Interview | Suman Mukhopadhyay - award-winning film-maker - Mahanagar@Kolkata, Herbert, Chaturanga

kolkata bangla movie director Suman MukhopadhyayApril 10, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Acclaimed Bengali film-maker Suman Mukhopadhyay talks to Washington Bangla Radio's Kolkata correspondent Subhomoy Mukhopadhyay in an informal and intimate interview (video). Mukhopadhyay's Mahanagar@Kolkata movie is about to be released and all movie lovers are in expectation to experience another sensational and quality movie from the award-winning director. Mahanagar@Kolkata has a star cast of Biplab Chattopadhyay, Arun Mukherjee, Anjan Dutt, Rituparna Sengupta, Sreelekha Mitra, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Kabir Suman and others. Mukhopadhyay talks about his childhood, his participation in theater, his films Herbert and Chaturanga and of course MAHANAGAR@KOLKATA which he says is a portrayal of today's modern Kolkata with deep-rooted culture via a collage of three stories by Nabarun Bhattacharya that he had read at different points in time but come together in the film.

Suman Mukhopadhyay is a thespian by heart, a director of substance. Born in the family of theater as the son of great actor and director, Arun Mukhopadhyay, he got interest in theater from very tender age. From childhood he groomed up in the ambiance of theater and cinema in presence of his father and family friends. Regular in house discussion and rehearsal of famous theatre group Chetona, formed by his father, grew his interest in theater. Though he started his journey as an actor with Chetona from teen age, in 1986 he became serious about theater as career. But he got the popularity from Annyo Theatre as hero of the Maimansingh Folktale “Madhav Malanchi Kanya”. This super-hit fairytale not only gave him fame but rehearsal for a long period of this production by Bibhas Chakraborty as well as acting in countryside also helped him to understand pulse of audience from different segments of the society as well as learn the entire process to make a good production. That time he was also got fame as actor of Chetona’s Marich Sambad and Jagannath. But process of making Madhav Malanchi Kanya helped him to take decision to be a director rather than actor.

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Suman Mukhopadhyay in his study

Tollywood Bengali Film Director Suman MukherjeeWhen Suman Mukherjee was a student of comparative literature in Jadavpur University, he started his first directorial venture Haripada Haribol. That time he got the chance to continue his study in the USA. There he learned more techniques and other skills to produce and direct theater. Productions like Daini, Mephisto, Teesta Parer Brittanto, Raktakarabi etc. established himself as one among the most powerful directors of all time of Bengali Stage. In 2007, he directed Agunmukho, till date last theater direction by him.

Herbert Bengali Movie DVDFrom the very beginning of his journey as a director, he was thinking about directing films. In 1994, he started his directoral journey on screen with a documentary series “Theater Directors at Work”. After directing short films, documentaries and telefilms for years, he directed his debut feature film “Herbert” [Buy Bengali Movie Herbert DVD Online] in 2005. Herbert, starring Subhashis Mukherjee, Sabyasachi Chakravarthy, Lily Chakravarty, Bratya Basu, Joyraj Bhattacharya, Chandan Sen, Kanchan Mullick and Suchitra Mitra,  is a milestone in Bengali Film Industry with the subject, acting and technical aspects. Not only that, this serious film got acclamation both from audience and critics. Herbert was awarded with prestigious Indian National Award as well as awards from different parts of the World.

Suman Mukhopadhyay's Study

Chaturanga, based on a challenging novel of same name by Rabindranath Tagore established him as one of the most sensational directors of India. Chaturanga, very popular among audience and critics, screened at 55 major film festivals of the World  and got multiple awards from every corner of the World.

We wish him all the successes.

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