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Hrithik Ash may come on board for Vishal Bharadwaj's adaptation of Shakespeare's HAMLET

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Mumbai, Dec 01, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog Press Release) – ACE FILM director Vishal Bharadwaj may soon rope in Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai in his adaptation of the famous Shakespeare play, Hamlet. The pair which has already set the screens ablaze with their sizzling on screen chemistry in movies like Dhoom-2, Jodhaa Akbar and the very recent Guzaarish are the director's first choice in the adaptation.

Rumours are strife that if the casting materialises, Hrithik will be seen playing the role of Prince Hamlet of Denmark and Aishwarya will be seen as Ophelia. Incidentally, Vishal had earlier maintained that he wanted to make three Shakespearean adaptations. Vishal had earlier adapted Macbeth in Maqbool andBard's Othello in Omkara. Like his earlier films too, the adaptation will be pertaining to the Indian settings and will be very dissimilar to the original play but the crux of the story will be same.


Chase And Status New Single "Blind Faith" And Album "No More Idols"

London, UK, Nov 30, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / ContactMusic) Chase & Status return with the release of Blind Faith featuring rising star Liam Bailey on the 24th January, out through Vertigo Records. The cross-over dub-step smash is sure to be another hit for the duo, Will Kennard and Saul Milton, and precedes the release of their highly anticipated second album No More Idols out on January 31st.

Their most recent single Hypest Hype was released as a free download last week and was described by the Guardian Guide as the 'best thing I've heard this decade', it exceeded all expectations, with over 50,000 people downloading in its first week. It is a blistering hybrid of heavy guitars and massive drum breaks, coupled with a ferocious vocal performance from new underground superstar Tempa T. Before that, Chase & Status released the top ten smashes End Credits ft Plan B and Let You Go ft Mali as well as the street single Heavy, the critically acclaimed collaboration with Dizzee Rascal and Chase & Status.


Pj Harvey Studio Album "Let England Shake" Recorded in a 19th Century church

London, UK, Nov 30,2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / ContactMusic) PJ Harvey's eighth studio album 'Let England Shake' is set to be released on the 14th February 2011 through Island Records.

Recorded in a 19th Century church in Dorset with long time collaborator Flood who co-produced the album with PJ Harvey, John Parish and Mick Harvey. 'Let England Shake' was also mixed by Flood.


The Undertaking (Movie) - Facebook Fans Flock to Launch of Ground Breaking Horror Film Experience

[Image: The Undertaking English Horror Movie Poster]Calcutta, November 29, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / Vocus/PRWEB) Almost 12,000 new fans submitted 517 entries over 6 days - some that would have surely sent a shiver down the spine of the most hardened followers of the Horror genre.

The Undertaking is a horror movie project with a hell of a twist – you make the calls. Last week’s competition kicked off a 18-month interactive movie making experience that will see fans from around the world collaborate with the movie makers in the production of the film itself. A fanbase will make their choices known via a digital community that will put them in the driver’s seat with real voting power. The project’s executive producer Miss Chrissy Lim said “we’ve been hugely encouraged by the response to our ‘Scariest Thing’ competition. It’s great to see people so interested in becoming involved from the get-go. Fans have been so eager to share some truly frightening experiences. These are real happenings. Hauntingly real because it really doesn’t take much to imagine them happening to you.”


SITGES HIT TROMA IS SPANISH FOR TROMA TO BE UNSPOOLED FOR SPANISH CINEASTS!

New York, NY, November 24, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) – Marc Gras’s TROMA IS SPANISH FOR TROMA, an official selection of the world renowned Sitges Film Festival, will give Spanish fans a double dose of the Tromatic this December with special screenings over two weekends!

The first screening of this documentary about Troma Entertainment’s first 35 years will take place at Horrorvision, Spain’s premiere horror and trash film festival, at Centre Civic Les Basses on December 4 at 6:15 pm. Gras will be in attendance!


Nikhil Sablaina's SISKI (The Sigh) Indian Horror Movie Rocks International Student Film & Video Festival Beijing Film Academy

One of the limelight of the event was the screening of the horror film “The Sigh” (Siski) made by Nikhil Sablaina, a Delhi based Dalit filmmaker from India. The film was Nikhil’s final diploma film at one of the film institute run by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute (SRFTI). It is unusual to come across a student film in the horror genre which made it one of the prime attractions and eagerly awaited screenings of this year’s festival. The film was screened twice with a packed theater of one thousand audiences each time receiving huge rounds of applause at the end of the screenings.

The film received a lot of appreciation for its narrative. “It manages to narrate a complex story well in a limited duration”, said a student participant at the festival after watching the film. Some felt the power of storytelling in the film was at par with Roman Polanski’s films. The film also gave the audiences a slice of the Indian culture, which they seemed to love.

The film has Sudhir Raut and Sanchita Das in the main cast and Cinematography is done by Vinod Veerakumar, Audiography by Ratheesh Ravindran and Editing by Shubhojeet Bhattacharjee.


A Flashback On 75 Years of Odiya (Oriya) Movies By Kapilas Bhuyan | International Film Festival Of India 2010

DVD Cover Of A Modern Oriya MovieCalcutta, Nov 23, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) The release of the first Odiya talkie ‘Sita Bibah’ by Mohan Sundar Deb Goswami on 28th April 1936 was a defining moment for ethnic film movement and added a new dimension to the expression of local identity. It had just been preceded by the formation of nationhood in the linguistic lines on 1st April in the same year, after long years of struggle. It was a precursor to the linguistic based nation states in the later years in Indian polity.

Just a week before the historic 1st April, the twelve-reeled first print of ‘Sita Bibah’ was already completed on 25th March and was shown in the touring cinema in Calcutta on 29th March. However, the film, made with a meager budget of Rupees 29,781 and 10 annas, was formally released in Orissa at Laxmitalkie Cinema in Puri on 28th April.

Today when we look back over the 75 years of film making, things may seem indistinct, yet it gives a clear impression of unique Odiya identity.

Broadly, the Odiya film making years can be divided into three equal phases of 25 years each - the first phase was of struggle and growth, the second was the Golden Age and the third a time of prolific productions, once in a while compromising the qualitative standards and aesthetics.

The second Odiya film, ‘Lalita’, was made in 1949 and till the beginning of the sixties only a dozen films were made. If we take a quantitative view of film productions in a single year, the number of films produced was increased from single digit in the earlier years to double digits in the last phase.

In the following two and half decade, spanning from 1960 to 1985, films like ‘Manikajodi’ (Prabhat Mukherjee, 1964), ‘Amadabata’ (Amar Ganguly, 1964), ‘Abhinetri’ (Amar Ganguly, 1965), ‘Malajanha’ (Nitai Palit, 1965), ‘Matira Manisha’ (Mrinal Sen, 1966), ‘Arundhati’ (Prafulla Sengupta, 1967), ‘Kie Kahara’ (Nitai Palit, 1968), ‘Adina Megha’ ((Amit Maitra, 1970), ‘Ghara Bahuda’ (Sona Mukherjee, 1973), ‘Dharitri’ (Nitai Palit, 1973), ‘Jajabara’ (Trimurti, 1975), ‘Gapa Hele Bi Sata’ (Nagen Ray, 1976), ‘Sesha Shrabana’ (Prashanta Nanda, 1976), ‘Abhiman’ (Sadhu Meher, 1977), ‘Chilika Tire’ (Biplab Roy Choudhry, 1978), ‘Sitarati’ (Manmohan Mahapatra, 1983), ‘Maya Miriga’ (Nirad Mohapatra, 1984) and ‘Dhare Alua’ (Sagir Ahmed, 1984) were a perfect blend of artistic excellence and commercial appeal, contributing to be called as the Golden Age ...


Interview : SAMIR CHANDA - Award-Winning Film Production Designer & Art Director on Goutam Ghose's MONER MANUSH

Kolkata, Nov 19, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / IBNS) Renowned production designer Samir Chanda was in the city to discuss about his experiences about recreating the period of Lalon Fakir in the movie ‘Moner Manush’. IBNS correspondent Supriyo Hazra caught up with Chanda in an informal chat. Excerpts:

Tell us something about your experiences while working in ‘Moner Manush’?

Experiences of working with Gautam da (Gautam Ghose) is itself very interesting. Especially when you are doing a period film. I feel that Gautam and the entire unit are like a family. I loved the experience. I enjoyed my work. Siliguri, where we shot was an excellent place. Given a chance I will come to North Bengal once again. It’s like coming to your home land.


Led Zepplin Played Kashmir at almost every concert

Srinagar, Nov 12, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog) "Kashmir" is a song by the English rock band Led Zeppelin from their sixth album Physical Graffiti, released in 1975. It was written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant (with contributions from John Bonham) over a period of three years, with the lyrics dating back to 1973.

The song centres around a signature chord progression guitar riff, which first appeared on Page's home-studio work tapes. It was initially created in a guitar tuning D-A-D-G-A-D, and was an extension of a guitar-cycle that Page had been working on for years. This was the same cycle that produced "Black Mountain Side", "White Summer" and the unreleased track, "Swan-song". As bass player and keyboardist John Paul Jones had been late for the recording sessions, Page used the time to work on the riff with drummer John Bonham. The two demoed it late in 1973. Plant later added the middle section and in early 1974 Jones added all the string parts.


10th Isle Of Wight Festival 2011 - Kings Of Leon And Pulp To Perform

Isle Of Wight Festival 2011

London, UK, Nov 16, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / ContactMusic) Having last performed together in December 2002 Pulp are finally back. The much-loved, era defining band will be appearing on the main stage at the iconic Isle of Wight Festival 2011 on Saturday June 11th.

Taking place from Friday June 10th - Sunday June 12th, Pulp join Friday's headliners Kings of Leon for an unforgettable weekend. Tickets go on sale on Friday 19th November.

The Isle of Wight Festival is the first major festival of the summer, an apt setting for Pulp's return. With a career spanning over three decades Pulp are the perfect addition to this year's mega line up, so make sure you don't miss out on what will be one of this summer's most anticipated events.


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