Interview: Tollywood Actor Mainak Banerjee on his acting career and upcoming films "Amrita", "Bindas Prem"

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[Kolkata Bengali Movie Actor Mainak]Washington DC, June 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Mainak Banerjee, who prefers to just go by his first name Mainak, started his acting career around 2003 with his well-appreciated role in Akash Bangla's TV Serial "Police Files" which dramatized real police cases. He subsequently appeared in Zee Bangla's TV show "Asambhab" in 2008 where his portrayal of the character of Shiba was so vivid that people started to refer to him as Shiba. Mainak describes a particularly interesting story at a Kolkata metro station involving cops, as well as incidents in rural Bengal which indicate his success in playing Shiba.

It was after "Ashambhab" that Mainak debuted in Bengali cinema with a lead role in the Tollywood teenage-romance film AMAR SANGI opposite actress Ridhima Ghosh which opened in 2009. AMAR SANGI is directed by Subhash Sen and features lyrics by Goutam Susmit and music by Babul Bose (WBRi interview).

After Amar Sangi, Mainak was on the lookout for a challenging role of a different kind than Amar Sangi. He decided to accept the role offered him in Bindas Prem - his second film having a release date of July 1, 2011 in Calcutta and West Bengal. In Bindass Prem, Mainak plays a character which is far removed from the one in Amar Sangi. The son of a poor mother and a rich father who had left his mother in dire straits for another woman. His mother dies of lack of treatment from lack of money. In fact, when he had approached his wealthy father to ask for suppor for his mother, the way his father responded was so shocking that he ends up commiting a crime in the eyes of the law. But is the crime really a crime that cannot be morally justified ?

Along with Mainak as the hero, Bindaas Prem has a star-cast of Bengali actress Megha Bose as the heroine with a supporting cast of Ayon Ghosh, Rajesh Sharma, Paran Bandopadhyay, Bunty Goswami and Rabindrasangeet exponent Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta in her debut as a film-actress (no, she does not sing in this film!) Megha has previously appeared in Haranath Chakraborty's 2010 feature-film "Jor Jar Muluk Tar" (buy Bengali film on DVD in USA) co-starring Prasenjit Chatterjee, Rudranil Ghosh, Raaj, Sanchita, Shaan, Arpita Mukherjee, Rajatava Dutta, Rajesh Sharma, Kanchan Mullick, Laboni Sarkar, Sumit Ganguly, Arun Banerjee and others with music by Ashok Raj.

Bindas Prem is partially shot in the picturesque mountain-town of Gangtok, Sikkim. Mainak describes how Swagatalxmi referred to their strict 4 AM - 11 PM schedule as having military-like qualities.

Bindass Prem is directed by Partha Sarkar and produced by Shiv Shakti Entertainment. The music is by Babul Bose (interview) and the lyrics are by Goutam Sushmit, Priyo Chattopadhaya and Shymal Sengupta. The cinematographer is Arup Mondol and the editor is Tapas Chakrabarty.

Mainak's next film is titled "AMRITA" - a Bengali family drama movie where he plays Anirban, son of Smriti Iirani and Victor Banerjee and grandson of Supriya Devi. The character Anirban is basically of a spoilt son of a rich dad. Anirban's interest in a girl in his college causes him some trouble, and another girl helps him resolve his difficulties. Amrita is directed by Tapan Saha, with music by Kumar Sanu and Som (interview) and songs performed by Kumar Sanu and Javed Ali.

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