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Interview: DOLON ROY - The Remarkable Character Actress of Bengali Cinema on her new movies

Bengali Actress Dolon RoyCleveland, Ohio, March 1, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) In the glitz and glamour of the Bengali movie industry, most of the limelight is often (understandably!) hogged by the leading actors and actresses. However, the character actors often turn out to be the true unsung stars in movies, propping up films with their honest and sincere performances. One of the most popular and accomplished character artists of our times, Dolon Roy, chats with WBRi correspondent Arijit Chakrabarty in a brief audio interview. In a candid interaction session, Dolon Roy reveals more about her roles in ‘Zameen’, ‘Charulata 2011’, ‘Macho Mastana’, her future projects and much, much more.

With Dolon Roy being one of the busiest actors in the Tollywood industry, it was indeed commendable on her part to have been able to take out time for a chat session at the studios of WBRi. The interviewer thanked her on this regard. The actress also displayed her pleasant disposition, as she exchanged cordialities with the show host.

Bengali Actress Dolon RoyThe interview started off with Dolon Roy being posed questions about her upcoming films, ‘Zameen’ and ‘Charulata 2011’, both of which are scheduled to release in theatres on the 2nd of March. Speaking about ‘Zameen’, Dolon said it was a ‘different’ film, which delved deep into the contemporary societal problems and political issues that plagued West Bengal in the present day. Praising the way in which the movie had shaped up, the actress referred to ‘Zameen’ as a film that sought to convey a rather complex topical message to the viewers in a relatively simple manner. The strong storyline of the movie helped a great deal too, Dolon Roy added.

Elaborating more about her role in ‘Zameen’, Dolon Roy said that she was essaying the character of a revolutionary lady in the film. Dolon quipped that, any revolution that is headed by a woman generally becomes highly successful and the same was the case in ‘Zameen’. Her character spans a total period of 13 years in the film, starting right from her marriage (at a young age!), to the birth of her child, till the stage where her son had already become established in life (and she had grown into an elderly lady). In effect, ‘Zameen’ featured the journey of Dolon Roy’s character, from a simple and straightforward young woman to a mature lady, who had witnessed several big changes in life.

The conversation then moved on to the other (and bigger!) release of the week, ‘Charulata 2011’. While Dolon Roy categorically stated that her roles in this film was totally different from that in ‘Zameen’ (thereby ruling out any comparison!), there was one basic similarity between her characters in the two films. In both the movies, Dolon’s role featured a profound love for her child (as is, of course, expected from any caring mother!). In ‘Charulata 2011’, it might initially seem that ‘Dolon’s character is only hankering after more money and wealth, but, later on in the movie, it is revealed that, the financial opulence that she was craving for was all for her kid, so that the latter could be brought up in the best possible manner. Similarly, in ‘Zameen’ too, ‘Dolon’ plays a strong-willed woman, who is prepared to stand up and fight against the society to ensure that she is able to hand over her family property and land to her offspring, as and when the latter manages to find a solid footing in life. According to Dolon, the wish to provide something of value to one’s own blood was the sole common feature between the characters she was portraying in ‘Zameen’ and ‘Charulata 2011’ respectively.

Interview: Director Agnidev Chatterjee on Bengali Movie CHARULATA 2011, Bugsy Malone's Affair with Rituparna Sengupta and More

Agnidev ChatterjeeCleveland, Ohio, March 1, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) It is always good news for filmmakers if their upcoming projects manage to generate enough curiosity, hype and buzz among movie buffs. Speaking of eagerly anticipated films, they don’t come much bigger than ‘Charulata 2011’, the Agnidev Chatterjee-directed flick that is slated to release on March 2. In an exclusive interview with Arijit Chakrabarty of WBRi, Agnidev talks about his big breakthrough film, ‘Charulata 2011’, his career in the Bengali entertainment industry and a whole lot more.

Agnidev Chatterjee also recounted several memorable incidents that happened during the shooting stint of ‘Charulata 2011’. In particular, Agnidev related a hilarious incident that involved his own boxer pet dog, ‘Bugsy Malone’ (quite innovatively named, one must say!). The animal had, during the shooting of the film, grown extremely fond (‘fallen in love’, as the director put it!) of Rituparna Sengupta. In fact, the dog had grown to like the ace actress so much that he even tried to bite anyone who even tried to touch the latter. During an intimate scene that was shot (featuring Rituparna and Arjun Chakrabarty) during the film, the dog created a quite memorable incident. He had gone ahead and bit the other leading actor of the movie, Dibyendu Mukherjee (who was watching the scene on a monitor at the sets!) right on his nose! Fortunately, the actor did not require stitches but the incident remained etched in the memories of everyone related to the film. Agnidev fondly said that, to this day, his pet dog simply loved to hear Rituparna’s voice (some crush that, what say?!).

Hot Bengali Actress Rituparna Sengupta Scene with Dibyendu from Charulata 2011

Interview: Tollywood Bengali Hero Hiran Chatterjee - The All-New Eight-Pack Leading Man Of MACHO MUSTANA (2012) Bangla Movie

Tollywood Hero Hiran Chatterji, Director Reshmi Mitra and Bengali Actress Puja - Macho Mustafa (2012) Bengali FilmWashington DC, Feb 25, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) One of the best things about the Bengali movie industry is that, there is no apparent dearth of young and promising actors in Tollywood. While Dev and Jeet have been hogging all the limelight with hugely hyped movies, Hiran Chatterjee has been one of the actors who has been quietly (and successfully!) climbing the ladders of stardom at a rapid pace. In a tete-a-tete with Arijit Chakraborty from WBRi, Hiran talks about his early life, his newly acquired 8-pack body, his big-budget upcoming film, Macho Mastana and a whole lot more. It is to be noted here that Macho Mastana is the new title of the film previously titled Macho Mustafa - the change in the title was driven by a direction of the Indian Film Censor Board which found the usage of the name Mustafa inappropriate due to religious sentiments.

After the exchange of initial pleasantries, Hiran was questioned about his journey into the world of Bengali cinema. The young man revealed that becoming an actor had always been a dream that he had nurtured from his childhood. However, his humble roots (Hiran was born in small village in Bengal, where even electricity was not available) initially prevented Hiran from attaining his goal. From a young age, Hiran had been an avid movie-watcher, with Uttam Kumar and Mithun Chakraborty being his personal favorite actors (not a bad choice of idols for an aspiring actor, one must say!).

Hiran fondly recalled the day when he had once bunked a mathematics examination to catch a ‘Mithun-da’ flick! The young man even used to study with a mirror in his hand (at which he constantly kept looking) – such was his conviction that he was indeed cut out to be a Tollywood hero.

While the modest circumstances that surrounded Hiran during his formative years (both his school as well as his home had tiled roofs, while his village did not even have a paved roadway!), the youngster regularly used to perform in plays that were organized in his locality on the occasions of Saraswati Puja, Kali Puja and Durga Puja. Hiran had a quiet chuckle in his voice as he said that he often used to forget his dialogs during these dramas, leading to embarrassing situations, since a prompter was a missing luxury in these local productions.

Listen to Hiran Chatterjee chat with WBRi in this audio interview and also do not miss his singing in his own voice of the superhit film song Rukega Badal from Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie "Macho Mastana" (2012).

Interview: Up Close and Personal With Indian Food and Cuisine Guru SANJEEV KAPOOR (Audio)

By Bidisha Bagchi

Michigan, USA, Feb 16, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) He became a household name in India with his super hit cookery show on the Indian Television. Everyone who was passionate about cooking or eating waited eagerly for him to appear on the screen and teach them some exotic dish in the simplest way. Yes, we are talking about Khana Khazana and the internationally acclaimed master chef Mr. Sanjeev Kapoor.

Atul Maru, Madhuri Dixit and Sanjeev Kapoor
Sanjeev Kapoor (right) at launch of Sanjeev Kapoor's Kitchen DVD by Madhuri Dixit. Atul Maru, Jt. MD, Shemaroo Entertainment at left.

On a crisply cold Thursday morning WBRi caught up with the super chef and chatted about Indian food in the USA, his books, the upcoming Varli food fest in New York and his TV channel, ‘Food Food’ that he started exclusively for food.

So how did this idea of starting a channel exclusively for food come to him?

He said, when he first started his TV show he knew that there was always room for a TV channel being only focused on food. In India there were channels exclusively for sports, music, movies so why not one on food? Like in America, the food network has its own channel and there is great demand for it. So he always thought somebody should do it but never imagined that he would be the one starting it.


Listen to the number one chef from India talk about Indian cuisine and his remarkable efforts in spreading simple Indian cooking without giving away the taste in this exclusive audio interview on WBRi.

Interview: ROHINI VERMA of WEIGHT WATCHERS INTL Shares Secrets of Healthy Living Without Compromising on Food You Love (Audio)

By Bidisha Bagchi

Rohini Verma of Weight Watchers InternationalMichigan, USA, Feb 19, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) WBRi caught up with Rohini Verma, a Weight Watchers International leader to know the secret of staying slim, trim and healthy without giving up your favorite food.

She described Weight Watchers to be program that educated and informed people on how to navigate and choose healthier food in an ever more challenging environment, while incorporating more activity into their lives.

When asked what kind of plans are available in the United States and was it same across the World, she said that there were two ways of following Weight Watchers. A. In meetings, where members could enjoy the group dynamic, an educated and knowledgeable Leader, accountability and a supportive environment. B. Online, where members could enjoy the convenience of everything Weight Watchers has to offer at the convenience of their home or office or on their mobile device. And these plans were followed by 30 countries all over the World.

She also explained that Weight Watchers’ Points Plus system was a revolutionary method that encouraged and urged people to healthier, more satisfying food choices.

Listen to some very practical advice from a Weight Watchers leader on WBRi.

Interview: Pt. RUPAK KULKARNI - Noted North Indian Hindustani Classical Instrumental Flute (Bansuri) Player

Pandit Rupak Kulkarni - Flute (Bansuri) Player from IndiaCalcutta, Feb 19, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Meeting Pt. Rupak Kulkarni turned out to be an enlightening experience. Within a very short span of time, the flautist unfolded stories of his life, much like the soulful melodies emanating from his flute. Born into a family of musical traditions, Pt. Kulkarni recollects his earliest introductions to music by his father, late Pt. Malhar Rao Kulkarni, who held tabla classes at home for more than 200 learners.  Soon enough, he began taking rigorous tabla lessons from his father, undergoing sessions that began at the crack of dawn and continued till late in the evening. The austere discipline soon bore fruits, as he first performed publicly at an unripe age of 18 months. From then onwards, his musical sojourn has taken a natural progression towards excellence.

Meet Pt. Kulkarni in an exclusive candid and intimate video interview with WBRi.

Interview: Renowned Theater Director & Film-Maker SUMAN MUKHOPADHYAY on CHAR ADHYAY and Upcoming Movies

By Bidisha Bagchi

Suman MukhopadhyayMichigan, USA, Feb 7, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) On Tuesday morning, WBRi had a very special guest from the world of Bengali theatre and films. His films Mahanagar@Kolkata, Herbert and Chaturanga have been critically acclaimed and his theaters, Raktakarabi, Bisarjan and Raja Lear have left the culturally inclined Bengali audience asking for more. He is none other than Suman Mukhopadhyay, one of the most respected Bengali directors honored with  multiple awards from all across the globe.

Mr. Mukhopadhyay spared some time out of his busy schedule to talk to Bidisha Bagchi about his upcoming theaters and films including Char Adhyay and films based on Rabindranath Tagore's Sesher Kobita and the Metiabruz area of Kolkata.

Listen to the exclusive audio interview broadcast available on-demand only on WBRi.

Rajib Karmakar - Talented Upcoming North Indian Hindustani Classical Instrumental Sitar Artiste

Rajib KarmakarCalcutta, Feb 12, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Born in a highly cultured musical family of Bengal, Rajib is a one of the most promising young musicians. He started learning the sitar at the tender age of four from his father Sri Durgadas Karmakar who was a strict disciplinarian, a purist and perfectionist and it was under his long and arduous training in all aspects of Sitar playing that Rajib emerged as a talented and sensitive young artist while still in his tender years.

He gave his first public performance at the age of six and at the age of 12 he performed on All India Radio. After that he was fortunate enough to be the Gandabandh Sagrid of Ustad Ghulam Akbar Khan, son in law of legendary Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan of Rampur Sahswan Gharana, where he was first trained in the classical vocal music that forms the foundation of the "gayaki ang" which is much prevelant in his playing .

Read all about Rajib and listen to him playing the Sitar on WBRi.

Somnath Roy "Tattu" - Composer, Producer and Music Director from Mumbai Noted for Promoting Fresh Talent Worldwide

Somnath Roy (Tattu)Mumbai, Feb 5, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Somnath Roy, widely known as Tattu, is a well-known music producer, composer and music director living in Mumbai. His efforts in supporting new singers, musicians and producers who need the nuts-and-bolts to complete their musical projects and to launch them globally are appreciated by many. He is known to handle such projects within defined time and budget constraints and makes arrangements for digital release in 240 countries while keeping in mind the business objective to cater to all requirements of his clients.

Interview: Actress KAMALINEE MUKHERJEE on her role in Bengali Movie APARAJITA TUMI (2012) and other film projects

South Indian and Bengali Film Actress Kamalini Mukherjee in premiere of Aparajita TumiMichigan, USA, Feb 4, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Databazaar Media would be releasing Aparajita Tumi, online on 15th February 2012. WBRi caught up with one of the main actresses of the film Kamalinee Mukherjee for a casual chat on a Saturday morning.When asked how and what she thinks about the film, especially her character ‘Ushashi’, she said, it is a very sensitive film and deals with a topic which is most of the time avoided by us. It is a very honest film and has been dealt with very delicately. And ‘Ushashi’ is the soft part in the film, not necessarily the grey. It is a very complex character and she really enjoyed playing it.

Listen to Kamalinee on WBRi.

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