Interview: Film-Maker Abhishek Ganguly on New Film "Voices: Murmurs of the Mind" on Mental Illness Awareness and his Background

By Supratim Sanyal, Washington DC
Interview host: Esha Basu Roy, Jacksonville, Florida


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Abhishek Ganguly - Kolkata Bengali Movie Writer-DirectorWashington, DC, Aug 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Listen to Kolkata-based film-maker Abhishek Ganguli speak about his background and experience in film-making, with special emphasis on his new film "Voices: Murmurs of the Mind" in this exclusive and intimate chat with Esha Basu Roy on WBRi.

The film will premiere in Saturday Club, Kolkata on Aug 25, 2011. Actor Biswajit Chakraborty will launch the film at the event. An interactive panel discussion with some of the top psychiatrists and social workers of Kolkata about mental illness will be held at the launch event. Kolkata-based English music composer, director and singer Sumit Roy has composed a special song "Murmurs of the Mind" which he will perform for the occasion and the MC of the event will be theater and short-film actor Siddhartha Sen from Jamshedpur.

Abhishek is working in the creative field as a free-lance self employed writer and director of films, event organizer and creative manager for the last fifteen years and has served over 2000 corporate and non-corporate Clients. He runs his own creative outfit "Learning System" since 1996.

"Voices Murmurs of the Mind" in Bengali of 21 minutes is a production of his creative organization Learning System  under their ‘Cinema for a Cause’ initiative to address and make people aware about the mental illness Schizophrenia which is affecting millions all across the globe. Partly based on his direct experience with people close to him afflicted with the illness, the film strives to create awareness and educate people about the disorder of the mind.

The film was screened at SHORTS 2011 - a short film festival in Jamshedpur organized by Tata Steel in association with Take 5 Communications. Read all about the movie in our previously posted exclusive film preview.

Abhishek is considering, as his next project, a social short-film on retired sex-workers of Kolkata.

Abhishek started modeling as a young man, and subsequently played quite few a roles in Bengali films working with renowned directors of the time like Prabhat Roy and Sujit Guha. His journey as a film-maker started with a training film for his father's training school - a film which was quite popular in it's domain. The training school eventually became the fully autonomous "Learning System" with Abhishek at the helm of the creative company.

Abhishek has created and directed Bengali feature films, and worked as an assosiate director and song sequence director in films like Tathagata Bhattacherjee's 2002 flick "Antarghat" (Buy Bengali movie on DVD) starring Victor Banerjee, Debashree Roy, Sabyasachi Chakravarthy, Pallavi Chatterjee, Sumanta Mukherjee etc. with music by Debjit Bera. Abhishek co-wrote the script of Shiv Kumar Agarwal and Sisir Majumdar's "Sesh Chithi" starring Shakuntala Barua, Rituparna Sengupta, Tanuja, Haradhan Banerjee, Ashok Kumar, Ayan Banerjee, Biplab Chatterjee, Master Bittu Roy, Bijoy Mohanty etc.featuring music direction by Rahul Dev Burman.

Among other films, Abhishek has directed advertising films for Anjali Jewellers and numerous TV Commercials. He has made many music videos, documentaries, awareness capsules etc. He has made popular TV series including Abhijaan for TARA Bangla - a travel show, Salaam Kolkata, Rotary Parikrama on Bangla Akhon, Wonder Kids TV serial on HVC Channel, Globe Trotters Travel Series on Bangla Akhon etc.

Abhijit has directed over 2000 corporate and non-Corporate audio-visual presentations, and has been involved with concept to creation of numerous Fashion Shows, Product Launches, Press Meets, Film and Music release functions,Quiz programmes, Antaksharis, Musical Extravaganzas, Theme Shows, Exhibitions, Trade meets, Private Parties and so on.

Films directed by Abhijit have been screened at the Kolkata International Film Festival 2008 and 2009 in the Short Film Section, Chitrabani Kolkata Short Film Festival, Festivals at Weavers Studio, Festivals at the Tata Centre of Excellence in Jamshedpur and different events all over the world.

Abhishek Ganguli can be reached at chumki_arya12 [at] rediffmail [dot] com. The official web-site of Learning System is www.learning-system.in.

Voices - Murmurs Of The Mind - Bengali Movie Poster

Voices: Murmurs of the Mind

Technical Crew
Jamshed
Bapi Samanta
Mahadeb Mondol

Editing & Styling Creatives
Sudip Das; Subrata Paul; Abhimanyu Sengupta

Music & Sound Design:
Jayanta Chatterjee; Gaurab Mukherjee;Sohom Sengupta

Story : Kaberi Roy Chowdhury

Camera, Design  & Direction:
Abhishek Ganguli

Cast:
Madhumita Chakraborty
Tanima Biswas
Rajyosree  Chatterjee
Anjan  Bannerjee
Dr. Indra Kamal Mazumder

Presented by
Learning System


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