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Interview: Writer-Director Raja Chanda on Bengali Movie LE HALUA LE (2011): "The Title Says it All - A Bindaas Comedy Film"

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Washington, DC, June 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Bengali film writer-director Raja Chanda is currently working on his second movie - a Bengali film with the interesting title of "Le Halua Le". Arijit Chakraborty chats with Raja in this audio interview where the film-maker talks about his background and his previous and ongoing Tollywood film projects, and of course, about his debut film "Target" and his second film "Le Halua Le".

Listen to the director share a few glimpses into "Le Halua Le", a hilarious tale - "comedy of errors" - of the characters misunderstanding others and being misunderstood themselves. The cast is big, but all the characters are interconnected in interesting ways, though each has his or her own little story, too. The climax of the film is huge - the entire cast shows up together and all misunderstandings are resolved.

"Le Halua Le" will probably have four Bengali film songs. Raja indicates they are shooting for a Durga Puja 2011 release of the film.

Do not miss Raja's story of shooting with superstar Mithun Chakraborty - that too outdoor shooting in Hyderabad - where Mithun-da showed up fifteen minutes before his call time, fully ready with make up and thus putting enormous pressure on Raja and his crew! Amazingly, Raja managed to finish shooting with Mithun-da a whole day ahead of schedule. Not only that, Mithun-da also had some remarkable comments on Raja's tendency to use a trolley mounted camera for almost all outdoor shots (because, as Raja puts it, he likes moving shots).



Bengali Remix: DJ AKS - Gupt Gupt (Yeke Yeke Remix) - Aksclusive Remixes

Listen to Bengali remix song Gupt Gupt (Yeke Yeke Remix) - Aksclusive Remixes by DJ Aks This song is also being aired on WBRi Live Bengali Radio channel.

DJ AKSDJ AKS is a Dubai-city born and brought up self-taught musician who started music production in 1999. In 2005, Aks joined 2 Times MTV Immies winner and India's No.1 Bollywood DJ Suketu to Co-produce Music. Since 2005 they had the opportunity to work with artists such as Adnan Sami, Salim- Suleiman, Pritam, Himesh Reshammiya, Ishq Bector, Kunal Ganjawala, Shaan, Anushka Manchanda, Sophie Chowdhury, Javed Ali, Sukhbir, Zubeen Garg, Mika, Mustafa Zahid, Atif Aslam and many more.



Interview: Anjan Dutta - "Ranjana Ami Aar Ashbo Na is my culmination of music-related films"

Actor, Singer, Song-writer, Composer and Film-Maker Anjan Dutta talks about his journey in creative and performing arts, his latest feature film  "Ranjana Ami Aar Ashbo Na" (Bengali, 2011) and his upcoming projects in this candid and informal audio interview.

Anjan Dutta - Ranjana Ami Aar Ashbo Na - Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie PosterWashington, DC, June 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Actor turned singer-composer and film-maker Anjan Dutta actually tried song-writing and singing many years after he commenced a career in acting with a preference for challenging roles in parallel / art-house films. He had let his creativity in writing songs and singing run free just to see what he could come up with for himself - becoming a phenomenally popular singer-songwriter is still one of the biggest unexpected surprises of his life !


Interview: Tollywood Actor Mainak Banerjee on his acting career and upcoming films "Amrita", "Bindas Prem"

[Kolkata Bengali Movie Actor Mainak]Washington DC, June 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Mainak Banerjee, who prefers to just go by his first name Mainak, started his acting career around 2003 with his well-appreciated role in Akash Bangla's TV Serial "Police Files" which dramatized real police cases. He subsequently appeared in Zee Bangla's TV show "Asambhab" in 2008 where his portrayal of the character of Shiba was so vivid that people started to refer to him as Shiba. Mainak describes a particularly interesting story at a Kolkata metro station involving cops, as well as incidents in rural Bengal which indicate his success in playing Shiba.

Listen to Mainak talk about his career and experienc in acting and forthcoming Bengali films in this candid interview with Arijit Chakraborty on Washington Bangla Radio.



Interview: Actress Parno Mitra on Bengali Films "Ranjana Ami Aar Ashbo Na", "Bedroom" - "I am in seventh heaven"

Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Cinema Actress Parno Mitra with guitarWashington, DC, June 18, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Actress Parno Mitra, who plays the title role of Ranjana in Anjan Dutta's Bengali film "Ranjana Ami Aar Ashbo Na" (2011), chats with Ananya Paul in this interview. Parno also sings a snippet of her introductory song "Chalo Jai" for us (this song is performed by playback singer Somlata in the film).



Interview: Tollywood Bengali Director RAJ CHAKRABORTY On Secrets of Success, Proloy Asche, Shotru, Jeet, Nusrat & Bangla Films

[Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie Director Raj Chakraborty]Washington, DC, June 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Well-established and highly successful Tollywood Bengali movie director Raj Chakraborty takes time out from a busy shooting schedule to talk to Ananya Paul about his work, his career path, and his philosophies of work and life. A disarmingly candid Raj offers inspiration and deep insight into success and shares with us all his wonderful outlook that will surely motivate all of us, irrespective of our chosen paths in life. Listening to Raj during recording this interview was a treat for all of here and will remain a memorable high-point, and it is with great pleasure that we share this with you.

Currently in its second week, Raj’s 2011 Bangla movie Shatru is a superhit, andRaj makes it clear that he had expected no less from his work.  Shatru is a success, Raj confidently states, because of its excellent packaging, including well-choreographed fight sequences, good music, excellent acting, a careful wardrobe, lovely photography, and all the ingredients required to produce satisfying entertainment.



Audio | John Van Burek, Director of "Post Office" Drama Production by Pleiades Theater Toronto Adapted from Tagore's "Dak Ghar"

JOHN VAN BUREKWashington DC, June 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) John Van Burek lives in Toronto and is a director, translator and theater teacher. In 1997, he founded Pleiades Theater whose main goal is to celebrate global cultural diversity through plays that originate in languages other than English.

A scene from His current project has been to direct the English drama "The Post Office" translated from  "Dak Ghor" by Rabindanath Tagore. Translated by Dr. Julie Banerjee Mehta (also recently interviewed by WBRi) this is the first professional level performance of "The Post Office" in Canada. The play was  performed with an international cast from May 7 through June 4, 2011 at the Berkely Street Theatre in Toronto, Ontario. 2011 also marks the 100th anniversary of the writing of "The Post Office" which has been translated into some forty languages and performed all over the world.

Listen to a fascinating chat with John.



Bengali-American Singer-Songwriter Rimi Basu Talks About "Crossing Over": Interview and Audio Songs from Her Bangla-Fusion Album

[Rimi Basu - The First Rock Diva in Kolkata]Washington, DC, June 11, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Those of us who live in the Washington D.C. area continue to have the pleasure of watching the spectacular rise of the remarkably beautiful young and talented singer Rimi Basu in the United States as well as in the Indian music circuit. In this informal and intimate chat with Arijit Chakraborty, Rimi talks about her career in music, her interests, her recent release of the outstanding fusion album "Crossing Over" (you can listen to the songs along with the interview audio using the player) and her other projects, including her scintillating new music-video tribute to Michael Jackson which is widely believed to be the first of it's kind by an American woman born to immigrants from Bengal (watch a teaser from the full music video online). Do not miss Rimi's extempore and solo singing in this interview of a Nazrulgeeti as well as a number from "Crossing Over" - you will perhaps get a glimpse of her talent from the fact that she naturally sings with beauty, delicacy and aplomb with no accompaniment and little warning that she might have to!

Rimi is a versatile pop singer and danseuse, and her Bangla fusion album "Crossing Over" was actually completed in Kolkata recently, making an immediate mark on the Bangla music industry.

The album has some of the very best talent in music and video production in Bengal today, including Dibyendu Mukherji as composer, Chandrani Ganguly as Lyricist, and Rajib Chatterjee as Production Director.  Instrumentalists on the album are also the current leaders in the rock music scene of Kolkata, including Mainak “Bumpy” Nag Chowdhury on bass, Ratul Shankar on percussion, and Vikramjit “Tuki” Banerjee on guitar.

The album features a mileiu of different flavours and spans a range of emotions.  "Nesha Nesha" is a seductive number featuring Rimi rapping for the first time as well as Dibyendu's own vocals; "Phire Jaao" is Rimi's angry and emotional tribute to an ex-lover.  The song "O Sayeba" is a full-on Latin pop song that will make anyone want to Salsa, while the
ballad "Ele Naa" slows down the pace, showing Rimi's versatility.

Download The Album In Hi-Def Digital Mp3 Format from WBRi Music Store »


Interview: Director Saptaswa Basu Shares Thoughts On Pyschological Drama Thriller "The Forlorn" (Bengali, 2011) and Film-Making


Director Saptaswa BasuWashington DC, June 11, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) A young woman rents an apartment previously occupied by a researcher in para-psychology who died of mysterious circumstances. The apartment right across her is rented by a shrink.

One day, the woman finds the diary of the dead parapsychologist. She starts to read it, and gets fascinated.

As director Saptaswa Basu points out in this candid interview with Ananya Paul, "The Forlorn" (Bengali, 2011) is a psychological thriller centered around this young woman and the peculiar sensation we all get of being watched even when being alone. The film takes us on a journey into the contrasting fields of psychology and para-psychology. It is not a supernatural thriller, but more of an experimental suspense-drama which is made to appeal to a wide audience, not just Bengalees. In fact, Saptaswa indicates the film will be subtitled in English and he even plans a English-dubbed version.



WBRi Feature: Deepen Mallick (Steel Guitar) & Tutul Ganguly (Spanish Guitar) Celebrate Tagore 150 with Instrumental Album

[Deepen Mallick][Tutul Ganguly]
Deepen Mallick & Tutul Ganguly

[Deepen Mallick & Tutul Ganguly - Instrumental Guitar Tagore Songs]Washington DC, June 4, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Indian guitarists Deepen Mallick and Tutul Ganguly have released an instrumental Rabindrasangeet album commemorating Rabindranath Tagore's 150th anniversary. We at WBRi loved the album with it's mature, sophisticated instrumentation that you can listen to online using the player above, thanks to Deepen and Tutul for sharing it with you - our audience. Deepen tells us the album should be available shortly on Amazon.com: Deepen Mallick & Tutul Ganguly »

Read all about Deepen and Tutul and their great new album and listen to the audio track online via Washington Bangla Radio.



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