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PEACE HAVEN First Look Revealed in Kolkata | A Suman Ghosh Film with Soumitra Chatterjee, Poran Bandopadhyay, Arun Mukhopadhyay

Soumitra Chattopadhyay, Poran Bandopdhyay and Arun Mukhopadhyay in a still from PEACE HAVEN
Soumitra Chattopadhyay, Poran Bandopadhyay and Arun Mukhopadhyay in a still from PEACE HAVEN

National award-winning Podokkhep (Footsteps) film-maker Suman Ghosh is ready with his new Bengali feature film about three septuagenarian friends who embark on a journey to plan their own funerals. The film deploys an off-beat narrative technique and "hallucinatory realism" resulting in a treatment that is a bit unreal and full of dark humor. Read all about the new movie and watch the PEACE HAVE trailer via WBRi.






Aparna Sen's ARSHINAGAR Releases Music Soundtrack by Debojyoti Mishra in Kolkata with DEV, Rittika Sen and Jisshu Sengupta

By J P Mandal and Asmita Mukherjee (newsdesk.kolkata@washingtonbanglaradio.com)

Rittika Sen (WBRi)
Rapidly upcoming Bengali actress Rittika Sen at Arshinagar Music Launch


A Christmas Cake Walk.

                                         Christmas brings wonders to the world for sure and one year, I was left wondrous with an amazing revelation about the cellophane wrapped special "X-Mas" cakes found specially in Kolkata around Christmas. The fruit cake, as history unfolds, is a tradition in most European homes, especially in Italy, Spain and Portugal. In the medieval times it was eaten by the kings and royal families at Christmas time, hence it is also called a King’s cake. Today, I am truly humbled as I marvel on the great lineage and the legacy of the Portuguese settlers in India, that  these "cellophane wrapped cakes"sold on Kolkata streets had been silently carrying for years. It is fascinating how this cake, a royal descendant of the medieval era has made its way among the masses of Kolkata. 

Interview: SHAH RUKH KHAN and KAJOL Talk to WBRi About Their New "Action-Romance" Film DILWALE in Kolkata

Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in Kolkata (C) WBRi Inc.
Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in Kolkata

Kajol could not stop laughing when he told her people of this city greet him as "Khan dada", said SRK in a glorious evening at the Taj Bengal. SRK and Kajol talk to WBRi candidly about their new film Dilwale, the protests and blocking of screening in some parts of India after SRK's comment about religious tolerance, plans about a film based on the AMC TV series Breaking Bad, the reaction of Kajol's daughter on the film and much more.



Srijit, Satrajit, Koushik and Parambrata Release BOSHONTO NOYE Music Album by Lagnajita Chakraborty

Lagnajita Chakraborty

Leading Bengali film industry personalities Srijit Mukherji, Satrajit Sen, Kaushik Ganguly and Parambrata Chattopadhyay released a music album titled "Boshonto Noi" by Lagnajita Chakraborty on Dec 16 at the Park Hotel.

Lagnajita Chakrabarty New Bengali Audio Songs



Ravishing Japanese-American Model Mika Kimura to Participate in B4U Jewel of India Calendar Hunt

Model Mika Kimura Participates in B4U Jewel of India Calendar Hunt [WBRI Washington Bangla Radio USA]

The magnificent international  fashion model Mika Kimura is participating in B4U Jewel of India Calendar Hunt on November 7.



Mrs. Massachusetts Jewel of India Kalyani Kanuri Engages in B4U Jewel of India Calendar Hunt

Kalyani Kanuri (WBRI)

Meet the Mrs. Massachusetts Jewel of India pageant winner Kalyani Kanuri of Shrewsbury, MA. She believes every day is a new opportunity, "You can build on yesterday's success or put its failures behind and start over again”. Kalyani is a participant in the Jewel of India B4U Calendar Hunt.



Indian-American Model Chinal Patel Enters the B4U Jewel of India Calendar Hunt

Chinal Patel (WBRI)

The gorgeous sultry model is known to possess the specific attitude that many designers or fashion directors look for. Acclaimed for being adaptable, flexible, stylish, versatile and hard working, Chinal is also good at understanding and flawlessly following directions. She is particularly impressive in her ability to carry herself confidently wearing all types of clothing in various  styles.



Indian-American Model Urmila Indiran Participates in the B4U Jewel of India Calendar Hunt

Urmila Indiran (WBRI)

Meet Urmila Indiran from Princeton, New Jersey (friends call her "Mila"). Attractive and photogenic, she comes from an ethnic Indian background. She is a full-time professional model and a participant in the Jewel of India B4U Calendar Hunt.



Nazia Jahan - Opulent Bengali-American Actress and Model Participates in B4U Jewel of India Calendar Hunt

Bangladeshi American Actress Model NAZIA JAHAN [WBRi Washington Bangla Radio USA]

Connecticut based Nazia Jahan is an ethnic Bengali from Bangladesh. Her trade is Information Technology, but acting is her passion and first love. She is also a model, a television presenter and a dancer.



Indian-American Model Umang Baid Participates in B4U Jewel of India Calendar Hunt

Indian-American Fashion Model Umang Baid in B4U Jewel of India Calendar Hunt [WBRI Washington Bangla Radio USA]

Umang enjoyed all the takes and re-takes and the camera attention and has given her best to showcase her obvious talent. "I truly believe that the B4U Jewel of India Calendar Hunt is one of the best platforms that happened to me which will boost my confidence and help me to explore more and go bigger in the modeling industry", she adds.

Indian-American Fashion Model Umang Baid in B4U Jewel of India Calendar Hunt [WBRI Washington Bangla Radio USA]




Dolly Patel Competes in SAPNA South Asian Princess North America 2013 Pageant

Dolly Patel

Dolly PatelWashington, DC, March 5, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio): Dolly Patel is a small-town girl from Gujarat, India whose parents decided to migrate to the United States in order to give her and her brother the opportunity to fulfill their dreams and ambition. Dolly initially considered a career as a pediatrician, however she decided to venture into the field of Biology. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, eating healthy, shopping, traveling and networking.



Actress & Philanthropist JYOTI SINGH Participates in South Asian Princess North America 2013 Pageant

Jyoti Singh

Jyoti Singh (WBRi Interview) was born in Dehra Dun, UP, India.  She moved to the USA in 1987.  After completing high school and college, she moved to New York.  She comes from an affluent background.  Her father is an ex-engineer commanding officer who served in the Indian Army and her mother comes from the Royal Family of Mahiar, MP.  She has two sisters, Ketki and Gauri Singh, and is married to a physician.  From very early on, Jyoti wanted to help the people in this world and make a difference in society, so she ended up graduating with a Nursing Degree.  Before entering the acting world, she worked for American Red Cross, then a psychiatrist and then a speech pathologist.



Kavita Shah Competes in SAPNA South Asian Princess North America Pageant 2013

Kavita Shah

Kavita Shah is a very kind and caring girl. She is 17 years old and lives in New Jersey. Her real full name is Kavita Shah, but friends and family call her Nishi. She is participating in the 2013 SAPNA South Asian Princess North America beauty pageant in Delaware. Meet Kavita on WBRi.



Young Model "Shahrukh" Shahroz Ali Participates at South Asian Prince North America 2013 Pageant

Shahroz Ali

Shahroz Ali

Washington, DC, Feb 27, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio) His real full name is Shahroz Ali, but friends call him Ali and some named him Shahrukh as they say his smile resembles Shahrukh Khan's famous dimple smile.