Showing posts with label Bollywood. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bollywood. Show all posts

Bollywood Song Stole Bipul Chettri’s Music But It’s Still Shit!

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Writers Neeraj Pun (NEO)

Bollywood has been ‘getting inspired’, screw it, we will just say what it is — Bollywood has been stealing since ages. Anything that’s good needs to be copied, whether a film, a scene or a song because creativity is just a myth for these guys. The latest victim of this trend is Bipul Chettri whose music has been ripped off in a song from an upcoming film ‘Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara’. The music for the song titled ‘Chhu Liya’ is composed, or let’s just say stolen, by Ajay Singha and it is sung by Papon and Neha Rajpal. It wouldn’t actually be a bad song if the music was not stolen but as we are so used to of listening to Bipul’s soothing voice along with that music, it sounds terrible.

Here's the song
Title : Chhu Liya
Singer : Papon & Neha Rajpal
Lyrics : Mohit Pathak
Music : Ajay Singha
Arranger/Programmer : Ajay Singha/ Nilotpal Bora

The people from "Hai Apna Dil Tou Awara" have removed the following video where music was straight away taken from the song Aasar of Bipul Chetteri because of too many dislikes and hate comments.

No Bollywood, it doesn’t work that way. You just don’t steal our favorite artist’s music and get away with it without anyone noticing. Busted!!

However, we had the copy of the version of song Chhu Liya where music was taken from the song Aasar of Bipul Chetteri and you can watch the video here

And here’s the original by Bipul Chettri - Asaar

Via neostuffs

Ranbir Kapoor in ‪Darjeeling‬: Well the Kapoor's Have Always Loved Our Hills and so has Bollywood

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While everyone is celebrating the arrival of Ranbir Kapoor in our hills, we are celebrating our hills, which has always attracted the Kapoors and many many more of the Bollywood fraternity. Ranbir's grandfather Raj Kappor was here in 1949, his father Rishi Kapoor and Grandpa - Raj shot one of the most memorable Indian movies - "Mera Naam Joker" here in our hills

Here is a list of Bollyhood movies shot in our hills, which we had published earlier on Nov 22, 2014

Darjeeling and Bollywood : An Iconic Love Story

Amongst all the Hill stations in India to have attracted their share of Bollywood fame, by far Darjeeling stands out as one of the most coveted.

From as far back as Raj Kapoor’s Barsaat shot in 1949 to the latest Yaariyan in 2014, Darjeeling has have had a very special place in the hearts of Bollywood.

One of the most iconic song which comes to one’s mind when talking about Darjeeling and Bollywood is Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore starrer “Mere Sapno Ki Rani Kab Aayegi Tu” from the movie Aradhana shot in 1969 [].

But very few know that 8 years ago a similar scene on the train had been shot by Super Star Dev Anand and Asha Parekh starrer movie “Jab Pyaar Kisi Se Hota Hai” in the song Jiya Ho Jiya Kuch Bol Do back in 1961 []

In the same year one of the best known Bollywood heroes Shammi Kapoor and Kalpana shot their entire movie “Professor” in the Darjeeling hills, with “Main Chali Main Chali” being shot in Chowrasta []

Another Sammi Kapoor and Shakila starrer movie released in the same year 1962 ‘China Town’ was also shot extensively in Darjeeling and went on to become a super hit []

Right after Dev Anand another super stars Manoj Kumar and Mala Sinha shot their 1st movie together ‘Hariyali Aur Raasta’ in 1962, in fact most of this movie is based in Darjeeling []

Asha Parekh and Dharmendra starrer 1966 Aaye Din Bahar Ke also became a super hit, it was shot extensively in the tea gardens of Darjeeling []

The year 1968 brought Dharmendra back to Darjeeling again, this time for Baharon ki Manzil which gained a lot from the exquisite scenes from our beloved hills []

The 1967 Sunil Dutt and Mumtaz Starrer 'Humraaz' was also shot in Darjeeling, its song “Niley Gagan K Taley” is one of the most recognized songs from the movie which was shot in Darjeeling []

In the same year in which Rajesh Khanna was stealing limelight by crooning “Mere Sapno Ki Rani Kab Aayegi Tu” Dev Anand and Asha Parekh starrer Mahal (1969) was raking in moolah in the market with their super hit song ‘Ye Duniya Wale Punchenge’ shot in Darjeeling []

The Kapoor family do have a very strong connection to Darjeeling, with Raj Kappor shooting important parts of his 1970 cult classic Mera Naam Joker and later Rishi Kapoor’s debut movie the controversial Bobby 1973 were both shot in Darjeeling []

Dev Anand loved Darjeeling and he came here to shoot numerous times in addition to his earlier ventures, he shot Joshila with erstwhile queen of Bollywood Hema Malini in 1973 []

The 1974 film Sagina saw Darjeeling hosting the amazingly talented trio of Dilip Kumar, Saira Banu, and Aparna Sen []

Big B – Amitabh Bachchan came to Darjeeling in 1976 for his movie Do Anjaane in which he played opposite Rekha and again in 1981 for his movie Barsat ki Ek Raat opposite Rakhi []. Needless to say both the movies were super hit.
1967. Raj Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor at Chowrasta in Mera Naam Joker
In 1979 Rajesh Khanna was back in Darjeeling with Simple Kapadia for the movie Anurodh, which features one of Kishore Kumar’s best song ‘Mere Dil Ne Tadapke’ []

1979 brought Vinod Khanna and the gorgeous Shabna Ajmi to Darjeeling for their Super Hit movie ‘Lahoo ke Do Rang.’ If you want to see Darjeeling before Andolan then you must check out this video []

I think the movies dried up after 1981 movie Barsat ki Ek Raat starring Amitabh and Rakhi due to the volatile political situation in Darjeeling, as I could not find any movies that were shot in this era.

The Bollywood connection to Darjeeling was revived again in 1992 with Shahrukh Khan starrer Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman with the very 1st song in the movie ‘Dil Hai Mera Diwaana’ shot in Darjeeling catapulting him to superstardom.

The very next year in 1993, Darjeeling saw Pooja Bhatt and Aditya Pancholi starrer ‘Chor Aur Chaand’ hit the screens, with amazing songs and scenes from Darjeeling making the movie super hit []

1998 saw Marc Robinson and Tara Deshpande star in the movie Bada Din with the song ‘Meri Sanson Mein Tum Ho’ going on to become song of the year… once again Darjeeling was the super star []

In the new millennium 2002 saw the making of one of the best movies ever shot in Darjeeling ‘Mr and Mrs. Iyer.’ Konkana Sen Sharma and Rahul Bose starer movie was beautiful in a sense that it not only captured the hills, but also the Terai and Dooars. Unlike other movie, which focus most on the mountains and tea, Mr. and Mrs Iyer told the story of the place and its people unlike [].

The year 2003-04 brought back King Khan to Darjeeling, after a gap of nearly 12 years Shahrukh had come to Darjeeling, and in the gap had gone on to become an INTERNATIONAL SUPER STAR. His movie with Farah Khan ‘Mein Hoon Na’ was more or less all right, a typical Bollywood flick, yet it became super hit. Darjeeling once again proving to be very lucky for King Khan [].

The year 2005 saw Saif Ali Khan retracing his mothers footsteps back to Darjeeling with the movie Parineeta, both movie and the song ‘Kasto Maja Hai Railaima’[] shot on our lovely Toy Train went on to become one of the most hummed tune of the year.

Anjan Dutta’s 2008 movie Via Darjeeling may not have made much impact in terms of box office returns, but the movie did receive a warm reception and critical acclaim []. It was also a very important movie as far as Darjeeling is concerned, as it was shot entirely in Darjeeling during the height of Gorkhaland agitation at that. Anjan Dutta's love for Darjeeling is renowned, but by making his movie in the period that he did, he proved that once you are a Darjeelingey, you will forever remain a hard core Darjeelingey at heart.

Keeping up with his family’s deep connection to Darjeeling, Ranbir Kapoor following on the footsteps of his illustrious family icons - Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor came to Darjeeling in 2012 for the movie Barfi. The movie which went on to win numerous awards and gained critical acclaim for both Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra once again became another Super Hit movie with the Darjeeling Connection []

2014 saw new comers Himansh kohli, Rakul Preet shoot for movie Yaariyan, which was an average film, but Darjeeling and Sikkim provided a jaw dropping background to the movie []

Currently Adhyayan Suman and Sara Loren are shooting for the movie Ishq Click in Darjeeling and the movie is expected to be released later this year – are these the new generation of stars in the making?

I might have missed out on many movies shot in Darjeeling, some deliberately like I did not include movies made in Nepali or Bengali, and many unintentionally as I do not know about them...

If any of you do, please add in the comments section... we could use the list to promote tourism in Darjeeling.

Via TheDC

Binod Pradhan bags the Best Cinematography in 16th IIFA

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"Hamro Gaurav" Binod Pradhan bags the Best Cinematography for 2 States in the 16th edition of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) which took place in Malaysia.
Binod Pradhan bags the Best Cinematography in 16th IIFA
Binod Pradhan bags the Best Cinematography in 16th IIFA
This was just another feather on his cap, Binod Pradhan has already won the following Awards:
Screen Weekly Award [1994] & Filmfare Award [1994] for '1942: A Love Story'; Screen Weekly Award [1998] for 'Kareeb'; Screen Weekly Videocon Award [2000], International Indian Film Academy 'Award for Technical Excellence' [2001] & Filmfare Award nom [2001] for 'Mission Kashmir'; Filmfare Award [2002], International Indian Film Academy 'Award for Technical Excellence' [2003], Zee Cine Award 'Best Cinematographer' [2003] & V.Shantaram Award [2003] for 'Devdas'; Zee Cine Award 'Technical Award' [2004] & Screen Weekly Award nom [2004] for 'Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.'; 13th Star Screen Weekly Award [200?], Filmfare 'Best Cinematography' Award [2007], International Indian Film Academy 'Best Cinematography' Award [2007] & Zee Cine Award 'Best Cinematography' [2007] for 'Rang De Basanti', IIFA 'Best Cinematography' Award for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2014), IIFA'Best Cinematography' Award for 2 states (2015)

The 16th edition of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) began on Friday with much fanfare, followed with a star-studded opening press conference, graced by Bipasha Basu, Anupam Kher, Anil Kapoor, Ayushmann Khurrana, Sonakshi Sinha, Lauren Gottlieb, Aditi Rao Hydari, Kanika Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez and Kainaat Arora. Also present was Subhash Ghai, who will be conferred the lifetime achievement award on Sunday.

About IIFA Awards
Conceptualized and produced by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and supported by the key members of the Indian film fraternity, IIFA is the most appreciated South Asian film academy. Also, the IIFA Awards is India’s biggest media event. With a viewership of almost 800 million, it is among the world’s most-watched annual entertainment events. From a one night celebration in 2000 at the Millennium Dome, London, the last sixteen years have seen the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) movement grow into a cine-packed weekend of film-festivals, workshops, exhibitions, film-showcases and global business forums, all of which climax into the highlight of the Weekend, the IIFA Awards.

Cinematographer Binod Pradhan honored with "Hamro Gaurav"

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GTA felicitated Gorkha Icon and Ace Bollywood Cinematographer Shri Binod Pradhan in the presence of Sikkim CM Dr. Pawan Kumar Chamling and Baba Ramdev and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration chief Bimal Gurung. Binod Pradhan was honored with "Hamro Gaurav" award for his excellence and award wining  cinematography and achievements in Bollywood.
Cinematographer Binod Pradhan honored with "Hamro Gaurav"
Cinematographer Binod Pradhan honored with "Hamro Gaurav" 
Some of his Achievements are:

Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer
2007, 2003, 1995 · Rang De Basanti, Devdas, 1942: A Love Story

Star Guild Award for Best Cinematography
2014 · Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Zee Cine Award for Best Cinematography
2004, 2003 · Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., Devdas

IIFA Award for Best Cinematography
2014, 2007, 2003, ... · Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Rang De Basanti, Devdas, ...

Bollywood Movie Award – Best Cinematography
2003 · Devdas

His Reaction After Receving  "Hamro Gaurav" 

" 1. Receiving the "Hamro Gaurav" Award is my most important award that I have received so far. There is nothing more satisfying than to get recognition from your own family.

2. I have been in the Bombay Film Industry for a long time now. I have struggled a lot and succeeded to quite an extent to get enough respect in this field. There are no regrets in what I have experienced so far.

3. My dream now is to see our hills being an attraction not only to Bollywood but to the whole Indian Film Industry.

4. If we can give some sort of facilities and knowledge of our beautiful locations, which we have in plenty, we should be able to attract more film making units from the country.

5. Films attract a lot of tourists to the destination. We have examples of Indian tourists flocking Switzerland, Mauritius, Thailand etc. which have all been propagated by Hindi films.

6. Such an influx can create job opportunities and expand our children's horizon in the art of film making and a host of ancillaries.

7. This is a dream I hope I can see materialise in my lifetime."

Geetanjali Thapa's "Liar's Dice" India's entry to Oscars 2015

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Indian Gorkha Geetanjali Thapa's "Liar's Dice" has been selected as India's entry to the Oscars in 2015.
Geetanjali Thapa's "Liar's Dice" India's entry to Oscars 2015

National award winning film "Liar's Dice", directed by Geetu Mohandas, has been selected as India's entry to the Oscars for the Best Foreign Language Film category, the Film Federation of India has announced.
Winner of two National awards earlier this year - Best Actress for Geetanjali Thapa (in the picture) and Best Cinematography for Rajeev Ravi, the film narrates the story of a young mother, who migrates to the city in search of her missing husband. The film also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
In a new record, Liar's Dice was selected from a total of 30 contenders, the largest number FFI has ever considered, which included Kangna Ranaut starrer Queen, Hansal Mehta's acclaimed Shahid and Riteish Deshmukh-produced Marathi film Yellow, among others.

Source: rediff

Cinematographer Binod Pradhan to debut as director with Wedding Pulao

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Eminent Indian Gorkha Bollywood cinematographer Binod Pradhan has decided to make his directorial debut with film Wedding Pulao. He has already proved his skills in cinematography by winning awards for films like 1942: A Love Story, Devdas, Rang De Basanti, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and 2 States

Cinematographer Binod Pradhan to debut as director with Wedding Pulao
Cinematographer Binod Pradhan to debut as director with Wedding Pulao
The film, which launches Anushka Ranjan in the lead, goes on floors mid-September and will be shot at exotic locales. Binod says, "It's a tale of young love and friendship with a blend of promising fresh talent. The newcomers have been trained at The ITA School of Performing Arts, with an assembly of veterans like Rishi Kapoor, Satish Kaushik, etc."

Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, who has worked with the cinematographer on RDB and BMB, says, "Movies that we've done together have gained cult status. He has been my companion in everything from structuring to shooting, from screenplay to the final edit."

Adds director Rajkumar Hirani, who has collaborated with Binod on Munna Bhai MBBS, "I've always wondered why he has never directed a film. He is not just a great cinematographer, but also a great storyteller who understands cinema deeply."

‘Wedding Pulao’, which is a story about young love and friendship, will be shot at several exotic locales of India and abroad. Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, who has worked with Binod in ‘Rang De Basanti’ and ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, was happy for the cinematographer to have taken to direction. Even Rajkumar Hirani, who was associated with Binod for his debut movie ‘Munnabhai MBBS’, was full of praise for Binod’s vast and deep knowledge of cinema.

Sagarika Chhetri to make her acting debut with `Fun Freaked Face Booked`

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Former beauty pageant contestant Sagarika Chhetri from Darjeeling hill will make her acting debut with `Fun Freaked Face Booked`, and she is looking forward to the journey.

Sagarika Chhetri to make her acting debut with `Fun Freaked Face Booked`
Sagarika Chhetri all set to star on `Fun Freaked Face Booked`
Sagarika, who participated in the 2013 Femina Miss India contest and had been awarded the Miss Glowing Skin title, was pleasantly surprised to land a part in the movie.
`Fun Freaked Face Booked` is about social media addiction and the model-actress readily agreed to be part of the project after reading the script.
Sagarika is not new to the camera. She had earlier featured on TV to host a music request show.

Cinematographer Binod Pradhan - His Candid views on life, cinematography and Gorkhaland

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Brief Profile
Name: Binod Pradhan
Profession: Cinematographer/Director
Son of: Mr. and Mrs Hoom Kumar Pradhan and Basanti Pradhan
Better half: Sonali Pradhan
Children: Binay Pradhan, Deep Pradhan
Place of birth: Singamari, Darjeeling
Primary School: St. Joseph’s Convent, St. Augustine, Dr. Graham’s Homes, Kalimpong
Secondary School: Dr. Graham’s Homes
Higher Secondary school: Dr. Graham’s Homes
College: North Point, Government College, Darjeeling
Philosophy of Life: Try a little harder
Favourite Movies: Pather Panchali, Mother India, Godfather, Rush

Gorkha Cinematographer Binod Pradhan
Gorkha Cinematographer Binod Pradhan
1. Could you please tell us about yourself, how was it growing up in Kalimpong? 
A. I was a sidha bacha in my childhood. I never made my parents pull their hair in exasperation (I am lying)... I think I was emotional and constantly in love with someone secretly [classic Darjeeling ailment – Maan man mai love] or with some actress in my dreams. I was a dreamer weaving stories around me. I was never a troublemaker or a local gangster itching for a fight. Most of my energy went in photography.

I love and look back on those days when I used to go around outside Kalimpong taking photographs of the landscapes and people. I used to have a lot of fun all by myself and my cameras. Today’s digital technology has put a camera into everybody’s hand, but how many look out at nature and capture it? More than before, but maybe not enough.

2. What made you take interest in photography? 
A. My father did. I remember as a Pre-school kid I used to go to Pushpa Studio where my dad used to work. I was engrossed seeing the pictures of the Tibetans come from Tibet. As a kid I remember watching from my first floor house in 10th Mile the rain and rain drops dance on the electric wires on the poles outside. It left me quite fascinated seeing how they combine and drop of as new drops came sliding to meet other drops. I think as a kid I was quite visually aware. I was horrified to notice that my father was smaller than the cherry blossom tree in school in St. Joseph’s Convent where I was studying in Kg. And I just loved watching movies. I used to plague my father every time a Hollywood movie came to the theatres.

A friend and I spent some of our break time mimicking horse with our fingers and imagining them to be cowboys chasing the villains in movies. I was in class 4 or 5 in Dr. Graham’s Homes when my dad (who owned a studio by then) gave me some left over negative film and a simple camera called Fulvue. I was absolutely thrilled and took pictures of my friend. On the roof of his house he stood like a hero in one of the pictures. Since that day there was no looking back.

The magic of photography caught me never to leave me again. I got involved and learnt processing and printing from my dad. The first professional work was covering a school sports day when I was in class 6. I remember mixing up the shutter values and most of the runners came blurred.

The School days was a learning period in photography for me where I learnt from books and finally I knew more than what my father knew. Such a passion it was. I sacrificed my sleep, my free time to photography.

3. When/how did you decide to take up Cinematography as a profession?
A. Cinematography was an accident. By the time I finished school in Kalimpong, I was like a king in my small pond of photography. I had little knowledge of what the outside photographic world had to offer. My thirst kept pressing me for more. A sentence from Mr. Ganesh Mani Pradhan changed my life. He said why don’t you try to study in Film Institute of India in Poona. My father, ever encouraging, took me to Poona to check on the school. I learnt that photography was the first year course there, after which they taught Cinematography.

The next year I applied and got admission against quite a tough competition. All those school and college years of interest in photography helped me, and the examiners were quite floored by my knowledge on photography. I even corrected the professor of Cinematography about a term in photography (actually I laid a trap ).

The Dean of the Institute requested to keep a picture of a rose that I had taken. I was more than happy to give it to him as I realized that my seat was assured by this request. I was number one in the selected list. This was the beginning to my marriage with cinematography.

4. Cinematography must have an unusual profession choice back in the day, how did your parents react? Did they not push you to join a government job?
A. I don’t think my father would have pushed me into any other profession. I would have committed harakiri (hahaha). But such was my intensity to learn photography that my father didn’t even think of sending me for anything else. Right from my school days my career target was set. Even my friends appreciated my decision, so early on in school life, to be a professional photographer.

I could have run my father’s Om Studio straight after finishing school, but I wanted to have a formal training, to see what else was there. I loved the quality of the displayed pictures of Das Studio in Darjeeling. I knew there was more to learn.

Once I passed from the Institute, I realised that I won’t be able to work in Om Studio anymore. I was over qualified and my interest had shifted to cinematography. My parents, fully supported my desire to move to Mumbai.

5. We know that you have struggled a lot and persevered, can you please tell us about your struggling days?
A. In the beginning after finishing the course in what is called as Motion Picture Photography, I was too scared of facing Bombay city. I knew nothing of the city or how to try to get work out there. I knew of no cinematographer or their address where I could contact them for work and the stories I had heard about them didn’t encourage me one bit.

Mr Prem Sagar, a known cinematographer had come to examine my senior finalists when I was in my 2nd year. I was assisting one of my seniors for the exercise. He was impressed by my work and one year later called me to join his company after my course.

This was a huge Godsend since if it weren’t for this opportunity I would have gone back home. I joined him on a salary of Rupees 500. This drove my single minded determination to be a Cinematographer in Bombay. Later I had opportunities to get double the salary in Doordarshan. One senior friend from Singapore even tempted me to join him in a coverage job abroad for a stupendous salary of 10,000. They didn’t attract me at all because these weren’t jobs of making movies.

6. Could you please tell us about how you got your break? 
After two years as assistant to three different cinematographers, I decided that I should do independent work only. I gave up a fairly interesting and by then lucrative job to try to work as a cinematographer. My period of hardship began. In one year I remember I worked for just about a week. I started getting some work in documentaries but mostly I was in a financial mess.

Sixteen Ex students formed a co-operative called Yukt with the idea of making non-commercial films. This included people like Mani Kaul and Sayeed Mirza. I was part of it and got to shoot my first film as one of the cinematographers in a Marathi film called Ghashiram Kotwal, a highly experimental film that didn’t get released in theatres. Another jobless phase later another came another Marathi film called Jait re Jait. Slowly, very slowly jobs started trickling in, Hindi, Nepali, Assamese, Haryanvi. There was no looking back.

7. Which was your big break, as in a movie which announced to the world that you have arrived? And how did that happen? 
Parinda was my second film with Vinod Chopra. My approach to shooting this film was to make it look like anything but a Hindi film. I never liked the way Hindi films looked right since my college days. I took inspiration from Godfather (still is one of my favourite films.) shot by Gordon Willis, who is among the best cinematographers the world has seen.

I couldn’t reach his standards but it went fairly high enough to be noticed by the film industry. I got a lot of appreciation but was very disappointed in losing the Filmfare award to Chandani.

8. Was it difficult for you as a Gorkhali to be established in the Mumbai film industry?
A. As a person not having to face the camera, I didn’t have to suffer any sort of racial discrimination. I probably didn’t know too many people to really understand or face that problem. Some thought I was a very strange looking Maharashtrian Pradhan. Many times I had to explain that we have Pradhan in Nepali too. Some called me chinky, but it was in all goodness and fun.

9. Is the industry more open to the people from North-East India today than it was when you started? How?
A. Now the doors are wide open for people from all over the country, as long as they are good in their work. When I came, there were fewer films and even fewer cinematographers. Television which absorbs a very large number of people today was non-existent then. Life and struggle was proportionately more difficult. I know of many who have gone back home with shattered dreams.

10. Today Binod Pradhan is synonymous with amazing creativity, what does success feel like? 
For me today, success is a stepping stone for more creativity in cinematography.

11. From amongst all the movies that you have done which was/has been your most difficult project, and why?
A. Creatively, I would consider Rang De Basanti more challenging. Most films have to be treated differently from each other. That’s why films like Parinda, 1942 A Love Story, Devdas, Rang De Basanti, Delhi 6, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag look different from each other. Actually I had the opportunity to make these films look different from each other.

12. Which project is the closest to your heart and why?
A. I can’t put my finger on one. With the amount of hard work one puts on each film, I don’t think I can be partial to one. Lets say that the harder I work on a film, the closer it comes to me.

13. Who is (are) your favourite director(s), and why?
A. Vinod Chopra and Rakeyesh Mehra since I have grown many folds working with them.

14. What do you like the most about your profession?
A. I like this idea of working with one of the most ethereal of mediums in the universe. Light.

15. We hear that you are going to direct a movie soon, are you excited? 
A. Hope it turns out fine. Actually I’m quite worried.

16. What is the secret of your success when so many others have failed in your field? 
A. I wish I knew. Maybe it is very hard conscientious work and always trying harder than before.

17. Any words of advice for youngsters who want to follow on your footsteps
A. Study hard and don’t be afraid of experimenting. Eat, drink and breathe your passion. The last thing that should attract you in this field or should I say that you should never get attracted to in this field is - because of glamour. The movie industry needs a lot of hard work, long erratic hours of work, creativity and camaraderie. If you have them all then you might make it, with some luck I guess.

18. Do you have any plans to make Nepali movies? or Hindi movies based on stories from our region?
A. No plans as of now. I would love to if an appropriate project comes my way.

19. Some people have suggested that all the big names from our parts of the world Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kurseong, Mirik, Siliguri, Sikkim do not care for our people once they make it big? What do you have to say to them?
A. As far as I am concerned, it may not be true. I have given opportunities to deserving people. I have helped my people in my own small way whether it is for studies in Kalimpong and/or odd jobs. Problems arise when people get attracted to Mumbai film industry because of the glamour attached. Ever so often kids come to me with dreams of making it big but without any knowledge, especially in acting. It isn’t an easy path that I could help anyone to be an actor or for that matter a cinematographer. For every one success there are hundreds who fail. So unless one has talent, and I see some hope, I can’t help.

20. Do you have any plans that includes Darjeeling region in the future? 
A. None at the moment besides my son’s marriage in Kalimpong.

21. Any comments on Gorkha identity issue?
A. It is a problem I have faced quite often before. If I call myself a Nepali, I am not from Nepal. So do I call myself a Bengali? This is the only direct problem that I have faced.

22. Any comments on Gorkhaland statehood issue? 
A. I am like any other Gorkha from my soil. I yearn for this dream to come true. It would be a big benefit to my people in the hills who have been quite isolated from the outside world.

[We are most grateful to Shri. Binod Pradhan ji for taking his invaluable time to answer all our questions. We acknowledge the efforts put in by The DC associate Bishal Lama and the help from Ms. Mandakini Pradhan for making this interview possible - thank you guys]

Source: The Darjeeling Chronicle 

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