The flavour of Kolkata

The flavour of Kolkata
The bridge, the river and kids' play. Brilliantly captured by Sujay Kumar Das.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Bengali serials raising the bar

The 8.30 pm weekday slot on Zee Bangla seems to belong to serials that raise the bar. It last aired Tamasarekha directed by Arghya Kamal Mitra. On a socio-political backdrop and a bold note it was one of the best Bengali serials to date for several reasons- brilliant casting, dialogues and cinematography.

The current offering is Chorabali- a serial, quite unbelievably by standards of Bengali serials, set in Rajasthan besides Kolkata. It is directed by Kaushik Ganguly, a name to reckon with in Bengali television, who is playing one of the roles with a negative shade. Kaushik took the unit for a gruelling shoot in Rajasthan last summer. They even shot (Without any special preparation) amidst desert storm. Back to Kolkata, Rajasthan was recreated in a studio with amazing credibility. Real props were brought in to create the right look. Another interesting thing about the production is that Rajasthani characters are being majorly played by non-Bengali actors based in Kolkata or by actors who are comfortable with Hindi and can sound credible.

Kudos to Zee Bangla for bringing such quality work to Bengali television which has been witnessing a quality crunch for some years now. Zee Bangla's serials, though, can't ever be accused of shoddy production value. Looking forward to more good productions in near future which include Bishprantar , Mitra's next.