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Movie Review: KAALO (Hindi, 2010) - the desert witch : Wilson Louis delivers a world-class Indian slasher/horror film

Kaalo Bollywood Hindi Horror Movie Poster

CALCUTTA, Dec 18, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) As a die-hard fan of slasher and horror flicks, I awaited KAALO's release for nearly a year or so, especially since I came to know of Wilson Louis's films - HO SAKTA HAI and the more recent MALLIKA. My thirst for KAALO heightened with the wonderful news of it's winning the Best Film and Best Cinematography Award at the South African Horror Film Festival a month or so ago.

At last the 'desert-witch' arrived in her full splendor last Friday the 17th December 2010. The 1 to 2 minute smart promos all over the web and television channel networks should have been enough in helping bring many film enthusiasts to the plexes, but I was very disheartened to see a poor turnout at the cinema house inspite of the day being a Saturday and KAALO being publicized quite well.

However, I think there are many reasons why people tend to watch movies on their DVD Home Theaters instead of coming to the REAL theaters, though the fact will always remains as  - Nothing can beat the experience of the BIG SCREEN ever! That too in the "horror and Special Fx" segment!

Film Preview: TERA KYA HOGA JOHNY (Hindi, 2010) - A curtain raiser

Calcutta, Dec 16, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) "Samundar mein har kisi ke naam ki ek lehar aati hai; Pakad liya toh naseeb varna sab vada pav": this could have been the TAG line of this film !

Chhutta, the drug king Tera Kya Hoga Johnny (the name Johny taken from the super thriller Sriram Raghavan's "Johny Gaddar" where Neil Nitin named himself "Johny") is a thrilling drama written and directed by  Sudhir Mishra where emotions like greed, lust, love, betrayal and hope acquire a new meaning in a Mumbai that desperately wants to be Shanghai. Whether this movie will be just another celluloid caper which delves into the underbelly of Mumbai like so many flop underworld movies or it's going to be able to leave a still to be seen... by the by Sudhir Mishra's last film with Shiny Ahuja and Soha Ali in the lead cast called "Khoya Khoya Chaand" had failed miserably, since it did not have a proper script, and that extra exra fizz which is so necessary to make a film 'extraordinary'.

Here the story is of Parvez (Neil Nitin Mukesh) who wants to be a part of the 'India Shining'  dream. His life is torn between his desperation to run away with the love of his life Divya (Sahana Goswami) who is married to a corrupt encounter cop Chipley (Kay Kay Menon) and his
commitment to his family.

Bengali Movie Review: GOROSTHANE SABDHAN (2010) The New Feluda Film By Sandip Ray - Felu Mitter is back with a bang !

[Gorosthane Sabdhan]

KOLKATA, Dec 10, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Felu Mitter is back with a bang!

While watching "Gorosthaney Sabdhaan", directed by Sandip Ray, the new Felu-da film which released today, I was wondering how the senior Ray would have thought of shooting this particular scene? How he would have picturised the action sequence? What kind of a musical instrument would he have used in the background music (I miss his music soooo much!!) while going through the shots of Ripon Lane, the stairs of Bourne and Shepherd or the moving vista of Park Street?? 

Thinking of an alternative while watching something like this which has been long-awaited may seem a little queer, but I had nothing else to do but , think of senior Ray, with whom , and with his immortal creation's I, and my entire generation has grown up, this is a fact which cannot be overlooked! It is only because of this, whenever I watch a movie concerning Felu-da, apart from "Sonar Kella" and "Joy Baba Felunath", I ponder about all that I have witnessed in my teens; firstly the non-melodramatic Jatayu aka Lalmohon-babu played to the 'tee' by none other than Santosh Dutta, a typical North Calcutta Bengali character who- though, provided something called 'comic relief' from time to time in a Felu-da caper, but had his wits all tightened up and expressions sharpened as a scalpel which will keep him alive for generations to come. Here in this current film Bibhu Bhattacharya has tried quite hard to bring Lalmohon to life but seriously failed and evoked nothing but yawns out of his mindless bufoonery and over board reactions. Siddhartha Chatterjee's Topshey was nothing but Topshey, anyone will agree to that. Though Parambrata has been replaced by Saheb (Zee Bangla Anchor), the pure smile, the innocence and the intelligent sparkle in the eye is no where to be seen.

Read the complete Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie Review by Nilanjan Nandy on Washington Bangla Radio.

Gorosthane Sabdhaan (Bengali, 2010) - A preview of Sandip Ray's New Feluda Movie

By Nilanjan Nandy

Calcutta, Dec 10, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) At last "Gorosthane Sabhdaan" (Beware of the Cemetary) the movie, is releasing today in Calcutta and all over. I fondly remember, I was in class 7 or 8, when I had the wonderful-unforgettable opportunity to take a walk with my Dad, Late Batuk Nandy, down College Street to buy a fresh copy of this particular Feluda novel, I believe it was priced somewhere between Rs.7 and Rs.10. 

I still remember it was an overcast day and after buying the book we went down to taste the "Cocoa Malai Sharbat" the famous sharbat place called 'Paramount', which still stands upright and bright and is thronged by keen sharbat drinkers all day long. It's location is beside the Viswa Bharati book shop at the East end of the College Square (Gol-Dighi), a few steps away from the Mahabodhi Society.

Coming back to "Gorosthane Sabdhaan" ; I had finished the novel at one go! It was different, it was unputdownable and far far better than any Bengali detective character novels that I have read all through my young and adult  life.

Movie Review: Moner Manush (Bengali, 2010) A Goutam Ghose film: Prosenjit in a magnum opus, Paoli strives to deliver

[Image: Tollywood Hero PROSENJIT CHATTERJEE as LALON FAKIR in MONER MANUSH (Bengali, 2010)] The Search within - Unending and unrelenting

A review of a Bengali film by the venerable Goutam Ghosh, by Nilanjann N. Washington Bangla Radio exclusive.