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Latest Updates from Tollywood

Latest Updates from Tollywood

February 20, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work):
Nobel laureate Amartya Sen’s gorgeous daughter Nandana Sen, who is better known for her cascading locks and smoking-hot bod, is ready with her next Bengali venture with national award winner Shekhar Das’s ‘Kaler Rakhal’.  The stunning bong lass is already in the news for her acclaimed performance in Srijit Mukherji’s debut film ‘Autograph’, an alluring tale about love, fame, passion and mistrust.

Gatecrasher takes the cake on Paris Hilton's Birthday

Gatecrasher takes the cake on Paris Hilton's Birthday

February 20, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work): It was Paris Hilton’s 30th birthday yesterday. Of course, the social butterfly that she is, she had to have one such incident at the birthday bash that made it to headlines. And well, this time her job was made easier by a mad musician from LA!

Charlie Chaplin's grandson undergoes traditional Hindu wedding in India

Hindus greet Chaplin’s grandson for undergoing traditional Hindu wedding in India

Nevada, USA, Feb 20, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Hindus have greeted film-icon Charlie Chaplin’s grandson Mark Joplin for reportedly going through a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony in India.

According to reports, Joplin (60) and Terra Tiffany (52), both Americans, married in remote Gokarna village, about 453 kilometers from Bangalore, in Karnataka state in Southwestern India with proper Hindu rituals.

Six Hours Of Raj Kapoor Hindi Film Oldie Songs: Legends Digital MP3 Audio Release

[Hindi Film Songs - Hits of Raj Kapoor (90 Of them!)]Calcutta, Feb 19, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Saregama of India, tapping into their vast audio songs library, have released a great compendium of Raj Kapoor classics.

The collection comes in 5 audio CDs for a total of 90 songs spanning the entire golden era of Raj Kapoor films. The total run length of Raj Kapoor super hit songs is a staggering 6 hours plus !

Padma Bhushan Raj Kapoor landed a spectacular 9 Filmfare awards, his films made it to the final nomination list at Palme d'Or at Cannes International Film Festival twice (for Awara and Boot Polish), and he received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1987. His films often portrayed the weak and the luckless in a socialist environment, and were considered to be safe enough to be screened in countries behind the iron curtain - Russia and China. His films are also famous for the sex-appeal and sensuousness of his heroines.

Listen to free samples and download the songs from Raj Kapoor movies in MP3 format here.

PRARTHANA: Essential Chants and Prayers for our Ishta Devata - A Complete Set Of Indian Hindu Devotional Songs (10 CD Set)

Calcutta, Feb 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) A great series of compositions by none other than renowned Indian classical music exponents Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia and others, titled Prarthana (Prayers / Devotional Offerings) has been released in CD format by Music Today of India. Each double-album in the set of 10 double-albums is dedicated to one Hindu deity and covers all aspects of  Hindu daily prayers.

Therefore, the Prarthana series provides a way for complete prayer to our Gods, our ishta devata. Prarthana is an album series that offers the listener a complete devotional experience comprising prayers and chants that will fulfill the spiritual offering of devotees to God.

Read all about the great works, listen to free samples online and download these Hindu devotional audio songs MP3 via Washington Bangla Radio.

Interview - Rohit Kulkarni - Pitch Of Dreams: Cricket In America | Documentary on the past, present and future of Cricket in USA

Rohit KulkarniGermantown, Maryland, Feb 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Rohit Kulkarni is the head of Multimedia of the South Asia division at Voice Of America, with over fifteen years of hands-on experience in Television production. Like most Indians (and people from the British Commonwealth nations), Rohit is a passionate fan of the game of Cricket. It is but natural that Rohit's vast experience in film-making and his passion for Cricket should come together, and the result is a fascinating documentary on Cricket in the United States of America.

Titled "Pitch Of Dreams - Cricket In America", the film documents the past, present and future of the game in the US. A fruit diligent research and many hours of travel with a camera, the film is a true labor of love. The journey reveals quite a few surprising facts about the game of Cricket in America - and Rohit shares with us some trivia that are surely going to surprise you as well while he talks to Marian Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio about the film.

Interview: Cricket Journalist Gautam Bhattacharya talks about SACH - his book on Sachin Tendulkar released in the USA

Sachin Tendulkar - Launch of book SACH by Gautam Bhattacharya
Sachin Tendulkar and others at the launch of Gautam Bhattacharya's book Sach

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble at SACH book launch
Gautam Bhattacharya, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble at SACH book launch
Pictures courtesy of Utpaal Sorkkar

Gautam Bhattacharya - Author of SACHWashington, DC, Feb 19, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Renowned award-winning writer and sports journalist Gautam Bhattacharya talks to us from Dhaka, Bangladesh in this informal chit-chat with Arijit Chakraborty. At the time ths interview was recorded, Gautam was in Dhaka for the inaugural ceremony of the World Cup Cricket championship of 2011 which is jointly being hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. You will surely be infected with the cricket bug when you hear Gautam share his thoughts about the inauguration which featured a great, some may even say overdone, cultural extravaganza. The opening ceremony was of particular pride to Bengalees as Bangla songs like O Amar Desher Maati and Amar Sonar Bangla ("My golden bangla, I love you"- the national anthem of Bangladesh) were performed with people across many nations watching live. Gautam also shares with us his best educated guesses on what might transpire in this Cricket World Cup, but, needless to say, anything can happen in the game of cricket.

Gautam Bhattacharya has recently written a book titled Sach about the iconic Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar, a man who dreamed big, stretched his arms towards the sky and reached the summit. Sachin is applauded the world over for his cricketing feats and the person he is. This book, however, is not just another tome on Sachin. The book sizzles with new features, and a foreword by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. As Gautam puts it in this interview, Sach - the title of his book - is not just a nick name of Sachin, the word also means "the truth". In the book, a record 83 individuals, all path-breakers in their own right speak out on what Sachin means to them. If Asha Bhosle calls him 'God's apna aadmi', and Kapil Dev wants him 'to stand as tall as Mahatma Gandhi', Viv Richards gives him '10 upon 10'. Taking the reader through Sachin's journey of life, Gautam steps boldly on what has been 'forbidden' ground till now - the controversy surrounding the erstwhile Indian coach Greg Chappell, who breaks his silence on Sachin after four long years. The high-point of this must-have book is a set of 40 never-before-asked questions put to Sachin by Gautam.

Sach is available for purchase online in both USA via and India via using the links in this exclusive interview-feature on Washington Bangla Radio.

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.