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DARK CHOCOLATE Bengali Film Actress Mahima Chaudhury: "Understanding Indrani Mukherjee was most challenging" (Interview)

Mahima Choudhary
Actress Mahima Choudhary

Bollywood actress Mahima Chaudhury was recently in Kolkata to attend the Poster launch of her debut Bengali film “Dark Chocolate” based on the controversial Sheena Bora Murder Case. The “Pardes” actress is playing the role of Indrani Mukherjee, the prime accused in the murder case.

Mahima Chaudhury to portray Indrani Mukherjee in 'Dark Chocolate' based on Sheena Bora Murder mystery

Kolkata, October 07, 2015 (Washington Bangla Radio): Bollywood actress Mahima Chaudhury is all set to debut in Bengali film which is based on the Sheena Bora murder case controversy, the most shocking family disputes of the nation in recent times.  Directed by Agnidev Chatterjee, the movie will see Mahima playing the central role of Ishani based on Indrani Mukherjee who is often being labelled as the most fatal femme in Indian history.

Anindya Sarkar's Choturanga based on mid life crisis of Women

Kolkata, August 23, 2015 (Washington Bangla Radio):  Director Anindya Sarkar is known to have decent success in Kolkata Television Industry but his luck did not much favour to him when he tried hands in full length movies. Two out of three movies he directed never saw the light of the day and the his lone released movie , ‘Saathi amar ,Bondhu Amaar’ made no mark at the box office. Now Anindya is ready with one more movie and this time it’s for television release, his favorite media domain.

Interview: Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur in Kolkata - AIRLIFT is about heroic pilots evacuating Indians from Gulf war

Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur in Kolkata (C) WBRi Inc.
Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur in Kolkata

Akshay Kumar recently visited Kolkata to promote his upcoming film "Airlift" which is based on the real-life heroism of Ranjit Katyal and Indian civilian plane pilots in s record-breaking effort to evacuate more than 110,000 Indians stranded in the war-struck Kuwait when Iraq invaded and annexed Kuwait in 1990. Kuwait was liberated in the overpowering success of operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm by a global coalition led by the United States. Akshay Kumar was accompanied in Kolkata by Nimrat Kaur, his co-star who plays his wife in Airlift. Nimrat's remarkable performance in "The Lunchbox" is remembered by all film-lovers. WBRi talks to Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur about their latest film.

WBRi Washington Bangla Radio becomes world's first Bengali radio channel on ROKU Digital Video Player

Continuing it's pioneering world leadership in online Bengali radio and entertainment services, Washington Bangla Radio USA has announced the public release of the initial version of WBRi Washington Bangla Radio Online Channel on the popular ROKU Internet Video Player device.

The new ROKU channel enables Bengali music lovers, non-resident Indians (NRI) and expatriate Bengalees who own ROKU internet video players to tune into Washington Bangla Radio and listen to internet broadcast of top Bangla songs from Kolkata on their connected television sets or hi-fi music equipment.

Interview: DALE BHAGWAGAR | Bollywood PR Guru speaks about MANDANA KARIMI, Birth of the Star and Embodiment of Bigg Boss Spirit

Mandana Karimi

Bollywood PR guru Dale Bhagwagar needs no introduction. The publicist has handled the media for some of the best actors including Hrithik Roshan, Shilpa Shetty, Priyanka Chopra, Govinda, Randeep Hooda, Shiney Ahuja, Vivek Oberoi and movies like the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Don and Farhan Akhtar starrer Rock On!!

But around this time of the year, the public relations expert is more in demand in the media and social media for his crisis management for Bigg Boss celebrities. The PR specialist who handled the hype and hoopla for Shilpa Shetty through the thick and thin of her international racism controversy in Big Brother earlier, has completed handling a full 20 clients for the reality show's Indian version Bigg Boss.

Mandana Karimi

He has handled the publicity for almost each and every controversial contestant from Rakhi Sawant, Sambhavna Seth, Kashmera Shah, Vindu Dara Singh, Sherlyn Chopra, Pooja Misrra, Ashmit Patel, Amar Upadhyay, Sonali Raut, Aman Verma and Rahul Mahajan.

Even Pakistani starlet Veena Malik received an offer to enter Bigg Boss due to a controversy with his PR client, actress Neetu Chandra, which Dale propelled in national media. But we tracked the publicist down this month not to speak about these, as much to reveal about his latest and 20th client in Bigg Boss... the firebrand Mandana Karimi.

Yes! The Iran-born actress who is now appearing in Ekta Kapoor's 'Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3' with Tusshar Kapoor and Aftab Shivdasani, is making all the right noises on the show. Dale Bhagwagar is reported to have thoroughly guided her before she entered.

Mandana Karimi

As the Bigg Boss Season 9 Grand Finale nears, he has given a revealing interview to Phegency magazine which quizzed and grilled him about Mandana, till he spilled some beans. Read on to know more...

Chorabali (2016) Bangla Movie: Music and Trailer Release

CHORABALI (2016) Bengali Film Unit Cast and Crew
Chorabali (Bengali, 2016) Film Unit

The hunters will be hunted soon with the release of Subhrajit Mitra's new Bangla movie Chorabali. The audio songs, music and theatrical trailer were recently released in the presence of cast and crew members. Read all about the bash and watch the HD trailer of Chorabali via WBRi.

Radio One Celebrates Woman Power in Kolkata Through Vidya Balan's "Superwoman" Initiative

Alokananda RoyDola Banerjee
Alokananda Roy and Dola Banerjee

Danseuse Alokananda Roy, ace archer Dola Banerjee, top Model Jessica Gomes and designer Agnimitra Paul recentlycame together in an evening which celebrated woman power in the Kolkata edition of Superwoman initiative that features Vidya Balan as it's ambassador.

Aginimitra PaulJessica Gomes
Agnimitra Paul and Jessica Gomes

Indian Bollywood Actress Priyanka Chopra Looks Like A Barbie Doll On Vogue Magazine Cover

Priyanka Chopra on Vogue Magazine cover of special SARI ISSUE

Mumbai, November 2, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / Indian Bollywood Actress Priyanka Chopra looks as cute as a barbie doll.

Priyanka Chopra who is a sexy chick in her usual avatar, poses in a frock in the Vogue magazine’s sari issue, November edition.

fbb Femina Miss India World 2016: Rajkanya Baruah is Miss India Kolkata, Sushmita Roy and Adya Niraj are Runners Up

Adya Niraj, Rajkanya Baruah and Sushmita Roy - fbb Femina Miss Kolkata World 2016 Winners
Adya Niraj, Rajkanya Baruah and Sushmita Roy - fbb Femina Miss Kolkata 2016 Winners

Rajkanya Baruah from Guwahati emerged as the winner of fbb Femina Miss India Kolkata 2016. She was crowned by Koel Mullick. First runner up Sushmita Roy was crowned by Churni Ganguly and Second runner up Adya Niraj was crowned by Dev and Nil.

Tollywood actress Koel Mullick, actress and director Churni Ganguly, fashion designer-duo Dev and Nil, and Manjari Agarwal were on the panel of the judges at the grand finale of the pageant held with great zest and glamour at Swissotel Kolkata on January 14. The brand ambassador of the pageant is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

Miss India Kolkata Rajkanya Baruah
Rajkanya Baruah

BEPOROYAA Bangla Movie Premieres in Kolkata; New Pair Surya and Papri in Comeback Film of Director Pijush Saha

Surya and Papri Debut in Beporoyaa (Bengali, 2016)
Surya and Papri Debut in Beporoyaa (Bengali, 2016)

“Beporoyaa” opened in theaters after a premier bash on January 14 at Navina Cinema in Tollygunje, Kolkata. The film introduces a new pair of actors Surya and Papri to the Bengali film industry. Read all about the new Bangla movie, it's premiere and watch the trailer via WBRi.

I Want to Paint Kolkata Vibrant Colors - Shah Rukh Khan (WBRi Interview)

Shah Rukh Khan in Kolkata (C) WBRi Inc.

Shah Rukh Khan returns to Kolkata to launch coffee-table book "Shades of Bengal", talks to WBRi about FAN, RAEES, Salman Khan's SULTAN, the Bengali psyche, his first trips to the city, Nolen Gur and more

fbb Femina Miss Kolkata: Over a Hundred Girls Compete at Auditions, Aspire for the Next fbb Femina Miss India World

fbb Femina Miss Kolkata Pageant Audition Competitor

Designers Komal Sood and Jaya Mishra turned judges for the auditions of aspiring fbb Femina Miss India Kolkata 2016 participants. The auditions held at The Park, Kolkata received an overwhelming response from the city with participation from over 100 young girls competing for the crown.

BastuShaap Bangla Movie Music Released

Raima Sen, Churni Ganguly, Abir Chatterjee, Indradeep Dasgupta, Kaushik Ganguly, Shyam Sundar Dey
From Left: Raima Sen, Churni Ganguly, Abir Chatterjee, Srijato, Kaushik Ganguly and Indradeep Dasgupta

Greentouch Entertainment launched the audio music CD of their forthcoming Bengali movie “Bastushaap” starring Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Abir Chatterjee, Raima Sen, Kaushik Ganguly and Churni Ganguly today, under the label of Amara Music. The film is directed by Kaushik Ganguly. The music director is Indradeep Dasgupta.

Prerana Patel Crowned Miss New Jersey American Beauty 2016

Prerana Patel Miss New Jersey American Beauty 2016
Miss New Jersey American Beauty 2016 Prerana Patel

Prerana, 27, is a beauty with brains holding her Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D). Her career ambition is to continue to enhance her career with an advanced level psychiatric residency and create new programs for female veterans’ mental health awareness. During her reign she hopes to make an impact. The dazzling Indian-American is the co-founder of Generation Rx in east-coast area. As a health care professional, Prerana works to spread awareness about drug abuse and proper disposal of unused/expired medications. One of her strongest talents are saving lives but she usually wins many hearts by her Bollywood dancing skills . When Prerana has free time she enjoys shooting, skydiving, dog training, Bollywood dancing. The greatest lesson she has learned is to aim for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. The three words that best describe her is anything but ordinary.

Prerana Patel
Prerana Patel