Flavour of Kolkata

Flavour of Kolkata
Tree house at Eco Park (New Town). Shot by Kausani Bardhan.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Kolkata Shutterbugs 1

Here's the beginning of a photo post series featuring the work of my chosen shutterbugs of the city. The inaugural click features my favourite actor and his angel beautifully shot by Rana Basu Thakur, who runs JLT Solutions- a 'creative agency and more'. Couldn't resist picking it up from Rana da's Facebook page.

Indraneil Sengupta and Meira shot by Rana Basu Thakur

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Creative Canvas

Got an invite a few evenings back to 'Like' this group Creative Canvas on Facebook. It's created by some enthusiastic school students in standard XI to cultivate art- Photography, painting, writing and the stuff. Did the needful and thought of publishing something interesting that I come across on the page. And here's the one I liked:

 2nd Hooghly Bridge by Chandrayut Pal

This photograph has also won the distinction of  'Most Popular Art of the Week' last week. Looking forward to see more interesting work in Creative Canvas.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The black beauty's chosen ones

The winners' list of the first Filmfare Awards east (held on 29th March, '14) is more or less satisfactory. Am happy about Ritwik Chakraborty winning Best Actor (Male) for Shabdo, and for Indraneil Sengupta (Best Actor- Male in a Supporting Role- Mishawr Rawhoshyo), Shabdo (Best Film, Critics' Choice), Soumitra Chattopadhyay (Best Actor- Male, Critics' Choice), Arijit Singh (Best Playback Singer- Male- Mon majhi re- Boss) and Sohini Sarkar (Best Debut- Female- Rupkatha Noy and Phoring). Kudos to these winners!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The coveted black statuette

As  a pleasant surprise the highly aspirational black lady is coming to Kolkata to cast her lethal charm on the film industry of East- Bengali, Odia and Assamese to be precise. Yes, it's common knowledge for everyone now: to honour the Bengali film industry and its popular cousins, Filmfare Awards is opening its East edition this year. It distinctively marks the next level the Bengali film industry has been able to reach, thanks to the new wave cinema, especially since 2010 (the year Autograph released).

All eyes will be on Science City auditorium this evening as the award ceremony takes place. The awardees are going to make history. Would love it if some capable actors who are not yet stars, and a film (or two) which didn't get its due make it. Looking forward to the winners list in tomorrow's Times of India.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Riya and Red Sketchbook

Came to know about Riya and Red Sketchbook (in that order) sometime back from Kausani, my deputy and a friend of hers. Was wowed by this girl's sketches on her Facebook page called Red Sketchbook. Her forte is portrait sketch and she does amazing celebrity portraits frequently. Her Suchitra Sen adorned this blog's cover (after the diva passed away).

Riya is an artist by passion and profession (again, in that order).

Just came across this one, and couldn't resist asking her for publishing it here.

Madhabi Mukhopadhyay by Riya of Red Sketchbook

Hope to see more of her craft here.

Wanna get your or someone's sketch done by her? Drop a mail to redsketchbook.riya@gmail.com.

By the way, Riya is doing wall art too, professionally. It's for office and home interiors (and elsewhere). Would love to check out some work and come back here to talk of it.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Biriyani & Kebab Festival

Visited the second edition of Biriyani & Kebab Festival organised by t2 at City Centre last Saturday with my new foodie gang. K drove us in her family car from our office at Chandni Chowk. Big names like Aliah, Shiraz, Royal, Zeeshan, Aminia were seen with Mezban, Tamarind, newer names like Krazy Kebab and Lazeez (a chain from Shiraz) and a lesser known India Restaurant from Khidirpur. We stared with Chicken Peshawari Kebab from Aliah, suggested by partner Shamim saab (known to A and P). Malabar shrimp biriyani from Tamarind, mutton biriyani from India Restaurant, mutton chanp from Royal and firni from Aliah (courtesy Shamim saab) followed. Liked all. The rich, sinful mutton biriyani with succulent meat pieces lead to an encore at the end. But the shrimp biriyani (incl. portion size) didn't work for us. Met Poorna, fellow blogger, at the venue. We kept on collecting food and moving to a dark corner to polish it off standing, till we got a place to sit. An experience to savour for long!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The lunch at Mezban

Revisited a long lost joy on working days: A lunch outing with colleagues. The initiative was from A of my team. The venue was Mezban (on my wishlist for long for its biriyani). For the uninitiated, it is located next to the small triangular park on Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Rd (near Elliot Rd Bata). We were seated in Dustarkhwan, next to Mezban (basically its AC section). We ordered mutton biriyani (Rs 130) for each of four of us (A, P, K and me) and shared a mutton pasinda and salad. P was hungry, so was A. So these guys ordred a naan and a lachchha paratha. Contrary to feedback, I found the rice and potato (an important indicator of quality of Kolkata biriyani) average. The piece of mutton was succulent though. The biriyani wasn't rich as I had heard, rather light, like Shiraz (not my type). My favourite Aliah beats it any day. The pasinda was rich, heavily spicy and tasty, as expected.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Chander Pahar: A short take

Here's sharing my take on Chander Pahar (Posted on Facebook), which I watched last night in a night show (as tickets for two evening shows in the fourth week had sold out by afternoon in each of the two close by theatres in Hatibagan). Not sure when I can (and if I can) post a full-fledged review, so here it is, suitably edited:

Loved Chander Pahar....despite its flaws and the desperate, 'market-driven' attempt to be a mass product. Kudos to the makers - director Kamaleshwar Mukhopadhyay and Shree Venkatesh Films- for attempting something as different and as grand as this, and telling the world that we CAN do this!

The cinematography is at a different level! Looked like a Hollywood film in many a frame. Soumik Halder, take a bow! The background score (Indradeep Dasgupta and Debajyoti Mishra) and title track (Debajyoti Mishra) are also competent job.

Wish it was less over-simplistic ..... and the lion and black mamba scenes weren't as over the top. Too much of Bengali lines by the Europeans and Africans, including the tribes (making it unintentionally funny in places). A spattering of English and native language wouldn't be that difficult for the 'mass' audience to handle. The special effects in a couple of scenes could be better (especially the volcanic eruption)....but guys (to those finding it all tacky), ever imagined we could reach this level? And though look-wise Bunyip disappointed many a CP fan, I think imagination and execution-wise it was pretty good! We must allow creative liberties in cinema. So let's not judge a classic on screen by the deviations from the book. We need to spare a thought on how could it be to recreate such an old classic it in this age and appeal to audiences at an international level.

And yes, a word on Dev as Shankar. Well. it suffices to say that he has worked hard on the role, especially the look. Acting-wise, I expected Kamaleshwar to have a better job extracted from him. Yes, a star of his stature was probably needed to mass market a film on such a mammoth budget.