Interview | Avik Mukhopadhyay - Ekti Tarar Khonje (Beyond the stars) Bengali Movie - director

Bengali Movie Director AVIK MUKHOPADHYAYAvik Mukhopadhyay is the director of the 2010 Bengali feature film EKTI TARAR KHOJE. Avik talks to Subhomoy Mukherjee of Washington Bangla Radio in this exclusive audio interview that you can listen to online by pressing the play buttons above.

Avik talks about his early days with Black Magic, and ad films - then Bengali feature films with Rituparno Ghosh (and Mrinal Sen and Aparna Sen). He says he has always had some concepts in his head and wondered if he could express his concepts in his own way if he took up direction of a feature film, and that chain of thought and inspiration from his buddies led to ETK.

Subhomoy writes:

He is talented, he is genius. He can invent himself, he can discover the new avenues. He is our very own Avik Mukhopadhyay.

We can always describe this cordial person as cinematographer as he received appreciation from every corner of the world for his wonderful sense of using a camera.

But now we can introduce him as a sensible film director too as he has already debuted with his first Bengali movie Ekti Tarar Khoje (2010).

Avik started his career as a cinematographer for ad films but his sense and his talent have helped him to take a footstep into the world of cinema with directors of repute specially Rituporno Ghosh from his fourth film. Now we cannot think of a Rituporno movie without Avik’s camera.

Another feather on his cap is he has had the opportunity to work with almost all the famous directors of todays Kolkata (Tollywood) Bengali movie industry.

He has got many prestigious awards for his paintings with the camera.

Avik has a very good friend circle comprising creative people and once a “adda” with friends inspired him to direct a sensible feature film.

He started his journey in search of  a star (for making a good film ) and he received help from his friends like Madhuja Mukherjee (script writer and art and production designer of Ekti Tarar Khonje), Prabuddha (music director of ETK) and Aniruddha (producer of ETK). Not only that, his association with and reputation in Tollywood over the years helped him enlist the best cast and crew members for his first project and complete the project successfully.

Though his first film is better than many contemporary projects and a bit successful in the box office, he is not thinking about his next film just now as he has to complete his commitments as a cinematographer.

But we are expecting to watch his next movie very soon and wish him all the success in future as a cinematographer-director.