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In a first, Bengali film industry rolls out literary magazine

In a unique initiative by the members of the film industry in Kolkata, the first ever in the country, Batayan, a magazine by the Artistes Forum launched its festival number this evening with superstar Prosenjit turning writer for the first time.

regional movies Updated: Sep 24, 2014 19:37 IST

In a unique initiative by the members of the film industry in Kolkata, the first ever in the country, Batayan, a magazine by the Artistes Forum launched its festival number this evening with superstar Prosenjit turning writer for the first time.

"Batayan will have write-ups from Prosenjit to director and children's magazine editor Sandip Ray, from thespian Soumitra Chatterjee to Badshah Moitra, from poet-lyricist Srijato to new age actor Soham. It will encapsulate the happenings in the industry as well as literary contributions," said Artiste's Forum General Secretary, popular singer Arindam Ganguly.

"We would love to have unpublished scripts of landmark Bengali films and be a comprehensive literary journal which will certainly have slant on Tollywood going-ons as we will be privy to the inside information and latest trends about the industry more than any other publications," said Arindam.

"From the next Kolkata Book Fair we have plans to make it monthly from the present bi-monthly and so far we are concerned we are sure there has not been any such initiative by those from showbiz anywhere else in the country," said Arindam.

Actor Pallabi Chatterjee, daughter of veteran Bollywood personality Biswajit, said, "We would wish to take it to the masses and not target niche readership only."

"Babuda (Sandip Ray) being the illustrious inheritor of Satyajit Ray-Sukumar Ray legacy we will seek to have his advice in running the show as well as others to make it a professionally run quality venture," Pallavi said.

"Prosenjit has also promised to use his good offices to viably run the magazine. And it will not halt midway," Arindam said.

Priced at Rs 50 the magazine will be available at select outlets as of now.