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Interview | Babu Kishan (Krishnendu Das Baul) folk singer-composer-producer-writer-director of DIL PUNJABI (CANADIAN DREAMS)

[image: Babukishan Krishnendu Das Baul]Germantown, Maryland, Jan 4, 2011  (Washington Bangla Radio) Krishnendu Das baul is better known as Babu Kishan among the music enthusiasts all over the world.  In a candid interview hosted by Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio, the baul narrates the tradition of baul folk songs in Bengal. The life and achievements of the folk singer as he narrates through the course of the interview, provides glimpses to the wonderful world of baul culture that nurtured his childhood. As the adda reaches towards the conclusion, Babu Kishan discusses about his latest experiment with cinematography.

Listen to the complete interview on WBRi on-demand audio broadcast service and order the fabulous album Gypsy India from WBRi Online MP3 download Store here.

SYSTEM (Bengali, 2011) Bengali Movie By Riingo Banerjee To Reveal Kolkata Underworld

Tollywood hero Indranil and actress Shubhra
Subhra and Indraneil

Tollywood Bengali Movie SYSTEM (2011) -  Indrajit, Shubhra, Ringo, Indranil in Kolkata
Indrajit, Shubhra, Riingo and Indranil - images © Aditya Chakraborty / WBRi

Calcutta, Jan 4, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Bengali film-maker Riingo’s latest film "System" deals with the evolution of the underworld and shows how it exists in Kolkata and is actually part of the system, only that we deny it. This film will show that the underworld exists very much in Kolkata as well and not only in Mumbai which is literally the capital of the underworld in India.

Do not forget to check out our interview with Riingo Banerjee here.

Since all of Riingo’s films are films with a difference, one can be assured that even this film will be different. He has just started shooting this film and the cast is very interesting where the male lead role is played by Indraneil Sengupta - his first ever proper commercial film as even Jodi Ekdin (Life Is Magic) was different, and Subhra Kundu plays the female lead role - playing Rani, a bar dancer. The supporting cast comprises of Indrajit, Kaushik Ganguly, Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Rajesh Sharma, Barun Chanda and others. The music is by Jeet Ganguly and there will be 5 songs. The singers are not yet decided fully but Alka Yagnik and James will be part of the lineup.

ESKAY Movies FIGHTER (2011) Trailer Shows Off Tollywood Hero JEET's New Eight-Pack Abs

[image: FIGHTER (Bengali, 2011) Film Poster]

Calcutta/Tollywood, Jan 3, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Director Rabi Kinnagi seems to have made a crisp entertainer maximizing Jeet's new 8-pack abs in his forthcoming Fighter. Going by the the theme song that fuses heavy guitar riffs with lyrics like "Marbe Noye Morbe Se, Nyay Juddho Lorbe Se" and Jeet's heroics in the promo-preview trailer released by ESKAY movies, all the bad guys will get pretty badly beaten up and Jeet the man will walk away with the pretty dame once again in the world of cinema.

Fighter is presented by IOU Films and stars Tollywood hero Jeet and actress Srabanti in lead roles with Locket Chatterjee, Bangladeshi actor Ferdous and others in supporting roles. The music director is Indradeep Dasgupta. The audio songs of Fighter have been released by ESKAY music.

The film is partially shot in Bangkok and expected to have a release date in January 2011.

Watch the threatrical trailer of Fighter via Washington Bangla Radio.

Siddharth Sinha's Short Film Sumthing Like Luv from India at Videoformes International Festival, 2011, Clermont-Ferrand, France

New Delhi, Jan 3, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / prurgent) The Indian film industry is typically known for producing lengthy films high on drama and filled with song and dance, but there are also some different kinds of films coming out from India giving a fresh experience to the audience. One such film is “Sumthing Like Luv” a short film soon to be showcased at Videoformes International Festival, 2011, Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Bengali Movie Review: Arekti Premer Galpo (2010) - actor Rituparno Ghosh is as brilliant as a director

Press Meet Of Arekti Premer Golpo
Press Meet: Arekti Premer Golpo - Image © Subhomoy Mukherjee / WBRi

Jan 1, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Aar Ekti Premer Galpo (Just Another Love Story) is one of the most eagerly awaited films of last year for a couple of reasons. Firstly it is definitely the first Bengali film which is about alternative sexuality and about homosexuality. Secondly a lot of people are looking forward to this film because it is about Rituparno Ghosh, as an actor and not the director. The director we have all seen, but it is the actor we are all looking forward to. The film has already been banned at Nandan as the government thinks the subject is too bold and strong for Indian audiences or rather the people of Kolkata. Therefore we can say that the initial reaction from the powers-that-may-be-have already been expressed. Also Kaushik Ganguly (Interview) and Rituparno are two different kinds of directors and directing someone like Rituparno is no easy task.

The film is a film within a film and goes into flashbacks whenever Chapal is narrating his tales. Chapal Bhaduri, the most noted actor of jatra who used to potray woman’s roles though he is a man is the subject of a film being made by Abhiroop Sen, a Delhi based filmmaker. Abhiroop who is openly gay and lives with his cinematographer, Basu, has as lot of things in common with Chapal as they are both gay (though Chapal could ever express it and was ridiculed throughout his life) though Abhiroop is much more open in today’s society in his beliefs, his dresses and the way he carries himself. Maybe that is the reason why he is comfortable on making a film on such a subject. Basu is bisexual and his wife is aware about their relationship. Abhiroop always feels as if he is a woman trapped in a man’s body. There is immense tension between Basu and Abhiroop as Basu is playing a balancing act between Abhi and Rani and their relationship might even snap.

BHOY (Bengali, 2011) and BHOY-2

By Aditya Chakraborty

Bhoy (2011) Bengali Horror Film Press Meet
Amitabha, Monami, Subhendu Ghose, Sarbari at Bhoy (Bengali, 2011) Press Meet
Image © Aditya Chakraborty / WBRi

Calcutta, Dec 31, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Horror films are not a genre which Tollywood is adept at handling and just a couple of films have been released in the recent past on that subject. Therefore to make a film on that subject needs courage as the financial returns should be worthwhile and also the right treatment should be there.

The film stars Amitabha Bhattacharya (interview), Monami Ghosh, Debaranjan Nag, Sarbari, Biplab Chatterjee, Soma Chatterjee, Abhishek Chatterjee and Satabdi Roy. The editor is Alok Dhara and the D.O.P Arabinda Dolui. The music is by Soumen Hazari and the lyricist being Sanjoy.

Read all about the press meet of the Tollywood film on Washington Bangla Radio.

Bye Bye Bangkok (Bengali, 2011) Gets U/A (Parental Guidance) Certification, opening in January 2011

Calcutta, Dec 29, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Director Aniket Chattopadhyay (interview) is surely pleased on the "U/A" (Universal but children accompanied by an Adult - similar to "PG-13" rating of our own MPAA) rating given his forthcoming Tollywood Bengali film Bye Bye Bangkok by the government-controlled Indian Film Censor Board (formally called Central Board of Film Certification). Families with children are encouraged to watch this entertaining film opening in theaters in Kolkata in January 2011.

[Bye Bye Bangkok Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie Poster]

Bye Bye Bangkok is a comedy film, a story around six men and six women. The dozen in the star cast include Swastika Mukherjee, Rudranil Ghosh, Locket Chatterjee, Shilajit, Anjana Basu, Sonalee Chaudhuri, Kanchana Moitra, Kharaj Mukherjee, Kanchan Mullick, Rajesh Sharma, Neel Mukhopadhyay and Priya Karfa. The producer is Kaustav Ray.

Read all about the Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Film and watch the promo-preview-trailer online via Washington Bangla Radio.

Takhan Teyish - He Was 23 (Bengali, 2011) - Trailer

[Takhan Teyish Bengali Film Poster]

Atanu GhoshCalcutta, Dec 29, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Tara Film Productions have released the first-look poster and trailer of the upcoming Bengali film Tokhon Teyish (He Was 23) written and directed by Atanu Ghosh (interview). Takhon Teyish is expected to have a release date of Jan 21, 2011.

The star cast includes Jisshu Sengupta, Paoli Dam, Aparajita Ghosh Das, Tanusree Shankar, Rajatabha Dutta, Biswajit Chakrabarty, Biplab Chatterjee, Neel Mukherjee, Locket Chatterjee and Indrani Halder. Takhan Teish is Atanu's 2nd Bengali feature film.

Kagojer Bou - The Paper Wife (Bengali, 2011) - Trailer

Kagojer Bou - Coming Soon Poster

Calcutta, Dec 29, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The first teasers of acclaimed Bengali film-maker Bappaditya Bandopadhyay's (interview) upcoming film Kagojer Bou - The Paper Wife (2011) have been released by the producers.

Kagojer Bou has a star cast of Paoli Dham, Rahul, Priyanka, Bratya (interview), Nandini and Joy among others. Gaurav Chatterjee (interview) - popularly known as Gabu from Lakkhichara Bangla band debuts as the music director with this film. Bappaditya himself has personally worked with and draws inspiration from Gabu's father Gautam Chatterjee (of Mohiner Ghoraguli fame).

Kagojer Bou is adapted from a novel of the same title by renowned Bengali writer Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, and Bappaditya has given the story from 40 years ago a contemporary touch in his film.

Jiyo Kaka (Bengali, 2011)

[Jiyo Kaka - Bengali Film Poster]

Calcutta, Dec 29, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The first-look posters and details of actor-director Parambrata Chattopadhyay's (interview) debut Bengali feature film Jio Kaka have been released by the producers T. Sarkar Productions of Kolkata.

Written by Aditi Majumdar and directed by Parambrata, Jiyo Kaka has an expected release date of February 11, 2011 and stars Rituparna Sengupta (interview), Rahul, Rudranil Ghosh (interview), Abhiraj (interview), Silajit, Kanchan Mallik and more. The screenplay is by Aditi Majumdar, Parambrata Chattopadhyay and Rudraneel Ghosh.

The background score of Jiyo Kaka is composed by Mayukh-Mainaak (interview) whose composition for Egaro - The Eleven is also eagerly awaited.

Read all about the film and check out the exclusive interviews on Washington Bangla Radio.

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