We have talked with Cast & Crew of Indian short film “First Date with Banalata Sen”, which is scheduled to release soon on Youtube,
Sahin Aktar – Director
Ans : First of all, I wanna tell you that we had a very nice team. All the production challenges came for the budget. We had to shoot the film within 12 hours. We did not have enough vehicle, production boys or art settings. So, our directorial team had to work very hard. They did everything . Frankly speaking, we did not face any major production challenges.
Ans : We had a team of 15 people.
We had the target of completing the shoot within 10 hours. And we had only one day. But, we took 12 hours to complete the shoot.
Ans : Obviously I had… I like to work in a very organised way. When a concept comes in mind, I create and develope the crisis and climax at first. So, I fixed the ending of the film in the writing process at first. Till now, the ending is same.
Ans : I wrote the first draft of First Date one year ago. I wanted to make film for festivals. Then, I did not get any producer. When I was working with Hrishikesh Mondal in “Kusumitar Gappo”, I met Krishna Das. He was planning for making a youtube channel. I told the story of First Date. He agreed and we started working on First Date. And the journey was so cool
Ans : Most filmmakers do not accept the value of pre-production. I think pre-production is the most precious part of film making process.
Ans : In terms of academic qualification, I got my Masters in English and half Masters in Film Studies. I am working as an assistant director, script writer and short film maker in Bengali film industry. Now, I am working on Hrishikesh Mondal’s next which is based on Kabi Jasimuddin’s “Nokshi Kanthar Maath” as a script writer. And I started working on another film script.
Hrishikesh Mondal – Creative Producer
Q.What would you like to see yourself doing creatively?
Ans : Firstly I am a filmmaker. So, obviously making feature film as a creative producer.
Q.What sparks your inspiration?
Ans : I believe in helping new comer filmmakers. And I think that will help to grow our film industry prosperously. That’s my inspiration.
Q. What was the inspiration for your First Date with Banalata Sen film?
Ans : Ha ha ha…. The title of the film and love…
Q.How do you keep track of work so that it gets done on time?
Ans : By choosing an excellent team and discussing everything with them very friendly…
Q.What excites you the most about a career as a creative producer?
Ans : Choosing the right script and right people are always a challenge for a creative producer… that excites me most.
Q.What was the process from idea to finished film?
Ans : Find an unique and excellent idea, then work on it to develop… then lock the script, pre production, shooting, post production and release… as usual …
Q.What was the biggest challenge when making the film?
Ans : Within a low budget, to make it properly and deliver it on time…
Pritam Das – Actor
Q : How was your journey with short film First Date with Banalata Sen?
Ans : The journey was good, not only good its actually very good, Total environment was amazing. Mostly i love the behavior of director Sahin Da. He is a very cool director.
Q : What is your philosophy on work and life?
Ans : My philosophy is “Work Hard”. Simple… because, which thing i ll do that will come return to me, so if I’m not work hard then i can’t get position in the glamour industry.
Q : What attracted you to begin a career as an actor? Why do you feel this is the ideal profession for you?
Ans : Ofcouse Fame. I need Fame. I think every actor wants this. I started to do Group theatre when i was in Class 5, so from childhood I wanted to be an Actor.
Q : Motivation is important within the acting profession. What would you say is your motivator currently?
Because Acting makes me Happy. If someone says that you have to work with us for 30 days simultaneously and you can’t able to take rest, I’ll say OK.
There are many person who motivate me for my career. firstly, My Parents, they helped me a lot, till now they are helping me from behind, And if you ask who motivate you to do struggle in in industry then I’ll say Rudra Da and Sudip Da. I mean Rudranil Ghosh and Sudip Mukherjee.
Q. How do you remain positive and focused within your role?
Firstly i study my script again and again for enter into the character, then I started to find someone who is similar to the character then i just copy this behavior of this person in front of camera.
Sucharita – Actress
Q. When did you decide to pursue acting as a career?
Ans: When I was 5 or 6 yrs old.
Q. How was your journey as an actress?
Ans: My journey as an actress was not as simple as that. last few years was not too much simple.
Q. As an actress where you want to see yourself?
Ans: I want to see myself as a successful actress.
Q. Who is your role model from within the Acting industry?
Ans: Suchitra Sen
Q. What type of acting role would interest you the most, and why?
Ans: I want to act in every format, no specific role.
Nilakash Roy – Music Director
Q. How you got involved as a music director in the short film First Date with Banalata Sen?
Ans: One of my director friend told me about this short film and offered me to make the music. He introduced me to the director of this short film and that how I got involved.
Q. Do you have any advice for a young person who might want to be a music director?