News - Bengali Tollywood

AGNISWAR (AGNISHWAR) 1964 Tollywood Classic Bengali Movie starring Uttam Kumar-Madhabi Mukherjee: Free VOD release

Calcutta, Feb 10, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Agnishwar, directed by Arabinda Mukherjee, also stars Sumitra Mukherjee, Tarun Kumar, Jahar Ray, Dilip Roy, Subrata Chatterjee, Sulata Chowdhury, Kajal Gupta, Tarun Kumar and others. The great Hemanta Mukherjee directed the music of Agniswar - Sumitra Mukherjee's rendering of Rabindrasangeet Tobu Mone Rekho remains etched in the Bengali memory.

A patriotic film about a fiercely idealistic doctor with themes of social evils and encouragement of broad-mindedness, the film was very relevant for it's time and remains so today. The doctor faces characters equally magnanimous - a woman selling her body to fund freedom fighters, his own son trained in social reform marrying a woman of his choice and out of his caste with an additional twist of an anti-dowry message, and so on deliver a series of powerful messages.

Read all about the Tollywood classic, order the DVD online or watch the full Bengali movie for free via VOD release.

KACCHA LIMBOO (Hindi, 2011) - A Bollywood Children's Comedy from The Director Of BHEJA FRY

[Poster - Kaccha Limboo]

Calcutta, Feb 8, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Director Sagar Ballary who, in 2007, presented us with the Hindi remake of French film Le Dîner de Cons titled Bheja Fry [Buy DVD], has directed the Bollywood movie  Kaccha Limboo (Hindi, 2011) opening on Feb 18, 2011.

The children's comedy film Kaccha Limbu stars Vinay Pathak, Sarika, Rukhsar, Chinmay Kambli, Armaan Malik, Atul Kulkarni, Taheer Sutarwala, Rajesh Khattar, Iravati Harshe, Bhairavi Goswami and others. Music is by Amardeep Nijjer.

The film is released under the banners of Sahara Motion Pictures and Park Bench Motion Pictures. Read all about the Bollywood film and watch the theatrical trailer of Kaccha Limboo via Washington Bangla Radio.

Red Blue and White - Three Colors (TROIS COULEURS ROUGE) French Films by KRZYSZTOF KIEŚLOWSKI

Calcutta, Feb 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Warsaw-born famous Polish writer-director Krzysztof Kieślowski (1941–1996) is best known among world cinema-lovers for his films The Decalogue and the Three Colors. Shemaroo has released the three films Three Colors in India on DVD.

Mithun Chakraborty starrer SHUKNO LANKA (2010) Bengali Film at India International Film Festival (IIFF) of Tampa Bay, Florida

[SHUKNO LANKA (Bengali, 2010) - Buy Bengali Movie DVD in USA]Washington DC, USA, Feb 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Shukno Lonka (2010) is one of the highly acclaimed Tollywood movies from Kolkata and is among the recent flood of excellent works in Bengali cinema that is encouraging for Bengalees across the world in terms of seeing an end to a stagnated Bangla film industry for quite a few prior years.

Sukno Lanka is directed by Gaurav Pandey - Do not miss our exclusive informal interview with Gaurav Pandey in this post.

The drama stars Mithun Chakraborty, Sabyasachi Chakravarthy, Debashree Roy, Emma Garnett Brown, Angana Bose (interview), Nandini Chatterjee, Saheb Chatterjee, Arindam Sil, Chattrapati Dutta, Suman De, Late Kunal Mitra and others, and the music director is Debajyoti Mishra (interview).

Shukno Lanka will be screened at the 2nd India International Film Festival (IIFF) of Tampa Bay in Florida, USA.

The Puppet Queen - An Ambitous Indie Animated Film By Pia Chaudhuri

PIA CHAUDHURI - Producer-Director of THE PUPPET QUEEN Animated Film
PIA CHAUDHURI - Producer-Director of THE PUPPET QUEEN Animated Film
Picture By Aditya Chakraborty / WBRi

Calcutta, Feb 6, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Animation films don’t have an industry in India as the target audience is limited and they are also very expensive to make. Also the films are far less technologically equipped in comparison to a foreign animation film. Other than the rare 'My Friend Ganesha', very few films have met with success. When the film is not even a big budget mainstream, there is even less chance of success and publicity for the film and it takes courage to make films like that.

One such person who has decided to make such a film is Pia Chaudhuri who has taken courage to make a small budget film called ‘The Puppet Queen’.

Read all about the film and Pia's conference in Kolkata, and watch a promotional clip online via Washington Bangla Radio.

AZAAN (Hindi, 2011) - Prashant Chadha's Bollywood Action Film

Calcutta, Feb 6, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio)  A country, a common man and a conspiracy will dominate Prashant Chadha's action film AZAAN in June of 2011.

Shot across multiple international locations including France, Romania and Sudan, the sleek production will be released under the banners of JMJ Entertainment PVT LTD, Alchemia Films and Percept Picture Company.

The film introduces Energy drink owner Sachin Joshi to Hindi feature films as the hero. Music is by Salim-Sulaiman and the lyricist is Amitabh Bhattacharya.

According to reports, American singer Shakira will sing a Latin influenced solo dance number for AZAAN, whose lyrics will be in English with a smattering of Hindi. The song will feature South African model Candice Boucher, but Shakira might possibly make a small appearance.

The writers of Azaan are Prashant Chadha, Shubra Swarup and Heeraz Marfatia. Read all about the film and watch the theatrical trailer online via Washington Bangla Radio.

Little Fish Continue To Eat Big Fish: Kolkata Indie Bengali Movie-Maker Group Releases Five No Budget Films Season 2 Worldwide

Washington DC, USA, Feb 6, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) No Budget Films - Season 2 (2011) has been released world-wide in full movie download / VOD format. The set of indie films in Bengali is the latest venture of Little Fish Eat Big Fish, a group of Kolkata based Film makers.

The Bengali short films are directed by Arupratan Ghosh,Anamitra Roy & Snigdhendu Bhattacharya, Abhishek Bhattacharya and Sriparna Dey. The star cast of the films includes Kanchan Sengupta, Nabendu Bikash Roy, Atanu Sinha, Souradeepta Chowdhury, Kamal Kumar Roy,Abhishek Bhattacharya, Maitreyo Bhattacharya and Ananda Das

Do not forget to check out our exclusive interview with indie film-makers Anamitra Roy and Sriparna Dey »

To watch "Five No Budget Films - Season 2" full Bengali movie online or download (VOD) CLICK HERE »

CHINA MAMA The Super Martial Art Hero (2011) Bengali Action Film from Bangladesh

CHINA MAMA Bengali Movie Poster

Calcutta, Feb 6, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) J.C. Chinese, Mithila, Jhon, Jhumka, Taj, Real, Mouchak, Sanu Shiba and others star in the Bengali action film China Mama - The Super Martial Art Hero from Bangladesh. The film is written by Rana Hanan and directed by Jugantar Chakma Chinese (J C Chinese).

The film is expected to release in 2011 under the banner of Jugantar Chalachitra. This is their first feature film release.

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Interview: Anik Dutta - Director, Bengali Movie BHUTER BHABISHYAT (2012): Discerning Audience Is Welcome To Read Between Lines

ANEEK DUTTA, Writer-Director - Bengali Film Bhuter Bhabishyat (2011)Germantown, Maryland, Feb 5, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Anik Dutta is the director of the Kolkata Bengali film Bhooter Bhobisshot which will, in all probability, continue and expand on the spectacular streak of fabulous Bengali films started last year by a new crop of smart young film-makers. The story, script and lyrics are also Anik's. Bhuter Bhabishyat is Anik Dutta's first full-length feature film. Anik is presently involved in post-production for the film.

In this candid but informal chat with Subhomoy Mukherjee, Anik Dutta - who is a renowned film-maker in the advertising world - dwells upon the similarities and differences between ad films and full-length feature films, and in his unique witty way describes the challenges and opportunities drawing similarities with one-day cricket versus test matches. He also makes it very clear that he never just wanted to make any film - but wanted to make a film that he would himself love to watch as well as offer a reasonable chance for the producer to recover the investment.

Bhuter Bhobissot
A shooting still from Bhooter Bhobissot

Anik talks about a remarkable convergence of events that quite suddenly made it possible to start making his first full-length feature. With his keen insight, he describes and contrasts various artistic and commercial aspects of film-making in Kolkata with Bollywood or other regions in India.

Of course, Anik talks at length about the film Bhuter Bhabishyot and provides us glimpses of it from the director's perspective. Among the various old mansions in Calcutta in various states of dilapidation exists Chowdhury Palace - a property under dispute and pretty much not cared for other than being rented out to film production companies as a shooting location. The ghosts who live in the mansion are happy - they do not complain much about the short disturbances caused by film crews. Things take a serious turn when a promoter gets control of the property and plans on demolishing it in favor of a new construction - thus threatening the supernatural residents with homelessness. Also a film unit arrives there for shooting, and facing multiple threats including eviction, it looks like the ghosts have no option but to try to hold on to their residence with all resources they have.

Bhuter Bhobishyot  has all the ingredients of a successful commercial film, says Anik - used in a humorous way that stands a very good chance of resonating with the masses. Anik also subtly hints at the presence of deeper layers of interpretation of the film and welcomes the discerning audience to read between the lines, though he jokingly says "if I wanted to send a message, I would have sent SMS' (text messages on mobile devices)".

Anik shares with us his thoughts on attempting to categorize films (including his own) into urban or rural genres - he correctly observes it is incorrect to assume folks in rural Bengal are any less capable of visual arts comprehension than their urban counterparts (the reverse is probably closer to reality, given all the visually rich performing arts forms still actively indulged in at the suburbs and villages).

All in all, you will spend a wonderful time, as we did, listening to Anik speak in his own erudite and witty way. Please join us in wishing Anik Dutta, his crew and cast, spectacular success and continuation of the resurgence in Bengali film.

Actress Swastika Mukherjee in a still from BHUTER BHOBISHYOT
Actress Swastika Mukherjee in a still from Bhuter Bhabishyat

Interview: PUJA PAL - The Young and Fast Rising Tollywood Bengali Movie Actress

[Tollywood Bengali Film Actress POOJA PAUL]Germantown, Maryland, Feb 5, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Pooja Pal is a very young and promising actress from Kolkata who has just started appearing in Bengali feature films. With support and inspiration from her mother, Puja is an accomplished dancer from a very young age, and it was her on-stage appearances as a danseuse that led to her being offered roles in Bengali movies. Arijit Chakraborty caught up with Pooja and in this informal chit-chat Pooja talks about her background and films and shares with us stories from behind the camera.

After quite a few successful appearances in ad films and modeling assignments, actress Pooja Paul debuted in the Tollywood Bangla movie industry with a "item number" (an entertaining song and dance sequence frequently used in Indian commercial cinema for interludes) in Gobindadeb Krishna Haldar's Tumi Kaar. Subsequently, her debut as a full-fledged actress was with her role of Goddess Mangalchandi (a form of Goddess Kali) in Gobindadeb Krishna Haldar's AMAR SATHI (2010) alongside Karan, Pamela, Sumanta Mukhopadhyay, Dipankar De, Dolon Ray, Chaitali Dutta Burman, Mita Chattopadhyay and others.

Her next film after Amar Sathi is Joddha directed by Khokhon Chakrabarty co-starring Abhishek Chatterjee, Soumitra Chatterjee, Rama Prasad Banik, Nimu Bhowmick, Mrinal Mukherjee and others. Joddha - also known as Abahelito Mukti Joddha - is a patriotic film, and it is quite possible it will be released around one of India's independence commemorative holidays in 2011.

Pooja Pal subsequently appears in Shibprosad Chakrabarty (Khokhon) directed Ajo Bhalobashi Tomake co-starring Raj, Pragya, Bibek, Anamika Saha, Mrinal Mukherjee, Subhasish Mukherjee, Kanchan Mullick and others and even features Raza Murad who will be seen in a Bengali film after a long time playing the part of Bhootnath. The film deals with modern youth and post-marital issues in the light of pre-marital affairs and more, and is shot in Bengal and Sikkim.

Listen to our exclusive audio interview broadcast of Tollywood Bengali Movie actress Puja Pal.

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