Bengal cinema can give tough competition to Hollywood: Mamata

Kolkata, July 24 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said the state’s regional film industry can compete with Hollywood.

“Culture unites everyone. No one can create a rift in the world of art. I am confident one day Tollywood will give tough competition to Hollywood,” Banerjee said while felicitating actors with the annual ‘Mahanayak Samman’ awards.

The Bengali film industry is called popularly known as Tollywood as the major studios are located in the Tollygunge area of south Kolkata.

The awards were instituted in 2012 in the memory of Bengali matinee legend Uttam Kumar who is remembered as ‘Mahanayak’ (great actor).

Veteran actor Sabyasachi Chakraborty, (“Parineeta” and “Feluda” series of films) was conferred the Mahanayak Samman while actress Rituparna Sengupta (of “Main Meri Patni aur Woh” fame) received the Mahanayika Samman.

Actor Paran Bandyopadhyay, composer Anjan Dutta, singer Sandhya Roy, actor-director Chiranjeet Chakraborty (“Chotushkone” fame) and filmmaker Utpalendu Chakraborty were honoured with the lifetime achievement awards.

Shiboprosad Mukhopadhyay, co-director of the critically-acclaimed film “Bela Seshe”, composer Shantanu Moitra, cinematographers Gopi Bhagat and Sudip Chattopadhyay. art director Indranil Ghosh were also felicitated.

Special awards were given to actors Debalina Roy, Rajatabha Dutta, Dulal Sarkar, Dulal Lahiri, Rahul Bandyopadhyay, Abhishek Chatterjee, Tanushree Chakraborty, Sreelekha Mitra and Biswanath Basu.

 

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here