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Punarutthan (Bengali, 2011) - A Film To Encourage The Resurgance Of Bengal | Exclusive Kolkata Bengali Movie Preview

Actress Rituparna Sengupta with Apurba Saha - Kolkata Bengali Movie Punarutthan
Actress Rituparna Sengupta with Apurba Saha

Dolon Roy, Rituparna Sengupta, Apurba Saha and Rishi Mukherjee
Dolon Roy, Rituparna Sengupta, Apurba Saha and Rishi Mukherjee; images © Aditya Chakraborty / WBRi

Calcutta, Feb 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio)  'Punorutthan', a star studded film starring Priyanshu Chatterjee, Rituparna Sengupta, Victor Banerjee, Raza Murad, Biswajit Chakrabarty, Indrajit, Sabysaschi Chakrabarty, Reema Lagoo and others has a release date of March 4, 2011.

The film is being produced by Pailan Group, a leading player in eastern India having interests in education, sports, FMCG, real estate etc headed by their Chairman Apurba Saha who has also written the story for the film.

Punarutthan is directed by Rishi Mukherjee. The film features songs with lyrics by Chiranjit Basu and music by Ravindra Jain. This is the first production from the house of Pailan and they have plans of producing more films in the future.

Interview: Akash Adhikari - Actor-Writer-Director Nepali Movie KATHMANDU (2011) and Trailer

Akash Adhikari is an acclaimed Nepali film-maker with over 15 popular Nepali movies to his credit. He is the writer-director and lead actor of the eagerly anticipated Nepali movie Kathmandu (2011) with an international cast. Akash talks to Washington Bangla Radio's Arijit Chakraborty in an exclusive, comprehensive and intimate interview about his career and his films. Do not miss the special preview of his next film Suryoday (Sunrise) that Akash talks about in detail exclusively on WBRi.

Kathmandu - with a tag-line of "Anything can happen in this city" - is a contemporary story of the relationship between youngsters and their parents. In some ways, Kathmandu is a universal film about teenagers and the responsibilities of parents in both being protective and inspirational towards developing independence and self-confidence in their teenage children. It may be seen as a film about universal generation gap issues.

Kathmandu is shot in San Fransisco, USA and of course, Nepal using the Red Cinema 4K Camera for the first time in Nepali cinema, and features an international cast and crew. Kathmandu is written and directed by Akash Adhikari and produced by Akash Adhikari and his brother Ben-Nabin Adhikari who lives in New York. The internationmal star cast includes Akash Adhikari, Resh Marhatta, Gauri Malla, Samyukta Rana, Arjun Shrestha, Ben-Nabin Adhikari, Suresh Adhikari, Sangita Chhetri, Sunil Dutt, Subhatra Adhikari and more. The movie introduces newcomer Prapti Ghimire to Nepalese cinema. Ani Choying Dolma and Indian Bollywood singer-actor Sukhwinder Singh make guest appearances in the film.

A scene from Nepali movie Kathmandu (2011)
A scene from Kathmandu (2011, Nepali)
The Nepali film songs have been performed by Indian Bollywood playback singers like Sukhwinder Singh, Aakriti Kankard, Kailash Kher, Sunidhi Chauhan, Adhitya Narayan and Sanjivini. Rahul Pradhan has composed and directed music in Kathmandu and Dirgha Gurung has taken care of cinematography.

Akash Adhikari also talks in depth about his next film Suryoday (Sunrise). That film is about a complex relationship of a woman and multiple husbands. The Nyinba people of Nepal live high in the Himalayan mountains and practice fraternal polyandry - when a woman marries a man, in Nyinban culture, she marries all of her husband's brothers as well. Beneficial aspects of such a custom include preservation of inherited wealth and property without too much fragmenting, while obviously the relationship between the woman and her husbands is fascinating.

Vedic Chanting - Shukla Yajur Veda | यजुर्वेद Audio CD Review

[Vedic Chanting Audio Music Album: Shukla Yajurveda]Calcutta, Feb 18, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Yajurveda is between 3,000 to 3,500 years old and is found in two versions (Samhitas) called Shukla and Krishna - white and black. The compositions lay down the mantras (verses) for performing religious rituals, the difference being in the prose descriptions of the verses. The Krishna edition intersperses descriptive text with the verses, while the Shukla edition moves the text out separately into a kind of appendix - the Shatapatha Brahmana.

An audio CD featuring rare Sukla Yajur Veda chants is now available online via Amazon. The album features Yagnavalkya Dhyanam Ganapati, Saraswati Gayatri Dhyanam, Kanva Rudram, Kanva Chamakam, Kanva Purusha, Suktham Richam, Vacham (Shanti Suktham), Isavasyopanishad (with swaras), Ganam Brahadaranyaka (selection) and Yagnavalkya Gayatri chants.


Michigan: February 18, 2011: In Japanese, teppan means an iron plate or a steel sheet, and yaki, stir-fried food or stir-frying and Teppanyaki is stir-fried meat and vegetables cooked and eaten off a large, table-top grill.

Street Light (Bengali, 2011) Audio Film Songs Released


Locket Chatterjee, Abhishek, Arjun, Nivedita and others at Bengali film STREET LIGHT Music Launch
Nivedita, Locket Chatterjee, Arjun, Abhishek, Pulakita and others

Locket Chatterjee, Abhishek, Arjun, Nivedita and others at Bengali film STREET LIGHT Music Launch
Images © Aditya Chakraborty / WBRi

Calcutta, Feb 18, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Purple Music has been the audio label for many albums in the past including music albums of several Bengali films as well. Recently they have turned producers by producing their first Bengali film ‘Street Light’ under their banner Purple Motion Pictures.

Click here to download audio albums from Purple music in MP3 format >

The movie, starring Abhishek Chatterjee, Arjun Chakrabarty, newcomer Nivedita, Pulakita Ghosh, Ranjan Bhattacharya and Locket Chatterjee (WBRi interview), centers around the focal character who is torn between two worlds and looks for pleasures outside when he is getting along with his wife and he gets completely transported along a different path. You have a few other characters who are part of this journey advising him along the way. The film needs to be watched by people to know what happens next.

7 KHOON MAAF - the new vishal bharadwaj film

Immensely Boring and none-the-less confusing!!!

I wonder how a film-maker who has given at least 3 consistent films in row that made the viewers and critics alike to sit up and take notice, falters in his next films, degenerates and completely loses balance and 'touch'  hence forth, to come out with films (KAMINEY in 2009  and 7 KHOON MAAF in 2011) that are full of  such situations that haven't completed their 'full-circle', unwanted scenes seems to be 'wedged' in tight with such force that it seems to be absolutely alien and out of rhythm, the pace of the script that does not advance as needed and to top it all - the 'disjointed and half-baked' ideas that are adequate enough to KILL a film!

A Film Review by Nilanjann Nandy.

Cheryl Cole - Most Loved at the Watercooler

Cheryl Cole - The Most Loved at the Watercooler

February 18, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work): What is it that Cherly Cole has but even a mogul like Simon Cowell lacks? The answer is not too difficult… capacity to be gossiped about! A survey by clearly states this. In the survey, office going men were asked what they talk about the most. About a fifth of them conceded that they often made Cheryl the subject of their conversation.

NASA Confirms Chandrayan’s Discovery of Water on Moon

Moon Impact Probe

Image by Harsha 24/7 via Flickr

New Delhi, Feb 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India) The discovery of water on moon was till recently attributed to NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper, M3 on board India’s Chandrayan space craft. It was claimed that the  instrument detected water on moon’s polar region on 14 November 2008 while the space craft was rotating the earth’s natural satellite in a 100 kilo meter circular orbit. In an important development that wrong was set right on February 12, 2011 when the American Astronomical Society announced that the NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope (HST) had confirmed the discovery of water on moon by the Indian built Moon Impact Probe (MIP) on board Chandrayan. The MIP, a 34 kg box shaped object carried the Chandra Altitudinal Composition Explorer, CHANCE which had three devices,  a video imaging instrument, a radar altimeter and a mass spectrometer. While the video imaging instrument was for taking pictures of the moon’s surface as MIP approached it, the radar altimeter was for measuring the rate of descent of the probe to the lunar surface. The mass spectrometer was for studying the extremely thin lunar atmosphere. It took the MIP 25 minutes after it was detached from the orbiting space craft to reach the moon’s surface. During that time before hard landing on moon’s surface, the MIP radioed all the information to Chandrayan which it instantly recorded in its onboard memory for reading out later. With the MIP’s sending of information to Chandrayan, India’s very first attempt to send a lunar probe was successfully concluded.