Meet Former Indie Filmmaker-Turned-Actor Souman Bose, Who Plays Neel In Bus Stop

The ZEE5 Original film actor Souman Bose started off as an independent filmmaker, bagging some rather interesting roles on the way.


Love in the City of Joy, that’s what the ZEE5 Original Series Bhalobashar Shohor is all about. While Season 1, that released on October 1, 2019, the recently-released Season 2, with four short films — Body Massage, Shorshe Ilish, Bus Stop and Saayori — deal with tumultuous love-stories of couples residing in Kolkata. Bus Stop, a tale about a boy falling in love with a girl he meets on the bus, is one such. With Souman Bose and Anuradha Mukherjee (also seen in ZEE5 Original film Daawat-E-Biryani) in the lead, the film promises to be an interesting watch. Souman, who plays the role of the protagonist, Neel, carries himself with utter modesty as his character rifles around the city looking for his lost love. Bose might not be one of the most prominent faces in the Bengali film industry, but this former indie-filmmaker certainly has a bright future ahead. We dug out more information about this interesting actor. Watch his latest Bengali film Bus Stop below before you scroll down.

Bose started off as an independent filmmaker when he briefly assisted the Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Sir Jeffrey Brown. Soon after, he began working on his first feature film, Kash, which took nearly three years to complete due to lack of funds. However, the film got a lease of life when the National Award-winning sound designer, Dipankar Jojo Chaki, came on board after watching the first cut. Things skyrocketed from there and Bose’s film soon became Kolkata’s first mumblecore feature film. Although it saw a limited theatrical release, it was invited to the La Nacional Spanish Benevolent Society where New York-based actor, Walter Krochmal (of Lost Revolution fame), declared it a “transcendent piece of poetic art-house cinema”.

Souman Bose in a scene from Bus Stop (Source: ZEE5)

Soon after, Bose went on to direct an experimental black-and-white thriller, Replication (‘Pratikriti’) which won the award for the Best Film at an international film contest organised by Pocket Films. After working in a few ad films, Bose acted in several films and finite series’ such as Family Album, Mithye, Rohoshyo, In Their Life and Dhanbad Blues. He received critical acclaim for his work in Mithye and was lauded by the audience and critics alike for his character in In Their Life, where he had shared the screen with veteran actor Sabyasachi Chakraborty.

His latest work, other than Bus Stop, includes Rohoshyo Romancho where he stars alongside some well-known faces from the industry such as Priyanka Sarkar, Rudranil Ghosh, Kanchan Mallick, Saayoni Ghosh and Biswanath Basu.

So when are you watching Bus Stop? Let us know in the comments section below.

Also, do check out Soudaminir Sansar, now streaming on ZEE5.