Kolkata, June 2, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) This Friday, the 1st of June, saw Priya Cinema host the premiere screening and press meet of director Joydeep Ghosh’s very first Bengali feature film Maya Bazaar. The movie stars Dhritiman Chatterjee, Rupa Ganguli and Badshah Moitra, and also marks the feature film debut of TV actor Paya Dey (of ‘Behula’ fame).
One of the first guests to arrive at Priya on the evening was the young and promising actor Dipanjan Bhattacharjee (who plays the role of ‘Dhritin’ in one of the stories in ‘Mayabazar’). The actor, looking dapper in a black punjabi, flitted about the theater busily and also took an active interest in distributing the premiere passes to other guests. It was refreshing to see such verve and enthusiasm in the young actor. Yet another known face from the current crop of upcoming actors, Badshah Moitra, also arrived pretty early at the theater complex. Moitra took time out to interact with the media journalists who were present there and also posed for the camera (much to the glee of photographers).
Veteran actor Dhritiman Chatterjee appeared soon enough at Priya Cinema too. His enormous popularity was for all to see as he arrived at the theater. Chatterjee, on his part, patiently, waited for the press photographers to have their fill and then headed upstairs, where movie would actually be screened.
The pretty Payel Dey, one of the most known faces in Bengali TV serials, looking enchanting in a classy white saree, reached Priya soon after. Her delightful smiling face was a lovely sight to behold for everyone present there.
The director of ‘Mayabazar’, Joydeep Ghosh, was also punctual in his arrival at the movie complex. The debutant sounded confident enough as he answered the questions that journalists had to pose to him regarding the nitty-gritty of the film. Actors Sujan ‘Neel’ Mukherjee and Sudipta Chakraborty were two of the several star celebrities who graced the occasion with their presence.
Heads, cameras and attention levels turned with the arrival of the gorgeous Roopa Ganguli on the scene. The experienced campaigner (and easily one of the finest actresses of our times) maintained a pleasant demeanour throughout, as cameramen jostled with each other to get a proper snap of her. A brief chitchat with the journalists also followed. Roopa Ganguli may have attained the status of a proven performer, but she still retains that touch of humbleness and elegance that makes her so endearing among audiences. Kanchana Moitra, the vibrant young actress, also attended the premiere of ‘Mayabazar’.
Video: Mayabazaar Bengali Film Premiere in Priya Cinema hall, Rash Behari Ave, Kolkata
With the hands of the clock moving towards 7:00 pm and all the guests having already arrived at Priya, everyone now headed to the first floor, where ‘Mayabazaar’ would be screened. After a brief, formal introduction by a representative from the NFDC (who were in charge of promoting and distributing the film), the microphone was handed over to the director himself, Joydeep Ghosh. Once onstage, Ghosh invited all the cast members of ‘Mayabazar’ to join him too. The fact that he actually called out the names of each of the actors separately was indicative of his overall sincerity and dedication. The other members of the crew, including cinematographer Premendu Bikash Chaki, were called upon the stage as well.
Joydeep Ghosh next passed on the mike to senior actor Dhritiman Chatterjee. The latter (who was evidently having a bad throat problem) welcomed everyone to the screening of ‘Mayabazar’ and also explained how the director had worked tremendously hard to make this movie. Chatterjee also, quite astutely, remarked that it was not of much use to speak a lot before the screening of the movie and it was, after all, up to the viewers to judge the quality of the film. The director next requested Rupa Ganguli to share a few words with the audience. Clearly taken aback by this unplanned request, the actress maintained her sense of humour as she quipped ‘stage thekey nemey o-r chul ta arekbar ghete ditey hobey’ (I’ll ruffle up the director’s hair once we get down from stage)! On a more serious note, Ganguli expressed her hope that ‘Mayabazar’ would indeed be liked by viewers.
The stage was now set for the younger members of the members of the cast of ‘Mayabazar’ to take over the microphone. Dipanjan Bhattacharjee, on his part, thanked the director for having enough confidence in his capability to pull off the complex role of ‘Dhritin’ in ‘Mayabazar’. Payel Dey, in turn, expressed her gratitude to cinematographer Premendu Bikash Chaki, for presenting her in a beautiful manner in the film. This, in fact, prompted Badshah Moitra to remark that this was definitely not the first time that the veteran cameramen was receiving thanks from a beautiful lady (!), causing much mirth among everyone. Roopa Ganguli also pointed out that all the actors were missing Krishna Kishore Mukherjee, who could not attend the ‘Mayabazar’ premiere owing to personal reasons.
Thus ended the press meet of ‘Mayabazar’, and the screening of the movie finally started (we were running a li’l bit late, but then again, we love to hear from celebrities, right?). Audiences were hooked on to the movie from its initial reels, and judging by the rapt attention with which everyone was watching ‘Mayabazar’, director Joydeep Ghosh seemed to have struck bull’s eye with his very first directorial venture.
Here’s wishing the very best to everyone associated with ‘Mayabazar’. May it truly spread some magic among movie enthusiasts during its (hopefully prolonged!) run at the theaters.