New Bengali Cinema: The digital era is now. However, this style is now rarely used.
Upal-Devashis duo brings innovation in ‘Bhuban Babu’s Smartphone’
What is the similarity between these Hindi-Bangla movies ‘Chalati Ka Naam Garhi’, ‘Padoshan’, ‘Charamurthy’, ‘Basant Bilap’, ‘Mouchak’, ‘Dhanyi Mey’? At first it seems that all the films are comedies. exactly right But these pictures have one more thing in common. What is it? The title card of these pictures. Several years ago Bengali and Hindi film title cards used to feature cartoons, calligraphy patterns. It can be said that it had a trend. Originally this type of title card was created in comedy movies. It was not the digital age then. Another method was to make cards in this fun style. Even Satyajit Roy used to make his own title card in which the calligraphy, decoration was created by him and the title music was accompanied by him.
The digital age is now. However, this style is now rarely used. Directors Pranavesh Chandra and Shantanu Basu are bringing back that old comedy Ajem. Pranavesh’s second and Shantanu’s first film ‘Bhuvan Babu’s Smartphone’. comedy film The title card of that film is being made by bringing back the old style. There is only one song in the film. That is the top music of the film. The song has been composed by eminent singer-composer Upal Sengupta. He who himself draws pictures, cuts paper and makes various things, that is, he is an origami expert. But in this film, he is only in the song. Devashis Dev is a special name in the world of animation-cartoons. At the beginning of the film, Upal’s song will mix with the magic of his hand.
‘Bhuban Babu’s Smartphone’ director Pranavesh is basically a man from the Indian world. Started working as a graphic artist and later went on to create advertisements, short films and even feature films ‘four sided stories’. This is the second full-length film under his direction. Shantanu Basu is the co-director and narrator. Bhuvan Babu is an employee. The story revolves around the changes a smart phone brings in his life. Chinta Mukhopadhyay played the lead role. Paran Banerjee, Kharaj Mukherjee, Ishaan Majumder, Siddharth Ghosh and others are accompanying him.
On the title track ‘Hello, Hello, Hello’ and the whole thing, Upal Sengupta said, “Standing animated title cards are not very common these days. My song will give a little idea about the subject of the film. A little glimpse can be said. A fan of calypso music since childhood. Bela Font’s movements of various songs are mind-blowing. I have composed this style in Chandrabindu’s song as well. Music and songs have been created keeping in mind the main theme of the film. Very nicely written introduction. This is the first time that my song has been matched with the drawing of my very great Paona Debashis Dev. I am a fan of his cartoons. The combination of Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay’s writings with his illustrations or caricatures published in various magazines is a great deal. It’s really a big achievement for me.”
Director Pranavesh said about why he introduced this style in his film, “A funny film should have a funny title card. Upalda comes to mind while writing songs with a smart phone. Upalada made the tune. Now comes the visualization phase. After talking with the co-director Shantanu, I decided that the illustration work will be done with Debashis Dev’s cartoons. Debashisda created the title card after looking at the picture.”
Debashis Dev is also very enthusiastic about doing such a job. Told how the characters were created during the illustration. He said, “Pranvesh knows exactly which character he is thinking about in the title card and I do the work. I had seen the picture before that. Arvind Mukhopadhyay did several works with Chandy Lahiri in films like ‘Mouchak’, ‘Dhanyi Mey’, ‘Mantramugdha’ etc. They were also animated. The story of this film was published earlier in the form of a story and I also embellished it. The title card carries the image of a picture.” The release of the film is tomorrow, September 2.