complex (A.J.C. Bose Road, Kolkata) still holds a special place in the hearts of all discerning movie-lovers of Bengal. Over the years, Nandan has come to be associated with quality cinema and star-studded movie gatherings. This Friday (the 3rd of February) was the latest addition to the calendar of important cinematic events that are regularly organized at Nandan, with the premiere of director Aniket Chattopadhyay’s third directorial venture, ‘Goray Gondogol’, being scheduled during the evening. Chattopadhyay has already made his mark as a smart and classy filmmaker and expectations were high from his latest offering too. With the movie having an ensemble cast (featuring a bevy of celebrities!), everything seemed to be in place for yet another exciting film event at Nandan. As the evening rolled on, the glamour quotient of the occasion kept on rising too. Yes, the premiere of ‘Goray Gondogol’ was a grand affair indeed!

The screening of ‘Goray Gondogol’ was scheduled to start from 6:45pm, but the guests started trooping in long before the actual show time. One of the very first to arrive at the theatre premises was director Aniket Chattopadhyay [WBRi interview] (the ‘man of the moment’, as it were!). Looking dapper in a white shirt, denims and sneakers, Chattopadhyay was instantly mobbed by the media (understandably, for he is one of the most popular filmmakers going around). As the camera shutters kept on clicking, the director started to hand out passes for his movie to the members of the press. The director was gracious enough to pose at length for the camera and to answer the (many!) questions that the pressmen had to ask about the film. The quiet confidence of Aniket Chattopadhyay shone through as he quipped that genuinely funny movies were, just like the ‘Feluda’ flicks, almost annual events (!), which automatically guaranteed their success at the box-office. The director was justifiably upbeat about the prospects of ‘Goray Gondogol’, for a lot of hard work had gone into the making of the film.

Rudranil GhoshRudranil Ghosh (WBRi Interview) who plays an important role in the movie, was another of the early arrivals at Nandan on the evening. Cameras turned in unison as this immensely talented actor made his entry at the theatre. One of the most media-friendly among the current crop of Bengali movie stars, Ghosh interacted with media personnel for quite a significant period of time (much to the delight of the photographers, one must say!). Ghosh explained how the film relates the story of a few so-called petty criminals (‘prantik choritro’, as he preferred to mention them as) and their role in bringing two young lovers together. Ghosh turned philosophical for a while as he mentioned in passing that, while these people are invariably looked down upon by the society, they often turn out to be better human beings than many of their counterparts from higher societal strata.

Bengali Actress Manasi SinhaThe next to arrive on the scene was the popular television and film actress, Mansi Sinha. The lady reiterated the fact that, the fun and entertainment quotient was indeed high in ‘Goray Gondogol’ and viewers would simply love the flick. The evening seemed to become even more classy with the entrance of veteran actor Dipankar De [WBRi Interview]. Cameramen went into a tizzy as Dipankar De stopped to explain his role (in brief, of course!) to the media representatives. Not one to linger about for a lengthy period, De soon headed upstairs to the hall where the movie was to be screened.

Kanchana Moitra (WBRi Interview), the pretty young actress who had starred in Aniket Chattopadhaya’s previous film (‘Bye Bye Bangkok’), made her appearance next at the theatre, adding that extra dash of glamour to the occasion. Anjana Basu (WBRi Interview), another promising star from the Bengali movie fraternity, arrived next at Nandan. Moitra and Basu both stopped to pose for brief photo-sessions too (showing that, beauty and sweetness can indeed go hand-in-hand!). Saswata Chatterjee, an important member of the cast of ‘Goray Gondogol’ made his appearance soon after. The actor commented, on a humorous note, that since he plays the role of a ticket-blacker in the movie, he could not possibly stand outside any theatre for long. To his credit, however, Saswata did interact with the media and even shared certain funny anecdotes from the time when he was shooting for the movie.

Biswanath BasuActors Biswanath Basu and Sujan (Neel) Mukherjee arrived together at Nandan next. The two obliged the press members by posing for the camera for some time, before proceeding towards the main movie hall. Joyjit Banerjee, the popular character artist in the Tollywood industry, made his appearance next. Koneenica Bannerjee, the pretty and versatile young actress, was a major head-turner during the evening. The camera shutters simply kept on clicking as Koneenica (looking absolutely ravishing in a black designer saree) recounted how it had been an absolute delight to work with director Aniket Chattopadhyay in ‘Goray Gondogol’. The actress also recounted how the director had helped her all along and, on certain rare occasions, had even rebuked (!) her. Koneenica too sounded confident that viewers would love the movie.

Konineeca Banerjee
Konineeca Banerjee

The stage was now all set for the leading lady of ‘Goray Gondogol’ - Sampurna Lahiri [WBRi Interview] - to make a grand entrance at Nandan. Photographers literally ran towards the young debutante as she started to move towards the theatre entrance. Sporting a charming laughter and looking resplendent in a classy violet saree, Sampurna (who is quite a known face on the small screen) responded to media queries and patiently waited for the cameramen, who kept on requesting her to pose for some more snaps. With the hands of the clock moving towards 7:00 pm, everyone started to move upstairs, where the movie was scheduled to be screened.

When the ‘heroine’ arrives on the night of the premiere of her film, can the ‘hero’ of the movie be left far behind? Certainly not! Rahul [WBRi Interview], one of the most reliable and sincere young actors in Tollywood, arrived soon, with wife Priyanka (an extremely promising actress herself) in tow. Since the screening of ‘Goray Gondogol’ had started already, Rahul had to practically rush through the crowd of media personnel (no mean task, that!) to get to the movie hall. On his way, the young actor correctly pointed out that the leading man of the movie simply had to be on time for the premiere of the film. The adept photographers on hand were, however, efficient enough to get quite a few snaps of the pretty couple, as they headed upstairs. Experienced film and telly star Arindam Sil, was also present on the occasion.

Trailer: Goraye Gondogol

The screening of ‘Goray Gondogol’ started more or less on time (kudos to the makers and the punctual guests for that!). From pretty early on in the piece, the murmurs (or, the smiles, to be more accurate!) of appreciation among the viewers were evident (just as director Aniket Chattopadhyay had promised!) and everyone seemed to be enjoying the entertaining antics of the characters of the film on the big screen.

Here’s wishing the entire team of ‘Goray Gondogol’ all the very best. May the movie have a sustained (and successful!) run at the theatres, delivering just the right mix of fun and merriment to all its viewers.

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