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Rabindrasangeet Singer Dr. Utsab Das: Finding Happiness in Singing and Serving (WBRi Feature)

Rabindrasangeet singer Dr. Utsab DasCalcutta, July 11, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Utsab, or Dr. Utsab Das, a singer by passion and a doctor by profession, comes from a family where his both grandparents are doctors, and mother a singer. Utsab has found happiness in both. Read all about Utsab and listen to his songs on WBRi.


Interview: A Musical Afternoon with Iconic Singer Song-Writer Composer Music Director BAPPI LAHIRI

English: Bappi Lahiri at Will to Live Music La...

English: Bappi Lahiri at Will to Live Music Launch. Photo: FilmiTadka. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kolkata, June 26, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Few Indian singer-composers can rival the immense respect that Bappi Lahiri enjoys among listeners around the world. In an exclusive video interview with WBRi, Bappi-da talks about his long and successful musical journey, his forays into the disco genre, his views on the current musical trends, and much, much more with Senior American Bengali journalist Devasish Ray.

Also check out our exclusive interview with Kumar Sanu >

Bappi Lahiri, who is on the verge of completing 40 years as a composer, reels off the names of some of his latest blockbusters to set the tone for the discussion. Apart from the cult hit Ooh La La, Bappi-da also mentions Le Halua Le and Bikram Singha as two of his most successful recent albums. The music maestro also plays down the controversies that surrounded the Jhinka Chika-track from Bikram Singha.

Bappi-da is currently a jury member for the Grammy. In this context, he names World Peace Love & Harmony (2010) and Jai Ganesha (2011) as two of his albums that had been sent to the Grammy. More recently, Bappi Lahiri’s latest offering, Walking On The Love Street, has been making waves in the international music circuits and has also been listed as the top album in the jazz section at a countdown in Washington.


Interview: Actress Samiksha on her debut in Bangla movie "Om Shanti" (2012)



Interview: RUPAM ISLAM - Singer, Song-Writer, Composer and Music Director on His Song for Bangla Movie Om Shanti (2012)

Calcutta, July 1, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Celebrated Bengali singer, song-writer and composer Rupam Islam wrote the lyrics and composed music for the song Dhulo Dhulo Hoye Jachhe Amar for Shatabdi Roy directed 2012 new Kolkata Bangla movie "Om Shanti".

Sovan Chatterjee, Sougata Roy, Samiksha, Bappi Lahiri, Rupan Islam, Satabdi Roy, Samidh Mukherjee, Tapas Pal
Sovan Chatterjee (left), Sougata Roy, Samiksha, Bappi Lahiri, Rupan Islam, Satabdi Roy, Samidh Mukherjee, Tapas Pal


Interview: Actress Megha Burman on her Tollywood debut with Bengali Movie LATTOO (2012)

Indian Actress Megha BurmanWashington, DC, June 1, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) The beautiful young actress Megha Burman who played the role of Razia in Hollywood 3D film DAM 999 directed by Sohan Roy returns to WBRi to chat with Minakshi Bajpai about her first Bangla movie LATTU (2012) where she plays a female lead opposite acting powerhouse Subrata Dutta. She tells us about her happy journey while shooting for Lattoo which is releasing soon, and hints at her upcoming projects.

Lattoo is a commercial Tollywood movie with all necessary elements for box office success. Being brought up in Kolkata - her "matri bhumi" - Megha is quite comfortable with her Bengali lines. Lattoo was mainly shot in Shantiniketan and Kolkata, once again in Megha's comfort zones being a Kolkatan - and Megha had a lot of fun while shooting for the film. Also she is quite excited to work with some of the leading actors and actress from the Tollywood industry.

Listen to actress Megha Burman on WBRi.

Megha Burman: Indian Bollwood, South Indian and Bengali Film Actress


Interview: Award Nominated American Actress Swati Kapila from Award-Winning Feature Film "Life! Camera Action..."

American Actress Swati Kapila

Washington, DC, June 30, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Life! Camera Action..., the internationally acclaimed feature film written, directed and produced by Rohit Gupta which continues to receive numerous awards, has unearthed considerable acting talents of many fresh young actors and serves as an inspiration for newcomers to cinema. ‘Best Supporting Actress’ Award Nominee Swati Kapila is one such personality who has proven herself to be one of the brightest new stars on the block. WBRi’s Gurjeet Singh caught up with this lovely young actress where the latter reveals a lot about her early career, her stint at working with the Life! Camera Action... team, her views on acting and plenty more.

Listen to the exclusive interview via WBRi on-demand audio broadcast service.


Interview: Actress Suneet Kochar on Award Winning Film "Life! Camera Action ..." and more

Suneet Kochar

Washington, DC, June 30, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) American actress Suneet Kochar chat's with Minakshi Bajpai on WBRi about her background, her role and experience in the internationally acclaimed, muti-award winning feature film "Life! Camera Action…" and much more. Chicago born Suneet grew up in Philadelphia. Suneet was born into south Asian heritage to parents who migrated to the USA from India.

Suneet plays ‘Lisa’ in the film - an ambitious and talented actress in pursuit of her big break. ‘Lisa’ represents many aspiring actors looking for the opportunity to prove and establish themselves in the industry. “It shows how actors may sometimes lose sight of their path of pursuing their passion”, says Suneet. The authenticity of her performance has been applauded in every screening of Life! Camera Action ... around the world.

Listen to the interview via WBRi on-demand audio broadcast service.



Interview: Actress Bidita Bag on Bengali Movie KAGOJER NOUKA and Bollywood Hindi Film FROM SYDNEY WITH LOVE (2012)

Kolkata, India, June 26, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) A video interview with Bengali actress and model Bidita Bag - a familiar face for her Fair and Lovely advertisements. Bidita debuted on the big screen with a lead role in award-winning film-maker Bidyut Kotoky's acclaimed bilingual Hindi / Assamese movie As The River Flows /Ekhon Nedekha Nadir Xipare with Sanjay Suri, Victor Banerjee, Nakul Vaid, Raj Zutshi, Naved Aslam, Priti Jhangiani and others. Her performance in her last Bengali movie Icche (2011) was spectacular and appreciated by critics and audience. In Icche directed by Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee, Bidita appeared with Sohini Sengupta, Samadarshi Dutta, Bratya Basu and Ruplekha Mitra.

Indian Bengali Actress Bidita Bag

Her next Bengali film Kagojer Nouka just went on floors yesterday. Kagojer Nouko is directed by Partho Sarathi Joardar and is a story of a state mangled with the vices of corruption and threatened by a grim situation of safety and security. A fresh face in Tollywood - Priyam - is the hero of the film. Bidita plays the lead female role in the film. Also in the star cast are Rajesh Sharma, Victor Banerjee and more.


Interview: Award-Winning Actor SHAHEED K WOODS on Rohit Gupta's "Life! Camera Action ..." : "Acting is Freedom"

Washington, DC, June 19, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) In a recent interview with Gurjeet Singh of WBRi, the award winning actor Shaheed K Woods, who plays the role of Mike in the globe-trotting, awards sweeper feature film “LIFE! CAMERA, ACTION…”, produced and directed by Rohit Gupta, we learn of his passion for film, his experience on set and his take on the craft of acting.

He is one of the most memorable characters from the film and is talked about often among it’s audience. Shaheed won the Best Supporting actor award (his first) at the 28th Goldie Film Awards 2012 held in the US, where the film walked away with top 9 most popular and special board of directors award.

A simple and quick yes to be part on this film will change his destiny and put him on the global map, is far from what he ever imagined while working on this film. Sounds like a fairy tale, but real in every sense.

Indian American Indie Movie Actors Shaheed K Woods Dipti Mehta Jyoti Singh
Shahid Woods, Dipti Mehta and Jyoti Singh at a press conference in Jersey City, NJ

Shaheed K Woods was born in Jersey city New Jersey. He grew up loving films and this passion has been evident in his performance on screen. At the young age of 7 years old, Shaheed decided to take on the vocation of acting. One film had a very large impact on this choice, “The Last Dragon”.  This film had an enormous impact on his style of acting as well, “ Telling a story that was truthful to me was something I really wanted to do, so I decided to do it through the medium of acting” Shaheed proudly exclaims. Becoming a stand-up comic was he decided as an adult, yet the ability to bring laughter to the people around him is also something that started in childhood. When asked why he chose stand-up, Shaheed told us “I really enjoy making people laugh… So I figured why not use this gift to further me in my career”. Shaheed has performed on the New York comedy circuit and has not lost his ability to make people laugh.

WBRi exclusive on-demand audio interview broadcast.



Interview: Actress NINA MEHTA on Rohit Gupta's Award-Winning Feature Film "Life! Camera Action ..." and more

Film Actress Nina MehtaWashington, DC, June 18, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Actress Nina Mehta plays a short but remarkably memorable and humorous role in Rohit Gupta’s multiple award-winning flick Life! Camera Action .... In an informal conversation with WBRi’s Gurjeet Singh, the bubbly actress reveals a lot about her early life, her experiences while shooting for Life! Camera Action ...,  her future plans and a whole lot more.

Nina Mehta comes across as a charming personality as she exchanges greetings with Gurjeet. The confidence of the young actress is apparent in her voice. Life! Camera Action... has been earning rave reviews at film festivals all round the world and has won over 60 awards so far.

An exclsuive WBRi on-demand audio broadcast.



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