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2013 WAS ABRAVE NEW YEAR FOR TOLLY, WITH EXCITING EXPERIMENTS GALORE. WE PICK AFEW

MAACH MISHTI & MORE Director: Mainak Bhaumik Starring: Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Swastika Mukherjee, Raima Sen, Soumitra Chatterjee, Parno Mittra, Anubrata Basu, Neha Panda, Shauvik A middle- of- the- road film about three brothers, their lives and the women they fall for is what this Mainak Bhaumik film explored. We loved the Anubrata- Neha track, the Swastika- Ajopa sister act, Raima as the madcap yoga teacher, Param as the true- blue Bangali, the Soumitra- Parno bond.... actually we quite loved Maach Mishti & More. It was our tale delightfully told.

PHORING Director: Indranil Roychowdhury ( Kobi) Starring: Akash, Sohini Sarkar, Ritwick Chakraborty A growing up tale of an adolescent boy and his fantasies about a beautiful school teacher touched a chord. If you manage to overlook the plot similarities with the Italian film Malena , Phoring is a wonderful tale of a schoolboy, harking back to pure Bangla cinema. DoP Indranil Mukherjee's work was praiseworthy.

RUPKATHA NOY Director: Atanu Ghosh Starring: Soumitra Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Gaurav Chakrabarty, Koushik Sen The poignant tale of a septuagenarian who goes out of his way to connect with GeneratioNext. Soumitra Chatterjee as protagonist Sisir Ray was all flesh and blood. The tracks ( Radhika- Koushik; Sohini- Gaurav; Rahul) criss- cross and also take the shape of a thriller.

KANGAL MALSAT Director: Suman Mukhopadhyay Starring: Kabir Suman, Kaushik Ganguly, Kamalika The tongue- in- cheek Nabarun Bhattacharya novel turned into a moving tale of the downtrodden in Suman's adaptation. Littered with cuss words and bordering on the absurd, this one sure was brave, very brave.

MEGHE DHAKA TARA Director: Kamaleswar Mukherjee Starring: Saswata Chatterjee, Ananya Chatterjee, Abir Chatterjee If Saswata will be remembered for another role apart from Kahaani 's Bob Biswas then that's Neelkantha in Kamaleswar Mukherjee's Meghe Dhaka Tara , a biopic on Ritwik Ghatak. He brought alive the pathos, the pain, the madness of Ghatak. Complementing him was Ananya Chatterjee as his wife. Not a box- office winner but a quiet gamechanger in many ways.

TASHER DESH Director: Q Starring: Rii, Anubrata, Tillotama Shome Tasher Desh is about breaking rules, and Q was doing it in every frame, with every song, in his vivid reimagining of Tagore's dance drama.

Staying true to Tagore's vision, Q took viewers on a psychedelic trip.

The film was visually captivating, a visceral watch. The music, produced by Q, Neel and Miti Adhikari, was exhilarating and emotionally gripping.

BAKITA BYAKTIGATO Director: Pradipta Bhattacharyya Starring: Ritwick Chakraborty, Aparajita Ghosh An amateur documentary filmmaker goes searching for true love. In the process of filming, Ritwick, the leading man, ends up interviewing real people — like students, people in a fish market and even a panda at Kalighat. Backed by Srijit Mukherji, this indie film was loved by the few who watched it.

HANUMAN. COM Director: Gaurav Pandey Starring: Prosenjit, Moushumi, Saskia Ranwig The Rs 5cr film starring Prosenjit as village schoolteacher Anjani Putra was in the news as the first Tolly film to shoot in Iceland! With its international look and feel, the film on the impact of technology on our lives drew muted applause for an extraordinary journey of an ordinary man. One of Prosenjit's co- stars Saskia Ranwig, hailed from Germany, and the film premiered in Singapore on December 8.

GOYNAR BAKSHO Director: Aparna Sen Starring: Moushumi Chatterjee, Saswata Chatterjee, Shrabanti, Konkona Sensharma, Koushik Sen If Moushumi Chatterjee's Pishima was a riot, Shrabanti was the surprise package with her looks and acting. A fun watch, Goynar Baksho got panned for its amateurish special effects and clumsy ending but it found takers aplenty.

SHABDO Director: Kaushik Ganguly Starring: Ritwick Chakraborty, Raima Sen, Churni Ganguly When it comes to hatke subjects Kaushik Ganguly tops the list. A lower- middle class north Calcutta foley artiste ( Ritwick Chakraborty) and his obsession with sound became one of the talking points of 2013. Raima Sen had little to do as Ritwick's wife but we can't forget the pathos in her eyes. Two thumbs- up.

ASHCHORJYO PRODEEP Director: Anik Datta Starring: Saswata Chatterjee, Rajatava Dutta, Sreelekha Mitra, Mumtaz Sorcar Director Anik Datta combined mirth with magic to follow up on his clutterbreaking Bhooter Bhobishyot. He brought in a genie instead of ghosts and packed in wordplay aplenty but for many this turned out to be a disappointing watch.

Saswata as the unassuming, henpecked Bangali was a delight, and Sreelekha scored as his wife.