Round Up 2018 – Best Directors of Bengali cinema in the year 2018
It is the time of the year to look back and do a recap of the year 2018. In Bengali cinema, this year some established directors continued to make good movies but many upcoming directors also impressed us with their work. Some of them made their directorial debut and some made their second or third film but they managed to make a mark. We will definitely look forward to their future works.
Here comes the list of Best directors of Bengali cinema in the year 2018 in no particular order.
Srijit Mukherji (Uma, Ek Je Chhilo Raja) – In last few years, Srijit Mukherji was continuously giving commercial success but some of his loyal fans were not so happy with some of his recent films. But in 2018 with two back to back movies Uma and Ek Je Chhilo Raja, Srijit made a comeback with a bang. As a director Srijit Mukherji has made himself a brand there are so many fans as well as haters but no one can ignore his dedication for his work. Whether it was creating a fake Durga Puja for Uma or recreating a historical period for a span of around 30-40 years for Ek Je Chhilo Raja , Srijit Mukherji did both convincingly. Both of his movies were big hits at the box office at the same time those were appreciated in several film festivals also.
Soukarya Ghosal (Rainbow Jelly) – In his first film Soukarya Ghosal had proved his mettle but sadly it was mostly unnoticed. That did not discouraged him rather he continued to follow his heart and came up with an unconventional but engaging subject in his second film Rainbow Jelly. It was an interesting blend of fairy tale stories with the concept of taste and its effect on human mind. Soukarya Ghosal showed his confidence as a director by choosing this unconventional subject. Moreover casting a special child with some neurological problem, as a central lead was more courageous decision. His faith over his story and cast worked and the film found its way to audiences heart.
Abhishek Saha (Uronchondi) – Director Abhishek Saha made a courageous debut with an unconventional subject in the film Uronchodi. The way he narrated the story that was praise worthy. It was the first full length road movie made in Bengali. Shooting a full movie on a road journey is a tough job and he deserves credit for making it look so authentic. The film got screened at several film festivals and everywhere Abhishek Saha got praised for his work.
Pavel (Rosogolla) – First of all Pavel deserves a big applause for choosing the story of invention of Rosogolla. Bengalis are thankful to him for telling the pride history of Bengal in his second film Rosogolla. Although he had done good work in his first film too but it did not give him the deserved recognition. But he did not loose hope rather improved himself more as a director and came up with his second film. This film will surely help him to go places.
Parambrata Chatterjee (Shonar Pahar) – As a director Shonar Pahar is Parambrata Chatterjee’s fourth film and undoubtedly his best film as a director so far. He had narrated a very emotional story close to his heart in a proper way so that the audience can feel connected with it. This subject had a chance to turn into a melodramatic film about ignorance of elderly people but he had controlled his narrative from diverting to that route. Also he deserves credit for daring to make a film on a subject where a 70 plus lady is the central lead, many filmmakers would have backed out with this concept thinking about its limited commercial appeal.
Kaushik Ganguly (Drishtikone) – A love triangle revolving around an extra marital affair and a murder mystery both are too different subjects as chalk and cheese. It is not an easy task to blend these two in one story but in Drishtikone director Kaushik Ganguly had done this task effortlessly creating a rare genre of movie which is called a romantic thriller. For the first time he worked with the pair of Prosenjit Chatterjee and Rituprana Sengupta and the way he utilized this pair in a mature love story that was really commendable.
Shiboprasad Mukherjee & Nandita Roy (Haami) – Director duo Shiboprasad Mukherjee and Nandita Roy are experts to know the pulse of their audience. They choose a subject with which everyone can relate and feel connected with the emotions. In 2018 they continued that trend with Haami. Their movies look simple technically but we must remember being simple is one of the toughest thing to do and they have always done that. This time they deserve more credit because of working with so many kids in central characters and make them act well is not an easy task for any director but this duo had handled this tough task with ease.
Indrasis Acharya (Pupa) – Second time director Indrasis Acharya made his presence felt with his much acclaimed film Pupa. A film dealing with the controversial subject of euthanasia. Choosing such a subject is very risky as it needs a very sensitive handling and Indrasis Acharya handled this risky subject very carefully. The film was made with a small budget and got a very small scale release but whoever had seen it, they were highly impressed with the sincerity of the narrative. Besides that the film got rave reviews at different film festivals too.
Ranjan Ghosh (Rong Beronger Korhi) – For Rong Beronger Korhi, the toughest thing about the direction was to made four films that too about very different subjects which deserved four different way of treatment. As it was an anthology film having four stories, so every story got a very short span of time. The way Ranjan Ghosh had given maximum possible details of the characters and the situations in such a short span of time, that is commendable. He had sketched every character with such a detailing using proper clothes,make up that it is easy to sense their back story without any flashback.
Besides this talented directors there were some other directors who deserves a special mention for their films in the year 2018.
Manoj Michigan – Ami Joy Chatterjee
Sayantan Ghoshal – Alinagarer Golokdhadha
Dhrubo Banerjee- Guptodhoner Sondhane
Pratim D Gupta – Ahare Mon
Arindam Sil – Byomkesh Gowtro
Mainak Bhaumik – Generation Aami