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SAGARIKA (1956) Uttam Kumar - Suchitra Sen (উত্তম-সুচিত্রা) Bengali Black & White Classic Movie

[Uttam Kumar & Suchitra Sen in Old Bengali Movie SagarikaCalcutta, Nov 28, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Produced by Sukumar Kumar, Uttam Kumar - Suchitra Sen starrer old Bengali romance-drama film Sagarika released in Kolkata theaters in January 1956 and became a super-hit. The music director was Robin Chatterjee.

Sagorika was directed by the directorial group Agragami. The story involves a young man Arun (Uttam Kumar) with a dream of studying medicine abroad and the women in his life, some of who are vindictive enough to cost him dearly. Arun's struggles also include blindness and after a great period of various hardships he is united with his love and life becomes all good.

Others in important roles in the film include Jamuna Sinha, Namita Sinha, Tapati Ghosh, Pahadi Sanyal, Kamal Mitra, Anup Kumar, Jahar Ganguli, Nitish Mukherjee, Salil Dutta and more.

The Angel Video release of Sagarika and other Bengali films on DVD in USA are available online - click here to order >

Other films by Agragami also available include Swati (1977), Je Jekhane Dariye (1974), Bilambito Loy (1970), Sankha Bela (1966), Nisithe (1963), Kanna (1962 ), Dak Harkara (1958), Headmaster (1958) and Shilpi (1956).


Agradoot's SHOBAR OPORE (1955) Bengali B&W Classic Movie feat. উত্তম-সুচিত্রা (Uttam Kumar & Suchitra Sen)

[Uttam Kumar - Suchitra Sen in Old Bengali Movie Sabar Opore]Calcutta, Nov 28, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Presented by Deepchand Kankoria, M P Productions Ltd's Sabar Opore released in theaters in Calcutta in January 1955 to a great reception.

The Uttam Kumar - Suchitra Sen romance-drama with a tinge of mystery also stars Chhabi Biswas, Pahadi Sanyal, Kali Bannerjee, Jahar Ray, Tulsi Chakraborty, Kamal Mitra, Tapati Ghosh and more. Uttam Kumar plays Patna-based Sankar Chatterjee who embarks on a quest to Krishnanagar in Nadia district of West Bengal to prove his father Prasanta Chatterjee innocent of the murder he is serving a sentence for. Suchitra Sen plays Rita, a local Krishnanagar girl. The case is re-opened and the murder re-investigated, and everything is sorted out.

The story and dialog of Shobar Upore was written by Nitai Bhattacharya.  Music was directed by Rabin Chatterjee to songs penned by lyricist Gouriprasanna Majumdar. Screenplay and dialog were by the directorial team of Agradut.

You can buy Shobar Opore and other superhit Bengali movies on DVD in USA and worldwide - click here to order online >

Also watch a video clip from the old Bengali film.


WBRi Movie Review: DAM 999 (English, 2011) The First Indian-Hollywood Movie in 3D


Trailer - DAM 999 3D

A still from DAM 999 MovieCalcutta, Nov 28, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Imperceptibility is the strength of fate. It steers the course of life to unknown directions and finally culminates in what can be termed as epiphany.  Something similar has happened with the latest release DAM 999, it has helped us realize that an international cast, the jazz of 3-D and an overdose of Indian spirituality are not enough to make a outstanding movie.

Pre-release, it all seemed quite green…with the never-before-seen story that was said to capture 9 lives playing pawns to fate at a time of crisis and the hype about it being the first-ever take on maritime and marine life from the perspective of a mariner.

Distributed by the Hollywood biggie Warner Bros, DAM 999 is an Indo-Arab venture that has been directed by first-timer Sohan Roy, a marine engineer. The movie is produced by the Marine BizTV, the first global Maritime TV channel.

Based on the acclaimed short documentary, also directed by Soham Ray, called DAMS - The Lethal Water Bombs, DAM 999 promised to be an honest reminder to the 1975 Banqiao Dam disaster in China that killed 250,000 people. As such, it also claimed to shift our attention to the impending dangers in the form of many in-shamble dams across the world.

WBRi Movie Review: DESI BOYZ (2011) – A "Mindless Entertainer" Taking Itself Too Seriously



Subah Hone Na De - A Hindi Film Song from Desi Boyz (2011)

[Desi Boyz Film Poster]Calcutta, Nov 28, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) In the mid-90s, director David Dhawan teamed up with Govinda to make a slew of funny and immensely successful films. While the critics kept on cribbing about the general low-brow nature of the humor in these movies, the general audience seemed to lap them up with glee. Indeed, Dhawan was hailed as the pioneer of the genre of ‘mindless entertainers.’ With ‘Desi Boyz’, the son of David, Rohit Dhawan marks his first foray into film direction. The results, however, are mixed, to put it politely.

‘Desi Boyz’ brings back the hit ‘Garam Masala’ jodi of Akshay Kumar and John Abraham. The success of the movie is crucial for them and particularly for Kumar, who has had a prolonged lean patch at the box-office. Chitrangada Singh, whom we so admired in the brilliant ‘Hazaron Khwaishen Aisi’, makes her full-scale mainstream debut with ‘Desi Boyz’, adding to the expectations and hype surrounding the movie.

The movie tells the story of ‘Nick’ (John Abraham), a successful MBA with a plush job and a gorgeous girlfriend ‘Radhika’ (Deepika Padukone) and ‘Jerry’ (Akshay Kumar), a man with little academic qualifications, but, as is the case with most leading men in Hindi movies, with a heart of gold. The two are best buddies, share a common apartment and John’s marriage with Deepika is on the horizon. What could possibly go wrong with this apparently rosy scenario? Well, almost everything can, for the year is 2009, the year of the global meltdown.

Birsa Dasgupta's Jani Dekha Hobe (Bengali, 2011) Film Premieres in Kolkata on Rupa Ganguly's Birthday

Premiere of Jani Dekha Hobe Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie

Indian Bengali Actress PAYEL SARKAR in Kolkata

Parambrata Chattopadhyay

Abir Chatterjee

Abir Chatterjee

Premiere of Jani Dekha Hobe Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie

Calcutta, Nov 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Friday, the 25th of November, saw the press meet and the premiere of the much-awaited Birsa Dasgupta movie ‘Jani Dekha Hobey’. Expectations from the movie are at the highest, especially with the director’s first film, ‘033’, being both critically and commercially successful and recently been screened at the 17th Kolkata Film Festival as well.

Read all about the event on WBRi.



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