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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.

LIFE EXPRESS Hindi Bollywood Movie Poster

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.

Interview | Joshua Fredric Smith - Actor (DAM 999, The Road To Freedom) - "India is a dream" | Audio


Marian Chatterjee talks to Joshua Fredric Smith on Washington Bangla Radio in this informal and very interesting audio recording.

The first thing that strikes us, as it will surely strike you, is the immense enthusiasm and energy that radiates from Hollywood actor Joshua Frederic Smith. As you probably know, putting the label "Hollywood actor" on Josh would be immensely unfair - his thirst to get to know the world and the different peoples and cultures has led him to perform in films shot and produced in parts of the world far away from the glitz of Hollywood - films that capture events of great historical significance or try to tap into the limitless depths of timeless eastern philosophy. Josh has had a spectacular career so far and is still very young with adventure and curiosity about world cultures in his heart - we will no doubt continue to see wonderful films starring Josh as he ascends further.

Listen to the interview online via Washington Bangla Radio's free on-demand audio service.

Interview | Film-Maker SUNIT BHATTACHARYA (Director, Kolkata Bengali Movie SMRITI MEDUR) talks to MOU SANYAL, acclaimed singer

SMRITI MEDUR - Kolkata Bengali Movie Poster

Smriti Medur premiered in Kolkata at the Nandan cinema hall on April 2, 2009. The film is written and directed by Sunit Bhattacharya with music direction by Soumitra Talukdar & Subho Nandi. Lyrics are penned by Tarun Singha.

Soumitra Talukdar and Mou Sanyal talk to the director Sunit Bhattacharya on Washington Bangla Radio in this exclusive and intimate interview  about the film-maker's career in films.

Watch the full interview video online and check out the posters featuring Bengali actress Sreelekha Mitra with actor Ritwick Chakraborty.