Interview: Prabuddha Banerjee - Music Director and Background Score Composer for Bangla Movie ABOSHESHEY


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Prabuddha BanerjeeKolkata, Sep 10, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Starting off the interview, senior American-Bengali journalist Devasish Ray (interview) poses a rather challenging question to Prabuddha Banerjee - background score composer and music director of Bengali film Abosheshe - about the song that is the most reflective of the story of the film. Banerjee describes how all the songs have been carefully designed to be situational, reflecting various moods, though the songs could be perceived to have a subtle common thread. Banerjee also points out that two of the songs are Rabindrasangeet written and composed by Rabindranath Tagore.

Abosheshey stars Roopa Ganguly, Ankur Khanna, Raima Sen, Suman Mukhopadhyay , Sudipta Chakraborty, Manashi Sinha, Kamalika Banerji, Arijit Dutta, Avijit Guha, Ranjini Chakraborty, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Bodhisatwa Majumder and Dipankar De. The film is written by Neel B Mitra (interview) and directed by Aditi Roy, with screenplay by Neel B Mitra and Aditi Roy.

Answering Ray's subsequent question on the planning that has gone into the music, Banerjee points out that, unlike most Bengali films, the music of Abosheshe is not just a set of songs, but a true original soundtrack. There are seven tracks in the album, including an excerpt of the background score.

Banerjee offers a fascinating glimpse into his way of composing - he tries to imagine the musical instrument based on tonality, and the type of song, that most closely reflects the situation. He cites an example of a solo cello immediately coming to his mind for a specific scene.

Banerjee also reveals his disenchantment with film songs that effectively pause the story. His method also involves a natural incorporation of songs into the story line. As a matter of fact, Banerjee accepts assignments of film music only if he is both the music director for the songs and background score composer, thus allowing him to borrow elements from both, resulting in greater continuity.

Banerjee is justifiably proud of Roopa Ganguly's National Award for the best playback singer (female), especially since he is also not a big fan of playback singers whose voices usually mismatch those of the actors. The fact that Rupa is a n accomplished singer was a boon for Banerjee.

Abosheshey is an Indian Bengali Urban movie produced by Anil B Dev under the banner of Deb's Entertainment House. It tells the story of the discovery of a woman by her son who has no memories of her and will never meet her in person. The story unfolds celebrating people, a city and moments frozen by a mother for her son with the hope the son finds them one day.

Abosheshey is a film festival favorite, having won numerous prestigious awards including The Netpac Award for Best Asian Film at International Film Festival of Kerala 2011 and National Award 2011 Best Female Playback (Rupa Ganguly). Abosheshey has been an official selection at Market Recommendation IFFI Goa NFDC, 15th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Mainframe Competition EurAsia, POFF  Estonia Selection for Cannes' Cinando Online Screening, New York Indian Film Festival, South Asian Film Festival Washington DC, London Indian Film Festival, Danish Film Festival India Today Copenhagen and more.

Watch a video from the screening of Obosheshe at the Washington DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF) 2012


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