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5 Bengali Detectives from Books to Screen, Other Than Byomkesh & Feluda

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By now, the entire nation has become aware of the great Bengali " Satyanweshi" (seeker of truth) Byomkesh Bakshi, thanks to his presence in national celluloid, first in the form of Basu Chatterji's TV series and then years later, Divakar Banerjee's film with the Late Sushant Singh Rajput. Then there is Feluda, the Bengali sleuth from Satyajit Ray's children's literature. These 2 detective characters of Bengal have become quite popular as movie characters too. However, apart from these 2, there are a few more Bengali sleuths that have marked their presence in movies. Today, I have listed a few such characters. 1. Kiriti: Nihar Ranjan Gupta's immortal detective Kiriti came to movies much later than his counterparts. There were multiple films made with a variety of actors playing the detective's part. First, it was veteran actor Chiranjit and then there was Preyangshu Chatterji but the one that caught the audience's fancy was Indraneil Sengupta's

5 Rom Coms to Watch Again & Again

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 Are there any movies that you would like to watch again and again? There were a few romantic comedy films of the '90s and 2000s that I had repeatedly watched but never got tired of. Today, I will be listing these films. 1. 50 First Dates: How adorable is the chemistry between the 2 lead characters, Henry (Adam Sandler) and Lucy (Drew Barrymore) in this 2004 film. Drew Barrymore's Lucy is cute and lovable, with whom one feels empathy, and Sandler's Henry is equally likeable. Both the actors' equations in the film were to the point. In spite of the repetitive nature of the incidents, the film creates a lasting impression and a pleasant feel. 2. The Ugly Truth: This  2009 film is another example of the sizzling chemistry between its lead pair, Katherine Heigl as Abby and Gerard Butler as Mike. Butler is scorchingly hot, and Heigl is as charming as ever. The 2 ambitious people and their growing bond with some uncomfortable sexual tension are the most memorable moments of

13 Iconic Villains from Bengali Films Throughout the Years- Part 2

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 Continuing from last week, we will explore the baddies of Bengali films through the years. Here, I would like to confess that I had hardly watched any Bengali films of the 80s and 90s, so I have no idea about the villains of that era. I had almost stopped watching Bengali films until very late in 2010 when Srijit Mukherjee came into the foray with his Cop Universe.  So, from 2010 till date, these are the iconic villainous characters that Bengali movies have given us. 8. Prabir Roy Choudhury from Baishe Srabon: Srijit Mukherjee came out with his first thriller, Baishe Srabon in 2010. Prasenjit Chatterjee played the role of Prabir Roy Choudhury, a highly intelligent ex-cop with a very foul mouth who was helping solve a series of serial killings in Kolkata. Chatterjee was phenomenal in this character, especially when he mockingly lashes out his frustrations towards the whole system with his witty one-liners like, " Jibone Bhat-Dal r Biriyanir tofat ta buhjte sekho" ( Understand

13 Iconic Villains from Bengali Films Throughout the Years- Part 1

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Bengali Films have been an integral part of Indian Cinema due to the presence of notable filmmakers. The presence of a villain in a film is mostly seen when the movie is categorized as an Action film. Of course, there are exceptions, like thrillers or crime films. However, Bengali movies often see a few spine-chilling villains from various genres of films. So today, let us dive into the Bad Men of Bengali films throughout the years: 1. Major Tripathi from 42 This 1951 film was set against the backdrop of the Quit India Movement of 1942 in a Bengal village. Noted actor Bikash Roy played the merciless and cruel Major Tripathi, a menacingly cunning individual with sadistic traits who took a special interest in torturing the revolting freedom fighters. His demeaning attitude towards those who were ready to die for the country makes one's blood boil. It's a significant change from the normal, very loud theatrical approach of acting from those days. Roy brings out Major Tripathi with

5 Spy/Detective Comedy Film Series to Watch

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 It's been a while since I have watched any good comedy films. We have grown up watching certain detective movies that had comedy as the main theme. The earliest of such movies that I happened to watch was the Beverly Hills Cop series with Eddie Murphy. There were some other detective comedy films that were released later on and went on to become superhits. Today, I have listed 5 such films: 1. Ace Ventura series: Jim Carrey starred in this 2 film series as Ace Ventura, an eccentric animal detective whose misadventures turn into successful accomplishments of complicated cases. The first film, Pet Detective, was a 1994 release where Ace (Carrey) was given the case to find out about a kidnapped Mastiff. The 2nd film, When Nature Calls, released in 1995, was about Ace solving a case of a white bat in Africa. Both the films were ridiculously funny. With Carrey around, you don't need much going on, his presence is enough most of the time. 2. Pink Panther series: Now, this is a film

5 Empowering Movies to Watch this Women's Day

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Most of us love watching movies. Some movies make a long-lasting impact on us. Everyone has some movie in mind that has given a nice message or has taught us something. One such genre of movies is women-oriented films. Women-oriented films can be of various types. Some are funny, some are action-based, some are true stories and some are fiction. However, the essence of these movies lies in the fact that they are about strong women who stand up for themselves in adverse situations. Today, I have made a list of 5 women-oriented movies that can be watched this Women's Day. 5 Empowering Movies to Watch this Women's Day 1. Not Without My Daughter:  This 1991 movie, starring Sally Field and Alfred Molina in the lead roles, is based on true events about an American woman and her struggles to escape Iran with her daughter. The movie had received mixed views on being religious and race-biased, too. However, keeping all that aside, I have chosen this movie in the list since it is about a

5 Bengali Screen Adaptations of Shakespeare's Plays

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Bengali films have given some of the finest works in Indian Cinema throughout the ages. Bengal has been gifted with noted filmmakers like Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Tapan Sinha and Budhadeb Dasgupta. In recent times, the legacy has been continued by contemporaries like Rituporno Ghosh, Srijit Mukherjee, and Anjan Dutt, amongst others. It is surprising that there are very few works of Shakespeare that have been adapted on screen in Bengal. I am thankful to have watched almost all the very few that have made their way to the Bengali audience. Here is the list: 1. Bhranti Bilas: This is the first Bengali screen adaptation of one of Shakespeare's comedies, "The Comedy of Errors". It had Bengali legendary actor Uttam Kumar and noted yesteryear comedian Bhanu Bandopadhyay in double roles. The screenplay of this 1963 film has been beautifully synchronized, keeping in mind the mindset of the audience in that era. The bits and pieces of all the characters that were shown have been