Update of Bengali movies in first quarter of 2018
First quarter of 2018 is over and it’s time to look back and see how Bengali movies performed in the first quarter of the year. Normally we don’t see too many Bengali releases during the first quarter as there is no festive season and also there are exams. But this year there was a significant growth in the number of releases in the first quarter. On an average every month had five to six significant releases. But in terms of quality of the movies and box office success there was no such growth. There were only few movies which could make a mark, rest were faded away easily. Let’s have a month wise recap of the Bengali movies in first quarter of 2018.
The first major release of the month was Ami Joy Chatterjee featuring Abir Chatterjee in the title role. This Manoj Michigan directed film was an unconventional thriller with some wonderful message. It was the story of a person’s transformation from a self centered egoistic man to a kind hearted, compassionate person. The film was released in small scale but it get good response from the audience. With good word of mouth publicity, the film later got more screen and shows. People loved the story which is really refreshing compared to the same repeatative stories told every other Friday. Abir Chatterjee was very impressive in the lead role. His performance was highly appreciated by each and everybody.
The second significant release of this month was Asche Abar Shabor, third installment of Shabor series directed by Arindam Sil. Once again director Sil told a crime story revolving around dark human psychologies. It was a slick crime thriller with some wonderful performances from the cast and crew. Saswata Chatterjee was as usual in fine form as the crime branch officer. He was ably supported by Subhrajit Dutta, Indraneil Sengupta, Arunima Ghosh and Anindya Chatterjee. Being a continuation of a successful franchise the film got better opening and continued to perform well at the box office for many weeks. Box office performance wise it is the first and only big hit of the year so far.
There was also two other releases which deserves a mention, Inspector NottyK featuring Jeet and Nusraat Faria, Total Dadagiri featuring Yash and Mimi Chakraborty. While Inspector NottyK got a decent response specially in Bangladesh, because of the popularity of Jeet, Total Dadagiri failed to impress the audiences.
In the second week of February there were three releases together Nilacholey Kiriti, Micheal and Bhalobashar Bari. Micheal was a satire about an aspiring filmmaker but the film get rejected badly. Although it was very surprising as the response to the trailers and songs was quite good.
Nilacholey Kiriti was the second film of Kiriti Roy series produced by Camellia Productions and directed by Anindya Bikash Datta. As the first film was not so popular so it got a slow start but because of powerful content and wonderful performances the film got recognized soon. It was based on Nihar Ranjan Gupta’s story Basanta Rajani, set in the backdrop of Puri. This was a well made thriller which had most of the elements of an engaging thriller. Indraneil Sengupta was impressive as the sleuth and Rituparna Sengupta’s presence gave the required star value. With all these factors the film got better than average response from its audiences. It was definately the best Kiriti Roy movie made so far.
With Bhalobashar Bari, director Tarun Majumdar made a comeback. Even with so much changes in film making style in recent times, he kept rooted to his own style of filmmaking. A simple tell of middle class Bengali household with some good music including Tagore songs, these signature style of Tarun Majumdar succeded to connect with viewers once again. Although the film was backdated in style and story telling plus Rituparna Sengupta was not convincing enough as an unmarried young girl but audience choose to overlook these flaws and gave it better than expected response.
Apart from these movies, there was a tragic love story Noor Jahaan where Raj Chakraborty made his debut as a producer and introduces a new pair Adrit Roy and Puja Chery Roy, along with a new director Abhimanyu Mukherjee. The film did not work but hopefully these new talents will make it big in future. Also there was a comedy Honeymoon featuring Soham Chakraborty and Subhashree Ganguly. The film was a good attempt to tell a funny story in a simple way but could not survive for a long run. Although the film will be remembered more for veteran actor Ranjit Mallick’s comeback on the big screen.
The month of March begin with a comedy Ka Kha Ga Gha. It was not too good but it was capable enough to bring some genuine laughter. Plus it has some superb performances by Paran Bandopadhyay, Kaushik Ganguly, Aparajita Adhya and Lama Halder. But sadly because of low key promotion and less star power the film failed to reach towards a bigger audience.
Similar thing happened to another good movie Rong Beronger Korhi. Director Ranjan Ghosh told four short stories about human emotions connected with the common theme of money. It was a well made film with some solid performances by the whole cast, specially by Rituparna Sengupta, Arunima Ghosh and Ritwick Chakraborty. But the film had a smaller release and not enough promotion which ceased it’s reach towards a bigger section of audiences.
In between another typical mainstream commercial cinema or better said a south remake Raja Rani Raji failed miserably. It proved that the audience are no more open to accept remakes.
Last release of this month was Mainak Bhaumik directed rom-com Ghare & Baire. It was an average film with nothing much refreshing to offer. Only good thing about the film was fantastic performance of Koel Mallick and the wonderful music composed by Anupam Roy and Savvy. Because of good promotion and popular music, the movie has got better opening. Although audiences has a mixed response. The final verdict will be clear in coming weeks only.
Apart from these new releases, there was last year’s last release Mayurakshi which kept getting appreciation from everywhere throughout the first quarter.
After the end of quarter one two things get cleared once again. There is no more scope for remakes anymore and only detective and crime thriller movies get good response at ticket windows. Now we are looking forward to a bigger and better quarter 2. There will be so many movies lined up specially in April around Nobobarsho and June around Eid. Some of the movies with which we can have bigger expectations are Ami Ashbo Phirey, Kabir, Alinagarer Golokdhadha, Guptodhoner Sondhane, Drishtikone in April, Haami in May, Uma and Sultan The Saviour in June.
Best Film of Quarter1 2018
- Ami Joy Chatterjee
- Asche Abar Shabor
- Nilacholey Kiriti
- Rong Beronger Korhi
Best Directors of Quarter1 2018
- Manoj Michigan – Ami Joy Chatterjee
- Arindam Sil – Asche Abar Shabor
- Anindya Bikash Dutta – Nilacholey Kiriti
- Ranjan Ghosh – Rong Beronger Korhi
Best Actors of Quarter1 2018
- Abir Chatterjee – Ami Joy Chatterjee
- Saswata Chatterjee – Asche Abar Shabor
- Indraneil Sengupta – Nilacholey Kiriti
- Paran Bandopadhyay – Ka Kha Ga Gha
- Lama Halder – Ka Kha Ga Gha
- Ritwick Chakraborty – Rong Beronger Korhi
- Jisshu Sengupta – Ghare & Baire
Best Actresses of Quarter1 2018
- Arunima Ghosh – Asche Abar Shabor/Rong Beronger Korhi
- Rituparna Sengupta – Bhalobasar Bari/Rong Beronger Korhi
- Aparajita Adhya – Ka Kha Ga Gha
- Koel Mallick – Ghare & Baire