Interview | Film-Maker Suman Mukhopadhyay - Mahanagar@Kolkata (Metropolis@Kolkata)

May 18, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) WBRi Washington Bangla Radio promotes Bengali movies in USA and Canada electronically. blog in WashingtonBanglaRadio.com web-site. Kolkata Bengali movie Mahanagar@Kolkata (Metropolis@Kolkata) is "a film of phobia, vigor, delirium and love in the metro of Kolkata." The theatrical release date of Mahanagar@Kolkata is June 4, 2010.

Mahanagar @ Kolkata is directed by award-winning actor-director Suman Mukhopadhyay, and is Suman's third feature film. A New York Film Academy, USA alumnus, Suman's earlier films are Chaturanga (DVD) based on the novel by Rabindranath Tagore. Chaturanga received critical acclaim at 50 film festivals around the globe including the Montreal World Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Sao Paulo International Film Festival, International Film Festival of India (Goa), Kolkata Film Festival and Seattle International Film Festival.  Suman's first feature film, Herbert (DVD with English Subtitles), based on a novel by Nabarun Bhattacharya. was screened in number of national and international film festivals including Florence, Bangkok, Osian Cinefan, Zanzibar, Mumbai, Pune and Kerala.  Herbert was officially released in USA at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Mahanagar @ Kolkata stars Anjan Dutta as Manmatha, Arun Mukhopadhyay as Biren, Biplab Chatterjee as Jagadish, Chandan Roy Sanyal as Rohit, Rituparna Sengupta as Rangili, Sreelekha Mitra as Kamilini, Kabir Suman as a cop, and the producer Pawan Kanodia as Hari Dutt. The audio songs in the soundtrack OST include film-songs by Bengali rock-star Rupam Islam and Mousumi Bhowmick.

The cinematographic idea of the film is 'PHOBIA' and 'VIGOR' in a contemporary Indian metropolis like Kolkata. This city and its people are reeling under the contradiction of rapid global developments and innate prejudices of the 'old world.'

For complete information about this latest Bengali cinema, visit the official web-site.

Mahanagor@Kolkata - Mahanagar At Kolkata - Mahanagar@Kolkata Poster

Mahanagar@Kolkata Official Synopsis:

Megacity Kolkata hides many worlds inside it. This film explores several facets of life in the city, through three intertwining stories, documenting the loves, fears, joys, sorrows, insecurities, and confidences of people who, despite vast differences, seem to merge in one great long flow of humanity.

Manmatha belongs to the upper echelons of the new, burgeoning middle class. He is spending an entire night at the emergency ward of a state hospital. It is in the hospital that Manmatha meets Jagadish, a lower middle class man, whose son, a soccer goalkeeper, is fighting a deadly stomach injury. Manmatha is completely baffled by Jagadish’s unruffled, serene attitude. A violent street gang conflict near the hospital prompts Manmatha and Jagadish to retreat to Manmatha's car, where they see the outside world.

Biren is jobless and lives in the borders of the city. Bombs are exploded and bullets fired near a construction site in the neighborhood when there is gang dispute over extortions. Biren begins to ask all and sundry: “I have nothing to fear. Do I?” He gets the same answer: “What do you have to fear?” And yet Biren cannot get over his fear. An unknown terror grips him. But, unfortunately, Biren’s worst fears come true. In the tumult of the city, it is impossible to discern when and from what source a bullet might arrive and pick a head from the crowd.

Rohit and Rongili are currently separated. Rohit is an America returned MBA who works for a multinational and makes loads of money. It was a dazzlingly packaged life that was empty at the core. But something strange happened to Rohit on the day of the lunar eclipse. He was drinking alone in his swanky, well-furnished high-rise apartment and sees a weird hallucination. A pyre had been set in the heart of the city for the inhuman medieval ritual of burning widows. Hours later Rohit was lying unconscious in the hospital.

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