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Comedy In Bengali Cinema – A Discussion

This discussion was no laughing matter. The open forum at the Kolkata International Film Festival on Monday afternoon saw a debate erupt over the topic, Comedy in Bengali cinema.

Among the panelists, this is what Subhasish Mukherjee had to say: “Comedy in today’s films is just an exercise in slapstick. Directors rope us in and think we will `d something’ to make a scene come alive. But we can’t pull off a miracle, can we? Mainstream films are all about the hero, heroine and villain. Comic actors are like the break at the interval. I don’t think there have been classic comic films since the time of Uttam Kumar.“

 

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Director Raj Chakrabarty disagreed with this view. “In my opinion, it’s not right if we say that we don’t make comic films today . I try and present actors in unconventional comic roles, like Saswata Chatterjee in Proloy. Katmundu, for example, is an out-and-out comedy ,“ he said.

 

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