Report: BENGALI MOVIE ANTAHEEN’S SUCCESS CELEBRATED BY MUMBAI MANTR
February 24 (Calcutta Tube): Mumbai Mantra felicitated the entire team of Antaheen Bengali Movie for having bagged four awards at the 56th National Awards for 2008 at a prominent Kolkata hotel earlier this week. Radhika Apte and Rahul Bose flew down from Mumbai to participate in the celebrations where everyone from Tollywood flocked in large numbers. Sharmila Tagore, Mita Vashisht and Shreya Ghoshal could not make it for other commitments while Kalyan Ray is currently in the US so he could not come. Indrani Mukherjee, Jeet Banerjee and Aniruddha Roychowdhury who together define Screenplay Films, were very much there.
Rohit Khattar, Director on the Board of Mumbai Mantra, jokingly said that his company would perhaps have to consider creating a Kolkata Montro after Antaheen. “It is a matter of great pride for Mumbai Mantra to be associated with such a highly creative and talented team. One of our goals as a media and entertainment company is to continue spearheading the renaissance of world class Bengali cinema. We must remember that the world first heard of Indian cinema through the work of great celluloid personalities like Satyajit Ray. Mumbai Mantra is committed to Bengali cinema and looks forward to producing more path-breaking films with talented filmmakers.” Present to congratulate the team were Rituparna Sengupta, Jeet, Raj Chakraborty, Moon Moon Sen, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Ananya Chatterjee, Arpita Chatterjee, Indranil Sengupta, Rudranil Ghosh, Saheb Chattopadhyay, Paoli Dam and others.
Antaheen won the Best Feature film Award for director Aniruddha Roy Choudhury, the Best Cinematography Award for Avik Mukherjee, the Best Lyrics Award for Anindo Chatterjee and Chandril Bhattacharya, leading members of the famous Bangla band Chandrabindoo, and the best female playback singer award for Shreya Ghoshal clubbed with her songs in Jogva, a Marathi film. “My aim is the audience. I conceive each film with the audience in mind. I am happy only if the audience likes my film. I did not think of any award at all when I began the film. I poured my heart into the film. But there was always the underlying tension about whether I will be able to give my audience a film they will enjoy. My main worry was – will the audience watch my film at all? When the Bengali audience liked Antaheen, I felt encouraged. But winning the Best Feature Film Award was beyond my wildest dreams,” Aniruddha said.
Rahul Bose said, “It is good to see that a corporate firm is serious about its commitment to meaningful Bengali cinema. This even proves that their emotions are straight from the heart. The largest number of creative talents in cinema is in West Bengal. It has tremendous potential. Antaheen is an example. This is a great victory for small art house cinema at a time when its very existence is in danger.” “I agree that the success of any film is the result of harmonious team work. But we are part of an orchestra. An orchestra needs a conductor. Aniruddha was conducting the orchestra and we listened to him. He obviously did his job well,” said Aparna Sen.
BY: Shoma A. Chatterji