Bengali Movie Celebs Attend New Website Launch

Mithun Chakraborty and Soumitra Chatterjee
Mithun Chakraborty and Soumitra Chatterjee

Kolkata, Feb 7, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio): On the evening of 3rd February at Taj Bengal Hotel in Kolkata, a new website dedicated to the news and gossip from Tollywood Indian Bangla Movie industry started its journey. The web-site was inaugurated by three-time National Award winner Mithun Chakrabarty. Dada Saheb Phalke award winner Soumitra Chatterjee was present to grace the occasion. This provided a rare opportunity for photographers to capture the two Bengali icons together.

Mithun Chakrabarty

Almost the entire Tollywood Kolkata Bangla Movie industry was represented on the occasion. Gargi Roy Chowdhury, who has been roped in for the role of Mithun’s wife in the upcoming movie ‘White Mischief’ was looking bright in a sparkling white saree as she presented a bouquet of flowers to Soumitra. The senior-most actor, in turn, presented the bouquet to Mithun.

Mithun said on the occasion that he may be staying away at Mumbai nowadays but his heart always remains with Bengal. It is his love for Bengali films that made him fly all the way down from Mumbai for the occasion.

Designed under the guidance of the versatile actor, producer and director Arindam Sil, the website is a brainchild of Pawan Dalmia and Vishnu Agarwal, who felt that there are not many sites which carry news of Bengali films. They have developed the site to give the Bengali film Industry a global platform.

Mithun said once someone told him there is not much news about Bengali films on the internet and also cannot be found much on search engines. Though he replied that Bengali films are even beyond the reach of search engines, he feels in his heart every method available should be deployed to make Bengali films popular. He also said that the launch of the site will take Tollywood a step ahead in the world's film scenario.

Soumitra Chatterjee said, "I do not understand much about websites but I with my little knowledge about internet I understand that this is going to do good to Tollywood."

Tota Roy Chowdhury recalled some incidents from his past and described how in his younger days he used to manage to get a ticket for first-day first-shows of Mithun Chakrabarty’s films.

Mithun joked he is still 27 years old and he declares himself to be a 27++.  Huge public demand has made him add one extra + to his age but he is just 27+ in his heart!

Mithun Chakraborty and Soumitra Chatterjee

Babul Supriyo made a surprise visit to the event and agreed with Mithun. He said after the 27th Birthday Mithun had only the anniversaries of his 27th Birthday.

Actresses Indrani Halder and Roopa Ganguly brightened up the event. Their younger colleagues including Paoli Dam and Parijaat also glammed up the venue. Actors Parambrata Chatterjee, Bhaswar Chatterjee, Saswata Chatterjee and others were seen having a gala time at the event.

Also present were directors Aniket Chattopadhyay and Agnidev Chatterjee. Designer Abhisekh Dutta was spotted among a host of pretty models. Younger directors like Mainak Bhowmick and Aditi Ray were present, too.

- Reporting by Jyoti Prakash Mandal (jpmandal@washingtonbanglaradio.com)