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UNCOVERED: A missing page from Raima Sen's Bollywood diary

Actress RAIMA SEN
Raima Sen

With her film "Bollywood Diaries" in news, Raima Sen has been interacting more often with the media. In an interview, she remarks, "I have never indulged in PR activities. I guess that would be the main reasons for my career ticking slowly."

"But there was this rookie lady journalist from a vernacular tabloid who insisted she would do Raima's interview first. We said okay. Raima looked shy and unprepared. And the very first question this journalist asked her was: 'Aapki mom apne zamaane mein badi sex bomb thi. Kya aap bhi sex bomb banna chahati hai?' Raima was shocked at this bizarre question. She didn't know where to look," recalls Dale ...




Belaseshe and Har Har Byomkesh Among Four Bengali Films Selected at International Film Festival of South Asia Toronto (IFFSA)

Devlina Kumar
Devlina Kumar

Bengali film stalwarts Shiboprasad Mukherjee, Nandita roy, Abir Chatterjee, Arinam Sil and Bickram Ghosh along with others came together to announce the selection of four Bengali films at the International Film Festival of South Asia 2016 to be held at Toronto.



Roads to Ruins - JNU: Ultra Leftism, Congress opportunism and Intellectual Cowardice | Nirendra Dev

The stories coming out of JNU, labeled a premier university and a communist bastion, have all the classic marks – professionally trained anti-India slogan shouters, a large army of Narendra Modi-haters, an ambitious student politics of ultra Left wings and righter wingers ABVP, political opportunism of Rahul Gandhi and the ability to link a hanged terror mastermind to his religion (Muslim) identification.

Curiously enough one prominent student leader's father has been a former member of SIMI.

The two-page letter from JNU associate professor Badal Ghana Chakravorty’s missive in 1996 (see snap) had clearly cautioned: “Once again the campus is awash with poster campaign by PDSU (financed by Islamic terrorists from Pakistan) asking for withdrawal of army from Kashmir so that Kashmir can fully become an Islamic state outside the territorial jurisdiction of  India”.

Letter from JNU associate professor Badal Ghana Chakravorty
Letter from JNU associate professor Badal Ghana Chakravorty

On this backdrop we have a different regime in New Delhi. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi by inclination is not a coward and perhaps hates playing safe.

This is the sole reason that that a die-hard Congressman and anti-BJP Manishanker Aiyar today (in circa 2016) finds merits in Atal Behari Vajpayee, someone who would always try to inherit the Nehruvian legacy despite his RSS background.

Read on.




Zee Bangla Sonar Sangsar: Indrani Halder & Rachana Banerjee to Celebrate Family Togetherness in TV Event

ZEE BANGLA SONAR SANSAR TV SHOW

Kolkata, Feb 23 (Washington Bangla Radio) - Zee Bangla Sonar Sansar 2016 slated for Telecast on 6th March Sunday, 7pm will bring forth the entire Zee Bangla Family in an extravagantly entertaining evening to “Celebrate Togetherness” and the essence of the best gift “FAMILY”. Watch a slideshow from the TV event and get details of the participants, awards and judges via WBRi.


IT'S BOSHONTO: New Bangla Movie Music Launch

IT'S BOSONTO New Bangla Movie Songs Music OST Album Launch

Bengali rock-star Rupam Islam grabbed most of the attention for the shutterbugs and selfie hunters at the event. The Fossils frontman has performed the title track of the film. Rupam said, “I love how the song has shaped up. I enjoyed a lot singing it. This song belongs to a genre which I don’t explore much. I am thankful to the director and the music director for having faith in me for this song.”


Satarupa Pyne and Abhishekh Dutta to Judge Miss India Beauty 2016 Contest

CALENDAR GIRLS - Avani Modi, Ruhi Singh, Kyra Dutt, Madhur Bhandarkar, Akansha Puri and Satarupa Pyne
CALENDAR GIRLS in Kolkata (WBRi File Photo)
Avani Modi, Ruhi Singh, Kyra Dutt, Madhur Bhandarkar, Akansha Puri and Satarupa Pyne

The finale for the Eastern zone will be held on the 21st of February, at 21st Century Studio, Merlin where the top five finalists would be chosen, who would make it for the grand finale to be held in September. The top three finalists would be crowned and awarded cash prizes. The remaining participants would be given certificates of participation.



You’ve got the wrong Girl: Girija Devi, Srijit Mukherjee and Joy Sengupta Launch Latest Novel by Sreemoyee Piu Kundu

Sreemoyee Piu Kundu (WBRi)
Sreemoyee Piu Kundu

Tollywood’s most sought after director Srijit Mukherjee, scenographer Swarup Dutta and renowned actor Joy Sengupta recently launched the latest book by new-gen author Sreemoyee Piu Kundu. The book titled ‘You’ve got the wrong Girl’ is the third book of the author after Faraway Music (2013) and Sita’s Curse (2014).


JNU fracas: Instinctive Resistance and Tyranny of Power-Politics - Nirendra Dev

‘One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich’ is one of the best known novels that portrayed brilliantly the scathing indictment of Communist tyranny and an eloquent affirmation of the human spirit.



Ki Kore Toke Bolbo: Valentine's Day Bengali Love-Story Movie Premieres on Actress Mimi's Birthday

Anksuh Hazra, Mimi Chakrabarty's lead co-star in the movie, was the first one to get a piece from the cake. Director Rabi Kinagi and Mimi’s close buddy actress Sayantika were not far behind either.

Mimi Chakrabarty and Ankush Hazra
Mimi Chakrabarty and Ankush Hazra



Bengali Poem by Arijit Sanyal


Fighter Pilot Arijit Sanyal metamorphosed into Kobitar Arijit! .Read his poems here....

Mirchi Music awards in Kolkata: Open Tee Bioscope emerges champion

Parbona ami charte toke - Mirchi Listner's Choice Album Award
Parbona Ami Charte Toke: Mirchi Listner's Choice Album Award

The asymmetrical combination of hosts was instrumental in making the award ceremony a memorable affair.



JENANA: Saswata Chatterjee to Turn Transgender - New Bangla Movie Preview


Jenana (2016) Bengali feature film still

Saswata Chatterjee is leaving no character unexplored on screen. From Topshe to Feluda films to Ajit in Byomkesh series, from polite killer in ‘Kaahani’ to tough cop in ‘Proloy’, from witty detective in Ebar Shabor to Psycho killer in 89, the actor has played every role with elan. Now Saswata will portray the role of a transgender in his upcoming film Jenana.



IT'S BOSHONTO (Bengali, 2016): Aditya Roy Banerjee’s debut movie with Paran Bandyopadhyay and Lily Chakrabarty as Sweethearts

Bengali Actress PRIYANKA
Bengali actress Priyanka

Director Aditya Roy Banerjee is ready to debut into Tollywood with a double love story. One of the two stories will be about the romance between an old couple while the other love story will have a young couple in it.


Bengali film actress Ritabhari Chakrabarty and actor Mainak Banerjee
Ritabhari Chakrabarty and Mainak Banerjee



Indian Economy: Governance Model - and If I were Narendra Modi | Nirendra Dev

English: Narendra Modi in Press Conference

English: Narendra Modi in Press Conference (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If I were Narendra Modi! A Weird idea?

Well this blog entry is being written with a peculiar intent. Hence the entire work is imaginative and also sarcastic. Hence it may be out of tune with modern times. This piece may be even called communal, anti-reservation etc. But finally the blog-piece has evolved in the manner it has because of the weight of the material. Some of these materials have to do with the emergence of ‘Moditva phenomenon’ in Indian politics, partly my admiration for a man – who apparently is not a run-of-the-mill variety. Modi is not being sentimental just crying out – playing the game safely as even Atal Behari Vajpayee did trying to fit into Nehruvian legacy.

As noted writer Orhan Pamuk, a Nobel laureate, once spoke about himself, Narendra Modi too does not seem to cry that the streets of his childhood has been destroyed. He probably wants to identify with the new comers. But will Indian politics allow this?

Hence the imaginative ‘musings’ on behalf of the Indian Prime Minister, Namo!

Read on.



Nitish Roy's Tadanto - The Investigation: Bengali Film Backstory - Preview | Rahul-Priyanka, Rituparna Sengupta, Kaushik Sen

Bengali Actress PRIYANKA SARKAR
Priyanka Sarkar

Director Nitish Roy is all set to bring the Nisha crime-drama trilogy written by Gandharva Raja alive on the silver screen. The movie titled Tadanto (তদন্ত - The Investigation) stars Rituparna Sengupta in the lead with Kaushik Sen, real-life couple Rahul Arunoday Banerjee and Priyanka Sarkar, Kalyan Banerjee, Gautam Halder, Shubhasish Banerjee and Badshah Moitra in pivotal roles. Presenting the complete backstory, plot outline, characters and preview of the new Bangla movie.