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ATMOGOPON (Bengali, 2011) - A first look at Somnath Sen's Next

[Mumtaz Sorcar, Abhishek Chatterjee in Bengali movie Atmogopan]
Bengali Actress Momtaz Sorcar and Tollywood Hero Abhishek Chatterjee
Momtaz & Abhishek

Abhishek Chatterjee
Abhishek Chatterjee

Director Somnath Sen and actor Abhishek Chatterji
Somnath Sen & Abhishek Chatterjee

Calcutta, April 24, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Bengali film-maker Somnath Sen (buy Bengali film DVD in USA) has always made films which have been socially relevant and have a strong social message. Swartho, Bela Seshe, Simanto Periye, Ei Aranya are all films based on strong social themes. His current film is probably his first film which is like a thriller and very different from his other films.

Proposal is on the pipeline to make a film on Tagore soon

Kolkata, April 23, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Kreation Guru) Rabindranath Tagore created history and brought great honor to himself and to his beloved nation, India, when he received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913 for ‘Gitanjali’. He was little known outside Bengal till he translated his inspirational poems (Gitanjali) into English and presented them in Europe.

Indian platform for real films on real people

Mumbai, April 23, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Kreation Guru) India has the largest film industry in the world yet it does not provide room for the short films and documentaries made by small-time film makers. The silver screen caters only to big film productions of Bollywood, Tollywood and Kollywood. The makers of documentaries and short movies, therefore, have to find their own small niche and platform through other less known film festivals.

Legends of Indian Cinema: P C Barua

[Front Cover: P C Barua - Legends of Indian Cinema by Shoma A Chatterjee]

PC Barua was an enigma throughout his life. This is the first time his life story has been written for a wider readership of the man who turned Devdas into a myth.

You can order Shoma A Chatterji's Legend of Indian Cinema series book "P.C. Barua" online.

Bengali Film Review: Jibon Rang Berong (2011)

Chiranjit & Debashree Roy in Jibon Rong Berong

Calcutta, April 22, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Sanghamitra Chaudhuri (interview) who has directed films like ‘Raatporir Rupkatha’, ‘Premer Phande Kakatua’ and ‘The Bhut of Rose Ville’, has made ‘Jiban Rang Berang’ which is easily her best film till date. The film has a social message and is more than a decent film.

Read the full Bengali movie review on Washington Bangla Radio.

4th Issue of Diyala Children's Bengali Online Magazine Published

[Diyala Bengali Online Children's Magazine]Calcutta, April 22, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The fourth issue of Diyala has been published. Diyala is a Bengali online e-magazine for the under 16 age group that you can read and enjoy with your family, friends and kids.

Movie Review of much awaited ‘Dum Maro Dum’

Mumbai, April 22, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Kreation Guru) ‘Dum Maro Dum’, the suspense thriller in Hindi, is the latest release from Bollywood. The producer cum director of the movie is Rohan Sippy and the writers are Purva Naresh and Shridhar Raghavan; the music is directed by Pritam Chakraborty. The cast comprises of Bipasha Basu and Abhishek Bachchan in the lead role, Rana Daggubati, Prateik Babbar, Harry Key and Aditya Pancholi. A special appearance by Deepika Padukone in the theme song ‘Mit Jaye Gum’ adds excitement to the movie.

Drug tales are the new highs of the Bollywood movies

Mumbai, April 22, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Kreation Guru) It seems to become a trend nowadays in Bollywood to frequently show drug abuse through movies. The hippie culture of the 1970s had taken the country by storm with foreigners coming to India in great numbers moving about involved with smoking pot and high on drugs.