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Subrata Dutta (RAKTA CHARITRA): "Viewer Opinion is Paramount" - Interview (Audio) with Award Winning Bengali & Bollywood Actor

Subrata Dutta - Bengali Bollywood ActorPowerful character actor Subrata Dutta - a renowned name in Bengali and Bollywood Cinema in India and Indian film-lovers across the world - recently bagged another "Best Actor" award - this time at the Cairo International Film Festival, 2009 - for Jai Tank directed film Madholal Keep Walking [BUY DVD] co-starring Swara Bhaskar. As you will hear Subrata describing in the interview, in Madholal, he plays the role of a man in Mumbai who has lost a hand and has thus had to extensively shoot with one hand tied to his back, in real locations, sometimes on a hidden camera.

Subrata has previosuly won the "Best Actor" award at the Osian Cinefan Festival 2006 for Subrata Sen directed Bengali film Bibar - Calcutta Unabashed (DVD Release) co-starring Tannishtha Chatterjee, Payel Sarkar, Biswajit Chakraborty, Dulal Lahiri, Kunal Mitra etc.

Madholal Keep Walking has had a limited trial release in Calcutta in August and will be re-released soon on a much larger scale.

A graduate from the elite National School of Drama, New Delhi and Central School of Speech and Drama, London, UK, Subrata has and continues to play lead roles in films in various languages. He is also a renowned stage theater actor.

Subrata Dutta grew up in Bankura district of West Bengal, and in his young days, had little clue that he would become a powerful and internationally acclaimed character acter in films and theater. He studied Zoology at the graduate level and Business Administration at the post graduate level. He then chanced on attending a workshop at the National School of Drama, New Delhi and subsequently applied to study there, and was selected. His subsequent apprenticeship at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London, UK was financed by a scholarship from the Brtish Council in Kolkata.

Subrata Dutta performed various roles in stage theater in Delhi for around 8 years, eventually also playing roles in parallel and art-house films and then lead roles as protagonists and antagonists.

Subrata Dutta is playing a lead role in Ram Gopal Verma directed RAKTA CHARITRA that is expected to have a release date in October 2010. RAKTA CHARITRA will be released in two episodes and in three languages.

After a long string of successful Bengali films featuring Subrata Dutta - Buddhadev Dasgupta's UTTARA (BUY DVD), Kushan Nandy's 88 Antop Hill [BUY VCD], Suman Mukherjee's  Chaturanga (DVD Release), Subrata Sen's Bibar - Calcutta Unabashed (DVD), Arin Pal's Doshta Dosh (BUY DVD), Anjan Das's Achin Pakhi (DVD) and so on, ANTIM SHWASH SUNDAR (Last Breath Beautiful) (BUY DVD) by Kris Allin is now playing to capacity audiences in theaters in Kolkata, featuring Subrata Dutta as Prem Sengupta, Indrani Halder as Vibha, Paran Bandopadhaya as Mystic, Kaushik Banerjee as Sarda, Kunal Padhy as Mehra, Swagata Mukherjee as Alka, Punya Darshan Gupta as Rao, Debdut Ghosh as Patel, Sanjukta Roychowdhury as Anjali, Surangana as Arti and Prakash Sharma as Raghu.

Subrata recently appeared in Achin Pakhi with the young promising actress Manali Dey of Mouri fame from the superhit Bengali TV show Bou Kotha Kao.

Subrata Dutta's other upcoming films include Reema Mukherjee's ARDHANGINI EK ARDHASATYA which is adapted from Rabindranath Tagore's short story GHARE BAIRE (previously made into a film with the same title by Satyajit Ray) where Subrata plays the role of Sandip and appears with Subodh Bhave, Sreelekha Mitra, Manoj Mitra, Reema Lagoo, Varsha Usgaonkar and others. The film is headed to the Berlin International Film Festival.

Subrata Dutta is also appearing in the upcoming film BLIND LANE with Sonali Chowdhury - the film is directed by Amitava Sengupta and is based on the Kamtapur movement.

Listen to Subrata Dutta once again on Washington Bangla Radio. We wish Subrata Dutta all the best and we look forwarding to having him with us on Washington Bangla Radio again.

Film-maker RAJA SEN talks about LABORATORY (2010) Bengali Movie (Exclusive Interview - Audio) | RAVEENA TANDON in Bangla Film

Raja Sen on Washington Bangla RadioAcclaimed award-winning flm-maker Raja Sen is currently busy with promotion of his latest feature film, a homage to Tagore, titled Laboratory written by Rabindranath Tagore himself starring Ravina Tandon, Ranjit Mullick, Arpita Chatterjee, Saheb Chatterjee, Biswanath, etc.

Laboratory will be screened in a few local community centers and school auditoriums and such places in the USA the last weekend of September, 2010.

Subhomoy Mukherjee of Washington Bangla Radio talks to Raja Sen about his career in film-making in this informal and up-close interview.

Kamaleshwar Mukherjee (Interview): URO CHITHI Bengali Movie is about deleting SMS messages from mobile of a software engineer

Germantown, MD (Washington Bangla Radio): Listen to Kamaleshwar Mukherjee talk about his background and his films online on Washington Bangla Radio on-demand audio service by pressing the Play button in the player in this post.

Film-maker Dr. Kamaleshwar Mukherjee whose next Bengali film URO CHITHI is being awaited by Bengali movie lovers across the world talks to Arijit Chakraborty of WBRi in this up-close, informal and intimate interview.

URO CHITHI is a poetic phrase, and the film has a fascinating storyline based around the contemporary culture of text messaging (SMS) over cell phones. The story revolves around various incidents that occur while the owner of a mobile phone deletes old text messages. There are around a dozen sub-stories in the film, each associated with a text message on the cell phone - the little incidents together covering a span of around one year forms the subject of the film. The protagonist works in one of the myriad of cheap IT services export shops in India, and also focuses on the impacts of the currently ongoing phase of economic recession in the developed world on such workers.

The star cast of URO CHITHI includes Locket Chatterjee, Sreelekha Mitra, Bishwanath Basu, Rajatava Dutta, Rudranil Ghosh, Swastika Mukherjee, Indraneil Sengupta, Reshmi Ghosh, Sudipta Chakraborty and others. Locket Chatterjee plays Sudha, married to Bishwanath Basu's character. Sreelekha Mitra plays Raka, the wife of Indraneil's charater who has an extra-marital affair with a girl played by Tanushree.

Bengali Actress Locket Chatterjee
Tollywood actress Locket Chatterjee
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URO CHITHI is currently in shooting stage, and production is expected to be complete towards the end of 2010. The script of URO CHITHI is written by Kamaleshwar, too.

Director Anup Das on LIFE EXPRESS (2010) Audio Interview & Press Meet exclusive | Rituparna Sengupta, Divya Dutta

Anup Das is the director of the Indian film LIFE EXPRESS (2010) that deals with the interesting subject of surrogate motherhood and contemporary urban Indian lifestyle that sometimes tends to leave little time for a career-oriented woman to have children.

The film which will release on 17th Sept, had it’s press meet in Kolkata at Plush, The Astor in the presence of the director Anup Das, Rituparna and Yashpal Sharma. The film has been produced by Sky Motion Pictures who are producing a film for the first time.

Anup Das's previous short film RIKSHAWALLA has been critically acclaimed and screened in Film festivals in Germany and Calcutta. The film is about how a city that claims to be fast modernizing with Subways and contemporary forms of transportation still relies on human-pulled rickshaws to a large extent.

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Interview | Bappaditya Bandopadhyay - Film Maker (Sampradan, Shilpantar, Devki, Kantataar, Housefull, Kagojer Bou)

Acclaimed Bengali and Bollywood film-maker Bappaditya Bandopadhyay talks to Subhomoy Mukherjee in this extensive, informal and intimate interview on Washington Bangla Radio.

We always expect something different to watch , something different to think whenever we go for a movie by Bappadityo Bandopadhyay.

Bappadityo started his career with Television, specially telefilms, and as assistant director for movies.

That time he came in touch with Film Director cum Musician Gautam Chattopadhyay ( of Mahiner Ghodaguli ) whom he knew from his childhood.

Working with Gautam changed the focus and vision of Bappadityo and he felt the urge within himself to make feature films of his own.

In 1998 he made his first feature, Sampradan. As he was not aware about economics and distribution part of filmdom that time, he could not reach to all with Sampradan rather he could not popularize Sampradan.

After Sampradan, he made critically acclaimed film Shilpantar based on a short story by famous author, Shirshendu Mukherjee.

After Shilpantar he was in Bollywood for years and that time he debuted there with award winning “Devki”

After Devki he returned in Tollywood and made “Kantatar” which made Bappdityo a Bengali household name as director.

After Kantatar, he made Kaal on flesh trade racket and Housefull as his autobiographical.

In the meantime he started his career as a producer with the film Hello Kolkata made by his friend Manoj.

Right now he is very busy with last minute works of his present directional, Kagojer Bou, based on another Shirshendu novel and starting of his next feature.

Kagojer Bou casts Paoli, Rahul, Priyanka, Bratyo, Nandini, Joy among others and Gaurav aka Gabu from Laxmichada starts his career as film music director with this film. Bappadityo made this film very contemporary with a story of merely 40 years ago.

He not only experiments with subjects but also with new actors as well as versatility of established and popular actors by utilizing them in completely new kind of characters to them.

He truly maintains and follows the Tollywood gharana started by trio Satyajit-Ritwik-Mrinal, who incidentally his favourite directors too among others, and we hope to see more and more qualitative works from this creative genius.

We also wish all the success for Kagojer Bou as well as all future Bappadityo ventures.

Interview | Gaurab Chatterjee (Gabu) - Lakkhichara drummer, music director of Bengali Movies Kagojer Bou (2010), Necklace (2010)

Gaurav Chatterjee - (C) Washington Bangla Radio Though he is famous as Gabu, his nick name, the full name of this famous drummer from the reputed Kolkata Bengali Band LAKKHICHARA is Gaurab Chatterjee. Gabu is also a background score composer and music director of Kolkata Tollywood Bengali movies including KAGOJER BOU and NECKLACE (2010). Subhomoy Mukherjee of Washington Bangla Radio talks to Gaurav in this informal and intimate interview. Somnath Dasgupta (complete WBRi Feature) of Ami Budhin Bolchi fame also appears in this interview.

Kolkata Bangla Rock Band Lakkhichara

Interview | Angana Basu - Actress, Danseuse, Elocutionist | SHUKNA LANKA (2010) Bengali Movie

Angana Basu is a lead actress of Gaurav Pandey's great Bengali movie Shukno Lanka (2010) where she plays the pivotal role of Chinu Nandi's wife. Chinu Nandi is played in Sukno Lanka by our favorite Mithunda - Mithun Chakraborty.

Chakraborty - Angana Basu in SUKNO LANKA
Angana Bose and Mithun Chakraborty in Sukno Lanka (Bengali, 2010)

Angana Basu - Manab Premik Nimai

Angana Basu talks to Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio in this informal and intimate interview. Click on the Play button in the full post to listen to Angana Basu online.

Interview | Madhuja Mukherjee - Screenplay writer of Bengali Movie EKTI TARAR KHONJE / STARS NEVER SLEEP (2010)

Bengali Film EKTI TARAR KHONJE Screenplay and Production by 
Madhuja MukherjeeIn this informal and intimate interview hosted by Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio, Madhuja talks about herself, her interests, cinema, audience response to films and describes in a very interesting way how she sees the world of movies in general. About Ekti Tarar Khonje, Madhuja, being the screen-play writer and art/production designer, tells us great stories about the movie - like how she moved her own furniture and stuff for the right visual composition of the scenes. Of particular interest is her take of peculiarities of the room of the somewhat unusual person seen in the film - and the messages the objects in the room - pictures of insects next to showbiz personalities, for example - are intended to convey.