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Film Preview: NECKLACE (Bengali, 2011)

[Necklace 2011 Bengali Movie Poster]

Calcutta, Jan 11, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Written by Prochet Gupta and directed by Sekhar Das (WBRi Interview), Necklace is an intriguing tale of our daily lives.

Necklace stars Ritwik Chakraborty, Rituparna Sengupta (interview), Rudranil Ghosh (interview), Locket Chatterjee(interview) and others. The film features music by Gaurav "Gabu" Chattopadhyay (interview) and has a release date of Feb 4, 2011 in Kolkata.

Located in the city of Kolkata, the film tells a story of two couples belonging to different social strata but their lives got intertwined. Young Biswanath (Ritwik Chakraborty), a chartered accountant in profession, on the day he got promotion in his office bought a gorgeous necklace to gift it to his beautiful wife Sikha (Rituparna Sengupta). He also planned a ‘party’ to celebrate his promotion. But on the very next day in the early morning, a burglar (Rudranil Ghose) broke in to their 3nd floor apartment through the balcony. Luckily the couple woke up on right time, the husband chased the burglar and wife hurriedly put off her necklace to hide it from the burglar. But the burglar, instead of robbing that necklace, preferred to jump from the balcony and fell down from the 3rd floor causing serious injuries. Such unexpected turn of the situation baffled the couple.

Interview: রুদ্রনীল ঘোষ - Rudranil Ghosh - Award-winning Bengali Film Actor Talks About BYE BYE BANGKOK, NECKLACE and JIYO KAKA

Germantown, Maryland, Jan 11, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) In this informal chat with Arijit Chakraborty of WBRi, award-winning Bengali film actor Rudranil Ghosh makes the interesting observation that Bye Bye Bangkok (2011) currently holds the record for the Bangla film with the longest period of shooting in a foreign country (not counting Bangladesh). The cast of the film is pretty big, but consists of all close buddies of Rudranil.

Directed by Aniket Chattopadhyay (INTERVIEW), Bye Bye Bangkok happened pretty suddenly with no real pre-production or planning. Rudranil's character Sadhu Charan Das is the chaffeur of a reasonably well-off family in Kolkata. Sadhu secretly derives a lot of enjoyment from the usual quarrels between the husband and wife of the family he serves - and in addition, his Madam - the lady of the house who he mostly serves as a driver - is stunningly beautiful and Sadhu secretly feels romantically attracted towards her.

Independent film-making group LITTLE FISH EAT BIG FISH releases "SEASON 2" four-film collection on DVD

[Anamitra Roy of Little Fish Eat Big Fish]Calcutta, Jan 11, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Time and again we have been told that film making is a costly affair. You need good cameras, lights, large crews, extravagant sets and what not. All of these cost a pretty hefty amount of money.

We are a self-somposed group of independent artists trying to express ourselves creatively through the film-media without seeking any help from producers or financiers. This is the 2nd season we are opting for a direct to DVD release again.

Interview: Danseuse-Actress Locket Chatterjee talks about FIGHTER, Bye Bye Bangkok, Necklace, Street Light & her career in film

[img:Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie Actress LOCKET CHATTERJEE] Germantown, Maryland, Jan 10, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Like most people, actress Locket Chatterjee has very fond and nostalgic memories of her childhood and young-adulthood. She studied at Sarada Girls High School in Dakshineshwar and also took lessons in dancing from the very young age of two. An accomplished dancer, Locket performed for many years with the famous Mamata Shankar Dance Troupe. Circa 2000, an opportunity came her way of acting in a television serial, which marks the start of Locket's career as an actress. In the meanwhile, her love of dancing still burns strong, and after a few years where she had been too occupied with her acting career, she has now formed her own dance troupe which is now performing at various events and venues across the world. But, says Locket, she now sees herself as an actress first - and most of her time and efforts are spent in acting projects.

Interestingly, Locket had seriously considered a profession in medicine but somehow ended up being selected for an Engineering course in the ruthlessly competitive "Joint Entrance" examination of Bengal. She did not really want to pursue engineering, and opted for a course in Zoology while continuing to perform with Mamata Shankar's troupe when suddenly she was offered the role of a dancer in a telefilm. Locket took the offer up, still not with any intention of taking acting up as her profession - but after performing that role, she had no time to reconsider, as great offers of roles in some of the most promising Bengali films started to pour in.

Aniket Chattopadhyay's Bye Bye Bangkok is the third film produced by Kaustuv Roy that Locket is appearing in (after Lal Ronger Duniya and Cha-E-Chuti [Buy Bengali Movie DVD in USA]). Echoing the sense of a fun-filled film made with little planning and driven by spontaneity, Locket describes how she was suddenly requested to get on a plane to Bangkok and the way a fun-filled vacation overlapped with shooting for the film so much so that it is surprising a complete feature film did come out at the end !

Listen to Locket talking about her career in films, dance and academics on Washington Bangla Radio.

Rohit vs Julius Rival Fighter Groups in FIGHT 1:1 (Bengali, 2011) Tollywood Film

FIGHT 1:1 Bengali Film
Actress Satabdi Roy with fighters from Fight 1:1
Calcutta, Jan 10, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Fight 1:1, a film about two groups who are always at loggerheads with each other has been made into a film which the younger generation will definitely enjoy. It has romance, action and even comedy, basically a blend of everything. The two groups are the Rohit Group and the Julius Group. While the two groups fight it out among themselves, discipline is maintained by the very strict principal who deals with everyone with strict authority and force. People will be able to relate to characters from this film with characters they might have come across in their real life.

Singer-Songwriter-Composer Roopam Islam
Bengali Singer-Songwriter-Composer & Frontman of Kolkata Bangla Band FOSSILS Roopam Islam

FIGHT 1:1 Bengali Film
Fighters from Fight 1:1

While a group of actors and actresses (all new faces on the big screen) like Raja, Mouli, Pamela, Raj and others play the members of the two gangs, there is Paran Banerjee, Tapas Pal, Dolon Roy (in guest appearances) and above all Satabdi Roy who plays the part of the very strict college principal.

Read all about the forthcoming Bengali movie on Washington Bangla Radio.

Bengali Movie Review: BEDENI (2011) - Get charmed by Rituparna and the snakes

Calcutta, Jan 9, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Not too many films have been based on novels by Tarashankar Bandopadhay.’Bedeni’, Anjan Das’s latest film is based on his novel starring Rituparna, Indraneil Sengupta, Rajesh Sharma and Rimjhim Gupta. Do not forget to check out our exclusive interview with film-maker Anjan Das here.

It is the tale of a snake charmer, Radhika who deserts her husband and starts her life with Sambhu, a snake charmer. Both Shambhu and Radhika start showing their tricks to the villagers, but Shambhu starts losing his charm due to his illness.

BEDENI Bengali Movie Press Meet
Anjan Das, Rituparna, Indranil, Supriya Devi and others at Princeton - Images © Aditya Chakraborty / WBRi

The villagers start getting attracted to Pyarelal Circus whose various tricks and games fascinate them. Sambhu and Radhika completely lose business and Sambhu hatches a plan to malign Keshto, but that plan in fact brings Radhika closer to Keshto as she saves him from being maligned .She seduces Keshto one night and asks him to elope with him. He agrees to leave everything and go away with her .What happens thereafter shocks everyone as Radhika sets fire to the tent where members of Keshto’s are sleeping and they are actually burnt alive while Radhika prevents Keshto from doing anything and in fact both of them are making out with each other while people are getting burnt alive. Ultimately both parties are completely ruined.

Interview: Swastika Mukherjee - "I am a Bhoot" | Swastika talks about Bye Bye Bangkok, Nandini, Bhooter Bhobishhot & her career

Tollywood Bengali Movie Actress SWASTIKA MUKHERJEEGermantown, Maryland, Jan 9, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Tollywood actress Swastika Mukhopadhyay is the quintessential Bengali girl. Her spectacular career in Bengali films is well deserved, and a result of the usual and only way to attain success - hard work and a passionate belief in one's own self.

Today, her illustrious father Santu Mukherjee must be very proud of her daughter. Being Santu Mukherjee's daughter must have had it's own curious implications, but it is entirely understandable when Swastika tells Arijit Chakraborty over this little chat how she was initially dissapointed when her father refused to give her the "little push" in the industry when Swastika was a rookie trying to make a career in films. Today, a confident, glowing and successful Swastika thanks her father to have forced her to make it on her own. While recording the audio interview, I was listening to Swastika describe this aspect of being Santu-da's daughter, and I could connect - being a father of a young daughter myself, as surely all our listeners who are dads will - and you will doubtelss feel the swell of pride as a Bengali of Santu-da and Swastika when you listen to Swastika.

Listen to the comprehensive, intimate and informal interview with Swastika Mukherjee on Washington Bangla Radio as she touches upon her career, background and upcoming films including Bye Bye Bangkok, Nandini and Bhooter Bhobisshot.

Interview: Director Atanu Ghosh explores virtual relationships in TAKHAN TEYISH and Time Travel in ABBY SENER AJOB DUNIYA

Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie Director Atanu GhoshGermantown, Maryland, Jan 8, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) After the spectacularly successful Angshumaner Chobi (Buy Bengali Movie DVD in USA) which, after a fabulous run in theaters, is holding it's position as the top-selling Bengali DVD for over 180 days now, the next film from director Atanu Ghosh titled Takhan Teish has a release date of January 21, 2011.

You will perhaps remember we previously had an opportunity to talk to Atanu Ghosh in an extensive, comprehensive and intimate interview about the then recently released Angshumaner Chobi. That candid audio interview is available online in this post.

In this audio interview with Washington Bangla Radio, Atanu Ghosh talks in depth about Takhan Teish and touches briefly on his next film Abby Sener Ajob Dunia.

Actor-Director Parambrata Chattopadhyay Talks About JIYO KAKA (2011), ABI SENER AJOB DUNIYA and other Bengali Films (Interview)

Parambrata ChatterjeeGermantown, Maryland, Jan 7, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Parambrata Chattopadhyay is a young, enterprising and popular actor and director in the Bengali film and television industry. The actor experienced instant fame with his role as Feluda's lovable assistant Topshe on the big screen. Sandip Ray casted him as Topshe in his Feluda series movies Bombayier Bombete, Kailashe Kelenkari and Tintorettor Jishu (buy Feluda movie DVDs in USA). Parambrata has acted in notable Bengali movies such as The Bong Connection, Chalo Let’s Go, 033 and the unreleased Teen Yaari Kotha (Bengali DVD sale).

Not long ago, the actor was on a study leave. He was attending a course on Film and TV production at the premiere Bristol University. Parambrata has completed directing his first feature film, JIO KAKA expected to release in Kolkata on February 11, 2010. The actor and debutant director talks about his life, career and JIO KAKA in this heart-to-heart interview with Washington Bangla Radio correspondent Arijit Chakraborty that you can listen to exclusively on Washington Bangla Radio.

[Jiyo Kaka - Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Film Poster]

Interview: Aniket Chattopadhyay, director of BYE BYE BANGKOK (Bengali, 2011): A Tale Of Five Couples Beyond Honey and Moon

Aniket Chatterjee, Director, Tollywood movie BYE BYE BANGKOK (2011)Germantown, Maryland, Jan 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Aniket Chattopadhyay is a well-known journalist and news editor, an ardent political observer, commentator and a film-maker from Kolkata. We have had the pleasure of presenting a wide-ranging, intimate and comprehensive audio interview with Aniket Chattopadhyay previosuly (avaibale online here). As you know, Aniket's debut full-length feature film "Cha E Chuti" (review) released in late 2009 to great success and went on to win the Best Experimental Film award in Film Awards Bangla (FAB) in Bangkok, Thailand, 2010. Actor Kharaj Mukherjee (interview) also won an award for the best comedy role for his performance in Cha-e-chuti in FAB Bangkok 2010. Cha-E-Chuti is one of the recent films that started a remarkable trend towards a resurgent Bengali film industry, marked by successful runs and box-office revenue over periods measured in multiple months.

Aniket's second feature-film Bye Bye Bangkok (Bengali, 2011) is opening in theaters in Kolkata on Jan 28, 2011. In these last few extremely busy days for Aniket, we appreciate the time he spared for us to talk to Arijit Chakraborty about his upcoming film, his aspirations and indications of what we might be looking at from him beyond Bye Bye Bangkok. We loved to hear the film-maker Aniket as well as the erudite political observer Aniket in this short time-span, and hope you will enjoy listening to him as much as we did while recording this piece. Aniket actually talks to us from Chennai where he is in the last stages of post-production, at a critical time just before wrapping up the final test print.

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