Interviews, Features, Events, Bengali & Indian Performing Arts & Artist Reviews

Interview: Aniket Chattopadhyay, director of BYE BYE BANGKOK (Bengali, 2011): A Tale Of Five Couples Beyond Honey and Moon

Aniket Chatterjee, Director, Tollywood movie BYE BYE BANGKOK (2011)Germantown, Maryland, Jan 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Aniket Chattopadhyay is a well-known journalist and news editor, an ardent political observer, commentator and a film-maker from Kolkata. We have had the pleasure of presenting a wide-ranging, intimate and comprehensive audio interview with Aniket Chattopadhyay previosuly (avaibale online here). As you know, Aniket's debut full-length feature film "Cha E Chuti" (review) released in late 2009 to great success and went on to win the Best Experimental Film award in Film Awards Bangla (FAB) in Bangkok, Thailand, 2010. Actor Kharaj Mukherjee (interview) also won an award for the best comedy role for his performance in Cha-e-chuti in FAB Bangkok 2010. Cha-E-Chuti is one of the recent films that started a remarkable trend towards a resurgent Bengali film industry, marked by successful runs and box-office revenue over periods measured in multiple months.

Aniket's second feature-film Bye Bye Bangkok (Bengali, 2011) is opening in theaters in Kolkata on Jan 28, 2011. In these last few extremely busy days for Aniket, we appreciate the time he spared for us to talk to Arijit Chakraborty about his upcoming film, his aspirations and indications of what we might be looking at from him beyond Bye Bye Bangkok. We loved to hear the film-maker Aniket as well as the erudite political observer Aniket in this short time-span, and hope you will enjoy listening to him as much as we did while recording this piece. Aniket actually talks to us from Chennai where he is in the last stages of post-production, at a critical time just before wrapping up the final test print.

Interview: Director Atanu Ghosh explores virtual relationships in TAKHAN TEYISH and Time Travel in ABBY SENER AJOB DUNIYA

Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie Director Atanu GhoshGermantown, Maryland, Jan 8, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) After the spectacularly successful Angshumaner Chobi (Buy Bengali Movie DVD in USA) which, after a fabulous run in theaters, is holding it's position as the top-selling Bengali DVD for over 180 days now, the next film from director Atanu Ghosh titled Takhan Teish has a release date of January 21, 2011.

You will perhaps remember we previously had an opportunity to talk to Atanu Ghosh in an extensive, comprehensive and intimate interview about the then recently released Angshumaner Chobi. That candid audio interview is available online in this post.

In this audio interview with Washington Bangla Radio, Atanu Ghosh talks in depth about Takhan Teish and touches briefly on his next film Abby Sener Ajob Dunia.


Interview | Shaheb Bhattacharya - Topshe in Gorosthane Sabdhan,Naxalite Lover in Iti Mrinalini to Freedom Fighter in Chittagong

Germantown, Maryland, Dec 14, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The young handsome actor Saheb Bhattacharya recently created waves with his role of Feluda's assistant Topshe in his first feature film release Gorosthane Sabdhan (Bengali, 2010) - the latest Sandip Ray film featuring Sabyasachi Chakraborty as Feluda, Shaheb as Topshe and Bibhu Bhattacharya (interview) as Lalmohon  "Jatayu" Ganguly, Tinnu Anand, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Subhashish and others.

We caught up with Shaheb in Bangalore where he is shooting for a film that is still very much on the floors and thus too early to announce, and Shaheb chats with Arijit Chakraborty in this informal and intimate audio interview.

Sandip Ray's Feluda Movie GOROSTHANE SABDHAN
Gorosthane Sabdhan - Sabyasachi Chakraborty as Feluda, Shaheb Bhattacharya as Topshe, Bibhu Bhattacharya as Jatayu

Do not miss Shaheb's hilarious stories of how he would devise various schemes to scare Bibhu Bhattacharya and all of them having a lot of fun behind the camera. Shaheb shares with us some wonderful incidents from the shooting of Gorosthane Sabdhan.

Iti Mrinalini - Saheb Bhattacharya - Konkona Sen Sharma
Saheb Bhattacharya and Konkona Sen Sharma in Aparna Sen's Iti Mrinalini (2010)

Aparna Sen, Shaheb Bhattacharya, Konkona Sen Sharma - ITI MRINALINI Bengali Film
Aparna Sen instructing Shaheb Bhattacharya and Konkona Sen Sharma - shooting of Iti Mrinalini (Bengali, 2010)

Shaheb also plays the role of a naxalite and the love interest of Konkona Sen Sharma's character of a young actress in Aparna Sen's Sudhu Mrinalini (Bengali, 2010) which has started the film-festival circuit already with screenings at the Cairo and Dubai International film festivals. Iti Mrinalini is currently expected to release in Kolkata in January 2011. A story about the life of a film-actress told in four chapters in the film, Shaheb-Konkona appear in the first of the four chapters.

Saheb appears in Sanghamitra Chowdhury's film RUU (2011) with Paoli Dam, in the role of an automobile driver named Chiring Thapa from Sikkim. According to Shaheb, RUU is in some ways a travelog with visuals from fabulous locations from North Bengal, but also with a unusual storyline with a big surprise at the end.

Another great ongoing project for Shaheb is the film CHITTAGONG (Hindi, 2010) directed by Bedobroto Pain. Like the recent Abhishek Bachchan-Deepika Padukone starrer Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se (Hindi, 2010), Chittagong is based on the incredible 1930 armory raids against British occupiers of India by Surya Sen and his group of revolutionary freedom-fighter heroes. Shaheb plays freedom fighter Sukhendu in the film with Manoj Bajpai playing Surya Sen.

Yet another great project Shaheb is working with currently is Mahesh Manjrekar's first Bengali feature film AMI SUBHASHCHANDRA BOLCHI - a film that tries to inspire Bengalis to awaken from their slumbur and resume their leadership positions, stopping and reversing the erosion of their moral courage seen over the last three decades. Mahesh Manjrekar, being a great actor-director, has developed a deep understanding of the Bengali sentiment and the film's screenplay is far removed from standard mainstream Indian cinema. Ami Subhas Chandra Bolchi features none other than Mithun Chakraborty in the lead role to carry the message of the film.

As you know, Shaheb Bhattacharya is also the popular television host for ZEE TV show Sa Re Ga Ma PA Lil' Champ.

Shaheb Bhattacharya - Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie Hero Saheb Bhattacharya - Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie Hero

Listen to WBRi's chit-chat with Shaheb Bhattacharjee via our on-demand audio broadcast service on Washington Bangla Radio.


Interview | Director GOUTAM GHOSH: Many Were Surprised When Prosenjit Was Selected As Lalan Fakir in Moner Manush

[Image: Tollywood Hero PROSENJIT CHATTERJEE as LALON FAKIR in MONER MANUSH (Bengali, 2010)]CALCUTTA, Dec 13, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Gautam Ghosh, the world-famous film-maker from India, directed yet another masterpiece on film in MONER MANUSH (Bengali, 2010) - a film about the Bengali poet, singer, song-writer and folk-song icon Lalan Fakir. Tollywood movie super-star Prosenjit Chatterjee has delivered the role of Lalon in a way that critics are saying from now on, whenever they think of Lalon, Prosenjit's image will flash across their mind.

Subhomoy Mukherjee caught up with Goutam Ghosh in Kolkata and had a little informal chat about Moner Manush just after Ghosh returned from the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa,  where an international jury presented the revered Golden Peacock award to the film. The master film-maker talks about Lalon, Rabindranath Tagore, Prosenjit and Moner Manush in this exclusive audio broadcast.

Interview - Mainak Biswas - Director with Arjun Gourisaria of Bengali Movie STHANIYA SAMBAD (2010)

Sthaniya Sambad Bengali Movie PosterGermantown, Maryland, Dec 5, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Mainak Biswas is one half of the director-duo of the critically acclaimed Bengali film Sthaniya Sambad (2010) along with Arjun Gourisaria (WBRi exclusive interview »). In this WBRi exclusive audio broadcsast of a chit-chat with Arijit Chakraborty, Mainak talks about his background, film-making, Sthaniya Sambad and the real or perceived resurgence in contemporary Kolkata Bengali cinema and Tollywood film industry.

Listen to the director of Sthaniya Sambad on Washington Bangla Radio exclusive audio-on-demand broadcast service.


Interview - Arjun Gourisaria - Award Winning Film Director-Editor-Producer Bengali Movie STHANIYA SAMBAD (2010) PATALGHAR (2003)

Sthaniya Sambad Bengali Movie PosterGermantown, Maryland, Dec 4, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Arjun Gourisaria and Mainak Biswas have directed the Bengali film Sthaniya Sambad (2010) that has received rave reviews and audience reactions across the board. In this informal, comprehensive and intimate audio chit-chat with Arijit Chakraborty, Arjun talks about his background, thoughts, experience and career in film making leading upto the spectacular Sthaniya Sambad.

Listen to the complete interview on Washington Bangla Radio online on-demand audio broadcast service.


Interview | Parijat Chakraborty - Actress-Model-MC: Bengali movies: Kache Acho Tumi, PAGLU, Kolkata The Metro Life

Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Actress PARIJAT ChakrabortyGermantown, Maryland, Dec 3, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Parijat Chakraborty is a young and upcoming actress-model from Kolkata who is also well-known for her charismatic anchoring as the MC of events and  shows. Parijat's first full-length Bengali feature film Kache Acho Tumi (2010) released on Nov 19, 2010 directed by Pallab Ghosh co-starring Jishu, Swastika, newcomer Tollywood hero Rohan and others. Newcomers Parijat and Rohan have lead roles in Kache Acho Tumi along with established Tollywood artists Jishu and Swastika. In this exclusive, informal and comprehensive audio chit-chat with Arijit Chakraborty, Parijat talks about her background and experience and shares her thoughts for  the future.

Parijat was born at and spent her childhood in Dhanbad in the present state of Jharkand, and moved to the Lake Gardens area in South Calcutta over a decade ago with her family. She has been participating in skits and dramas as a student, and studied English at college. Parijat then had a portfolio made towards initiating a career in fashion modeling and acting. Barely a year after starting, she has alrady has a substantial number of completed modelling assignments and brand endorsements all over India and many forthcoming asignments as well.

Listen to the complete interview via Washington Bangla Radio on-demand audio broadcast.


Interview - Arin Paul : Film-Maker - Doshta Dosh - 10:10, Jyanto Durga - Durga Live,

ARIN PAUL - TOLLYWOOD CALCUTTA BENGALI MOVIE DIRECTORDec 1, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Arin Paul - the smart young and talented director from Kolkata, talks to Arijit Chakraborty about his background and career in this exclusive, informal and intimate audio interview broadcast on-demand from WBRi.

Arin Paul was born in Belur but moved to the picturesque mountain town of Shillong with his parents when very young, and grew up in Shillong. He returned to Calcutta where he graduated from high-school and went to college. Soon after graduating from college, he studied at the famous Asian Academy  of Film & Television (AAFT) of NOIDA, and started assisting directors in making films, initially at New Delhi and then in Calcutta. Read on ...



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