His latest, Love, is his third feature film in Bengali, starring Jisshu Sengupta and Koel Mallick in the lead roles. The story is loosely based on Erich Segal's mandolin classic, "Love Story". The original story ends tragically and the director has kept the tragic end in a hope that audience will weeping in the halls as they follow the facts of the love that lasted till the grave.
Before coming to feature films, Riingo was busy in directing lots of ad-films and television films. Riingo caught our eyes by his treatments and story telling from his first tele-film. Especially his camera movements and camera angles got our attention. He himself does the camerawork of his films. His first film Kranti was typical action oriented film featured Jeet and Ashish Vidyarthi
His latest, Love is his third feature film in Bengali, starring Jisshu Sengupta and Koel Mallick in the lead roles. The story is loosely based on Erich Segals mandolin classic, “Love Story”. The original story ends tragically and the director has kept the tragic end in a hope that audience will weeping in the halls as they follow the facts of the love that lasted till the grave.
Scenes from Love
Riingos answer to some questions: -
You have printed a catch line of your film in the poster of Love, what is that?
A story without love is not worth telling.
So, you believe in the story Love is one worth telling?
It is based on Erich Segals “Love Story”. Best-selling concept.
What is the theme of the story line?
is about two young people in love, who battles the odds, lives through the tough times with a smile and who take a vow never to let go till death does them apart.
Jisshu and Koel are the lead actors of your film. How close are they with the characters Jennifer and Oliver in the Erich Segals story: Is your screenplay a direct adaption of the original?
It is the tribute to the classic and is set in 2008 ambience and sensibilities.
Tell us something about the treatment of the film?
It is a stylist film shot in Kalimpong and Kolkata. This is my best film till date. Is has a narrating style and has great pace. The story keeps moving on with every scene. The climax is very very intense.
Your first film was Kranti. I think it was bit over-lauded by uncommon camera movements and unusual camera angels - sometimes more that needed I felt - Do you also feel so?
I have my style of cinematography. It is my signature.
Have you maintained the same signature in your recent film Love?
In Love, I have tried to shot Kalimpong to make it look some where abroad. My stars are looking their best.
Your all three films are digitally shot and then reversed. Would you please explain me why other digitally made films are so pathetic technically? I have seen three such movies in regular theatres… are those directors technically very poor and ignorant about the technology?
I am a trained High Definition Cinematographer, and I spend 7 years to learn the technology. People think this is video, but it is not. It is camera in the different format. One needs to learn study and adapt the technology and then set about making films in High Definition Technology.
You are not running after making films suitable for the National Awards - have you lost faith in that? You must have some philosophy behind your film making - actually I am enquiring about that.
Awards are important. Be it a National or a B.F.J.A. I make my films. If they are good they will get awarded anyway. Kranti won five awards (including B.F.J.A).
What is your next film about?
Thinking about making one Bengali film, one Hindi and one English film. I want to make “Godfather” in Bengali with Prasenjit. If it does not happen then I will make a celluloid horror-cum-thriller starring Jeet or I will make a film again with Jisshu, but this time not as a lover but as a terrorist in the background of Assam forest.