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Suvojit Roy - CEO, Orion Entertainment provides a glimpse into the pioneering star ascending in Bengali Film & Music (Interview)

Suvojit Roy, CEO, Orion Entertainment, KolkataGermantown, Maryland, Jan 30, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Suvojit Roy is CEO of Orion Entertainment of Kolkata, a media organization in a leadership position among only the handful of suave modern enterprises in Bengal who are spearheading a resurgence in Bengali performing arts and culture after a slowdown over the past couple of decades. Suvojit talks to Arijit Chakraborty in this informal and candid interview about Suvojit's background, career, passions, aspirations and of course the rapid ascendancy of Orion Entertainment in a short span of time driven by unique software and a diligent attention to packaging.

Suvojit's career over the last 17 years or so in the entertainment industry is a fascinating one. Suvojit belongs to a family of well established lawyers and accountants, and partly driven by the legacy of elders in his illustrious family, Suvojit is himself an accomplished management accountant with a financial background by training. Like many Bengalees, Suvojit grew up with a strong interest in performing arts and culture - music, film, literature, sports and so on. Though such a diverse set of interests is not uncommon among Bengalees, Suvojit's interests were not just confined to being extra-curricular involvement engaged in at his spare time - Suvojit was, and remains, very serious about his passions, ranging from Rabindranath Tagore to soccer (particularly the East Bengal Club variety of soccer!) Of particular importance within Suvojit's eclectic sphere of interests is his investigation of ways to communicate with large numbers of people effectively, dabbling in and accumulating first-hand experience in mass communications from his very young days.

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Read all about Orion Entertainment and Suvojit Roy and listen to his fascinating words in this Washington Bangla Radio exclusive.



MEHERJAAN (Bengali, 2011) - A Bangla Film About War and Love Starring Jaya Bachchan, Victor Banerjee and more

[Meherjaan (Meherjan) Bengali Movie Poster]Calcutta, Jan 30, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) MEHERJAN is a full-length Bengali feature film released in Bangladesh on Jan 21, 2011 produced by Ashique Mostafa under the banner of Era Motion Pictures.

The film is written and directed by Rubaiyat Hossain, with screenplay by Ebadur Rahman and Rubaiyat Hossain. The cinematographer is Samiran Datta, and the movie is edited by Sujan Mahmud and Mita Chakraborty. Subash Sahoo has engineered sound for the film, and art directors are Mashuk Helal, Tanseena Shaon and Neon Talukdar.

Music is directed by Neil Mukherjee.

Meherjan has a fabulous cast consisting of Indian and Bangladeshi actresses and actors, including Jaya Bachchan, Victor Banerjee, Humayun Faridi, Sharmili Ahmed, Khairul Alam Sabuj, Monira Mithu, Azad Abul Kalam Pavel, Shatabdi Wadud, Omar Rahim, Shaina Amin, Reetu A Sattar, Rifat Chowdhury, Iqbal Sultan and others.

Read all about the film and watch the Bengali movie trailer online via Washington Bangla Radio.



SRK and Shahid burn the stage during Star- Screen awards

Keeping in mind their huge fan following, SRK & Shahid are heartthrobs in their own rights which they then utilised to pay tribute to Asha Parekh when Shahid showed off his dance moves in a saree on her ' Ajaa Ajaa' song.

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Blame It All On Sadhu Charan and laugh all the way ! Bye Bye Bangkok (2011) Bengali Film Review


The Cast And Crew Of Bye Bye Bangkok (Bengali, 2011) after the premiere in Kolkata; Picture: Aditya Chakraborty / WBRi

Calcutta, Jan 30, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) When was the last time you saw a rib tickling Bengali comedy? When was the last time you were in complete splits and thoroughly enjoyed a Bengali film in recent times without ever having to think anything?

The answer to all these questions is 'Bye Bye Bangkok' if you have seen this film, otherwise it is highly recommended! This comedy is about four couples - Avijit Banerjee who runs his own software company. His secretary who is completely absent minded and has got a terrible memory always goes with him wherever he goes. His wife Anwesha and her driver plan to go abroad thanks to Anwesha who thinks of this plan when her husband lets her down at the last moment when they are supposed to go abroad. Her husband also lands up in Bangkok with his secretary.


Movie Review: Teen Tanaya (Bengali, 2011) - Sukla Mitra portrays three Tagore poems on the big screen

[Bengali Film Director SUKLA MITRA]
Shukla Mitra, Director, Teen Tanaya (Bangla, 2011) Feature Film

Actress Rupanjana and actor Bhaswar
Rupanjana and Bhaswar

Calcutta, Jan 29, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Shukla Mitra, a Tagore buff who has made two TV serials before based on the works of Tagore has made her first feature film called Tin Tanaya. The film is based on three poems of Tagore - Koni, Camellia and Phanki. The poems are all named after the three female protagonists and the film has been made centred around them. The film is a family affair for Sukla because one of the female protagonists is played by her daughter, Bengali TV actress Rupanjana and the music director is Gautam Mitra, her husband.

The film stars actors or actresses who are basically from the small screen, like Debottam and Sudipta in the first segment, Bhaswar and Soumili in the second segment and Saheb Chattopadhyay and Rupanjana in the third and final segment.

Bengali Singer - Actor SAHEB CHATTOPADHYAY
Singer - Actor SHAHEB CHATTOPADHYAY

Read the complete Bengali film review on Washington Bangla Radio.



Dabangg wins seven awards at Chevrolet Apsara Awards 2011

Chevrolet Apsara Film Awards 2011Mumbai, Jan 24, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog) The star-studded night at Chevrolet Apsara Awards 2011 powered by Micromax Mobile and telecom partner Aircel, brought the biggest stars of the Indian Entertainment industry under one roof.


Estranged Bengali Couples In Bangkok

[Bye Bye Bangkok 2011 Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie Poster]

Calcutta, Jan 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) News Editor, Journalist and Film-Maker Aniket Chattopadhyay's (interview) 2nd Bengali film Bye Bye Bangkok is releasing on Jan 28, 2011 in numerous cinema halls and theaters in Kolkata, including Nandan - 1 (6.15pm), Metro, Priya, Star, Menoka, INOX (Elgin Road, City Centre, Swabhumi, Rajarhat, Burdwan, Durgapur, Siliguri), Fame (South City, Hiland Park), Mukti World (Ballygunge), Bioscope (Rajarhat), Ajanta (Behala), Ashoka (Behala), Malancha (Tollygunge), Jayanti (Barrackpur), Lali (Barasat), Padma (Sodepur), Shankar (Habra), Rakhi (Salkia), Auro (Chinsurah), Durgapur (Durgapur), Cinemax (Siliguri), Quien (Budge Budge), Chitra (Bolepur), Rupkatha (Malda), Ganesh (Gangarampur) and Sreema (Tufangunge).

The film has been assigned a U/A rating (equivalent to the MPAA's PG-13) by the government controlled Indian Film Censor Board. Sadly, in India, it is still the government which decides what films people should watch and who should watch them.

Aniket Chattopadhyay's "Bengali experimental" debut film Cha-E-Chuti (BUY BENGALI MOVIE DVD IN USA FOR $2.75!) won two awards. As you will hear in our exclusive interviews of the cast and crew available from the links below, the seeds of Bye Bye Bangkok were sown at the award ceremony where the producer Kaustuv Roy and actor-singer-songwriter Kharaj Mukherjee were present with their buddies. You will also hear stories from behind the scenes and how everyone is surprised a film can be actually made this way and so much fun can be had out of it.


The Paper Wife

KAGOJER BOU Bengali Movie Poster

Calcutta, Jan 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Directed by acclaimed Bengali film-maker Bappaditya Bandopadhyay (exclusive interview), Kagojer Bou (The Paper Wife) has a release date of Feb 4, 2011 at over 30 cinema halls in Kolkata, including Nandan 1 (4 PM ), Metro, Jaya, Menoka, Minar (12.30 PM), Bijoli (12.30 PM), Chabighar (12.30 PM), Fame (Hiland Park, South City), Inox (City Centre, 89 cinemas), Malancha, Ajanta and Jayanti (Barrakpore ).

Kagojer Bou has been granted a rating of U/A by the government-controlled Indian Film Censor Board - the rating is parallel to our MPAA's PG-13 rating.


Srijit Mukherjee, Prosenjit Chatterjee and others celebrate 100 days of AUTOGRAPH (Bengali, 2010) at South City Mall

By Aditya Chakraborty

Bengali Actor PRASENJIT CHATTERJEE
Prasenjit

Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie Hero PROSENJIT CHATTERJEE with director SRIJIT MUKHERJEE
Srijit Mukherji and Prosenjit Chatterjee

Prasenjit, Rituparno, Srijit Mukherjee, Mahendra Soni and others cutting the delicious looking 100 days cake
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Calcutta, Jan 22, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Shree Venkatesh Films celebrated the mega success of the Prosenjit- Nandana Sen starrer Bengali film Autograph (Bengali, 2010) recently which has completed 100 days and is the most successful film last year still running very successfully all over the city. The film has become a rage from day one and is still very much a part of the discussion of our lives at least when it comes to films.

To celebrate the success, a few members of the cast and crew were present at Fame, South City Mall to celebrate the occassion. The director Srijit Mukherjee (WBRi interview), Tollywood superstar Prasenjit Chatterjee (WBRi interview), Music director Debojyoti Mishra (WBRi interview), Pijush Ganguly, one of the producers Mahendra Soni and also others like Rituparno Ghosh, Aparna Sen (WBRi Interview), Rupa Ganguly (interview) and Parambrata Chattopadhyay (WBRi interview) were there where a huge cake shaped in the form of 100 was cut.


Story, Screenplay, Direction: Appalraju (2011)

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Calcutta, Jan 21, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Katha, Screenplay, Darsakatvam: Appalraju, abbreviated to KSD Appalraju, literally stands for "Story, Screenplay, Direction: Appalraju" and is widely anticipated to be a smart and humorously satirical take on the current Telugu film industry by none other than one of contemporary Indian cinema's most successful film-makers - Ram Gopal Verma, who is himself often referred to by the acronym RGV.

RGV is, of course, an internationally renowned director born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. He is known to be a devoted film-lover from very early on, sometimes watching a film every day in his formative years and eventually launching his career in film-making with movies in his native Telugu language. He went on to become a pillar of the Bollywood film industy, winning numerous awards for his Hindi and Telugu films including Siva, Kshana Kshanam, Prema Katha, Satya, Jungle, Company, Bhoot and so on. His latest two-part multilingual political blockbuster RAKTA CHARITRA continues his remarkable track record. His upcoming films include Dongala Mutta, Department, Bejawada Rowdeelu, and Amma 3D.

Award-winning actor Sunil Verma, who is leading the star cast of Appalraju, is a popular comedian as well as male lead with acclaimed performances in films like Andala Ramudu and Maryada Ramanna. Other leading the cast of Appalraju include Swathi, Sakshi, Sudha, Kovai Sarala, Brahmanandam, Ali, Tanikella Bharani, M S Narayana, Dharmavarapu Subramanyan and Venu Madhav.

KSD Appalraju has a world-wide release date of February 4, 2011.

Read all about the film and watch the Publicity promo via Washington Bangla Radio.



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