‘I wasn’t necessarily acting’: Chanchal Chowdhury on ‘Karagar-2’
Acclaimed Bangladeshi actor Chanchal Chowdhury shared his thoughts in a social media post, stating that his acting was a reflection of his personal self in the much-anticipated Hoichoi original web series “Karagar-2”. Chanchal Chowdhury shared a poem penned by Dibyo Jyoti, who played the young professor David Adams, the lead character of the series. “My deep personal feeling was reflected in the expression of my character. I wasn’t necessarily acting,” Chanchal wrote in that post. Read: “Ghotona Shotto” infuriates audiences for insensitive portrayal of children with special needs While sharing Dibyo’s poem, the renowned actor wrote, “Even he wasn’t acting, I believe. This was a highly emotional time for Karagar-2 because of the way both of us were feeling.” Mentioning his father’s illness, he wrote, he was looking for the answer to another question. “For 13 days now, my father has been in the ICU on life support. We are just counting days now. How did Dibyo put my unconscious father’s thoughts into words?” Read: Humayun Ahmed: The Creator of Versatile Fictional Characters Dibyo’s mother, actress Shahnaz Khushi, read out the poem at the hospital on Sunday. “We couldn't hold back our tears,” Chanchal added. “Karagar 2” is the sequel to Syed Ahmed Shawki’s mystery thriller series “Karagar” – starring Chanchal Chowdhury, Intekhab Dinar, Tasnia Fareen, Dibya Jyoti, FS Nayeem, and Afzal Hossain, among many others. The first season of “Karagar” became a runaway hit in Bangladesh and India’s West Bengal. Read More: Netflix New Release January 2023: 10 Most Hyped English Movies, Series
Tale of Hoichoi: The Bengali OTT Platform is Reaching Bengalis worldwide
Over-The-Top or OTT platforms are gradually taking place in the heart of cosmopolitans beyond the influence of satellite and cable TV in the advancement of technology. OTT basically provides media services to the viewers through the internet. This vibe of globalization has already spread among the Bengali-speaking people. On September 20, 2018, Hoichoi launched in India as the world's first Bengali OTT platform. Hoichoi delivers the latest Bengali movies, web series, and music videos. Let’s get to know about this video streaming site. Read: How OTT platforms saved India's film industry during the pandemic OTT platform Hoichoi: A new horizon of Bengali entertainment With the advent of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu, Bengalis have become quite accustomed to new terminologies of entertainment. By virtue of technology, and modern devices like next-generation TVs, laptops, and smartphones, access to entertainment has reached the palm of the viewers. By nature, people enjoy watching media in a familiar language. Sri Venkatesh Films Pvt. Ltd. (SVF), the largest entertainment distribution and production company in eastern India, discovered this possibility in 2016. Meanwhile, the transition from 3G to 4G was in full swing. Read Free Online Movies: Best Netflix Alternatives for Streaming Movies in 2021 According to Our World in Data, the number of Internet users in South-Asia in 2017 was 468 million, which is 312.84 million more than that of five years ago. So, with the simultaneous advancement of 4G's easy availability, SVF intended to cross the boundaries of social media. Thus, the online video streaming service - Hoichoi appears in the world of OTT platforms. It won’t be overwhelming to say that SVF presents HoiChoi as an alternative to Netflix to the Bengali community. Some people also call it Bengali Netflix. The people behind the online streaming service Hoichoi The think tanks of Hoichoi are Srikant Mohta, Mahendra Soni, and Vishnu Mohta. Currently, Vishnu Mohta is acting as the chairperson. These three visionary directors of SVF plan and manage the airing of versatile Bangla contents through Hoichoi. Raed: Web Series "Boli": Chanchal Chowdhury Again in an Unprecedented Character While Hoichoi started its journey, SVF had already got a reputation as a high-profile production company. SVF has been distributing Hollywood and Bollywood films in eastern India for almost two decades. From the Kolkata headquarters in West Bengal, Hoichoi began working with a mission to ensure 360-degree entertainment for 250 million Bengalis worldwide. Viewlift has been working with Hoichoi as a partner since October 2016. Besides overseeing the different sectors of entertainment, like distribution, media costs, and monetization; Viewlift is involved with the development, and operation of the official website and app of Hoichoi. Rediffusion Y&R is in charge of the creative work associated with the advertising campaign and visuals of Hoichoi's content. Even the name Hoichoi is given by this creative agency. Read Bengali OTT Platforms for Watching Movies, Web Series, Musical Shows Hoichoi Video Streaming: Entering the Future of Bangla Entertainment By virtue of the innovative practice of entertainment, the world is now living within what was once a possibility. Like Netflix, Hoichoi is gaining traction on mobile phones, tablets, Amazon Fire TVs, Apple TVs, desktops, laptops, Roku TVs, and Chromecast-enabled devices. On Hoichoi, Customers can enjoy 500+ Bangla movies, exclusive original shows, short films, music videos as well as new content every month. This Bengali OTT platform is staying up-to-date with a huge amount of content at a low cost. Viewers can watch their favorite media while sitting at home or roaming outdoors. All in all, gone are the days when the audience used to rely on the mercy of the TV channels to watch entertaining programs broadcasted on the basis of weekly or monthly schedules. On the other hand, the video streaming site Hoichoi is getting customers accustomed to the ‘Search and Enjoy’ concept. Besides, customers have been flocking to the OTT platform for a long time due to attractive opportunities like freemium, and offline download. Read Best Bengali Thriller Movies in 2021
Bengali OTT Platforms for Watching Movies, Web Series, Musical Shows
Like the speakers of other languages, Bengali people have been enjoying the Bengali OTT Platforms lately. But what is this OTT, and what does it have to do with your enjoyment? OTT stands for Over-The-Top. OTT media platform is a system by which you can see the broadcasted media over the internet on any compatible device. Here you don’t need a satellite dish or dish cable. You just have to ensure the internet connection through the broadband internet cable connection or buying an internet pack on your smartphone. Simply to say, what you saw earlier on your TV now you can enjoy on your smartphone. The history and potentials of OTT platforms OTT is, in fact, a direct impact of the fourth industrial revolution. Everything surrounding us is IoT (internet of things). If you are in the Z generation (age range of 6-24 years old by now), you are already living on this. The Y generation people (25-39) are learning to cope up with this. Although the internet was just a toddler during the third industrial revolution, the dream went beyond the sky. That’s why the OTT platform has given you the digital kingdom as a contribution of IAAS (Infrastructure As A Service). IAAS is an online service that assembles all services in a platform. Now it has become a trendy business of online-based companies. Eventually, you are now spending hours online. Just see, only in this one OTT platform, you are watching movies, music videos, tv drama, web series, and many more. Even you can access them from anywhere you want. It’s like a cineplex, theater, music cafe, altogether are in the palm of your hand. It seems that you are going to live in the Utopian future. Whether it is science fiction or not, everything poises as easy to grasp within no time. Read: Stories by Rabindranath Tagore - Entertaining Drama to watch on Netflix during Coronavirus home quarantine Popular Bengali OTT Platforms Let’s unfold some popular OTT services where you get your favorite show in Bengali. 1. Bongo - Starting year: 2013 - Company name: Bongo Holdings PTE Ltd - Subscription fees - Free trial: 7 days - Monthly: BDT. 66 - Annually: BDT. 400 Entertainment items: Movies, web series, dramas, music videos, kids videos, telefilm, waz, documentaries, award-winning shows, live TV, and other video content Compatible device: Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer, Android, IoS, iPad device Bongobd is the pioneering video streaming service provider in Bangladesh. Ahad Mohammad and Navidul Huq started the company with the vision to deliver Bangladeshi content to the Bangladeshi people all over the world. They have YouTube channels including influencers in five countries with 500+ channels. Apart from a huge base of 83 million+ subscribers, they reach 210 million+ unique audiences every month. Most importantly, you can enjoy Bong content from anywhere in the world. Read Top 10 latest horror movies to watch in the COVID-19 lockdown in 2021 2. Bioscope - Starting year: 2016 - Company name: Grameenphone Bangladesh - Subscription fees - Free trial: 7 days - 3 days: BDT. 9 (For Bangladesh) - Monthly: USD. 2.99 (For abroad users) - Annually: USD. 29.99 (For abroad users) Entertainment items: Movies, web series, dramas, music videos, live TV, live cricket match, live football match, and other video content Compatible device: Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer, Android version 4.4+, IoS version 8+, iPad device Bioscope first brought out the live TV in Bangladesh. Only Grameenphone users can get their both app and web version. By purchasing the GP internet package, you can have the access to all Bioscope premium offers. Unlike the other OTT media services, Bioscope has no subscription charges for Bangladeshi users. You just need to log in with your GP number and buy a certain internet package. To activate it you have to dial at *121*3400#. You can enjoy Bioscope from any edge of the world by the way. Read Bill Gates’ Ex-Girlfriend and the Billion Dollar Worth Love Story 3. Hoichoi -Starting year: 2017 -Company name: SVF Entertainment Pvt Ltd -Subscription fees -Monthly: BDT. 450 -Annually: BDT. 630 Entertainment items: Movies, web series, dramas, music videos, short films, and other shows Compatible device: Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer, Android, IoS, iPad device Hoichoi is one of the best popular Bengali OTT platforms in India. However, it has crossed the border for good and spread all over the world. The founding members are Vishnu Mohta, Mahendra Soni and Srikant Mohta. Hoichoi, by far, is the first worldwide Bengali content focusing OTT platform. Along with the other amazing content, you can have Bengali dubbed popular movies here. Hoichoi updated the content library every month where its original web series are most anticipating. There are subscription cards available at all Meena Bazar in Bangladesh. You can get the 3-month top-up card at BDT. 199 and 1-year top-up card at BDT. 499. Also read: Best Iranian Movies 2021 to Watch during Ramadan Fasting 4. Banglaflix -Starting year: 2016 -Company name: Banglalink Digital Communication Ltd -Subscription fees -Daily: BDT. 2.67 with free 2 MB (auto-renewal applicable) -Weekly: BDT. 13.33 with free 10 MB (auto-renewal applicable) -Monthly: BDT. 39.98 with free 30 MB (auto-renewal applicable) Entertainment items: Movies, web series, dramas, music videos, and other video content Compatible device: Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer, Android, IoS, iPad device Banglalink GSM has brought this on-demand video streaming service to Bangladesh. Eventually, this OTT platform is accessible by Banglalink users only. They especially feature video clips from popular movies and dramas. Moreover, you also have exclusive video content only available on the Banglaflix platform. You need to activate the offers by sending SMSs to 29494 in the following ways: -START FLIX1 for the daily offer -START FLIX7 for the weekly offer -START FLIX30 for the monthly offer As they all are auto-renewable, you have to deactivate them if you wish to discontinue the offer. Just type STOP FLIX in your SMS and send it to 29494. Read Top YouTube Movie Channels to Watch Full-Length Movies Online Free 5. Binge -Starting year: 2020 -Company name: Streamotion (A subsidiary of Foxtel) -Monthly Subscription fees: BDT. 399 (Including VAT) -Device Charge: BDT. 3,499 Entertainment items: Movies, web series, dramas, music videos, live TV, documentaries, award-winning shows, and other video content Compatible device: Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer, Android version 6+, IoS, iPad device Binge is an Australian Video streaming service that firstly was a TV channel on the Foxtel platform. Currently, you have to enjoy Binge content by purchasing its Android device from Robi Sheba and Airtel Care Center. This Binge set-top box will give you a wide range of large-screen content you can watch even without a single ad. Accordingly, you will need an HDMI cable and a broadband internet connection with Wi-fi connectivity. Binge doesn’t have an autorenewal stopping service. You need to unsubscribe from the plan due to do that. Read Bulbbul Netflix Review: Feminist Tale of Revenge and Honor 6. Addatimes -Starting year: 2016 -Company name: Addatimes Media Private Ltd -Subscription fees Annually: BDT. 399 (single screen) and Annually: BDT. 599 (double screen) Entertainment items: Movies, web series, dramas, music videos, short films, and other video content Compatible device: Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer, Android, IoS, iPad device This is another one of the popular Bengali OTT Platforms in India. It also features Hindi content besides Bengali. Rajiv Mehra created this on-demand video streaming service intending to be with 250+ million Bengali people worldwide. Though Indians have been getting both free and paid subscriptions, the people are getting only paid models in Bangladesh. LBC media entertainment company, a concern of Agrani Holdings group, has been distributing this platform partnering with Addatimes. After its inception in 2016, Addatimes Youtube channel has got 202k+ subscribers with 43 million+ views by now. Read Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl – Story of a Winner Who Dreamt Higher 7. Cinespot -Starting year: 2018 -Company name: Inovet Solution Ltd -Subscription fees; Daily: BDT. 2.67; Weekly: BDT. 13.33; Monthly: BDT. 39.98 Entertainment items: Web series, dramas, movies, telefilms Compatible device: Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer, Android, IoS, iPad device Cinespot is a web and app-based OTT media service in Bangladesh. Only Banglalink, Robi, and Airtel subscribers will be able to access this platform. Every offer is auto-renewable. To activate those, send the following SMS to 2494901: -START CD for the daily offer -START CW for the weekly offer -START CM for the monthly offer If you wish to stop them, send the following SMS to 2494901: -STOP CD for the daily pack -STOP CW for the weekly pack -STOP CM for the monthly pack Also read: 10 Best Adventure Movies Released in 2021 Takeaways These Bengali OTT Platforms are the best case of entertainment mobility in the Bengali community. They are bringing the glamor world before you and changing your traditional lifestyle accordingly. Thus the digital entertainment media are rapidly improvising the mode of recreation and its business as well. You better keep yourself pace with this stream.