The flavour of Kolkata

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

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Search for new faces

Tollygunge is in eternal and desperate search of new faces to play its leading ladies. Topline director Haranath Chakraborty said on a Bengali news channel last year that he was seriously looking for a new girl to play the lead in his next, to roll out this year. Anandalok, the leading Bengali cine magazine held its own talent hunt to find the elusive new face for a heroine's slot. But the girl who won ended up signing a film with Prabhat Roy, a successful mainstream director, for a character role in under-production Pitribhoomi.

One of the characteristics of the Bengali is looking beyond the obvious. Bengali television, at any moment, can offer at least 3-4 contenders for the leading lady's slot in any mainstream flick. Not that all of them are deprieved, but film industry hasn't been fair to them for reasons best known to it. For an instance Arunima Ghosh, the naughty-sweet looking actress (Picture left, with Prasenjit in Sangharsha. Source The Telegraph.) who can boast of a perfect figure (A rarity among Bengali actresses) and carry off any outfit a heroine wears, besides proven acting talent, got break in two films opposite Prasenjit, the superstar of Bengali cinema. So far, so good. But while the first film was a hit and the second somewhat successful, Arunima vanished from the big screen subsequently.

Arunima is among the bunch of young, aspiring actresses who can provide enough options to any Bengali film director not to look elsewhere in casting his heroine(s). They score well on glamour quotient and acting prowess. Keeping her company are Rimjhim Mitra, Ananya Chatterjee and Rituparna. And if Bollywood has a Konkona Sen Sharma (Albeit from Kolkata), we have a Sudipta Chakraborty to boot.

Looks like the Haranath Chakrabotys, Swapan Sahas and Prabhat Roys don't watch television, neither anybody in their units whose opinions matter. Pray how could they overlook that the current heartthrob Swastika is from television, so are her seniors Rituparna Sengupta and Indrani Halder?