The flavour of Kolkata

The flavour of Kolkata
The city is known for its old alleys. One such is shot by Atanu Pal.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

'Autograph' review

My Autograph review is live on Washington Bangla Radio. Please drop your comments here.

For the uninitiated, Autograph is a Bangla release in Puja 2010 directed by debutant Srijit Mukherjee, with Prosenjit, Indraneil Sengupta and Nandana Sen in the cast. It is a tribute to Satyajit Ray's Nayak.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Interesting array of nominations

This year's nominations of Anandalok Purashkar- the father of all film awards in this part of the globe are, honestly speaking, unintentionally funny. Here is why so.

1. Autograph has got a Best Actor nomination (Prosenjit) and one in Best Music Director (Debajyoti Mishra), but it hasn't been nominated in Best Film or Srijit Mukherjee (Director of Autograph) as Best Director!! And what are the deserving nominations in these two categories- Best Film and Best Director? Well, Le Chhakka, Byomkesh Bakshi, and ...hold your breath....Wanted and Josh in Best Film and Raj Chakraborty (Le Chhakka), Ravi Kinnagi (for Wanted, but not Josh), Anjan Dutt (Byomkesh Bakshi) and Rajib Kumar (Amanush) in Best Film. Wow!

2. Dui Prithibi has not got a single nomination, despite having been released on the same day as Autograph!

3. Indraneil Sengupta was overlooked in the Best Actor nomination, despite his sterling performance in Autograph. The nominees are Prosenjit (Autograph), Jeet (Wanted), Dev (Le Chhakka), Soham (Prem Amaar) and Abir Chatterjee (Byomkesh Bakshi). Has he been nominated in Best Supporting Actor instead?

Monday, October 18, 2010


Loved the Puja release 'Autograph'. Good script, storytelling and performances (By Prosenjit, Nandana Sen, Indraneil Sengupta and others). Technically sound. And what music! The best after Antaheen. Three cheers to Srijit & Co., and also Venkatesh Films for believing in such a project that deviates so much from their bunch of mainstream offerings every year. Go for it!

Review coming soon at Washington Bangla Radio.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Beche thakar gaan

Loved Beche thakar gaan by Rupam from the Autograph album. It's instantly appealing material, the best heard after Antaheen. Excellent lyric by Anupam Roy, who's co-composed the song with Debajyoti Mishra, the principal music director. Also loved Amake amar moto thaakte dao, written, co-composed and sung by Anupam from the same album. Acquired the album today. Looking forward to listening to the other songs, some of which I liked from the clips heard on television. Watch this space for a complete review of the music. Looking forward to catch the film soon (Released today) as well.