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Interview | Canadian-Indian Film-maker Mukesh Asopa right after winning an award for The Taste Of Relation in 2010 Las Vegas IFF

Mukesh Asopa receiving an award for THE  TASTE OF RELATION at 2010 Las Vegas International Film Festival |  Washington Bangla Radio exclusive Washington Bangla Radio caught up with acclaimed Canadian-Indian film-maker Mukesh Asopa just after he received an award for his film THE TASTE OF RELATION (2009) at the 2010 Las Vegas International Film Festival.

The Taste of Relation has received a remarkable number of awards and international recognition, including

  • Rising Star Award- Canada International Film Festival-2010 (Vancouver)
  • Vista India-Global Cinema Festival-2009 (India)
  • Official Selection-Jaipur International Film festival-2010 (India)
  • Golden Palm Award-2010 -Mexico International Film Festival
  • Official Finalist Award-2010-Las Vegas Film Festival
  • Golden Aphrodite Award-Cyprus International Film Festival-2010
  • Van Gogh Award-2010-Amsterdam Film Festival-2010
  • Official Selection-Woshougal International Film Festival-2010-Washington

Listen to Mukesh Asopa talk about his feelings on receiving the award and also news about future projects that Mukesh may undertake with people he meets at these world-class film festivals.

Interview | Anamitra Roy and Sriparna Dey - Young Film Makers and Multi-faceted Creative Artists from Calcutta | WBRi Exclusive

Anamitra Roy - Bengali Movie DirectorANAMITRA ROY is a multi-faceted artistically talented young man from Kolkata. He is a well known parallel / experimental film-maker of the new generation, an accomplished poet, guitar player and artist, and has substantial contribution to and is an enthusiastic supporter of the little magazines in Bengal, among many other things.

Watch the theatrical trailer of Five No Budget Films.

Anamitra is a founding member of the independent film-making group LITTLE FISH EAT BIG FISH which released a five-film DVD in 2009 called Five No Budget Films (download the full movie DVD - click here) that included his own film "Jean Luc Godard Had No Script". He is a firm believer in the alternative / parallel cinema movement, and a strong supporter of the film as an art form more than a commercial product. He is barely out of his teens, and his energy and passion are infectious, and Washington Bangla Radio looks forward to seeing Anamitra as a powerful world-renowned film-maker before long.

Sriparna DeySRIPARNA DEY is also a founding member of Little Fish Eat Big Fish and a great cinema enthusiast herself, and a close friend of Anamitra. Sriparna is an accomplished artist and graphic designer among other things.

In this exclusive audio interview, Arijit Chakrabarty, Washington Bangla Radio, talks to both Anamitra Roy and Sriparna Dey in an informal and intimate setting. Anamitra and Sriparna talk about their childhood, their eclectic interests in various creative arts forms and how they got into film-making. They speak out boldly about the need for continuing importance of parallel / art-house cinema in Bengal and India, and analyze the Bollywoodization of Indian film and audiences preferences. Anamitra and Sriparna dwell on the interpretation of the terms like "Zero-Budget film" and "Micro-budget film", and of course about Little Fish Eat Big Fish, their members and mission.

The sweet voice of NINA RAHMAN - Bengali Modern, Rabindrasangeet & Nazrulgeeti singer from California, USA

Nina Rahman - Bengali SongsNINA RAHMAN has a wonderful sweet voice as you will hear in the player and sings great Bengali modern as well as Rabindra Sangeet.

Born in Barisal, Bangladesh, Nina now lives in California, USA with her husband Dr. Mizanur Rahman and two beautiful children - one son and one daughter.

Read all about Nina and listen to the full audio songs from her album Taray Taray exclusively on Washington Bangla Radio.

Ek Second...Jo Zindagi Badal De (Hindi Film/Teaser)

The Indian cinegoers would probably know Partho Ghosh as the director of thrillers like ‘100 days’ (Madhuri Dixit/Jackie Shroff, the story of a girl’s premonition powers) and even Agnisakshi (Manisha Koirala/Jackie Shroff, inspired by Hollywood’s ‘Sleeping with the Enemy.’

Partho Ghosh is again set to hit the silver screens on June 11th, 2010 with his next venture, featuring his favourite stars (probably) Jackie Shroff & Manisha Koirala in the film ‘Ek second…jo zindagi badal de.’

Both Jackie Shroff and Manisha Koirala are fading stars in the skies of Bollywood but it would be nice to see them together again, both individually and opposite each other. The film will also see a former beauty pageant winner Nikita Anand (Miss India 2003) in a lead role. And even Moammer Rana, a Pakistani film star who will pair opposite the beauty queen. The element of surprise would be to watch Roza Catalano, the ex-flame of the ‘Chhote Nawab’ (between Amrita Singh and Kareena Kapoor)

An Evening In Paris

Bengali Movie Review - Mahanagar@Kolkata (2010) - A film by Suman Mukhopadhyay

Mahanagar@ Kolkata, a story by Nabarun Bhattacharya (who had also written Herbert for Suman Mukherjee) has written the story for the same director showing us a different side of the metropolis called Kolkata.It shows us how despite class differences people of the city can still come together and shows us their joy, sorrow, insecurities and frustration yet it seems to be part of one big circle.

Watch Washington Bangla Radio's exclusive video interview of Bengali movie Mahanagar@Kolkata online of director Suman Mukhopadhyay - click here >

Second Chicago Hinduism Summit concludes successfully

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Passionate speeches, a rapt audience, reverberations of an auspicious conch, the sound of ancient Sanskrit verses, a unique idol of Lord Ganesh on display and an exhibition of objects attacked by ghosts were just some of the highlights of the second Hinduism Summit held in Chicago on Nija Vaishakh Krushna Ashtami 5112 (5 June 2010) ! The Summit was held by the Forum for Hindu Awakening (FHA) and the Lake County Hindu Temple. Around 100 attendees in person and 200 attendees online took the benefit of this event.

Raavan/Raavanan(Hindi/Tamil Film Promo)

Mani Ratnam has always been successful in bringing out the best of Abhishek Bachchan. I would not say Guru was a good performance,
but Yuva certainly made a lot of difference. The character of Lallan Singh was as if, written with Abhishek Bachchan in mind and the Indian cinegoers will agree to the fact that his performance in Yuva was mind blowing.  Raavan’s Beera can create equal magic if and only if, Mani Sir, as he is lovingly called by the film fraternity, has not tried to encash Ms. Rai’s presence in the film (like RGV did in Sarkar )

The Tamil version Raavanan, will see Vikram as Veera. Vikram is a one of the most popular heroes of the Tamil cinema and his film Sethu, among all others created an impact even on the minds of the Hindi film lovers. Interestingly, Sethu had been remade in Hindi, as Tere Naam, starring Salman Khan and Bhumika Chawla. With lot of film awards to his credit, this is one performance from a super star that the Indian cinegoers would look out for.