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Param gets Vishal

Director-actor Parambrata Chattopadhyay has signed on Bollywood hitmaker Vishal Dadlani to sing a song for Haowa Badal. Param’s second directorial venture is a film about friendship, starring Raima Sen opposite himself.

“I have been a fan of Vishal since his Pentagram days,” said Kahaani’s Rana! So how did they connect? “Actually it happened because of Indraadipda (Dasgupta, music director of Haowa Badal). We were toying with the idea of doing something different with the last song in Haowa Badal. Unlike the rest of the songs,

Ghore ferar gaan is more pulsating, peppy and upbeat, so we were wondering who could sing it. Indraadipda got in touch with Vishal’s secretary and that’s how it happened.”

Parambrata will be off to Bombay soon for the recording. “Well, hiring Vishal will mean the budget of my film shooting up but I don’t mind because with him on board I’m sure the song will be just as I have imagined it to be.”

The other five songs are “more acoustic and relaxed” and the sound is more free-flowing. “I wanted the last song to be different because it would add a freshness to the album,” said the actor-director.

Haowa Badal revolves around Param and Raima who play an affluent couple with a child. Rudranil Ghosh plays a struggling musician and Param’s friend. Both are very differently placed in life when they suddenly meet.

“Jeet (Param) and Raj (Rudra) start affecting each other’s lives tremendously. They start changing very rapidly as individuals and also their equations with their close ones change,” explained Param.

Haowa Badal hits the screens on March 22.


An actress, a lecturer and now a writer. Ushasie is busy sorting out last-minute details with her publisher, Bangiya Sahitya Sangsad, for the release of her book Meyeghensha Lekhara. The book is a compilation of her articles published in Anandabazar Patrika since 2004. Anjan Dutt, who has directed Ushasie in the Bomkesh films, has written the introductory note.

“I wasn’t keen on the book until my publisher insisted that I compile the articles,” said Ushasie.

Meyeghensha Lekhara is split into four chapters — Kanya Lagno, Nari Jounota, Jhansi Ki Rani and Prem Puja Porjaye.

“I have written mainly on women’s issues from the lesbian movement to violence against women...,” said Ushasie.

What next? “I do intend to write an autobiography someday and also make it into a film. I will either direct or produce the film,” she smiled.

Meyeghensha Lekhara will be launched by ‘hubby’ Abir Chatterjee — Bomkesh to her Satyabati in the Anjan Dutt films — at Calcutta Book Fair’s stall No. 433 on February 2.