Best Bengali Films 2015 – 2016
written by Souranath Banerjee
Hello to all you Bengali ‘nak uchu’ snobs who consider Bengali Cinema/Literature/Music as the epitome of art and creativity – well, glad to announce that I am exactly like you!
And when ever we Bengalis talk about Cinema, we time travel to the memorable glorious past of Bengali Cinema – the days of Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen and Ritwik Ghatak and then coming back to the present we proudly allude to the likes of Rituparno Ghosh, Buddhadev Dasgupta, Gautam Ghose, Aparna Sen.
Such legendary directors and their invaluable contribution to World Cinema make us feel honoured and content, and why not?
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However this current list is of more recent times, the last two years to be exact (2015 – 2016), a list of the best Bengali films from exceptionally talented directors who are very much the present and the future of Bengali Film Industry!
Best Bengali Films 2015 – 2016 – let the countdown begin!
10. Double Feluda (2016)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1V7VWYKbeI
Sandip Ray have made his latest film on none other than two back to back mystery stories originally written by Satyajit Ray, based on the famous detective character Feluda!
And guess what, Sabyasachi Chakraborty is back in and as Feluda and still rocking! And then of course we have Saheb Bhattacharjee as Topshe and Paran Banerjee as Sidhu Jetha. I only wish that somebody could replace Mr.Lalmohan Ganguly aka Jatayu aka Santosh Dutta as well. I guess some people are just irreplaceable!
9. Belaseshe (2015)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0zUrtioA2g
Directed by Shibprasad Mukhopadhyay and Nandita Roy, probably the best film that explores the intricate emotional values of various human relationships, be it married or unmarried, short time or a life-long companionship!
Brilliant chemistry between Soumitra Chatterjee and Swatilekha Sengupta straight after they shared the screen in Satyajit Ray‘s Ghare-Baire in the year 1984.
8. Byomkesh O Chiriakhana (2016)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rjc4ogHSOo0
It seems that the Bengali-audience can never have enough of their favourite detective Mr.Byomkesh Bakshi.
Directed by Anjan Dutt, this thriller revolves around the murder of a judge and this time Jishu Sengupta plays the role of the typical ‘bhodrolok’ sleuth to perfection. And Saswata Chatterjee as Byomkesh’s friend/assistant Ajit and Usashi Chakraborty as Byomkesh’s wife Satyabati.
7. Shankhachil (2016)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stkkOMmchpo
Acclaimed director Goutam Ghose‘s latest film won the National Award for Best Bengali film of 2016!
It’s a India-Bangladesh joint venture and the story is also based on consequences of partition and how people get affected by it still today.
Commendable performances by child artist Shajbati and then of course Prasenjit Chatterjee, Kusum Sikder, Dipankar Dey all have given their best.
6. Eagoler Chokh (2016)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oZZkXdFRS0
Based on Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay‘s story and directed by Arindam Sil this is the best detective thriller among the endless Bengali-detective movies that had been churned out in the last year.
The investigator Shabor Dasgupta played perfectly by Saswata Chatterjee slowly connects the dots as he cracks a murder case of a young woman.
Ebar Shabor, by the same director and based on the same detective character is also worth your time.
5. Chotoder Chobi (2014)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8xRKKtL2Oo
An emotional heart-touching love story between two people born with genetic defect causing dwarfism.
Directed by Kaushik Ganguly, this slow-pace drama won a National Award in the ‘Best Film on Other Social Issues’ category.
Unique concept, superb direction and brilliant natural performances by Debalina Roy and Dulal Sarkar. Mr.Dulal Sarkar was also awarded best-actor at Goa International Film Festival last year.
4. Nirbashito (2014)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iang3nizjTE
A biography of a writer in exile, a story about her isolation, her hopes and her helplessness – officially not based on the life of controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen but rather inspired by her life post exile.
Directed and also performed by Churni Ganguly, the film won the National Award for Best Bengali film of 2015 and also was India’s Oscar nomination in the category “Best foreign film” in 2015!
3. Open Tee Bioscope (2015)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhYpZrYrUBw
Adolescence, adventures and experiences, friends and infatuations – Kolkata seen through the eyes of a young boy.
Superb performances by the young actors Riddhi Sen, Surangana Banerjee, Dhee Majumder.
Directed by Anindya Chatterjee and Shoojit Sircar, if you want to experience the nostalgic North Kolkata of the 90s, this is the film you should watch!
2. Cinemawala (2016)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9_lUiinpFo
This film beautifully takes on two different tussles – one, as the digital media threatens the single screen movie theatres specially in the small towns and the secondly, the universal clash between a father and his son.
Brilliantly performed by Paran Banerjee and Parambrata Chatterjee and directed by Kaushik Ganguly, an emotional tale that Cinema-lovers cannot miss.
- Praktan (2016)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMJPxLAjuXU
A married woman meets her ex husband while they are on a journey from Mumbai to Howrah by train – a beautiful film about relations and relationships.
Directed by Shibprasad Mukhopadhyay and Nandita Roy, probably the most popular Bengali film of the last couple of years portraying a brilliant chemistry between Prasenjit Chatterjee and Rituparna Sengupta.
and (The ‘+1′ film is not necessarily the best but certainly the most innovative one. A must watch)
+1. Asha Jaoar Majhe (2014)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFObwB9TAwc
Also known as Labour of Love, this is one unique film that won two National Awards and was appreciated in many festivals around the world.
Directed by Aditya Vikram Sengupta, starring Ritwick Chakraborty and Basabdatta Chatterjee this is one of the best non-comercial visual treat that happened to the Bengali Industry in the recent times.
A few other films that are also worth your time are Srijit Mukherji‘s Rajkahini (2015), Suman Mukhopadhyay‘s The Last Poem (2015), Pavel‘s Babar Naam Gandhiji (2015) and Suman Ghosh‘s Kadambari (2015).
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