radha studio: Radha Studio is back with Full House | Kolkata News



Kolkata: As promised by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the Kolkata International Film Festival, the Chalachchitra Shatabarsha Bhawan Preview Theater opened on Friday for public screening. The 152 tickets, priced at Rs 30 each, were sold out for the first performance of Dev-Rukmini’s “Kishmish” at 1 p.m.
Dev, who was devastated to see the turnout, said, “In this scorching heat, people won’t mind paying 30 rupees to sit in an air-conditioned auditorium and watch Bengali films. I will ask our Chief Minister to replicate this model in all government halls in our districts,” Dev said.
Incidentally, this plot where the century-old building stands today, once housed the famous Radha Studio. Countless films of the silent and talking era have been made. These included Tinkari Chakraborty’s ‘Geeta’ (1931), Prafulla Ray’s ‘Sandigddho’ (1932), Prafulla Ghosh’s ‘Sree Gouranga’ (1933), ‘Dakshayagna’ (1934), ‘Manmoyee Girls School’ (1935) , “Janaknandini” (1939), “Badsha” (1963).
“The property had changed hands from the Chamarias to Madhab Ghoshal before being leased to Doordarshan Kendra Kolkata. The latter moved to its premises in Golf Green in 1975. Subsequently, the state government acquired the property and set up its advertising censorship office and film vault,” said Anjan Bose from Arora Films. The theater was named Radha Studio by the Chief Minister to connect the old with the new.
Like all other government cinemas, Radha Studio following the 50% revenue sharing model is expected to give a boost to moviegoers and distributors/producers in Bengal. The inaugural event brought together ministers Aroop Biswas and Indranil Sen, directors Goutam Ghose and Haranath Chakraborty, politicians Dev and Soham. “I am very happy that the government has decided to use this preview room for commercial screenings,” Ghose said. Unlike Nandan and Nazrul Tirtha, Radha Studio will screen Bengali films only. “We want people to watch Bengali cinema. Film selection will be done by the same committee that selects films for Nandan,” said Nairanjana Bhattacharya, Director, Film.

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