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Interview | Avik Mukhopadhyay - Ekti Tarar Khonje (Beyond the stars) Bengali Movie - director

Bengali Movie Director AVIK MUKHOPADHYAYAvik Mukhopadhyay is the director of the 2010 Bengali feature film EKTI TARAR KHOJE. Avik talks to Subhomoy Mukherjee of Washington Bangla Radio in this exclusive audio interview that you can listen to online by pressing the play buttons above. Avik talks about his early days with Black Magic, and ad films - then Bengali feature films with Rituparno Ghosh (and Mrinal Sen and Aparna Sen). He says he has always had some concepts in his head and wondered if he could express his concepts in his own way if he took up direction of a feature film, and that chain of thought and inspiration from his buddies led to ETK.

Interview | MUMTAZ SORCAR - Bengali Movie Actress (Bhuter Bhabishyat,Musalmanir Galpo, 033)

Mumtaz Sorcar (Wikipedia)Bengali movie actress Mumtaz Sorcar, the beautiful daughter of renowned magician P C Sorcar Jr - talks to glamorous singer - songwriter - composer and popular Radio show hostess Sushmita Bhattachrya (WBRi feature) on Washington Bangla Radio.

Interview | ANANYA DUTTA - Actress, Model, Danseuse - Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie NATOBAR NOT OUT

Bengali Actress ANANYA DUTTAAnanya Dutta is a well-known model and actress living in Mumbai. In her debut in Tollywood, her first Kolkata Bengali feature film NATOBAR NOT OUT (2010) is releasing first week of August 2010, where she appears in a lead role with Mustafa Prokash, Raima Sen, Ramaprasad Banik and others. The film is directed by Amit Sen (WBRi exclusive interview audio) and produced by Bunch of Buddies lead by Manu Malhotra (WBRi feature).

BOMKESH BAKSHI Interview | Abir Chatterjee - Bengali Movie Actor - Prem By Chance, Cross Connection, Robibar Bikelbela

Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie Hero Abir Chatterjee

Tollywood Kolkata Bengali movie and Television actor Abir Chattopadhyay talks to Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio in this comprehensive and intimate interview.

Abir Chattopadhyay is a contemporary young smart and intelligent actor who has already made a place for himself in the Bengali Movie and Television worlds in Kolkata. Abir played the critically acclaimed role of Vicky in CROSS CONNECTION (2009)  (Buy DVD Online) directed by the popular duo Abhijit Guha and Sudeshna Roy co-starring Ritwick Chakraborty, Payal Sarkar, Rimjhim Mitra, Biswajit Chakraborty and Sasawata Chatterjee. Abir  is also the lead actor in Sudeshna Roy and Abhijit Guha film PREM BY CHANCE where Abir's co-star is Ranjit Mullick's daughter KOEL MULLICK. In a welcome development, Abir is also going to play the role of Satyanweshi Byomkesh Bakshi in a trilogy directed by ANJAN DUTTA starting off with ADIM RIPU followed by Chitrachor.

In the world of Bengali TV Shows, Abir plays a lead role in the Bengali popular tele-serial SOMOY on Rupashi Bangla Kolkata TV Channel. In SHOMOY, Abir's co-stars are Indrani Haldar, Parno Mitra and Dhritiman Chatterjee. SOMOY is a modern take of the Indian mythological classic The Mahabharata. You can watch live Indian Hindi and Kolkata Bengali TV Shows online via Washington Bangla Radio's Affiliate Service - click here for more information.

Interview - Sudip Mukherjee - Actor in Bengali film and TV - Musalmanir Golpo, Premrog, Kantatar, Greftar

Well-known Bengali film and television actor Sudip Mukherjee talks to Arijit Chakraborty, Washington Bangla Radio, in an informal, comprehensive and intimate interview.

Sudip Mukherjee is a sportsman-turned actor, with successful sportsmanship in cricket and rowing before he switched tracks to enter professional acting. Sudip has acted in acclaimed roles in Bengali stage theater, including for theater groups like Calcutta Performers lead by Kamal Roychoudhuri. He is also well-knows for his performances in major television serials, including Draupadi, Ingit, Neel Shimana, Janmabhoomi, Sheola, Ei To Jibon etc, and the currently airing Erao Shotru and Kurukhetra for which he has received the best actor award for multiple consecutive years.

Sudip has played significant roles in films like Gautam Ghosh's 13 years of vrindaban studio, Subrata's Ek je ache kanya, Tapan Sinha's Dheu and so on. He is also very well remembered for his depiction of Byomkesh Bakshi in Swapan Ghosal's adaptation. Other notable performances of Sudip Mukherjee include his roles in Jara brishtite bhijechilo, Premrog, Kantataar, Greftar and the recently released MUSALMANIR GOLPO.

Interview - Sudeshna Roy | Kolkata Bengali Movie Director - Prem By Chance, Cross Conncetion, Sudhu Tumi

Sudeshna Roy is one half of the popular duo of film makers along with Abhijit Guha. The duo is famous for directing a myriad of quality TV serials, telefilms, and full-length Kolkata Bengali feature films including Prosenjit-starrer Sudhu Tumi (BUY DVD), Cross Connection (BUY DVD) and the eagerly anticipated Prem By Chance (2010) starring Abir Chatterjee and Koel Mullick and featuring music by Rupankar Bagchi.

Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio talks to Sudeshna Roy in this exclusive and intimate audio interview.

Sudeshna Roy was born and grew up in Calcutta. She started off her career as a journalist, and was associated with acclaimed journals like Aajkal, Telegraph, and with Sananda women's magazine from the very inception of Sananda. Circa 1994, when Satellite TV finally reached India, Sudeshna started a women's magazine program on ZEE TV channel, where she met Abhijit Guha and they started working together. Today, Sudeshna and Abhijit have delivered over 3000 hours of television programming. Additionally, they have directed numerous Telefilms.

In 2004, the duo directed their first Bengali feature film Sudhu Tumi (BUY DVD) based on a romantic family comedy-drama story by Sudeshna. Sudhu Tumi scored a number of firsts in Bengali cinema industry - it launched popular television actress Gargi Roychowdhury into feature films and featured film-song playback singer Shreya Ghoshal singing Rabindra Sangeet. Most remarkably, Sudhu Tumi saw the debut of Ranjit Mullick's daughter Koel Mullick in Bengali cinema - who is now one of the top Tollywood actresses of the younger generation. Koel appeared against the venerable Bumbada - Prosenjit Chattopadhyay - in Sudhu Tumi.

Interview - Surajit Dhar - Director, Bengali Movie Britto (2010), Pa Ma Ga Re Sa (2009)

Surajit Dhar is the writer-director of PA MA GA RE SA (Bengali, 2009) and BRITTO (Bengali, 2010). In this exclusive interview, Surajit Dhar talks to Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio about his career, experience and thoughts about modern Bengali cinema as well as, of course, his films.

Interview | PROSENJIT CHATTERJEE - The 2nd Mahanayak of Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movies talks to WBRi

PROSENJIT CHATTERJEE - Kolkata Tube @ Washington Bangla RadioTollywood Kolkata Bengali movie actor Prasenjit Chattopadhyay, affectionately called Bumba-da by his huge fan following, is one of the top stars of Bangla cinema for over a quarter of a century. Son of popular hero of yesterday, Biswajeet Chatterjee (buy Biswajit DVD Collection Online), Prosenjit started his career in film at the age of around four with Chotto Jigyasha directed by his dad. Prosenjit's sister Pallavi Chatterjee is also an acclaimed actress.

In this comprehensive, informal and intimate interview, Prosenjit Chatterjee talks to Subhomoy Mukherjee of Washington Bangla Radio about his career in films and Bengali cinema. Do not miss the words of one of the greatest Bengali movie personalities with unbeatable popularity.

Prasenjit Chatterjee lives in Kolkata with his wife, actress Arpita Pal Chatterjee and their son Trishanjit. Arpita has recently re-emerged in Bengali cinema after a gap of several years.

King of commercial / pop Bengali cinema for many years, Prosenjit has matured into a full-fledged character actor powerful enough for challenging roles in parallel and art-house films starting with Rituparno Ghosh's 2003 gem "Choker Bali" (Chokher Bali - A Passion Play Online DVD Release) where he appeared alongside Aishwarya Rai and Raima Sen. His fabulous performance as Kaushik in DOSAR (2007) [BUY DVD] co-starring Konkona Sen earned him a Silver Lotus National Award. He considers the role of Kaushik as the most challenging in his 300 or so films so far.

The 1983 film 'Duti Pata' (1983) saw Prosenjit Chatterjee debut as the hero. The film was a super-hit and launched Prosenjit into super-stardom in Bangla cinema. Other remarkable Prosenjit-starrers include AMAR SANGI (1987) [BUY DVD] with Vijayeta Pandit -  the famous song "Chirodini Aami Je Tomar" still reverberates in Bengali hearts, Tarun Majumdar's Apon Amar Apon (1990), Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s 'Ami, Yaseen Aar Amaar Madhubala' (2007) and many more.

Prosenjit has acted against around 50 heroines and ex-wife and childhood friend Debashree Roy remains his favorite actress to work with. He has appeared with Satabdi Roy in the highest number of films, and has acted with other top Tollywood heroines like Rachana Banerjee (WBRi Interview), Rituparna Sengupta (Interview), Indrani Haldar and his wife Arpita Pal Chatterjee.