2008 was the year of most released films of Bengali Cinema, the total number of released film is 69. Its a huge number for Bengali Cinema if compared with the last few years. Lets us take a look what are there in 2008.
Trend of Love Story
A major trend of this year films were love stories at least 8 films were made on love story and at least 3 more are now under production which will be released by the middle of the next year.
The films were Chirodini Tumi Je Amar, Bhalobasha Bhalobasha, Love, Love Story, Chirosathi, Tomar Jonyo, Premer Kahini, Mon Maane Na.
Veterans like Haranath Chakraborty and Sujit Guha made love stories like Chirosathi and Mon Maane Na parallel with the new comer like Nilanjan of Tomar Jonyo and Raj Chakraborty of Chirodini Tumi Je Amar.
This year is the year of digital movies too. Im not talking about the digitized version of celluloid films. Im talking about those Atanu Ghosh, Birsha Dasgupta and Gaurav Pandey. Im sure these 20 are not the only names of the new directors of 2008.
The big directors of Bengal were also busy with the year 2008. Sandip Ray was busy with his Feluda adventure Tintorettor Jishu which is already released. Aparna Sen was busy with her The Japanese Wife. The film is now ready to release in 2009. Buddhadeb Dasgupta has also finished his shooting of Janala and now busy in the final phase of post production work. Gautam Ghosh was shooting for his dream documentary on Asiatic Society and planning his next feature film on Lalan Fakir.
Year Of New Corporate Producers
2008 saw the emergence of corporatization of Bangla cinema. Corporate houses like Reliance, Saregama, Mahindras, Tower Group, NDTV Imagine, Zee Motion Pictures, Club RP have come forward to produce Bengali films either by new directors like Birsha Dasgupta (033 by NDTV Imagine) or veteran like Buddhedeb Dasgupta (Janala by Reliance). Films which were made digitally, though till date the proper projection system of digital movies is not there in Kolkata, the makers of these kinds of movies lack the knowledge of technology properly. At least 7 digital movies were released in regular theatres.
These were Iti by Sambit Nag, Tollywood Focus by Manas Bose, Blood by Anushua Samanta & Raktamukhi Neela, Makarshar Rosh, Neel Ratri, Hello Kolkata.
Year Of The New Directors
2008 was the year of the new directors. At least 15 new directors were born this year. They are Raj Chakraborty, Nilanjan, Sandip Choudhury, Atanu Bose, Arin Paul, Shankha Banerjee, Debanik Kundu, Rangan Chakraborty, Sambit Nag, Anushua Samanta and four more directors who directed the other digital movies. Fifteen directors born in the same year is a remarkable thing in any film industry. Apart from them five more new director has already started their shooting and all of them doing celluloid film with a reasonable budget. They are Reshmi Mitra, Aniket Chatterjee.
In 2008 the biggest film award of India Dadasaheb Phalke award has gone to veteran film director Tapan Sinha.
Soumitra Chatterjee has received the Best Actors National Award for his performance in Padakshep. Anjan Das received the Best Film on Family Welfare Award for his film Faltu. Anuranan and Padakshep received the Best Regional Film award.
Rerturn Of Tagore
Three films based on Rabindranath Tagores works, were made in 2008.
Subhajit Mitra made Mon Amour Sesher Kabita Revisited (based on Sesher Kabita), Suman Mukhopadhyay Chaturanga and now Rituparno Ghosh is making Nauka Dubi with the Sen sisters Riya and Raima first time together in any film.
First English Film with stars from Bollywood
Another corporate houses film Planmans The Last Lear starring Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Arjun Rampal and directed by Rituparno Ghosh was being shoot in Kolkata studios and different locations.
The Highest Grosser
The highest grosser of 2008 was Venkatesh Films Chirodini Tumi Je Amar directed by Raj Chakraborty starring Rahul and Priyanka. Only due to one film both the lead pair and the director are now considered hit material these days.