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Interview | Film-Maker Sekhar Das - "acting was an accident" | NECKLACE, Krantikal, Kaler Rakhal, Mahulbanir Sereng

Sekhar Das is a well known film director now but there is a long path of preparation for making of this director of substance. In this audio interview. Subhomoy Mukherjee of WBRi talks to Sekhar Das about his career in acting, film-making and upcoming Bengali movie NECKLACE.

Though he has started his career in the insurance field with a higher rank, he was a addict of movie and theatre and he has felt very free with his friends like Actor Anjan Dutta, Director Rabi Ojha, etc. that time.

Even Mrinal Sen has chosen him to act with Anjan Dutta in Dutta’s debut film Chalchitro (1981) but his physical condition has not allowed her to act in film that time. Also nnown as The Kaleidoscope, the Anjan Dutt, Gita Sen, Utpal Dutt, Nilotpal Dey, Arun Mukherjee starrer CHALACHITRA is available worldwide on online DVD release here.

His passion for creative world and his creative sense have led him to be in theatre as an actor – director.

He has become very successful with his theatres that time.

But he is a man who does not like to stick to a particular medium for long time. He feels very tired as a monotonous one.

Then he started acting in television. In the mean time he left his job also. At that time he was very popular as script writer for television daily soaps also. He started writing script with second part of 1st Bengali daily soap “Janani”. But he became famous as script writer with “Mohini”. He could earn a lot as script writer but he felt very bored and started other creative works and started the plan to direct films.

CALCUTTA BENGALI MOVIE MAHULBONER SERENG DVD RELEASETowards the beginning of this decade, Sekhar Das surprised the Bengali film audience with Mahulbaneer Sereng (2004) which is the debut film for actress Chandreyi Ghosh (Sabyasachi Chakrabarty and Rupa Ganguly are also in the star cast) and the film has won many awards at different film festivals of the World. Click here to order Mahulbanir Sereng: Songs of Mahulbani on DVD release online.

Mahulbani depicted the root cause of tribal problems very vividly.

KRANTIKAAL Calcutta Tollywood Bengali Movie DVDWith the success of Mahulbani, he has tried with an entire new topic; terrorism in North Bengal at “Krantikaal” starring Shilajit Majumdar, Rupa Ganguly, Soumitra Chatterjee, Haradhan Bannerjee, Arjun Chakraborty, Ashok Mukherjee, Alaknanda Roya and others. Buy KRANTIKAL (2005) Bengali movie DVD here.

After Krantikaal, he has made ‘Kaler Rakhal” (2009) which portrays the problems of village based actors, village politics of Bengal as well as dilemma of Village life in Bengal, starring Parambrata Chatterjee, Nandana Sen, Rudranil Ghosh, Rupa Ganguly, Soumitra Chatterjee, Chandrayee Ghosh, Kunal Mitra, Usashi Chakraborty, Santilal Mukherjee, Debesh Roy Chowdhury and more. Order Calcutta Bengali movie KALER RAKHAL on DVD Worldwide online here.

As he has made all the above mentioned films on village life as a trilogy, this time he has decided to make a film on City life and the result is “Necklace” which will release at theatres by end of November, 2010.

We are eagerly waiting for the release of this movie and expecting another sensational  and successful creation by Sekhar Das.

Listen to the exclusive audio interview of director Sekhar Das on Washington Bangla Radio audio-on-demand free service.

WBRi *Exclusive* Interview | Actress Megha Burman - portrays love as Razia in DAM 999 Indian 3D Hollywood movie

Marian Chatterjee talks to Indian actress Megha Burman. Megha plays the role of Raziya in Sohan Roy's international 3D film DAM 999. Raziya depicts Shringara (love) rasa in the movie with green as the color denoting the emotion. Her character Raziya is the love interest of Captain Fredric Brown played by Joshua Frederic Smith. As you know, WBRi has published a wonderful interview (audio) with Joshua Frederic Smith in this post. Megha's other co-stars in DAM 999 are Ashish Vidyarthi, Linda Arsenio, Rajit Kapur, Joshua Fredric Smith, Vinay Rai, Jaala Pickering, Vimala Raman and Jineet Rath with guest appearances by Thampy Antony, Gary Richardson, Alok Misra, Harry Key and Michael Eshwar.

Bengali Actress MEGHA BURMAN and Hollywood Hero Joshua Frederic Smith in DAM 999 3D Indian MovieMegha Burman was born and grew up in Calcutta (now called Kolkata), studying till the 10th grade there. Megha was actively interested and participated enthusiastically in an eclectic range of activities, including playing squash and tennis, playing the drums (she still has a 5-piece set), swimming and so on. Megha says one of the TV programs she loved as a young girl was WWF (World Wrestling Federation) shows, sometimes causing her mother much concern.

Listen to the complete interview and meet Megha Burman on Washington Bangla Radio.

Interview: Egaro The Eleven (2011) Bengali Film Music Directors Mayukh-Mainak & Lyricist Sumanta Choudhury

EGARO The Immortal Eleven Tollywood Calcutta Bengali Movie PosterCalcutta, India, October 10, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Mayukh and Mainak are music directors and Sumanta Choudhury is the lyricist of the Bengali film EGARO - THE IMMORTAL XI  that celebrated the best of Indian soccer (football) and the July 29, 1911 historic victory of the Calcutta-based Indian team of Mohun Bagan against the British East Yorkshire Regiment, thus winning Mohun Bagan the IFA Shield for the first time ever for an Indian team. Egaro is directed by Arun Roy and produced by Anilava Chatterjee.

In this audio interview presented by WBRi on-demand radio service, Mayukh, Mainak and Sumanta talk to Subhomoy Mukherjee, reporter in Kolkata for Washington Bangla Radio. We have previously presented a video interview of Anilabha Chatterji which you can watch online here.

NATOBAR NOT OUT (2010) Bengali Film Director Amit Sen Interview

Natobar Not Out Bengali Movie Poster

In this informal and intimate iterview, film-maker Amit Sen talks about his background and of course Bengali movie NATOBAR NOT OUT. Amit shares his views about contemporary Bengali cinema, contrasting with the "golden era" of Bengali film and dwells on how Bengali films have changed according to times. A director's take of the movie industry is always fascinating to hear, and Amit Sen's words are no exception.

Click on the Play button at the top of this post to listen to Amit Sen as he speaks with Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio.

Interview - TANAJI DASGUPTA - Actor in Bengali movie RANG MILANTI, MADLY BENGALI & co-founder of TIN CAN theater group

Germantown, Maryland, October 24, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Writer, director, actor Tanaji Dasgupta is appearing in a Bengali film RANG MILANTI directed by Kaushik Ganguly. Tanaji's debut feature film as an actor was Anjan Dutta's 2009 film MADLY BANGALI (DVD release). In this exclusive, comprehensive and informal audio interview, Arijit Chakrabarty of Washington Bangla Radio caught up with Tanaji soon after he returned from a very busy shooting stint in Bangladesh.

Film-maker Kaushik Ganguly was actually Tanaji's Bengali language teacher for a year when Tanaji was in 9th grade at middle school !

Bengali film-maker Kaushik Ganguly's earlier movies include Jackpot (DVD) starring Hiran Chatterjee, Koel Mullick, Rahul and Sohini Pal; Just Another Love Story and Shunyo E Bukey (DVD) starring Rupa Ganguly, Churni Ganguly, Koushik Sen, Tota Roy Chowdhury and Dipankar Dey.

Interview - Natobor Not Out (Bengali, 2010) Movie Hero Mostafa Prokash

Bengali Film NATOBAR NOT OUT Hero Mostafa ProkashMostafa Prokash is the famous NATOBAR in the Bengali movie NATOBAR NOT OUT directed by Amit Sen (WBRi interview) and co-starring Raima Sen, Ananya Dutta (WBRi interview) and others.

Mostafa grew up in a deep rural village in Bangladesh, and spent at least 14 years of his life there. He learnt many very valuable things from that episode of his life - about nature and people and living off the land. He arrived at the Bangladeshi capital city of Dhaka for higher studies, and is currently studying Drama and Dramatics at Jahangirnagar University, graduating in 2011.

Interview - Kaushik Ganguly - Acclaimed Bengali Film-Maker Rang Milanti, Arekti Premer Golpo, Jackpot, Shunno E Buke, Brake Fail

By Subhomoy Mukherjee
WBRi Kolkata Special Correspondent

CALCUTTA, Nov 4, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) As all Bengali film-lovers are aware of, acclaimed film-maker Kaushik Ganguly is making the film RANG MILANTI which is currently on the floors. Washington Bangla Radio has already published exclusive interviews with the beautiful actress Elena Kasnatscheewa (listen here) and young actor Tanaji Dasgupta (listen online here) with more interviews of the cast coming up. Another eagerly anticipated film of Kaushik, Arekti Premer Golpo (movie info) is set to be released in December 2010 - a film about two gay film-makers which features acclaimed director Rituparno Ghosh appearing as an actor for one of the lead roles (the other played by Indranil Sengupta).

Kaushik Ganguly's earlier movies include Jackpot (DVD) starring Hiran Chatterjee, Koel Mullick, Rahul and Sohini Pal; Just Another Love Story and Shunyo E Bukey (DVD) starring Rupa Ganguly, Churni Ganguly, Koushik Sen, Tota Roy Chowdhury and Dipankar Dey. You can watch the full Bangla comedy movie Jackpot online here.

Listen to an exclusive interview of Kaushik Ganguly hosted by Subhomoy Mukherjee of WBRi in Kolkata available online by pressing the play button on the audio player via Washington Bangla Radio.

Interview - Tapasi Roy Chowdhury - Renowned Bengali Actress, Singer, Director and Producer

CALCUTTA, Nov 4, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Tapasi Roy Chowdhury was born and brought up in the environment of theatre and singing. She has started to act and to take training in singing from her child hood. She was continuing both her educational and acting career ( in theatre ) simultaneously till her marriage.

Actress Paoli Dam releases album Palte Gelo Din Sheddho Bhaate Kerosene by Tapasi Roy Chowdhury

After marriage, she had shifted her base abroad. At the time of living in different countries of the World, she was feeling her thirst towards acting in theatre again.

When she was living with her sons and husband at Thailand, she decided to come Kolkata to act at least in one theatre for one day.

In 1990s she has come Kolkata temporarily to act in Bijon theatre. But that acting has changed the direction of her life entirely.

Read all about Tapasi Roy Choudhury and watch the complete video interview online at Washington Bangla Radio.