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Actor-Director Parambrata Chattopadhyay Talks About JIYO KAKA (2011), ABI SENER AJOB DUNIYA and other Bengali Films (Interview)

Parambrata ChatterjeeGermantown, Maryland, Jan 7, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Parambrata Chattopadhyay is a young, enterprising and popular actor and director in the Bengali film and television industry. The actor experienced instant fame with his role as Feluda's lovable assistant Topshe on the big screen. Sandip Ray casted him as Topshe in his Feluda series movies Bombayier Bombete, Kailashe Kelenkari and Tintorettor Jishu (buy Feluda movie DVDs in USA). Parambrata has acted in notable Bengali movies such as The Bong Connection, Chalo Let’s Go, 033 and the unreleased Teen Yaari Kotha (Bengali DVD sale).

Not long ago, the actor was on a study leave. He was attending a course on Film and TV production at the premiere Bristol University. Parambrata has completed directing his first feature film, JIO KAKA expected to release in Kolkata on February 11, 2010. The actor and debutant director talks about his life, career and JIO KAKA in this heart-to-heart interview with Washington Bangla Radio correspondent Arijit Chakraborty that you can listen to exclusively on Washington Bangla Radio.

[Jiyo Kaka - Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Film Poster]


Interview: Aniket Chattopadhyay, director of BYE BYE BANGKOK (Bengali, 2011): A Tale Of Five Couples Beyond Honey and Moon

Aniket Chatterjee, Director, Tollywood movie BYE BYE BANGKOK (2011)Germantown, Maryland, Jan 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Aniket Chattopadhyay is a well-known journalist and news editor, an ardent political observer, commentator and a film-maker from Kolkata. We have had the pleasure of presenting a wide-ranging, intimate and comprehensive audio interview with Aniket Chattopadhyay previosuly (avaibale online here). As you know, Aniket's debut full-length feature film "Cha E Chuti" (review) released in late 2009 to great success and went on to win the Best Experimental Film award in Film Awards Bangla (FAB) in Bangkok, Thailand, 2010. Actor Kharaj Mukherjee (interview) also won an award for the best comedy role for his performance in Cha-e-chuti in FAB Bangkok 2010. Cha-E-Chuti is one of the recent films that started a remarkable trend towards a resurgent Bengali film industry, marked by successful runs and box-office revenue over periods measured in multiple months.

Aniket's second feature-film Bye Bye Bangkok (Bengali, 2011) is opening in theaters in Kolkata on Jan 28, 2011. In these last few extremely busy days for Aniket, we appreciate the time he spared for us to talk to Arijit Chakraborty about his upcoming film, his aspirations and indications of what we might be looking at from him beyond Bye Bye Bangkok. We loved to hear the film-maker Aniket as well as the erudite political observer Aniket in this short time-span, and hope you will enjoy listening to him as much as we did while recording this piece. Aniket actually talks to us from Chennai where he is in the last stages of post-production, at a critical time just before wrapping up the final test print.


Interview | Babu Kishan (Krishnendu Das Baul) folk singer-composer-producer-writer-director of DIL PUNJABI (CANADIAN DREAMS)

[image: Babukishan Krishnendu Das Baul]Germantown, Maryland, Jan 4, 2011  (Washington Bangla Radio) Krishnendu Das baul is better known as Babu Kishan among the music enthusiasts all over the world.  In a candid interview hosted by Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio, the baul narrates the tradition of baul folk songs in Bengal. The life and achievements of the folk singer as he narrates through the course of the interview, provides glimpses to the wonderful world of baul culture that nurtured his childhood. As the adda reaches towards the conclusion, Babu Kishan discusses about his latest experiment with cinematography.

Listen to the complete interview on WBRi on-demand audio broadcast service and order the fabulous album Gypsy India from WBRi Online MP3 download Store here.



Rituparno Ghosh, Indraneil, Chapal Bhaduri & Kaushik Ganguly in Arekti Premer Golpo (Bengali, 2010) Kolkata Movie Premiere

Tollywood Bengali Film AREKTI PREMER GALPO

RITUPARNO GHOSH Tollywood Movie AAREKTI PREMER GOLPO

AREKTI PREMER GALPO Bengali Cinema

AREKTI PREMER GALPO Bengali Picture

Calcutta, Dec 22, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio)  Aarekti Premer Galpo (English title: Just Another Love Story) will be released on 24th December, 2010 but it has been premiered on 23rd December, 2010 at Priya of South Kolkata and the Press Meet has been arranged on 22nd December, 2010 at Princeton Club, Kolkata.

Director of the film, Kaushik Ganguly (WBRi Exclusive Interview) has anchored the press meet in presence of producer Tapan Biswas from Cinemawalla and main actors, Chapal Bhaduri, Indraneil Sengupta and Rituparno Ghosh.

Listen to Kaushik Ganguly, Chapal Bhaduri, Indraneil Sengupta and Rituparno Ghosh talk about the film by pressing PLAY in the audio player exclusively on Washington Bangla Radio.


Interview | ANAR ANAND - Managing Editor, Pen Men At Work - The Fast Growing Startup Delivering Content with Substance Worldwide

Germantown, Maryland, Dec 15, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) “If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.” - Confucius

Anar Anand, Managing Editor, Pen Men At WorkMarian Chakraborty caught up with Anar Anand in New York in this informal audio chit-chat in December of 2010. Anar is Managing Editor of Pen Men At Work, a fast-growing content writing and outsourcing organization with offices in New York, Mumbai and Kolkata (erstwhile Calcutta). In this informal chit-chat with Marian Chakraborty, Anar talks about a wide range of subjects including the electronic age of information especially in the context of print versus  Internet media, the unique opportunities and challenges offered by the global access to digital information at the speed of the net, her own background, experience and aspirations and the eclectic variety of subjects and capabilities offered by writers of her organization. She also touches upon the increasing importance of search-engine optimization but not at the expense of engaging quality, and the unique challenges of delivering to her clients content that is relevant in a world where audience attention spans seemingly change as fast as the speed of the net itself.

Listen to Anar Anand and read the complete feature-interview at Washington Bangla Radio.



Interview | Shaheb Bhattacharya - Topshe in Gorosthane Sabdhan,Naxalite Lover in Iti Mrinalini to Freedom Fighter in Chittagong

Germantown, Maryland, Dec 14, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The young handsome actor Saheb Bhattacharya recently created waves with his role of Feluda's assistant Topshe in his first feature film release Gorosthane Sabdhan (Bengali, 2010) - the latest Sandip Ray film featuring Sabyasachi Chakraborty as Feluda, Shaheb as Topshe and Bibhu Bhattacharya (interview) as Lalmohon  "Jatayu" Ganguly, Tinnu Anand, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Subhashish and others.

We caught up with Shaheb in Bangalore where he is shooting for a film that is still very much on the floors and thus too early to announce, and Shaheb chats with Arijit Chakraborty in this informal and intimate audio interview.

Sandip Ray's Feluda Movie GOROSTHANE SABDHAN
Gorosthane Sabdhan - Sabyasachi Chakraborty as Feluda, Shaheb Bhattacharya as Topshe, Bibhu Bhattacharya as Jatayu

Do not miss Shaheb's hilarious stories of how he would devise various schemes to scare Bibhu Bhattacharya and all of them having a lot of fun behind the camera. Shaheb shares with us some wonderful incidents from the shooting of Gorosthane Sabdhan.

Iti Mrinalini - Saheb Bhattacharya - Konkona Sen Sharma
Saheb Bhattacharya and Konkona Sen Sharma in Aparna Sen's Iti Mrinalini (2010)

Aparna Sen, Shaheb Bhattacharya, Konkona Sen Sharma - ITI MRINALINI Bengali Film
Aparna Sen instructing Shaheb Bhattacharya and Konkona Sen Sharma - shooting of Iti Mrinalini (Bengali, 2010)

Shaheb also plays the role of a naxalite and the love interest of Konkona Sen Sharma's character of a young actress in Aparna Sen's Sudhu Mrinalini (Bengali, 2010) which has started the film-festival circuit already with screenings at the Cairo and Dubai International film festivals. Iti Mrinalini is currently expected to release in Kolkata in January 2011. A story about the life of a film-actress told in four chapters in the film, Shaheb-Konkona appear in the first of the four chapters.

Saheb appears in Sanghamitra Chowdhury's film RUU (2011) with Paoli Dam, in the role of an automobile driver named Chiring Thapa from Sikkim. According to Shaheb, RUU is in some ways a travelog with visuals from fabulous locations from North Bengal, but also with a unusual storyline with a big surprise at the end.

Another great ongoing project for Shaheb is the film CHITTAGONG (Hindi, 2010) directed by Bedobroto Pain. Like the recent Abhishek Bachchan-Deepika Padukone starrer Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se (Hindi, 2010), Chittagong is based on the incredible 1930 armory raids against British occupiers of India by Surya Sen and his group of revolutionary freedom-fighter heroes. Shaheb plays freedom fighter Sukhendu in the film with Manoj Bajpai playing Surya Sen.

Yet another great project Shaheb is working with currently is Mahesh Manjrekar's first Bengali feature film AMI SUBHASHCHANDRA BOLCHI - a film that tries to inspire Bengalis to awaken from their slumbur and resume their leadership positions, stopping and reversing the erosion of their moral courage seen over the last three decades. Mahesh Manjrekar, being a great actor-director, has developed a deep understanding of the Bengali sentiment and the film's screenplay is far removed from standard mainstream Indian cinema. Ami Subhas Chandra Bolchi features none other than Mithun Chakraborty in the lead role to carry the message of the film.

As you know, Shaheb Bhattacharya is also the popular television host for ZEE TV show Sa Re Ga Ma PA Lil' Champ.

Shaheb Bhattacharya - Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie Hero Saheb Bhattacharya - Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie Hero

Listen to WBRi's chit-chat with Shaheb Bhattacharjee via our on-demand audio broadcast service on Washington Bangla Radio.



Interview | Director GOUTAM GHOSH: Many Were Surprised When Prosenjit Was Selected As Lalan Fakir in Moner Manush

[Image: Tollywood Hero PROSENJIT CHATTERJEE as LALON FAKIR in MONER MANUSH (Bengali, 2010)]CALCUTTA, Dec 13, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Gautam Ghosh, the world-famous film-maker from India, directed yet another masterpiece on film in MONER MANUSH (Bengali, 2010) - a film about the Bengali poet, singer, song-writer and folk-song icon Lalan Fakir. Tollywood movie super-star Prosenjit Chatterjee has delivered the role of Lalon in a way that critics are saying from now on, whenever they think of Lalon, Prosenjit's image will flash across their mind.

Subhomoy Mukherjee caught up with Goutam Ghosh in Kolkata and had a little informal chat about Moner Manush just after Ghosh returned from the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa,  where an international jury presented the revered Golden Peacock award to the film. The master film-maker talks about Lalon, Rabindranath Tagore, Prosenjit and Moner Manush in this exclusive audio broadcast.


Interview | Phalguni and Rumki Chatterjee of Calcutta Theater Group Lokokrishti - LABORATORY Bengali Drama Production

CALCUTTA, Dec 12, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Phalguni and Rumki Chatterjee are veterans in the field of Bengali Professional Group Theater and founders of the renowned Bangla Theater group Lokakrishti. Their latest production LABORATORY, staged in commemoration of the author Rabindranath Tagore's 150th birth anniversary, is successfully running and critically acclaimed in Kolkata. Multiple award-winning film-maker Raja Sen was inspired by the theater production of Laboratory to make a Bengali film adaptation with the script written by Phalguni Chatterji. Subhomoy Mukherjee, WBRi correspondent in Calcutta, recorded this audio chit-chat with Phalguni and Rumki that you can listen to by pressing the Play button in the full feature.

The actor-couple Phalguni Chatterjee and Rumki Chatterjee are involved with theater from their childhood. They have seen golden age of Bengali Professional Theater, and subsequently the falling standard and eventual closing of theaters along with diminishing Bengal’s Professional Theater. They have also seen the craze of the audience for the theater in it's heyday. At the same time, they have seen the pillars and pioneers of Bengali Group Theater movement, evolution and changes in the scenario of Group Theater. They have experienced first-hand the challenges facing Group Theater regularly as they are running their own theatre group Lokokrishti for last 22 years.

Their recent production Laboratory, written by Rabindranath Tagore, is a homage to Tagore on his 150th Birth Anniversary. Though they are portraying Laboratory in it's original flavor, they include some contemporary thoughts within the play. The play is very popular now. The play has inspired renowned director Raja Sen (WBRi interview in USA) to make the film Laboratory (Bengali, 2010) and Phalguni has written the script for the film.


Interview - Mainak Biswas - Director with Arjun Gourisaria of Bengali Movie STHANIYA SAMBAD (2010)

Sthaniya Sambad Bengali Movie PosterGermantown, Maryland, Dec 5, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Mainak Biswas is one half of the director-duo of the critically acclaimed Bengali film Sthaniya Sambad (2010) along with Arjun Gourisaria (WBRi exclusive interview »). In this WBRi exclusive audio broadcsast of a chit-chat with Arijit Chakraborty, Mainak talks about his background, film-making, Sthaniya Sambad and the real or perceived resurgence in contemporary Kolkata Bengali cinema and Tollywood film industry.

Listen to the director of Sthaniya Sambad on Washington Bangla Radio exclusive audio-on-demand broadcast service.



Interview - Arjun Gourisaria - Award Winning Film Director-Editor-Producer Bengali Movie STHANIYA SAMBAD (2010) PATALGHAR (2003)

Sthaniya Sambad Bengali Movie PosterGermantown, Maryland, Dec 4, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Arjun Gourisaria and Mainak Biswas have directed the Bengali film Sthaniya Sambad (2010) that has received rave reviews and audience reactions across the board. In this informal, comprehensive and intimate audio chit-chat with Arijit Chakraborty, Arjun talks about his background, thoughts, experience and career in film making leading upto the spectacular Sthaniya Sambad.

Listen to the complete interview on Washington Bangla Radio online on-demand audio broadcast service.



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