Ishanee’s Twin Launches: Looking to make it Big!

Saswata Chatterjee
Saswata Chatterjee

Arunava Khasnobis
Arunabha Khasnobis

Calcutta, February 17, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) On the 15th of February, 2012, CRC Kolkata hosted two star-studded events – the Music Launch of ‘Bhalobasha off Route-E’, and the DVD Launch of ‘Ajob Prem Ebong’. At the helm of both was ISHANEE, a very young enterprise priding itself in producing, distributing and promoting original Bangla Films in India and abroad.

Kolkata Bengali Movie Ajob Prem Ebong Starring Paoli Dham and Rahul

Released in the August of 2011, ‘Ajob Prem Ebong’ is a dark comedy, with a unique and socially relevant plot. Probably that’s why it has found a global appeal – screened and appreciated by critics at Bridge Fest Cultural 2011 (Canadian film festival). The 12th annual Dhaka International Film Festival, 2012, will also include a special screening of this film. Add to the list, a nomination as a finalist in the feature film category (cinema of the world section) at Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, 2012.

But why such a late DVD Launch? ‘To help the viewers in watching the film from the comfort of their homes’, justified Aridam Dey, the director. He also added that the film didn’t get ‘good shows’ in the city (with a hint of disappointment).  But all this is a thing of past, as the DVD launch aims to bring the movie closer to the city’s average movie-goers. While Rahul and Paoli play the protagonists, veterans like Chiranjeet, Sabyasachi, Paran Banerjee and Ratna Ghosal support the plot with their strong acts.

Next up was the Music Launch of ‘Bhalobasha off Route-E’ on Ishanee Music, a soon-to-be-released entertainment flick, directed by Arunava Khasnobis (interview). Composed by the newbie in town, Debarpito Saha, all the tracks have a fresh feel to them. It is indeed a well thought of mélange of almost all the genres of music – Rock, Sufi, Soft Pop and of course, an Item number (which has become almost mandatory now!) Rupankar, Raju Das, Ujjaini Mukherjee, Debopriyo Saha, Debarpito, Koushik Chakrabarty, Ravi Saha and Antara Mitra have lent their voices for these tracks.

Grateful for the creative freedom that Arunava has given, Debarpito was all praises for him. “It was a learning process for me”, he said. The mutual respect and appreciation came across clearly in Arunava’s words as well. Being a young director (and quite impressive, at that!), he, “was under a lot of pressure… working with the elders of the industry”.

Imagine playing football in the soaking heat of June (that too in Bolepur), with the temperature nothing less than 48 to 50 degrees centigrade, for at least 7 -8 hours every day at a stretch! Such was the shooting sequence of the film. And, it’s no wonder that Saswata Chattapadhyay, playing one of the main ‘plot-twisters’, so to say, complained of being put through such a torture! In fact, he set the floor on rolls with his comic portrayal of the entire episode.

Apart from Ishanee, there was another common thread that joined these two events – the Scriptwriter, Padmanabha Dasgupta. He has penned the screenplays for both ‘Ajob Prem Ebong’ and ‘Bhalobasha off Route – E’. And, he was pretty hopeful that his stories would acceptance among the average movie-goers of the city.

With a dream to give original Bangla scripts apt infrastructural and financial support offer them the wings to fly high into new skies, Ishanee started its operations in the year 2011. The evening started with an audio visual presentation on the enterprise, during which both the films were introduced, with a hint about the future ventures on hand. It’s expected that with its contemporary outlook about film making and promotion, the audience will be gifted with some unique plots in the time to come.