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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.

Interview: LOPAMUDRA MITRA talks about latest Bengali Audio Songs Album MONFAKIRA (Soulmate) Released As MP3 Download By WBRi

MON FOKIRA - Lopamudra MitraWashington DC, Jan 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Acclaimed Bengali singer Lopamudra Mitra from Kolkata has released her 2nd audio album titled MON FAKIRA (Soulmate) via ORION Entertainment. MONFAKIRA is available in high-quality MP3 Download format from WBRi Online Digital Download Store >

Lopamudra gave us a few minutes of her time for this informal chit-chat with Arijit Chakraborty. She talks about there being eight songs in the album, all but one of which are popular Bengali traditional folk songs. The remaining one is the famous song Ghate Lagaiya Dinga written by Mira Dev Burman and performed originally by the great Sachin Dev Burman. Do not miss Lopamudra's singing during the course of the conversation !

Lopamudra shares with us the reason for the title of the album - all artists have a fakir/baul persona embedded deep inside their hearts, though not necessarily deeply entrenched in fakir and baul philosophies and ways in life. Particularly for an artist like Lopamudra who has grown up and lives in a metropolitan urban environment, the Baul inside her is more of a feeling - which Lopamudra captures in the selection of the songs as well as their performance. The songs are about love, friendship and Baul philosophical values, and Lopamudra talks about how she could clearly feel closer to her roots while singing these songs now more than she ever did previosuly.

Interview: Kharaj Mukherjee Shares The Astonishing Story Of Making Of BYE BYE BANGKOK (Bengali, 2011)

[Kharaj Mukherjee]

Washington DC, Jan 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) We have had the pleasure of presenting Singer-Songwriter-Actor Kharaj Mukherjee previously (in this post) - and in this chit-chat with Arijit Chakraborty, Kharaj talks about Aniket Chattopadhyay's Bengali comedy film BYE BYE BANGKOK. Kharaj was in Bangkok last year to receive an award for his role in the film CHA-E-CHUTI (Buy Bengali Movie DVD in USA) - also directed by Aniket Chatterjee (interview). Initially during the award ceremony, he was wondering why he could not see others from the unit of Chaw-e-Chuti, but while accepting his award and giving his speech, he located Kaustuv Roy, the producer, sitting in the last row. Kaustuv Roy was also there to receive an award for Cho-E-Chuti for presenting the best experimental Bengali film of the year.

Right after receiving their awards, Kaustuv pulled  Kharaj out of the auditorium, got hold of Rudranil Ghosh (interview) and a few other friends, and started asking about their availability on dates that were barely a week away ! Not only that, he made a phone call to Aniket Chattopadhyay, telling Aniket-da to pretty much come up with a script for a film with Bangkok as the location in around ten days.

Thus begins the story of the making of Bye Bye Bangkok, told in the uniquely engaging way that only Kharaj can tell. Listen to Kharaj describe how the film proceeded beyond these initial few hours and get ready to believe that a feature film can indeed be made this way - a theme that is touched upon by all the cast and crew members of the film that we had the pleasure of speaking with as you have heard in the interviews posted on WBRi.

Kharaj also shares with us some behind-the-scenes stories from Bangkok - do not miss his tales of how he was surprised with a birthday party, and his experiences of shopping and getting his feet massaged in Bangkok. He also touches upon the amazing script-writing skills of Aniket-da and how he introduced a character to be played by Priya Karfa seamlessly into the story at the last moment.

Sultry Bengali beauty Actress-Model Madhuri Bhattacharya

Actress Madhuri Bhattacharya

Calcutta, Jan 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Bangalore-born and raised Bengali actress-model Madhuri Bhattacharya has appeared in many ads and a few films. Madhuri mainly operates in South Indian entertainment industry and to some extent Bollywood films.

Madhuri has played significant roles in Kannada films like Khushi and Bisi Bisi and Bollywood movies including Ashok Kheny's Prem Ka Game (Hindi, 2010) [DVD] with Arbaaz Khan and Tara Sharma; Devang Dholkia's 3 Nights 4 Days (Hindi, 2009) [DVD] with Sanda Caktas, Sameer Aftab, Anuj Sawhney, Hrishitaa Bhatt, Farid Amiri and Pinky Harwani featuring music by Daboo Malik, and Ishaan Trivedi's Bachelor Party (Hindi, 2009) [DVD] with Jimmy Shergill, Nauheed Cyrusi, Arbaaz Khan, Ninad Kamat and Sharat Saxena. She has also appeared in TV serials like Sahara One's Kuch Love, Kuch Masti.

In 3 Nights 4 Days, Madhuri plays the hot young girl Zoha, and actress Sanda Caktas plays the role of Marriane - a girl from Croatia - whose planned wedding with Rocky (Sameer Aftab)  results in a reunion of classmates from Pune University which rapidly becomes much more than just a reunion.

Madhuri Bhattacharya played the female lead in music videos from Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam's 2009 album Neene Bari Neene. The Kannada audio songs album is produced Ashok Kheny with music by Mano Murthy and lyrics by Jayanth Kaikini. Listen to free previews and download MP3 songs from the superhit Kannada album and watch the free music video online via Washington Bangla Radio.

Nil Akasher Chandni (Jeet-Koel, 2009) Bengali Movie Available in USA-Canada

[Neel Akasher Chandni Tollywood Film Poster]Calcutta, Jan 18, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio)  Neel Akasher Chandni is a superhit 2009 Bangla cinema from the Kolkata Tollywood film industry directed by Sujit Guha. The romance-drama film stars Jeet, Koel Mullick, Jishu Sengupta, Arun Banerjee, Anuradha Roy, Debika Mitra, Emili Chowdhury and others. Jeet Ganguly is the music director for the feature film.

Nil Akasher Chandni is available in USA and Canada (North America) in VCD format - click here to order online.

According to reports (including this one),  actress-model Emily Chowdhury has also appeared in a host of Bengali and south Indian films and popular TV shows.

Watch a clip from Neel Akasher Chandni (Bengali, 2009) via Washington Bangla Radio.

Ishqiya (Hindi, 2010) bags Two Apsara and two Zee Cine Awards

[Bollywood Actress VIDYA BALAN in ISHQIYA]

Mumbai, Jan 18, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Cheers for Ishqiya again - the film bagged four more Awards: Two Apsara and two Zee Cine Awards - rightly said “Big things come in small packages”.

After winning four Star Screen Awards, Ishqiya –a small budget film, now bags 2 two more Awards at the Apsara Awards and Zee Cine Awards each. It won awards for the following two categories at both the events:

Best Lyrics: Gulzaar, Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji
Best Actress : Vidya Balan

Ishqiya is a romantic thriller. The film moves around the dark emotions of the three leading characters - Vidya Balan, Nasuriddin Shah and Arshad Warsi. The chemistry of the characters, their passion, their love, sense of revenge and hatred kept the audience glued to their seat making the film one of the biggest entertainers of this year.

Read all about the award-winning Bollywood film and order the DVD online via Washington Bangla Radio.

Film Review: SADANANDER MELA (1954) Uttam Kumar-Suchitra Sen Oldie Superhit (Bengali Movie DVD Available in USA)

Actress Suchitra SenUttam Kumar

[Sadanander Mela Tollywood Bengali Movie DVD in USA]

Washington, DC, Jan 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Director Sukumar Dasgupta's classic 1954 Bengali Movie Sadanander Mela is now available in North America, i.e. USA and Canada in DVD format (click here to order online).

The black-and-white romance-comedy-drama stars the #1 romantic pair of Bengali cinema - Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen. Others in the star cast inlcude Chhabi Biswas, Pahadi Sanyal, Bhanu Bannerjee, Jahar Ray, Tulsi Chakraborty, Kanu Bannerjee, Nripati Chatterjee, Padma Devi etc.

Shadanander Mela features music by Kalipada Sen.

Uttam Kumar plays Ajit - a poor guy trying to live an honest life. Suchitra plays Sheila - the daughter of the well-established Dakshinaranjan Chowdhury. Sheila wants to succeed on her own, and leaves her parents. Ajit and Sheila end up living in the same house, both successfully managing on their own.

Watch Bengali Movie Online in USA: BHALO THEKO Starring Vidya Balan-Rimjhim-Parambrata-Soumitra-Joy Sengupta

BHALO THEKO Tollywood Bengali Movie (Kolkata) POSTERCALCUTTA, Jan 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Award-winning Bollywood actress Vidya Balan playes the role of Anandi, born into a rich Bengali family. The film is about the changes Anandi's family goes through, with many flashbacks into the currently 32-years old Anandi's younger life.

The Tollywood Bengali film Bhalo Theko (Forever Yours) is directed by Gautam Halder and stars Vidya Balan, Rimjhim Gupta, Anasua Majumder, Soumitra Chatterjee, Joy Sengupta, Parambrata Chatterjee (interview), Debshankar Halder and more. The film won three National Awards.

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Bhalo Theko marks the debut of Vidya Balan as an actress in feature films. Subsequent to Bhalo Theko, she won the best Debut Actress award in Hindi films for Parineeta and eventually landed a Best Actress award for her role of a single mother of a progeric child in PAA (New Amitabh Hindi Movie / Bollywood Film / Indian Cinema / DVD > ).

Bengali Film DVD Release In America Buy BOMKESH BAKSHI (BYOMKESH BAKSHI) 2010 and older DVD in USA - Canada - ANJAN DUTTA - ABIR

Abir Chatterjee as Byomkesh Bakshi by Anjan DuttaWashington DC, Jan 17, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The year 1964. Kolkata is ravaged by communal riots.

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Other Byomkesh Bakshi Bengali Movie DVDs available online in USA - Canada (North America) and worldwide are (Only US$2.75 !):

Shimanto Heera - Sudip Mukherjee, Debdoot Ghosh; Director: Swapan Ghoshal - Order DVD

Pother Kantsa - Sudip Mukherjee, Debdoot Ghosh; Director: Swapan Ghoshal - Order DVD

Makorshar Rosh -  Sudip Mukherjee, Debdoot Ghosh; Director: Swapan Ghoshal - Order DVD

Artham Anartham -  Sudip Mukherjee, Debdoot Ghosh; Director: Swapan Ghoshal - Order DVD

Shooting for Bhalobasha Tomar Amar Bengali Film Commences

By Aditya Chakraborty

[Tollywood Bengali Movie Bhalobasha Tomar Amar - Pooja Pal Angshuman and Reshmi]
Bhalobasha Tomar Amar Bengali Film: Actress Pooja Pal and Reshmi with Hero Angshuman - Picture by Aditya Chakraborty / WBRi

CALCUTTA, Jan 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The shooting for 'Bhalobasa Tomar Aamar' has just commenced. The film features new comers and established actors alike - Angshuman, Pooja Pal, Reshmi, Anirban, Mrinal Mukherjee, Nimu Bhowmick, Anamika Saha, Kalyani Mondol, Manoj Mitra, Kharaj Mukherjee and others. Angshuman and Pooja Pal though have appeared in film earlier, Angshuman’s last release being ‘Apon Shatru’ which has been released just a week and a half back. The film is directed by Khokhon Chakrabarty and the film is produced by Bikash Sarkar who has also written the story and screenplay. The editor is Jayanta Laha and the cinematographer is the director himself. The music director is Krishna Kanta Nandy and the lyrics are by Gautam Sushmit. The playback singers are Kumar Sanu, Shaan, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik, Chirantan and Dipannita.

The film is about the love story between a couple from two different communities.

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