BONG Movers & Shakers

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  • Published 26.05.08

HI, HULK!: Who says you need to be born a Bong? Shoaib Akhtar got a Special Award for being a Kolkata Knight Rider, from Rituparna Sengupta. What were the careful whispers? “He invited me to the match; I told him I used to hate him during the India vs Pakistan matches but now I really like him!” Rituparna gushed

GROWTH CURVE: Subir Raha, the former chairman of ONGC, receives the Shera Bangali trophy for his landmark achievement in business and administration from the former man of steel, Russi Mody


FELUDA’S FINEST: Sabyasachi Chakraborty won two trophies — Shera Bangali in acting and the Viewers’ Choice award 2008 — and a pat on the back from director Sandip Ray.

“I feel very proud and elated to have bagged the Shera Bangali award, but I feel I don’t deserve it. There are many others who are more deserving than I am,” said Sabyasachi


PRETTY WOMAN: Monali Thakur, who is rocking Bollywood with Zara zara and Sexy lady, was hailed as the New Face of Bengal. “The rat race in Bollywood is the same as anywhere else,” smiled the actress-turned-singer, looking eye-catching in a black sari








HALL OF FAME: Ganesh Pyne, Aveek Sarkar (chief editor of the ABP Group), Priya Ranjan Das Munshi, Monali Thakur, Asim Ghosh, Subir Raha, Shaan, Sourav Ganguly, Sunanda Sikdar and Sabyasachi Chakraborty on the Science City stage


ALL IN THE GAME: Priya Ranjan Das Munshi took home the Shera Bangali for politics and Sherar Shera Bangali titles. Would you rather be the next Fifa president or the next chief minister of Bengal?” he was asked. “Fifa president,” replied the Union I&B minister






STRAIGHT BAT: Asim Ghosh, the managing director of Vodafone Essar and last year’s award winner, hands over the STAR Ananda Sherar Shera Bangali trophy to Sourav Ganguly. The boy from Behala also won the Shera Bangali crown for his achievement in sports. “I’m proud and happy to be awarded Shera Bangali for the second time,” said the Kolkata Knight Riders captain

ON SONG: “I think it’s too premature for me to receive this title at this stage. I am humbled and honoured,” said Shaan, clutching the Shera Bangali trophy for his performance in music. Special mention was made of his songs in Om Shanti Om and Saawariya


WRITE TRACK: Sunanda Sikdar, who has authored the 135-page novel Dayamoyir Katha, was the Shera Bangali for excellence in the field of literature

: Jeet pulled off quite a stunner as he vanished from the stage and then emerged from amidst the crowd in the auditorium. He hop-skipped his way through the cheering audience before taking centre stage with his troupe of dancers dressed in KKR signature shades of black and gold. This angry young man of Tollywood swung, shook and even tried some Bhangra as he jived to latest Bollywood tracks like Aaja mahi, Nagada...

GOLDEN GIRL: Koel Mullick sizzled on stage as she danced to a medley of Bengali numbers ranging from Dol dol doluni to the Pagla hawa remix from The Bong Connection. She managed to draw cheers for both her jhatkas and her jazzy moves 

DANCE BANGLA DANCE: “Main hoon Don!” sang Shaan, as he strode on the stage to mark the finale of STAR Ananda Shera Bangali 2008. After the soulful Jab se tere naina and Hey Shona tracks, Shaan called all the kids on stage to dance to Bam bam bole. The little ones went berserk when Shaan stepped up the tempo singing Do you wanna partner and Rock the dance floor

LADY IN RED: Indrani Halder, who had flown down from Mumbai for the function, made a royal entry on a golden palanquin. With dhakis drumming up a beat, she swayed to Dola re and Silsila yeh from Devdas before doing a before doing a
Parineeta with Piu bole

The two Sherar Shera Bangalis 2008 congratulate each other. Priya Ranjan Das Munshi and Sourav Ganguly share a word while Deepa Das Munshi and Shaan look on

June and Mir played the thrust-and-parry game as they hosted the star-studded evening. In dhoti-kurta and with a broken umbrella in hand, Mir crowned himself “Shera Kangali”. Mir later doubled as “cheerleader” with a dupatta covering his head and advised Shah Rukh Khan to start kissing his KKR team members, a la Preity Zinta, if he wanted them to start winning

MASTER STROKE:Artist Ganesh Pyne receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from writer Shirshendu Mukherjee. “It’s my passion for art that has brought me where I am,” said Pyne

Even before the song and dance had ended at Science City, the fun had begun across the road at ITC the Sonar Calcutta. Select guests started trickling in for the post-event party around 9. The tempo picked up post-dinner, as the dance floor became the centre of attraction

SONG & DANCE: “It’s always great performing in Calcutta, but the crowd was a little quiet today,” shrugged Shaan. After posing for pictures with fans and making new friends, Shaan hit the dance floor with fellow-awardee Monali Thakur

MOVE YOUR BODY: In glasses, short skirt and a sexy top, Ushashie arrived at the party after a hectic day of shooting. “Should I take off my glasses?” she smiled at the shutterbugs. She soon shed her glasses and her inhibitions, setting the dance floor on fire with Rudranil Ghosh

FIRST COUPLE: Sandip Ray and wife Lolita enjoyed chatting with friends at the party after sitting through the awards function at Science City. “It was a very nice evening. I am off to Chennai for work tomorrow,” said Ray

Flanked by the two ravishing Rs of Tollywood, Feluda said: “I am a big fan of Satyajit Ray and though he was very modern, he was a true-blue Bengali. I want to be like him.” After her power-packed performance at Science City, Rituparna slipped into a deep brown kurti before arriving at the party. Her talking point: the Shoaib Akhtar experience

THE CALCUTTAWALI::“It’s nice to meet colleagues and friends at such a party. And though I live in Mumbai most of the time, I’m a Calcuttawali,” chirped Roopa, looking fetching in a black-and-red ethnic outfit

TWO TO TANGO: Down your drinks and hit the dance floor. That was the mood at midnight with the STAR Ananda Shera Bangali Awards party rocking guests and hosts alike