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First look of Kagojer Bou (2010) Bengali movie | Vimukhti Jayasundara to direct next Bengali Film

KAGOJER BOU 2010 Bengali Movie Actress PAOLI DAM with Sri Lankan Director Vimukhti Jayasundara

Who wants love? Is love the last word? Or will passion overtake it to meet the desired needs of heart? That’s all there in this tale of desire, passion, love, lust, hate, betrayal and unstimulated enigma. Director Bappaditya Bandopadhyay (WBRi Exclusive Interview) brings alive a heart rending story by novelist Sirshendu Mukhapodhyay that will make you think about life in a different light altogether. Kagojer Bou (Paper Wife) - a screen adaptation of Mukhopadhyay’s best selling novel of the same name - is more than just a story of love overturned by wild desire.


Thriven Media launches URJAA - A Relaxation Album feat. Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Debojit Saha et al

Debojyoti Saha at URJA Audio Songs Music Album launch

Thriven Media have released a music album called Urjaa to release people of their stress and give some positive energy to them when they are worn out in today’s world where people have hardly have any time for themselves.

There are four songs which have been sung by the likes of Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Debojit Saha and others. One hopes to get some positive energy on hearing these songs and get some peace of mind.

To promote Urja, the music launch of this album was held at Kolkata on Aug 17, 2010 at HHI (Hotel Hindustan International) in the presence of Kumar Sanu, Debojit Saha, Dron Acharya (the composer), veteran actress Madhabi Mukherjee, Dr. Robin Sengupta - Director of Neurosciences, Dr. Krishna Bhattacharya who is a scientist, ex cricketer Sambaran Banerjee and Samir Kumar Dhara who has conceptualized the entire event.


Audio Songs and Music Launch of Natobar Not Out (2010) Bengali Movie - a special report from Kolkata

Debojyoti Mishra at Natobar Not Out Music Launch

‘Natobar Not Out’ a comedy film which will release very soon should appeal to all minds of people-rural or urban. It is about a budding poet, a topic which is very close to most Bengalis. This is the story of Natobar a poet from North Kolkata who does not get recognition from any quarters but suddenly one day he gets a job as a copywriter in an ad agency and he stars getting acclaim for his copy. His life changes overnight and he starts living a life of luxury. He starts getting closer to his colleague Ujaala rather than his girlfriend Misthu. However all this does not last long as his company loses the contract for which he was working and he goes back to his father’s factory and starts working there.

The rest of the film is to be seen to understand why Natabar is still ‘not out’ at the end of the film. The film stars newcomer Mustofa Prakash (from Bangladesh) [WBRi exclusive interview] as Natobar, Raima Sen as Misthu, Ananya Dutta [WBRi exclusive interview] as Ujaala, Kaushik Ganguly, Ramaprasad Banik, Biswajit Chakrabarty, Sudeepa Bose, Kharaj Mukherjee and others while Jeet, Moon Moon Sen, Mir, Biplab Chatterjee and Saswata Chatterjee have guest appearances in the film.

The music for the film has been composed by Debojyoti Mishra (WBRi exclusive interview)and the songs have been sung by Shreya Ghoshal, Upal, Anindya, Anwesha and others.

The music launch of this film was held at Muktiworld, Kolkata on August 17, 2010 in the presence of the director Amit Sen (WBRi exclusive intervciew),  most of the members of the cast and the music director Debojyoti Mishra.

Proceeds from each album will go towards the benefit of underprivileged children of Hope India who were present on the occasion.


Hindus applaud Finland and want “net neutrality” preserved

Hindus have stressed the need of preserving “net neutrality”.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that
openness, freedom, and level playing field of internet should be maintained.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that every
citizen of the world should have access to high speed internet, and
corporate greed should not be allowed to govern it.


Interfaith panel discussion on “God” in Nevada to mark 9/11

**Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) is organizing a panel discussion
on “God” on September 11 in Reno (Nevada, USA), which will portray how
different faith traditions define and view “God”.

A Christian pastor, Muslim imam, Hindu leader, Buddhist priest, Jewish
rabbi, and an Atheist thinker will explain and discuss “God” and shall
answer related questions in it. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who is also
Director Interfaith Relations of Nevada Clergy Association, is the
coordinator.


Indo-Americans laud Obama for quoting Gandhi while addressing young African leaders

**Indo-Americans have applauded US President Barack Obama for quoting
Mahatma Gandhi while addressing 115 young leaders from over 40 countries
across Africa on August three.

Obama reportedly said in this address: “So one of the things that I think
everybody here has to really internalize is the notion that -- I think it
was Gandhi who once said you have to be the change that you seek.


Pennsylvania’s famed Allentown Museum exhibiting Vishnu & other Hindu sculptures

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Allentown Art Museum in Pennsylvania (USA) is currently exhibiting various
Hindu sculptures under its Indian Art exhibition, which will continue till
September five.

It includes over two dozen important sculptural works in bronze, stone and
wood ranging from sixth to 20th centuries, including “Lord Vishnu Flanked by
Attendants”, a 16th century sandstone sculpture from Central India.


Please - Shoumika Ganguli

The word which originated from a Latin word ‘Placere’ which means to be accepted to make things smooth. A big word indeed for everyone’s perusal. Not just big but rather very strong indeed. Sometimes it’s the only word that’s enough to seduce someone and sometimes its so powerful that it can melt a rock solid heart.

Picture of guru “Neem Karoli Baba” attracted Julia Roberts to Hinduism

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Oscar winner Hollywood star Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman) became interested
in Hinduism after seeing a picture of Hanuman devotee Hindu guru Neem Karoli
Baba, who died in 1973.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has heartily welcomed Roberts into Hinduism.


Catholic media criticizes “Eat Pray Love” movie & appears to belittle Hinduism

Catholic media has been largely critical of Oscar winner Julia Roberts
starrer “Eat Pray Love” movie and in the process appeared to belittle
Hinduism concepts and symbols.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that
we were all looking for the truth.


Ichchhamoti Bengali Online Children's Magazine - Monsoon 2010 Issue Published

ICHCHAMOTI Bengali Children's Online Magazine

The monsoon 2010 issue of the excellent Ichchamoti Bengali Online Magazine for Children (and adults will enjoy it for sure, too!) is now online at www.ichchhamoti.org.

Ichchamoti is one of the most read Bengali online magazines in North America (USA and Canada).


Shaun of the Dead Hollywood Horror Movie DVD Released in India

Shaun of the Dead DVD Release

Shaun of the Dead

Directed:  Edgar Wright
Produced: Nira Park
Written: Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright
Duration: - 94 Min.
Genre: Horror
Censor Certification: UA
DVD MRP: 199/-

Reviews: “KEEPS THE BLOOD AND THE LAUGHS GUSHING.” – Rolling Stone

Synopsis:
Get ready for a gut-busting, bone-mashing good time in the hilarious horror comedy, Shaun of the Dead.

There comes a day in every man's life when he has to get off the couch. and kill some zombies. When flesh-eating zombies are on the hunt for a bite to eat, it's up to slacker Shaun (Simon Pegg) and his best pal (Nick Frost) to save their friends and family from becoming the next entree. Satisfy your bloodthirsty appetite with the movie that masters of horror and film critics alike are hailing as the funniest and scariest movie of the year. Novelist Stephen King gushes "it's a 10 on the fun meter and destined to be a cult classic" and Newsweek calls Shaun of the Dead "a bloody hoot!" It's a screamingly hilarious zomedy that will have you dying with laughter.


BOMKESH BAKSHI | Kolkata Bengali Movie Review by Aditya

After Nilanjann Nandy, Aditya Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio takes a deep look at Anjan Dutta's BYOMKESH BAKSHI ADIM RIPU (2010) Bengali movie.

Shemaroo celebrates the75th Birthday of the living legend – Gulzar

GULZAAR

16 Aug 2010, Mumbai: How much do we love sipping a hot cup of tea, during rains and watching sensible films with a tinge of Bollywood that speak our heart and mind!! Gulzar Sahab has written and directed films that are appreciated by all age groups. The multi faceted man has won accolades not only as a Director, but also as a writer, poet and lyricist.  He recently made India proud with an  Oscar for his Jai Ho  Slumdog Millionaire.

Norway’s Oya Music Festival for environment friendliness lauded

Hindus have applauded Norway’s Oya Festival (Oyafestivalen) for being a
sustainable and green festival in an environmentally friendly zone, calling
it “a step in the right direction”.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that
in view of global ecological crisis, musicians and artists should not stay
silent spectators to this threatening crisis faced by humanity, should
fulfill their obligations by voicing the environmental issues, and should
come forward to do their share of tackling global warming and persuading
others to undertake this cau