One can’t get a creative high by simply we can say by replicating scene it plays, “Srijit Mukherji every had said while lashing out at the culture of remakes during CT’s #TollyAgainstRemakes campaign. Rituparna Sengupta, too, had hit out against the format, saying, “Remakes are almost plagiarism.”
Over the past few years now the Bengali cinema only focuses on being remakes the films and often the Bengali cinema copy films from the south remakes, asserting that now Bengali cinema is having good feedback from the public.
From Kaushik Ganguly to Shiboprosad Mukherjee -flag holder of original cinema in Bengal -to veterans like Soumitra Chatterjee and Prosenjit Chatterjee, all agree that the days of shoddy copy-paste jobs is like losing the essence from the Bengali cinema.
But still some of the famous contemporary’s actors and directors are only going for the remakes and they are instead of focusing on the original content only busy doing cut-copy-paste from the Southern cinema! Only time will tell when original content will knock the door of Bengali cinema.
However, the Tollywood actor Jeet comes with an action drama though masala film “Boss 2” with original content, and most probably Bengali turn Bangladeshi actor Shakib Khan is also ready with original movie “Nawab”.
But as per the latest trend of the current or contemporary Bengali cinema, we can literally feel on seeing them that we are watching South Indian films with Bengali dialogues. Here we go…
Meet With The Remake Kings of Bengali Cinema
Bengali film Southern remake: CHALLENGE, 2009; PARAN JAI JALIYA RE, 2009; BOLO NA TUMI AAMAR, 2010; YODDHA: THE WARRIOR, 2014
The Bengali actor Dev comes into the limelight after the success of Raj Chakrabarty’s “Challenge” which is a remake of the 2005 Telugu film, “Bunny”. The film not only did well at the BO it gives super stardom to Dev and posts the success of “Challenge” Dev never looked back. Afterward the success of “Challenge”, Dev saw in a number of remake movies, including, “Paran Jai Jaliya Re”, Bangla remake of Hindi film “Namastey London”, “Yoddha: The Warrior”, the remake of “Magadheera” and so on. Dev did some creative movies original movie, however, “Chaander Pahaar” and “Buno Haansh”.
Bengali film Southern remake: SAATHI, 2002; DUI PRITHIBI, 2010; BADSHA THE DON, 2016; POWER, 2016
He was once in the news for his hefty paycheck of `1 crore, which is big, the amount for any Bengali actor to receive. Jeet made his acting debut with the blockbuster “Sathi” – a remake of the Tamil film, “Thulladha Manamum Thullum” seems like post the success of “Sathi” Jeet developed a soft corner for the remake films genre. His resume is now mostly a list of remakes films so only some handful of memorable ones. For instance, “Dui Prithibi” a remake of the Telugu film, “Gamyam” where he shares screen space with his contemporary Dev. “Dui Prithibi” was also the highest grossing Bengali cinema of 2010 and he is having some Bengali remake of Southern films on his kitty including, “Abhiman” a remake of the Telugu film “Attarintiki Daredi, “Boss” a remake of Telugu film “Businessman”, “Power” remake of Telugu film with the same name, “Badshah – The Don a remake of Telugu film “Don Sreenu” and so on.
Bengali film Southern remake: KELLAFATE, 2010; HARIPADA BANDWALA, 2017
He made his acting debut in Pijush Saha’s “Kellafate” (2010), but get stardom in 2013 with the Raj Chakrabarty’s “Kanamachi”. Ankush eventually being praised for his acting skills and dancing skills. He also appeared in series of remake films and received appreciation for the Srijit Mukherji’s ambitious “Zulfiqar,” where he played Akhtar Ahmed. The role fetched him also tag him as an underrated actor.
Some successful movies he is having on his kitty including, “Kelor Kirti” and “Haripada Bandwala”.
Bengali film Southern remake: BIKRAM SINGHA: THE LION IS BACK, 2012; ONE, 2017
Undoubtedly a powerhouse performer Prosenjit Chatterjee aka Bumba Da also tried to do some remake movies like, “Bikram Singha” Bengali remake of the Telugu film “Vikramakudu”. As we already see that the veteran actor Prosenjit Chatterjee make us stunned with films like “Dosar” (for which he won the National Film Award -Special Jury Award in 2007), “Autograph”, “Chokher Bali”, “Moner Manush” and “Praktan”.
Really it is yet to understand why would an actor like Prosenjit Chatterjee settle for a shot-to-shot South remake and in that time when being a fantastic actor he is capable of doing much more? And since the actor made his acting debut in 1987 with “Amor Shongi” he is just gracing the silver stage with his spectacular performances.
Bengali film Southern remake: Borbaad, 2014; Parbo Na Ami Chharte Toke, 2015
The budding actor of the Bangla cinema made his acting debut with the movie Borbaad, followed by he saw in the movie “Parbo Na Ami Chharte Toke” but still the actor lost somewhere in this star-studded Tollywood despite he did remake films.
So we can say that the trick of shot-shot Bengali remake of the Southern films doesn’t work in the favor of Bonny Sengupta.
Bengali film Southern remake: Faande Poriya Boga Kaande Re, 2011; Le Halua Le, 2012
A terrific actor having some films in his kitty including, “Prem Amar”, “Bojhena Shey Bojhena” and “Amanush” which mostly remake films, the actor looks Soham no doubt promising actor and it will be interesting to see how he can settle in remake movies instead of focusing on original content!
The actor recent released movie “Aamar Aponjon” is also a Bengali remake of the Tamil film “Autograph”.
This uncrowned king of remakes has failed to receive what he deserves but he tries to do remake films like his contemporaries.
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