✍️By Ramiz Ali Ahmed
- Actor turned Producer Sampurna Lahiri & Producer Rahul Bhanja collaborate for their maiden film production ‘Mini’
‘Small Taalk Ideas’ helmed by actor Sampurna Lahiri & producer Rahul Bhanja announce their first Bengali feature film titled Mini. The surprise element does not end here. Mini is the first feature film project where actor-turned Member of Parliament Mimi Chakraborty will be working along with acclaimed director Mainak Bhaumik.
This is the first time Mimi will be seen in a character that she has never donned for Bengali cinema. She will be seen experimenting with a new avatar, new style and genre of cinema. The audience will slowly get to know more about her character and other cast of the film and they will definitely be in for a huge surprise!
A thrilled Mimi (who is in New Delhi at the moment attending the Monsoon session of the Parliament), talked about her new film:” I’m really excited to work with Mainak. Our first interaction was when I was doing Crisscross and he had written the script of the film. Later he called me up during lockdown and gave me a brief on this story (one of the good things that happened during lockdown). I really liked how the character belongs to today’s generation and yet has a lot of inclination towards family. She’s independent but at the same time her family is a big part of her life. Relationships are big part of her life. Few twists and turns change her life. It is a great story to work with. Working with Mainak should be fun as I’ve heard he’s is very cool and easy going.
Also, I’m really grateful and thankful that at this point of my career I’m getting roles where I can experiment with my character and acting skills. It is a women-oriented story, which we rarely see in our industry and I’m looking forward to be a part of it.”
Talking about directing Mimi for the first time and starting his new venture amidst the pandemic, an optimistic director Mainak Bhaumik said, ‘Finally Mimi and I are collaborating on a picture that requires a lot of responsibility and I’m excited as it’s a fun, sweet, sad, melancholic film that deals with the value of responsibility. Hoping to get started this year with the third wave willing.’
A woman centric film helmed by a woman producer is a rare feat and even more rare when the producer is another female actor of the Bengali film industry. Actor turned producer Sampurna Lahiri, who’s very kicked to start her maiden production, said, “I’m elated to come up with my production house Small Taalk Ideas alongside Rahul. Mini is our first venture and we have plans to do several films in the coming days. It is often seen and assumed that when a female actor comes into production, they themselves would be a part of the lead cast. But I have no intentions of doing so. I’m more interested in making good cinema through my production company and collaborate with great artists and empower other leading ladies of Tollywood.”
Co-producer Rahul Bhanja who has been part of the production team of several acclaimed films like Byomkesh Gowtro, Shantilal O Projapoti Rahasya, Ahare Mon, Asche Abar Shabor, Durga Sahay among others , went on to say “Small Taalk Ideas is extremely excited to reveal that in this year we are going to produce 6 feature films and all the films will focus primarily on stories of different relationships. Our first production is Mini with director Mainak Bhaumik and actor MP Mimi. We are in talks with other renowned filmmakers and we will reveal more when we finalize the script and other details. Seeking your love, blessings and support in our endeavours!”
Mini starring actor Mimi Chakraborty, directed by Mainak Bhaumik and produced by actor Sampurna Lahiri & Rahul Bhanja (Small Taalk Ideas) and MK Media is scheduled to go on floors this year (2021).