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Coming Soon... Housefull 2!

Coming Soon... Housefull 2!

February 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work): If you loved Lara Dutta and Akshay Kumar in Housefull, and had been awaiting the sequel to come in, your wait is about to end, to a certain extent. Sajid Khan, the movie’s director, has already decided that he is ready to give the public a taste of what the next one is going to be like. And what better time than the dhamaal of the ongoing World Cup in India to show that!

Listen to Anupam Roy live at Eso Kichu Kori (EKK) Fundraiser in Calcutta

Calcutta, Feb 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Renowned Bengali Singer-Songwriter-Music Director Anupam Roy performed live at a fund-raising event for Eso Kichu Kori on February 26, 2011 at the University Institute Hall in Kolkata at 6:30 PM. The event was sponsored by the popular Television news channel Mahua Bangla Khobor.Watch Anupam perform Amake Amar Moto Thakte Dao live at the remarkable event.

Director Reshmi Mitra talks about Bengali films Pirit Kathaler Atha, Mon Rage Onurage, Ektu Ushnotar Jonno (Interview)

[Tollywood Bengali Kolkata Film Piriti Khataler Atha Poster]Washington, DC, Feb 26, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Film-maker Reshmi Mitra chats with Arijit Chakraborty in a live interview for WBRi. Ms. Mitra talks about her movies, prior work, and future plans. Of her previous movies, her incomplete dream “Char Odhdhay” based on the acclaimed story by Rabindranath Tagore is still the closest to her heart. Her previous movie, Bhalobasha Zindabad was satisfying to make because of its novelty and its realistic flavor. Her docu-features on Pramathesh Barua, Salil Chaudhury, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, junior artists in the movie business, and eunuchs have moved people, and herself, and remain some of her favorites.

Piriti Kanthaler Atha, her latest movie is getting rave reviews in Kolkata. Ms. Mitra attributes this to its appeal to the current, young generation because of the combination of its entertainment factor, original story line, freshness, realistic flavor, and relatability. The fight sequences are exquisitely coordinated and CG (computer graphics) is used effectively. Created by the famous fight master (action director) from Mumbai, Andali Pathan (who has directed action sequences for heroes like Akshay Kumar and Govinda), they have a fancy-ness (“chamak”) to them, while the songs, directed by Indian classical instrumental Santoor artist Pinak Bhattacharya are classical-based and sequenced according to the story line. The lyrics of the songs are penned by Gautam Sushmit.

Listen to Reshmi Mitra talk about her films via Washington Bangla Radio free on-demand audio broadcast service.

Interview: Film-maker Anindo Banerjee on Bengali Movie CHAPLIN (2011)

[ANINDYA BANERJEE - Tollywood Calcutta Bengali Movie CHAPLIN]Washington, DC, Feb 26, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Film-maker Anindo Banerjee chats with Arijit Chakraborty in this informal and intimate chit-chat and presents us with a colorful sketch of his fascinating journey from the hallowed classrooms of Jadavpur University to the Bengali film Chaplin and beyond.

Listen to the free online radio broadcast of the interview exclusively from Washington Bangla Radio.

Hollywood Star Martin Sheen Urged to Take Up Cause of Apartheid of European Roma

Nevada, USA, Feb 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio)  Golden Globe winner Hollywood star Martin Sheen (The West Wing) reportedly says that all of Europe and the Spanish government is far beyond the curve in dealing with gypsy communities through education and housing and inclusion in the community.

Interview: Writer Malay Bandopadhyay talks about Bengali films Paribartan, Piriti Kathaler Atha, Kache Acho Tumi, Dujone & more

[Malay Bandopadhyay]Malay debuted in feature films with resounding success with his friend Rajib Kumar in the director's chair with the blockbuster Dujone (2009) which starred Dev and Srabanti as the lead pair. Dujone was the directorial debut in feature films for Rajib as well. In this informal chit-chat with Arijit Chakraborty, Malay reveals quite a few interesting trivia, inlcuding the fact that one of today's leading Tollywood heroines - Srabanti - actually is his student and Malay was a private tutor of the actress!

খেলা - সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায় | Play - Bengali Children's Poem by Santwana Chatterjee

Khela (play)  - a Bengali poem (Bangla Kobita) by Santwana Chatterjee in unicode Bangla font published in WBRi Bengali Online Magazine section.


সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায়

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তাই করেছে রাগ ?
আজকে শুধু তোমার সাথেই করব খেলা ভাগ ।

মাছি-মারা - সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায় | Machi Mara (Swatting Flies) - Bengali Poem by Santwana Chatterjee

Machi Mara (Swatting flies) - a Bengali poem (Bangla Kobita) by Santwana Chatterjee in unicode Bangla font published in WBRi Bengali Online Magazine section.


সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায়

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