Interview: Renowned Theater Director & Film-Maker SUMAN MUKHOPADHYAY on CHAR ADHYAY and Upcoming Movies

By Bidisha Bagchi

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Suman MukhopadhyayMichigan, USA, Feb 7, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) On Tuesday morning, WBRi had a very special guest from the world of Bengali theatre and films. His films Mahanagar@Kolkata, Herbert and Chaturanga have been critically acclaimed and his theaters, Raktakarabi, Bisarjan and Raja Lear have left the culturally inclined Bengali audience asking for more. He is none other than Suman Mukhopadhyay, one of the most respected Bengali directors honored with  multiple awards from all across the globe.

Mr. Mukhopadhyay spared some time out of his busy schedule to talk to WBRi about his upcoming theaters and films.

He said, even though he is not really thinking of directing any play or theater very soon, he does have plans of making ‘Char Adhyay’ written by the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Bratya Basu, the renowned playwright and a close friend of his would be working on the subject. He also said that it would not be in Bengali but in Hindi.

He has directed plays and theater productions for the stage as well as for television. When asked which one gave him more satisfaction he said it’s difficult to compare because each medium has a charm of its own. It can be said that a directing a play or a theater is more relaxing than making a film in the sense that films are associated with the pressure of commercial success which theater or plays are not.

His theater production ‘Nagamandala’ was staged in Kalamazoo University (Michigan) and was very well accepted. So, does he have any near plans to visit the United States with any of his theater productions? No, he said. Not at this moment mainly because he will be concentrating on a few films now. Once again, Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Shesher Kobita’ and a Hindi film on Calcutta’s Metiabruz are in the pipeline.

When asked why he chose Rahul Bose and Konkona Sen Sharma, as Amit and Labanya respectively, he said, somewhere in Rahul’s look he found the image of Amit and the character of Labanya as described in the book was not of someone who was traditionally beautiful or good looking. Her intelligence was her beauty. Konkona Sen Sharma has a very intelligent look and he thinks she is the right choice for the role of Labanya. The film will be shot in Calcutta, Shillong and partly in England. The shooting is scheduled to start sometimes during April 2012 and after all the formalities of a film release are over, it may be release by the end of 2012.

WBRi wished him good luck for all his upcoming projects.

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