first_imgPresenting a retrospective of the superstar’s career, the films from his early years to his recent layered performances, the India Habitat Centre’s Stein Auditorium from September 7-29, will play host to a plethora of films starring Bengali megastar Prosenjit Chatterjee.It wasn’t an exaggeration when Prosenjit Chatterjee was identified as ‘The Industry’ in Srijit Mukherjee’s debut film, Autograph. Born to yesteryear’s Bollywood actor Biswajit (who cast Prosenjit at age four in Chhotto Jigyasa), Prosenjit’s journey to superstardom was not a walk in the park. He had to work very hard to gain a foothold in a highly competitive industry. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Beginning with formulaic roles at a time when actors like Tapas Paul were major draws at the box office, he worked on building a body, learning to dance and drive, studied the dynamics of Uttam Kumar. More importantly, he studied the basics of the Tollygunge based industry and stepped into the skin of every character he played thus consolidating his position as more than just another run-of-the-mill actor. He always explored avenues to develop the industry. He realised that in order to survive the commercially regional cinema must match the glamour of Bollywood films. Keeping that facet in mind, he introduced the concept of costume designer or stylist in the Bengali film industry. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAfter scaling the peaks of popularity, he moved to content based films under directors known for experimenting with each new production. He worked under maestros like Buddhadev Dasgupta, Goutam Ghose and Rituparno Ghosh as well as new entrants like Bappaditya Bandopadhyay, Subhadra Chowdhury and, most successfully, Srijit Mukherjee. Simultaneously he convinced a leading production house like Shri Venkatesh Films, the makers of his trademark hit Sasur Bari Zindabad, to pepper their repertory of Tamil and Telugu remakes with landmarks like Chokher Bali, Iti Mrinalini and Meghe Dhaka Tara. He himself has taken to producing films by young directors who are exploring new themes like single mothers and the ever changing urban scenarios of Kolkata. This has changed the profile of not only Prosenjit’s filmography but also the character of theentire industry. Prosenjit also won the prestigous National Award for his 2006 film Dosar co-starring Konkona Sen Sharma.last_img

Vintage Prosenjit

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