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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.



FFACE Calendar Celebrating a Hundred Years of Bengali Cinema Launched in Glittering Fashion Show in Kolkata (Slideshow)

Mimi Chakraborty
Mimi Chakraborty

Hundred years of Bengali Cinema was recently celebrated by FFACE as it launched its calendar of 2016.  Six legendary icons from the Bengali film industry, namely actors Sabitri Devi and Supriya Chatterjee, singer Aarti Mukherjee, cinematographers Soumendo Roy and Shakti Banerjee and director Tarun Majumder were felicitated during the event.

FFACE Calendar Hunt Swimsuit Round Photo Shoot (Pictures)

The third edition of FFACE’s calendar has also been designed to pay tribute to the Journey of Bengali film industry as the twelve models featured in the calendar got into attires resembling the lead characters of twelve landmark cinemas in the History of Bengali cinema.



Mahanayika: Rituparna Sengupta's Glorious Reflection as Tollywood Queen on Silver Screen: Backstory Trailer Bengali Film Preview

Mahanayika - Rituparna Sengupta and Indraneil Sengupta
Mahanayika (Bengali, 2016) Film Still: Rituparna Sengupta and Indraneil Sengupta

Tollywood Bangla film industry's biggest heroine of present time Rituparna Sengupta will be seen as the same in her next movie titled ‘Mahanayika’. Presenting the plot outline and back story of the film, it's characters and the official trailer.



Actor-Film Maker Biswajit Chatterjee on his New Movie on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose (WBRi Interview)

Biswajit Chatterjee
Biswajit Chatterjee directing a shot for his biopic on Netaji

Bollywood icon Biswajit Chattterjee who wooed the audience with his killer looks and brilliant performances in Hindi films like ‘Bees Saal baad’, ‘Night in London’ and ‘Aasra’ is excited about his dream project - a Biopic on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Biswajit Chatterjee captured the first shot of the movie on 23rd January, the birth anniversary of the great Indian leader. Chatterjee took out time for WBRi correspondent Jyoti Prakash Mandal in spite of his busy schedule and spoke at length about his dream project. Excerpts:

Biswajit and Ira Chatterjee with children Prosenjit, Pryma and Pallavi at the Chatterjee Family Durga Puja - WBRi Exclusive


FFACE Kolkata Calendar Hunt Completes Swimsuit Session Photo Shoot with 18 Models

FFACE Kolkata Calendar Hunt Swimsuit Shoot [WBRi]

Kolkata-based fashion platform FFACE – Fame Fashion & Creative Excellence - have arrived at the final stage of shortlisting the top twelve contestants for their calendar hunt after a series of workshops and grooming sessions. The bikini / swimsuit photo shoot was held recently.

FFACE Kolkata Calendar Hunt Swimsuit Shoot [WBRi]


CHORABALI Bangla Movie: Subhrajit Mitra’s Classical Whodunit Opens in Kolkata (Premiere)

Locket Chatterjee takes a selfie with Chorabali (Bengali, 2016) film unit
Locket Chatterjee takes a selfie with Chorabali film unit

The premiere of Shubhrajit Mitra’s thriller Chorabali (2016) recently took place at Priya Cinema in Kolkata. The premiere saw the presence of the ensemble cast and crew as well as other eminent persons from the film and media industry.



Rocky Handsome (2016) - Shruti Haasan, John Abraham: The Complete Back Story of a Mysterious Hunk Turning Killing Machine

Shruti Haasan (WBRi File Photo)
Shruti Haasan (WBRi File Photo)

After their successful stint with the movie Force, actor John Abraham and director Nishikant Kamath are all set to come back to the silver screen with Rocky Handsome, the official remake of the top-grossing Korean movie ‘The Man from Nowhere.’


Shoma A Chatterji's New Book "Suchitra Sen: The Legend and Enigma" Launched by Moon Moon, Riya and Raima Sen

Sisters Raima Sen and Riya Sen
Raima and Riya Sen

Moon Moon Sen and daughters Raima and Riya Sen launched a book written by prolific journalist, author and film critic Shoma A Chatterji on legendary actress Suchitra Sen.



Bengali Actors Ridhima Ghosh and Shaheb Bhattacherjee Inaugurate Restaurant in Kolkata

Ridhima Ghosh (Bengali Actress)
Ridhima Ghosh

Tollywood’s next-gen actors Shaheb Bhattacherjee and Ridhima Ghosh recently launched a new restaurant at Acropolis Mall in Kolkata. The two actors were last seen together in the laugh-riot comedy film Half-Serious and are considered the most groomed and stylish among current generation of actors in Bengali film Industry. They were spotted checking out the different cocktails and food platters available.


Mohenjo Daro: Hrithik Roshan to Travel in Time Again with Pooja Hegde and Ashutosh Gowariker - WBRi Film Preview

Kolkata, Jan 30 (Washington Bangla Radio) - Hrithik Roshan will travel time for the second time to go back in history. After bringing alive on screen the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the widely acclaimed movie Jodha Akbar, the green eyed actor will be seen in the era of 2600 BC in his upcoming movie Mohenjo Daro.

Pooja Hegde.jpg
"Pooja Hegde" by Filmitadka - http://www.filmitadka.in/page3-parties/i-am-she-press-conference/pooja-hegde-34093.html. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikipedia.

The film which is being directed and co-produced by Ashutosh Gowariker is a period drama set back in the era of Indus Valley Civilization that dates back to 2600 BC and will have the ancient city of Mohenjo Daro as its backdrop.

In Mohenjo Daro, Hrithik has been paired with Pooja Hegde who rose to fame in 2010 as she grabbed the positon of second runner up In Miss India Universe contest. Pooja who already has one Tamil and a couple of Telegu movies in her filmography will make her debut in Bollywood with this film.

Hrithik Roshan in new Hindi Movie with Sajid Nadiadwala and Kabir Khan

It is being said that Pooja will be the personification of the famous Dancing Girl of Mohenjo daro which was found by archaeologist Earnest Mackay in 1926. As Pooja’s character is based on the statue which has been dated back to 2500 BC, it is believed that she will be seen asa teenager in the film. Though the cast and crew is tight lipped about the characters details, it is being guessed that Pooja’s character sketch is will be in the line of Birtish historian Mortimer Wheeler’s observation of the statue.  According to records, Wheeler had commented about it, “She's about fifteen years old I should think, not more, but she stands there with bangles all the way up her arm and nothing else on. A girl perfectly, for the moment, is perfectly confident of herself and the world. There's nothing like her, I think, in the world.”


A Thousand Unspoken Words: Novel by Paulami Dutta Gupta Launched by Designer Agnimitra Paul and Director Subrata Sen

Paulami Dutta Gupta - A Thousand Unspoken Words (A Novel)

Designer Agnimitra Paul and critically acclaimed filmaker Subrata Sen recently came together to launch ‘A Thousand Unspoken Words’,  the debut novel of Paulami Dutta Gupta.


Saala Khadoos (Irudhi Suttru): WBRi Movie Review - What a Debut for Actress Ritika Singh!

Mumtaz Sorcar (WBRi)
Mumtaz Sorcar (WBRi File Photo)

Kolkata's own Bengali girl Mumtaz Sorcar has an enviable filmography in the Bengali Film industry. She gets her big break at the Indian national level with this movie. Mumtaz actually has a real boxing background and fits in well to her character but still remains underused. But the script does not deprive her entirely. She too has her moments, though fewer in number. One particular scene where the two sisters have a face off is bound to stay with the audience for a long time.