2019 Mid-Year Checkpoint – Bangla Films

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Continuing with the mid-year checkpoint discussion, here is taking a pause to look at the Bangla films of 2019. Personally, I think it has been a pretty good year for Bangla Films in 2019 so far and has been a big turnaround since last couple of years. There have been quite a few good films that made their mark, and the good thing was that we got to see a lot of promising new talent coming up with the best of the year. There were also films in relevant and refreshing themes, modern in treatment with a lot of soul. We still had some biggies that were disappointing, but then which year won’t have that in the mix.

The next part of the year has a lot of interesting films lined up, and by the time 2019 year draws a close, we are likely to have significant additions to this list, which can only be good news. So here is a high-level listing what stood out for the year so far, based on the films I watched (I do an auto-filter to pick up films for watching).

BEST FILMS

  1. Nagarkirtan
  2. Tarikh
  3. Jyeshtho Putro
  4. Kia and Cosmos
  5. Bijoya

Honorable Mentions: Shahjahan Regency, Mahalaya

Disappointments: Vinci Da, Mukherjee Dar Bou, Basu Paribaar, Durgeshgarh-er Guptodhan

 

BEST DIRECTORS

  1. Kaushik GangulyNagarKirtan, Jyeshtho Putro, Bijoya
  2. Churni GangulyTarikh
  3. Sudipto RoyKia and Cosmos

Honorable Mentions: Srijit Mukherji (Shahjahan Regency), Soumik Sen (Mahalaya)

Disappointments: Pritha Chakraborty (Mukherjee Dar Bou), Srijit Mukherji (Vinci Da), Anjan Dutt (Finally Bhalobasha)

 

BEST ACTORS

  1. Ritwick ChakrabortyNagarKirtan, Jyeshtho Putro, Tarikh, Vinci Da
  2. Kaushik Ganguly Bijoya
  3. Riddhi Sen NagarKirtan
  4. Subhashish MukhopadhyayMahalaya, Basu Paribaar
  5. Parambrata ChattopadhyayShahjahan Regency

Honorable Mentions: Prosenjit Chattopadhyay (Jyeshtho Putro), Shaswata Chattopadhyay (Tarikh, Basu Paribaar), Jisshu Sengupta (Mahalaya), Abir Chatterjee (Shahjahan Regency, Bijoya)

Disappointments: Anirban Bhattacharya (Finally Bhalobasha, Vinci Da), Soumitro Chattopadhyay (Basu Paribaar), Jisshu Sengupta (Basu Paribaar), Anjan Dutt (Shahjahan Regency), Rudranil Ghosh (Vinci Da, Shahjahan Regency)

 

BEST ACTRESSES

  1. Ritwika PalKia and Cosmos
  2. Swastika Mukherjee Shahjahan Regency, Kia and Cosmos
  3. Jaya Ahsan Bijoya
  4. Sudipta ChakrabortyJyeshtho Putro, Basu Paribaar
  5. Raima Sen – Tarikh

Honorable Mentions: Aparna Sen (Basu Paribaar), Konineeca Banerjee (Mukherjee Dar Bou), Rituparna Sengupta (Shahjahan Regency, Mukherjee Dar Bou), Gargi Roy Choudhury (Jyeshtho Putro), Bidipta Chakraborty (Nagarkirtan)

Disappointments: Anusuya Majumdar (Mukherjee Dar Bou), Rituparna Sengupta (Basu Paribaar), Sohini Sarkar (Vinci Da)

 

BEST MUSIC ALBUM

  1. Shahjahan Regency
  2. Finally Bhalobasha
  3. Bijoya

Honorable Mentions: Tarikh, Mukherjee Dar Bou, Kanttho

Best Background scores: Nagarkirtan, Kia and Cosmos, Shahjahan Regency, Jyeshthoputro, Basu Paribaar

Disappointments: Vinci Da, Shankar Mudi

 

BEST SONGS

  1. Kichhu chaini aamiShahjahan Regency
  2. Tomar pasher desh Bijoya
  3. Ki kore haye Kia and Cosmos
  4. Bolo na RadhikaShahjahan Regency
  5. Shobai chupKonttho
  6. E kul bhange Bijoya
  7. Sagar kuler naiyya Tarikh
  8. Chhile bandhu Finally Bhalobasha
  9. Bandhu maane Tarikh
  10. O jiban tomar saatheMukherjee Dar Bou
  11. Kato kato mon Finally Bhalobasha
  12. Bhromor Basu Paribaar

Honorable Mentions: Brilliant use of Tagore Songs across films – Jakhon porbe na (Shahjahan Regency), Amar Praner Pore (Jyeshtho Putro) , Khachar Pakhi (Mukherjee Dar Bou) stand out.

That was the mid-year round up for Bangla films. Next we will look into the Indian Web Series space. Till then happy watching good cinema!

 

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Copyright ©2019 Jayashree Chakravarti. This article cannot be reproduced in its entirety without permission. A link to this URL can be used instead.

 

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