Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dulal Lahiri, his wife, Dwijen Banerjee and others stormed Zee Bangla Tumi Je Amar.


Dulal Lahiri, his wife, Dwijen Banerjee and others stormed Zee Bangla Tumi Je Amar. On 22nd April, 2014, Prasenjit Chatterjee and Rachana Banerjee, the anchors of the program Zee Bangla Tumi Je Amar, invited a number of celebrities with their wives. The celebrities included Gautambabu and his wife, Dulal Lahiri and his wife, Dwijen Banerjee and his wife, and others. There were a number of rounds in the show including Saat Pake Bandha round, Kalratri round, Fulsojja round, etc. In the Kalratri round, three songs were played before Dulal Lahiri. All the 3 songs were related to royal Bengal jalsha, including Manna Dey’s song “behag Jodi na hoy raji” in Uttam Kumar’s film Dui Purush, Manna Dey’s song “hajar takar jharbatita” in Uttam Kumar’s film Stree, and Manna Dey’s song “kaharba noy dadra bajao” in Uttam Kumar’s film Sanyasi Raja. Both Dulal Lahiri and his wife chose “behag Jodi na hoy raji”. Prasenjit Chatterjee and Rachana Banerjee asked Dulal Lahiri’s wife, isn’t she sick of seeing her husband playing villainish roles one after the other for the last 30 years in Bengali films. She said she was used to it, but Dulal Lahiri’s mother used to feel bad whenever the hero was supposed to beat Dulal Lahiri in the films. 3 scenes from the films of Prasenjit Chatterjee were shown. Dulal Lahiri and his wife were asked which one out of them would Dulal Lahiri want to act in. He said the film was Bikram Singha. Gautambabu’s wife was asked which shirt he did wear when he first came to see her. She said it was a blue shirt which was a right answer. Dwijen Banerjee and his wife were also asked about their experiences of married life. In the Foolsajja round, all the husbands were send to a golokdhanda (bhoolbhulaiya) from where they had to bring an ornament for their wives. They faced all the actors in the that golokdhanda, including Subhashish Mukherjee, Palash Adhikari, Fatik Purokayet and others. Prasenjit Chatterjee and Rachana Banerjee handled the celebrities very well.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy birthday to Moushumi Chatterji – the charming star from Bengal.


The viewers of bollywood films wish happy birthday to Moushumi Chatterji on 26th April, 2014. Moushumi Chatterji, the Bengali actress acted both in Bengali and hindi films and showed her skills in both of them. She acted in the Bengali film Balika Badhu, where the film was based on child marriage and impressed the directors and producers with her performance. From that time she ventured in Bombay and tried her luck in bollywood industry. Her film Anurag opposite Vinod Mehra became super hit. She played the role of a blind girl and got appreciation of the crowd. The songs in the film became very successful including songs like “woh kya hai” sung by Rafi. SD Burman composed the music of the film. She acted in action films like Goutam Govinda. The film was related to the story of Shashi Kapoor, a police officer who came to the village and trained all the rustic villagers the manner of self-defense. Shatrughun Sinha was his own brother, which was disclosed at the end of the film. Moushumi Chatterji showed her humour in the respective role. Moushumi also acted in suspense-thrillers like Benaam, opposite Big B, where there the anxiety relating to the kidnapping of her son was at issue. She expressed her feelings very well in the film. She was brilliant in the film Manzil Manzil, opposite Big B. It was the remake of Mrinal Sen’s Bengali film Akash Kushum. Akash Kusum was based on the story relating to Soumitra Chatterji presenting a false story about himself before Aparna Sen with the help of his friend Shubendu Chatterji. In the hindi version also the story line was not changed. Moushumi Chatterji’s smile had a beauty of its own which she expressed in majority of films in style. While acting in a number of bollywood films, she stormed Bengali films with her performance in the super hit film Ogo Bodhu Sundari, opposite Bengali superstar Uttam Kumar. The film was released in 1980. The story was based on how Uttam Kumar, an academician brought a girl from the streets and taught her literature. Moushumi expressed the difficulty of forgetting her rustic language which she adopted from the environment she came from and learning the new language. The music given in the film by Bappi Lahiri became super hit. Songs like “ami ekjon shantoshisto”, “shudhu tumi nou obolakanto”, etc., sung by Kishore Kumar became super hit. It was incidentally the last film of Mahanayak Uttam Kumar. Her comedy conception was used by Gulzar and other directors very successfully. Her film Angoor opposite Sanjeev Kumar showed her comedy skills. The film was based on Uttam Kumar’s film Bhranti Bilas and had similarity with Shakespeare’s play Comedy of Errors. Sanjeev Kumar played the double role in Angoor that was played by Uttam Kumar in the Bengali film Bhranti Bilas, while Moushumi Chatterji played the role of his wife which was played by Sabitri Chatterji in the Bengali film. The two brothers were identical twins and Moushumi Chatterji got confused with her own husband and his brother. Deven Verma played a double role along with Sanjeev Kumar as his servant. Her other successful films included Pati Patni Aur Woh, opposite Sanjeev Kumar, Ghayal, as the sister-in-all of Sunny Deol and many other films. Even she had acted in landmark Bengali films like Kori Diye Kinlam based on the epic novel of Bimal Mitra. In 2013, she had acted in successful Bengali film Gainar Baksho. She had acted in the role of a widow who died and the spirit of the widow tortured the other women in the family. She acted with Konkona Sen Sharma and Srabanti Chatterjee in the film. The viewers expect Moushumi to contribute in character roles in bollywood films in future.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy birthday to Lara Dutta.


Happy birthday to Lara Dutta. The viewers of Bollywood films wish happy birthday to Lara Dutta on 16th April, 2014. April is the birthday month of Lara Dutta. Lara Dutta is perhaps one of the most underrated actress of bollywood films in recent years. She possessed same amount of talent like that of Priyanka Chopra, yet could not attain the level that Priyanka attained within the short time. During the month of her birthday, viewers wonder whether Housefull could have brought back the stardom of the attractive actress from 2011 onwards. She started her career with Priyanka and Akshay Kumar in Andaz and showed a lot of promise. But after doing great job in films like Bardasht opposite Bobby Deol, Zinda opposite Sanjay Dutt, Bombai Se Aya Mera Dost with Abhishek Bacchan, some way or the other lost focus. She was also not as lucky in respect of bagging important roles like Priyanka Chopra. She showed her standard of smartness and comedy instincts in films like No Entry and Partner. No Entry is probably one of the greatest hits of Lara Dutta till now. She balanced the comedy instincts of Anil Kapoor and did outcast Bipasha Basu, Celina Jaitley and Esha Deol in the film. Her lips in the main songs in the film were also appreciated. She was sublime in Partner opposite Salman Khan. Her lips in the songs “maria maria” and others did attract the viewers. Her acting was equally realistic. In 2009, she even showed her daring nature in accepting a role of village girl opposite Irfan Khan in the film Billu Barber. She acted hardly without any make up and brought out the innocence of a village girl in the film. Lara Dutta acted in the film Don 2 last year but that also did not make huge difference in her career. Besides she had acted with Katrina Kaif, the reigning queen of bollywood in the same film. But inspite of her performance opposite her in that film being appreciated by the viewers, Blue was considered the biggest flop of Akshay Kumar and bollywood films released in 2009. After huge amount money being spend in underwater shooting the viewers could not appreciate the great pains taken by the entire team of Blue. After she got married she had not been serious about films. Let us hope that Lara Dutta retains her popularity and provide stiff competition to Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif in future.