Round Up 2018 – Best performances by Male actors in Bengali cinema in 2018
We have just entered in 2019, it is the time to look back and acknowledge the excellence in 2018. Here comes the list of best performances by male actors in Bengali cinema in the year 2018.
1. Jisshu Sengupta (Ek Je Chhilo Raja & Uma) – There is a wonderful understanding between the actor director duo Jisshu Sengupta and Srijit Mukherji and that understanding worked once again in 2018 in both the films Uma and Ek Je chhilo Raja. In Ek Je Chhilo Raja, Jisshu gave one of his career best performance, from the very beginning till the end Jisshu had moulded himself to fit into this character. In the two halves he played two completely different personalities and it showed in his expressions, body language and dialect. Not only emotionally, physically too it was a very demanding character to play. Shooting in extreme weather conditions that to in a bare minimum clothes is one tough job but Jisshu did all these without missing any bit of expressions. He was effective in Uma as well, The helplessness of a father whose only kid is about to die, is very much visible through his performance. Besides these two he was also effective in a supporting character in Shonar Pahar.
2. Adil Hussain (Ahare Mon & Maati) – Technically Adil Hussain had made his Bengali film debut few years back with Har Har Byomkesh but in true sense he made his presence felt in Bengali cinema in the year 2018. In both the films Ahare Mon and Maati, he played Bengali character for the first time and his Bengali pronunciation was pitch perfect. In Ahare Mon he played one of the most adorable character of the year as Purnendu Pahari, an introvert man who is very romantic by heart. His expressions were priceless which can make anyone fall in love with the character. It was one of the best performances of his career including his work in other languages. In Maati he played another challenging character with ease as an activist in Bangladesh.
3. Anjan Dutt (Uma & Ahare Mon) – In last few years Anjan Dutt was more focused on his direction and we were missing the actor Anjan Dutt, but in 2018 his fans were lucky enough to see him as an actor in five movies. Among those he was just brilliant in Uma and Ahare Mon. The two characters were as different as chalk and cheese but he was equally impressive in both the characters. In Uma, Anjan Dutt gave one of his career best performances as a looser in his personal and professional life who is desperate to give a last try to his life. In Ahare Mon on the other hand he played completely different character as a soft spoken aged man who developed a bonding with the new inmate in the old age home. With his wonderful performance he helped the viewers to feel connected with the emotions of both the character. Besides these two he was also good in a supporting character in Ek Je Chhilo Raja.
4. Prosenjit Chatterjee (Drishtikone) – In 2018, Prosenjit Chatterjee worked with director Kaushik Ganguly for the first time, as expected the collaboration was very nice specially in Drsihtikone. Prosenjit Chatterjee was once again in brilliant form. There is nothing new left to tell about his acting capabilities. It is always a pleasure to watch him on screen giving life to a character. This character was definitely challenging for him as he has to play a partially blind person with vision in one eye only and he has did it wonderfully. He was magical in every scene, whether it was about showing his physical disability or showing his mental dilemma for being torn into two women in his life.
5. Abir Chatterjee (Ami Joy Chatterjee & Byomkesh Gowtro) – After playing the character of Satyanweshi Byomkesh in so many films, Abir Chatterjee is now very much comfortable in this character. Undoubtedly he looks the perfect blend of intelligence and smartness combined with bangaliyana for playing the sleuth. With every new Byomkesh film he is evolving more in this character and Byomkesh Gowtro was his best portrayal of Byomkesh so far. Besides playing Byomkesh, his another remarkable performance was in Ami Joy Chatterjee. It was a tailor made role to showcase his talent and he never let down for a single moment. He carried the film from to start to end on his acting capabilities. The character goes through a transformation from being a self centered egoistic man to a compassionate understanding man. The way Abir showed the transformation of the character that was commendable. He was also in good form in Guptodhoner Sondhaney.
6. Ritwick Chakraborty (Rong Beronger Korhi & Goodnight City) – Ritwick Chakraborty has already mastered the art of playing a common man. He showed that skill once again in Rong Beronger Korhi. Here he was a part of one of the four stories where he had very little screen time but with his nuanced performance he made every single minute special. He played the character of a man who had gone to a prostitute for the first time This character had very less dialogues but without saying much, the way Ritwick portrayed the awkwardness of this character that was excellent. In Goodnight City he played a complex character of a mentally unstable man. It was a very challenging character of a guy who is stuck into his own imaginary world. But for a capable actor like Ritwick Chakraborty there is hardly anything called challenging. Besides these two intense characters he also showed his well tuned comic timing in Ahare Mon.
7. Anirban Bhattacharya (Uma & Ek Je Chhilo Raja) – There is no doubt Anirban Bhattacharya is a brilliant actor with a wide range of variety. He can give life to any character on screen. In 2018 he did two movies with Srijit Mukherji Uma and Ek Je Chhilo Raja. Both the films were multi starers and he was playing just a supporting character in both the films but he managed to grab attention among the crowd of very talented senior actors. In Uma we saw him playing a character much older than his real age very convincingly. On the other hand in Ek Je Chhilo Raja he wonderfully played a character with grey shades. Besides these two he also appeared in the film Alinagarer Golokdhadha. It was his first film as a solo lead and he carried that responsibility effortlessly.
8. Rwitobroto Mukherjee (Rong Beronger Korhi & Generation Aami) – Now in Bengali film industry Rwitobroto Mukherjee has became the first choice of directors to play a teenager characters which requires a good range of acting. In such a young age these talented guy is giving tough competition to much senior actors. In Generation Aami he played the central lead and he confidently carried this responsibility. He was absolutely natural in every scene. Specially in the climax scene he was just too good. In another film Rong Beronger Korhi, he managed to showcase his talent among the crowd of so many actors. Here he played a poor boy from a village and his transformation to a rural boy was compelling. Also he did a good job in his limited scope in Kishore Kumar Junior.
9. Arjun Chakrabarty (Byomkesh Gowtro) – Arjun Chakrabarty is a good actor who gets lesser opportunities to explore his talent. In 2018, he got the chance to play one of the most interesting antagonist of Byomkesh stories in the movie Byomkesh Gowtro. He did full justice with this character of a casanova. Kudos to director Arindam Sil for believing in Arjun Chakrabarty to play such a character which is exactly opposite of his on screen image of a good boy. Besides playing an out an out negative character Arjun also shined in a comic character in Guptodhoner Sondhaney.
10. Ujaan Ganguly (Rosogolla) – Kaushik and Churni ganguly’s son Ujaan Ganguly made an impressive debut in 2018 in the movie Rosogolla. It was a tough choice for him to make his debut playing such a character who belongs to a completely different era when the style of dressing, walking, talking everything was so different from today’s time. But Ujaan convincingly managed to look authentic in the characters of Nobin Chandra Das. He infused the required innocence and simplicity to his character and made it so adorable. Most of the film was centered around his character and the way he pulled off this huge responsibility that is praise worthy.
Besides these performances there were few good performances by actors in supporting characters which deserves a special mention.
Shiboprasad Mukherjee – Haami
Mahabrata Basu – Rainbow Jelly
Bratya Basu – Manojder Adbhut Bari
Paran Bandopadhyay – Ka Kha Ga Gha
Lama Hamder – Ka Kha Ga Gha
Kaushik Ganguly – Drishtikone
Rudranil Ghosh – Uma
Kaushik Sen – Rainbow Jelly
Kamaleshwar Mukherjee – Pupa
Amartya Ray – Uronchondi
Rajesh Sharma – Kishore Kumar Junior