Anindita Acharya

Anindita Acharya is deputy chief content producer of Hindustan Times. She has been covering the Bengali film industry for eight years. Apart from this, she also reports on lifestyle.

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Mother’s Day special: Five Bollywood songs that remind us of our mommy dearest

From Lata Mangeshkar’s Tu Kitni Achchhi Hai to Chanda Hai Tu and many more, here’s a Mothers’ Day special playlist of Bollywood songs.
Sharmila Tagore in a still from Amar Prem.
Sharmila Tagore in a still from Amar Prem.
Updated on May 14, 2017 01:12 PM IST
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Between the reel and the real falls the shadow: the two facets of actor Tapas Paul’s life

On screen, Tapas Paul is best remembered for playing the common man hero, honest and upright. The controversies that have dogged him in the past few years, suggest a man of a different character
Actor-MP Tapas Paul (in white), with West Bengal chief minister Mamta Banerjee and others at a rally in 2010(Ashok Nath Dey/HT Photos)
Actor-MP Tapas Paul (in white), with West Bengal chief minister Mamta Banerjee and others at a rally in 2010(Ashok Nath Dey/HT Photos)
Published on Jan 03, 2017 05:19 PM IST
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Parno Mittra and Irrfan bonded over food in Dhaka

Parno Mittra used to observe the Life of Pi actor on the set of the bilingual; calls Irrfan an acting institute
Bengali actress Parno Mittra will be sharing screen space with Irrfan in Bangladeshi director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s bilingual No Bed of Roses (Doob in Bengali).(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Bengali actress Parno Mittra will be sharing screen space with Irrfan in Bangladeshi director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s bilingual No Bed of Roses (Doob in Bengali).(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 03, 2017 01:58 PM IST
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What made news in Bengali film industry in 2016

As the year draws to a close, we list a few news items, which were the talk of the town this year in the Bengali film industry
Satyajit Ray’s Nayak starring Uttam Kumar completed 50 years in 2016.(Youtube)
Satyajit Ray’s Nayak starring Uttam Kumar completed 50 years in 2016.(Youtube)
Published on Dec 31, 2016 01:53 PM IST
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Tapas Paul: Bengali movie star to hardened politico arrested in Rose Valley scam

Dadar Kirti, the 1980 movie, marked the entry of a 22-year-old Tapas Paul into the Bengali film industry. More than decades later, Paul’s notoriety now comes from his political career and offences.
Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul was arrested by CBI in connection with the Rose Valley chit fund scam, in Kolkata on December 30, 2016.(PTI)
Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul was arrested by CBI in connection with the Rose Valley chit fund scam, in Kolkata on December 30, 2016.(PTI)
Published on Dec 31, 2016 12:44 AM IST
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Ankush’s Bengali release is a remake of Diljit Dosanjh’s Punjabi film Disco Singh

The Bengali actor says the film industry today is concerned about the gross collection of a film.
Ankush will be seen sharing screen space with actress Nusrat Jahan in Haripada Bandwala. The film marks the debut of director Pathkrit Basu.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Ankush will be seen sharing screen space with actress Nusrat Jahan in Haripada Bandwala. The film marks the debut of director Pathkrit Basu.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 27, 2016 02:13 PM IST
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Despite Dangal craze, very few takers for women’s wrestling in Bengal

The sport is dying a slow death in Bengal, thanks to lack of modern facilities, proper equipment and government aid.
Women wrestlers practising at Panchanan Bayam Samiti, one of the few wrestling clubs for women in Bengal.(Samir Jana)
Women wrestlers practising at Panchanan Bayam Samiti, one of the few wrestling clubs for women in Bengal.(Samir Jana)
Published on Dec 24, 2016 09:40 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Nothing political: Bengali director is first to make movie on demonetisation

The first show of the Bengali film Shunyota is on December 23 at Nandan, one of the most prestigious movie halls of Kolkata.
A still from the film. It was shot in seven days flat in the coal belt of West Bengal.(HT Photo)
A still from the film. It was shot in seven days flat in the coal belt of West Bengal.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 22, 2016 01:03 PM IST
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Bengal’s favourite sleuths in late rescue act in grim year

Double Feluda and Byomkesh Pawrbo have lit up the gloomy Tollywood market, especially after demonetisation. Both the Bengali films are faring well at the box office with Feluda inching ahead on the opening day.
Double Feluda and Byomkesh Pawrbo are running to packed houses.(Amlan Biswas)
Double Feluda and Byomkesh Pawrbo are running to packed houses.(Amlan Biswas)
Published on Dec 17, 2016 05:56 PM IST
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Demonetisation woes: Abir keeps his fingers crossed for new Byomkesh Bakshi film

Actor Abir Chatterjee, who has worked in the stock market before venturing into films, says that the audiences priority is not watching films at present, as they are low on cash.
Abir Chatterjee is the only Bengali actor to have played both Feluda and Byomkesh Bakshi. In 2016, Abir was replaced by Sabyasachi Chakraborty as Felu Mitter in Sandip Ray’s films.(Shree Venkatesh Films)
Abir Chatterjee is the only Bengali actor to have played both Feluda and Byomkesh Bakshi. In 2016, Abir was replaced by Sabyasachi Chakraborty as Felu Mitter in Sandip Ray’s films.(Shree Venkatesh Films)
Published on Dec 16, 2016 04:21 PM IST
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Sandip Ray wants Sabyasachi Chakraborty to play Feluda again

From photo collages, stills of Satyajit Ray’s Feluda films — Sonar Kella (1974) and Joi Baba Felunath (1979) — to illustrations and interviews of those who worked in Sonar Kella, Sandip Ray promises that the closing credits of his Double Feluda film will leave the audience awestruck.
Director Sandip Ray’s new Feluda film celebrates 50th anniversary of the iconic Bengali sleuth, a character created by Satyajit Ray.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Director Sandip Ray’s new Feluda film celebrates 50th anniversary of the iconic Bengali sleuth, a character created by Satyajit Ray.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 15, 2016 04:47 PM IST
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Singer Silajit donates money earned from selfie for charity

Bengali rock singer Silajit Majumder charges for accepting friend requests on Facebook which he donates to charity
Bengali rock singer Silajit Majumder charges for clicking selfies with fans and accepting friend requests on Facebook, which he donates to charity.(Facebook.com/silajit)
Bengali rock singer Silajit Majumder charges for clicking selfies with fans and accepting friend requests on Facebook, which he donates to charity.(Facebook.com/silajit)
Published on Dec 12, 2016 03:20 PM IST
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Sabyasachi Chakraborty will do another Feluda film if Sandip Ray insists

Sabyasachi Chakraborty is back as Feluda and says that he is game for another Feluda film if filmmaker Sandip Ray insists
Sabyasachi Chakraborty will be seen playing Feluda on the big screen after a gap of five years. He plays the iconic Bengali sleuth in Sandip Ray’s upcoming film Double Feluda.(Eros International)
Sabyasachi Chakraborty will be seen playing Feluda on the big screen after a gap of five years. He plays the iconic Bengali sleuth in Sandip Ray’s upcoming film Double Feluda.(Eros International)
Published on Dec 09, 2016 05:56 PM IST
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Singapore-based scientist takes to Facebook to celebrate Bangaliana

The Bong Sense has become such a hit that the creator is flooded with proposals for merchandising.
Arpan Roy has been a resident of Singapore for than 10 years.(HT Photo)
Arpan Roy has been a resident of Singapore for than 10 years.(HT Photo)
Published on Dec 09, 2016 10:08 AM IST
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Haranath Chakraborty isn’t in favour of multiple Bengali releases a week

The director says it’s time Bengali filmmakers try to retrieve Bangaliana and look for original content to bring back audience to the theatres
Filmmaker Haranath Chakraborty is gearing up for the release of his new film, Amar Prem.(Prateek Choudhury/HT Photo)
Filmmaker Haranath Chakraborty is gearing up for the release of his new film, Amar Prem.(Prateek Choudhury/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 19, 2016 07:31 PM IST
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Cash crisis a thumbs down for Bengali film releases

Going by the first day box-office report, none of the four Bengali films, which released this week, have managed to impress the trade pundits with the figures, all falling to the demonetisation knockout punch.
A still from Bengali film Teenawnko, starring Rituparna Sengupta, Bidita Bag and Mumtaz Sorcar. Director Bithin Das said compared to expectations, there’s a 35% dip in the sales on the first day of the release.(Bithin Das)
A still from Bengali film Teenawnko, starring Rituparna Sengupta, Bidita Bag and Mumtaz Sorcar. Director Bithin Das said compared to expectations, there’s a 35% dip in the sales on the first day of the release.(Bithin Das)
Published on Nov 19, 2016 06:08 PM IST
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Teenkahon director Bauddhayan Mukherji disappointed with the film distribution model in Bengal

The director is disappointed with the way Teenkahon was distributed in West Bengal and has decided against making another Bengali film till the distribution model improves.
Director Bauddhayan Mukherji was in Kolkata to attend the screening of his debut Hindi film, The Violin Player.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Director Bauddhayan Mukherji was in Kolkata to attend the screening of his debut Hindi film, The Violin Player.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 18, 2016 03:49 PM IST
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Indian cinema doesn’t necessarily mean Bollywood: Dan Wolman

Israeli filmmaker Dan Wolman’s film An Israeli Love Story was recently screened at the 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival.
Israeli filmmaker Dan Wolman at the 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival.(Anindita Acharya/HT Photo)
Israeli filmmaker Dan Wolman at the 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival.(Anindita Acharya/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 17, 2016 05:10 PM IST
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Artistes cannot be banned, says Iranian filmmaker Nahid

Nahid Hassanzadeh, says artistes cannot be banned. And even if an artiste is banned, he or she will find a way to do whatever he/she likes.
Iranian filmmaker Nahid Hassanzadeh.(Anindita Acharya/HT Photo)
Iranian filmmaker Nahid Hassanzadeh.(Anindita Acharya/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 16, 2016 01:28 PM IST
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I am a feminist at heart but not a militant, says French director Catherine Corsini

Corsini, whose 2015 French film Summertime, was screened at the ongoing Kolkata International Film Festival, said she kept faith in women liberation and freedom of expression.
French filmmaker Catherine Corsini at a press conference of the 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival at Nandan.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
French filmmaker Catherine Corsini at a press conference of the 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival at Nandan.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 16, 2016 01:16 PM IST
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Just because money is available, it doesn’t mean someone should make films: Adoor Gopalakrishnan

Adoor Gopalakrishnan, one of the pioneers of Indian cinema, says filmmakers shouldn’t keep making films just because they are cash rich.
Filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s first new digital film Pinneyum was screened in the Special Tribute section of the ongoing 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s first new digital film Pinneyum was screened in the Special Tribute section of the ongoing 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 14, 2016 06:45 PM IST
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Exhibition on Mahanayak Uttam Kumar at Kolkata Film Festival

An exhibition on Uttam Kumar is being held at Gaganendra Pradarshashala. It’s one of the major attractions of the Kolkata International Film Festival.
The exhibition, titled Nayak: The Hero, on Uttam Kumar, is one of the major attractions of the 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
The exhibition, titled Nayak: The Hero, on Uttam Kumar, is one of the major attractions of the 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 14, 2016 01:17 PM IST
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Don’t miss these films at Kolkata Film Festival

Filmmaker Atanu Ghosh draws up a list of films, which movie lovers can watch at the 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival.
The 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival will showcase 156 films from 65 countries.(kff.in)
The 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival will showcase 156 films from 65 countries.(kff.in)
Published on Nov 11, 2016 07:33 PM IST
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Stuntmen in Bengali film industry rue their poor pay

Stuntmen working in Bengali film industry complain of the stark pay disparity with those who come to work from Bollywood and Chennai.
Dev and Koel Mullick shot an action sequence in Thailand for Rangbazz.(Surinder Films)
Dev and Koel Mullick shot an action sequence in Thailand for Rangbazz.(Surinder Films)
Published on Nov 11, 2016 07:22 PM IST
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Are senior Bengali film actors a neglected lot?

Senior Bengali actors are complaining that not too many filmmakers write roles keeping them in mind.
Praran Bandopadhyay, Anamika Saha, Ardhendu Banerjee and Sohag Sen on the set on Benche Thakar Gaan.(Prateek Choudhury/HT Photo)
Praran Bandopadhyay, Anamika Saha, Ardhendu Banerjee and Sohag Sen on the set on Benche Thakar Gaan.(Prateek Choudhury/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 11, 2016 01:33 PM IST
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Shiboprosad and Nandita’s next Bengali film is on parenting

Bela Seshe filmmakers Shiboprosad Mukhopadhyay and Nandita Roy are gearing up for their new film, Posto. It will again see veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee in a pivotal role.
Shiboprosad Mukhopadhyay and Nandita Roy, who had earlier directed Praktan, are currently working on their next which goes on floor in December.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Shiboprosad Mukhopadhyay and Nandita Roy, who had earlier directed Praktan, are currently working on their next which goes on floor in December.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 11, 2016 12:20 PM IST
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Hit actor-director pairs in Bengali cinema and their upcoming films

Here’s a dekko at some filmmaker-actor duos in Tollywood, whose partnerships have proved to be profitable at the box office.
Kamaleswar Mukherjee directed Dev for the first time in Chander Pahar (2013). The hit actor-director pair is gearing up for their new film, Amazon Obhijaan.(Shree Venkatesh Films)
Kamaleswar Mukherjee directed Dev for the first time in Chander Pahar (2013). The hit actor-director pair is gearing up for their new film, Amazon Obhijaan.(Shree Venkatesh Films)
Published on Nov 10, 2016 02:13 PM IST
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Chaos prevails in cash-strapped Kolkata

From filmmakers to students, everyone is feeling the pinch in Kolkata as Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes go out of circulation.
Most markets in Kolkata wore a deserted look on Wednesday.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT Photo)
Most markets in Kolkata wore a deserted look on Wednesday.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 09, 2016 07:42 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByDeepshikha Bhattacharyya and Anindita Acharya, Kolkata

Kolkata artist to give shirish tree a makeover at Nandan

Sculptor Deep Saha is working on a tree sculpture at Nandan campus for beautification before the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) that begins on November 11.
Sculptor Deep Saha’s tree sculpture at Nandan draws inspiration from musical instruments and films.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Sculptor Deep Saha’s tree sculpture at Nandan draws inspiration from musical instruments and films.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 09, 2016 01:41 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Happy birthday Rituparna Sengupta: Here’s a dekko at the 8 different looks the actor sported

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the films, where Rituparna Sengupta flaunted different looks.
Rituparna played Begum Jaan in Srijit Mukherji’s Rajkahini.(Shree Venkatesh Films)
Rituparna played Begum Jaan in Srijit Mukherji’s Rajkahini.(Shree Venkatesh Films)
Published on Nov 07, 2016 12:35 PM IST
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