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Bengali Movie Review: SEDIN DEKHA HOYECHILO (2010) - Tapas Pal-Kanchan Mullick shine in the DEV-Srabanti Starrer

By Aditya Chakrabarty

Tollywood Bengali Movie Hero DEV and actress SHRABANTI at SEDIN DEKHA HOYECHILO Film Release Pres Meet
Hero DEV and heroine Shrabanti - SEDIN DEKHA HOYECHILO Bangla Film at Sangeet Bangla

Calcutta, Dec 27, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Tollywood film Shedin Dekha Hoyechilo (Bengali, 2010) brings back the hit pair of Dujone (buy DVD online), DEV (Audio Interview) and Shrabanti who are again paired together after this film. It is a fresh love story involving not only one couple , but two couples, Ajoy and Kavita, and Abeer and Nandini.The person who is against the relationships is the father of the two brides Neelkantha Roy, played by Tapas Pal.

Nandini’s elder sister elopes with her boyfriend on the day of her marriage. Neelkantha Roy, her father, a very strict and stern man decides to find them at any cost. He manages to locate four of Ajoy’s friends from different places and brings them over to his place out of which one of them is Abeer. He holds them captive till they tell about the couple’s whereabouts. They tell him that they don’t know anything, but no one believes them. They decide to flee one day, but Abeer falls in love with a girl though he is unable to see her face. They are again held captive.

Samidh and Rishi - music directors of Bengali Film SEDIN DEKHA HOYECHILO
Samidh-Rishi - Bengali film songs singer-composers at Sangeet Bangla
Images © Aditya Chakraborty / WBRi

Read the complete review at Washington Bangla Radio.



A star of Bengali Theater and Film is no more

Calcutta, Dec 27, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Renowned actor and numero uno director of contemporary Bengali theater, Ramaprasad Banik, passed away at AMRI, South Kolkata at the age of 56. He leaves behind his mother, wife and two daughters.

He joined Bohurupee at the age of just 6 years and he learned the different aspects of drama from Natyaguru Late Sambhu Mitra. He was a favourite pupil of Mitra. He was just 8 when he first performed on stage.


Rituparno Ghosh, Indraneil, Chapal Bhaduri & Kaushik Ganguly in Arekti Premer Golpo (Bengali, 2010) Kolkata Movie Premiere

Tollywood Bengali Film AREKTI PREMER GALPO

RITUPARNO GHOSH Tollywood Movie AAREKTI PREMER GOLPO

AREKTI PREMER GALPO Bengali Cinema

AREKTI PREMER GALPO Bengali Picture

Calcutta, Dec 22, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio)  Aarekti Premer Galpo (English title: Just Another Love Story) will be released on 24th December, 2010 but it has been premiered on 23rd December, 2010 at Priya of South Kolkata and the Press Meet has been arranged on 22nd December, 2010 at Princeton Club, Kolkata.

Director of the film, Kaushik Ganguly (WBRi Exclusive Interview) has anchored the press meet in presence of producer Tapan Biswas from Cinemawalla and main actors, Chapal Bhaduri, Indraneil Sengupta and Rituparno Ghosh.

Listen to Kaushik Ganguly, Chapal Bhaduri, Indraneil Sengupta and Rituparno Ghosh talk about the film by pressing PLAY in the audio player exclusively on Washington Bangla Radio.


Proxy (2011) and Hotath Bhison Bhalo Lagche (2011) Tollywood Kolkata Bangla Movies By Bishnu Dutta - Srishti Productions

HOTAT BHISHON BHALO LAGCHE (2011) Bengali Movie

Bengali Film Actresses Moumita, Dolon Roy and Dona

PROXY (2011) Bangla Movie
Director, producer, Music Director and Actress Dolon Roy - Images © Aditya Chakraborty / WBRi

Calcutta, Dec 23, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Srishti Productions has recently entered Tollywood with two of their Bengali film ventures named 'Proxy' and 'Hotat Bhishon Bhalo Lagche'.

While the shooting of Proxy has ended and the film is expected to release in January, the shooting of Hothat Bishon Bhalo Lagche is expected to commence towards the end of January.

Read all about the upcoming Tollywood Bangla films and the press conference report on Washington Bangla Radio.



Tollywood Queen Rituparna Sengupta in and as BEDENI (2011) - A Bengali Film By Anjan Das : Exclusive Press Meet Report

Bangla Movie Bedeni: Anjan Das, Rituparna, Indranil, Supriya Devi and others_at_Princeton
Anjan Das, Rituparna, Indranil, Supriya Devi and others at Princeton - Images © Aditya Chakraborty / WBRi

Tollywood Hero INDRANIL at BEDENI Film Press ConferenceCalcutta, Dec 23, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) A lot of literary novels from the greats in the field have been made into films in the recent past. Very recently we have seen films like Laboratory (Rabindranath Tagore) and Moner Manush (Sunil Gangopadhay), and Bedeni is the latest example of a novel being turned into a film. In this case the author happens to be the great Tarashankar Bandopadhay.

This film is about a central character 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.

Read all about BEDENI (2011) and the press conference on Washington Bangla Radio.


Best wishes to Tollywood queen Rituparna Sengupta expecting her second child

Calcutta, Dec 21, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The reigning queen of Tollywood, Rituparna Sengupta, is going to give birth to her second child.

Is it a rumour since Rituparna is very busy with her work schedule now and she is not getting a single day to spend with her family ?

She is truly shuttling between Tollywood and Bollywood regularly to do her shooting for films and commercials by eminent directors. I think that she is working more to complete all her film projects before taking maternity leave since she is very dedicated, disciplined and punctual and she likes to be in full rest to care for her coming child.


After GUZARISH, Sanjay Leela Bhansali Announces New Film With Abhishek Bachchan

Calcutta, Dec 11, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog) Sanjay Leela Bhansali has announced his next project within one month of release of his heart touching movie Guzaarish, though it has got some critical remarks from none other than his friend actor-host Salman Khan the director is no mood to stop.

Interview | Shaheb Bhattacharya - Topshe in Gorosthane Sabdhan,Naxalite Lover in Iti Mrinalini to Freedom Fighter in Chittagong

Germantown, Maryland, Dec 14, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The young handsome actor Saheb Bhattacharya recently created waves with his role of Feluda's assistant Topshe in his first feature film release Gorosthane Sabdhan (Bengali, 2010) - the latest Sandip Ray film featuring Sabyasachi Chakraborty as Feluda, Shaheb as Topshe and Bibhu Bhattacharya (interview) as Lalmohon  "Jatayu" Ganguly, Tinnu Anand, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Subhashish and others.

We caught up with Shaheb in Bangalore where he is shooting for a film that is still very much on the floors and thus too early to announce, and Shaheb chats with Arijit Chakraborty in this informal and intimate audio interview.

Sandip Ray's Feluda Movie GOROSTHANE SABDHAN
Gorosthane Sabdhan - Sabyasachi Chakraborty as Feluda, Shaheb Bhattacharya as Topshe, Bibhu Bhattacharya as Jatayu

Do not miss Shaheb's hilarious stories of how he would devise various schemes to scare Bibhu Bhattacharya and all of them having a lot of fun behind the camera. Shaheb shares with us some wonderful incidents from the shooting of Gorosthane Sabdhan.

Iti Mrinalini - Saheb Bhattacharya - Konkona Sen Sharma
Saheb Bhattacharya and Konkona Sen Sharma in Aparna Sen's Iti Mrinalini (2010)

Aparna Sen, Shaheb Bhattacharya, Konkona Sen Sharma - ITI MRINALINI Bengali Film
Aparna Sen instructing Shaheb Bhattacharya and Konkona Sen Sharma - shooting of Iti Mrinalini (Bengali, 2010)

Shaheb also plays the role of a naxalite and the love interest of Konkona Sen Sharma's character of a young actress in Aparna Sen's Sudhu Mrinalini (Bengali, 2010) which has started the film-festival circuit already with screenings at the Cairo and Dubai International film festivals. Iti Mrinalini is currently expected to release in Kolkata in January 2011. A story about the life of a film-actress told in four chapters in the film, Shaheb-Konkona appear in the first of the four chapters.

Saheb appears in Sanghamitra Chowdhury's film RUU (2011) with Paoli Dam, in the role of an automobile driver named Chiring Thapa from Sikkim. According to Shaheb, RUU is in some ways a travelog with visuals from fabulous locations from North Bengal, but also with a unusual storyline with a big surprise at the end.

Another great ongoing project for Shaheb is the film CHITTAGONG (Hindi, 2010) directed by Bedobroto Pain. Like the recent Abhishek Bachchan-Deepika Padukone starrer Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se (Hindi, 2010), Chittagong is based on the incredible 1930 armory raids against British occupiers of India by Surya Sen and his group of revolutionary freedom-fighter heroes. Shaheb plays freedom fighter Sukhendu in the film with Manoj Bajpai playing Surya Sen.

Yet another great project Shaheb is working with currently is Mahesh Manjrekar's first Bengali feature film AMI SUBHASHCHANDRA BOLCHI - a film that tries to inspire Bengalis to awaken from their slumbur and resume their leadership positions, stopping and reversing the erosion of their moral courage seen over the last three decades. Mahesh Manjrekar, being a great actor-director, has developed a deep understanding of the Bengali sentiment and the film's screenplay is far removed from standard mainstream Indian cinema. Ami Subhas Chandra Bolchi features none other than Mithun Chakraborty in the lead role to carry the message of the film.

As you know, Shaheb Bhattacharya is also the popular television host for ZEE TV show Sa Re Ga Ma PA Lil' Champ.

Shaheb Bhattacharya - Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie Hero Saheb Bhattacharya - Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie Hero

Listen to WBRi's chit-chat with Shaheb Bhattacharjee via our on-demand audio broadcast service on Washington Bangla Radio.



Interview: Actor Parambrata Chatterjee on Bhooter Bhobishyat, Kahani & Other Movies

Parambrata Chattopadhyay and Bibhu Bhattacharya in Bhuter Bhobisshot (2012) Tollywood Kolkata New Bengali Movie Release
Parambrata Chattopadhyay & Bibhu Bhattacharya in a scene from Bhuter Bhobishyot

He is one of the talented young actors in Tollywood. Actor Parambrata Chatterjee is busy shooting 'Bhooter Bhobishyot' in the at 'Jimmy Laha Bari' in Kolkata these days. IBNS correspondent Supriyo Hazra caught up with him in an informal chat session at the venue itself. Excerpts:

Tell us something about your character in the movie?



UNAWARE (2010) UFO Sci-Fi Horror Film Catches Movie Fans and Hollywood Off-Guard

Dallas, TX, December 13, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRWEB) A controversial new feature entitled "Unaware" has emerged from hiding, catching movie fans and Hollywood studios off-guard. Although the official trailer was unveiled in October, publicity did not accelerate until earlier last week, when movie sites like Dread Central and Bloody-Disgusting energetically identified the project in the latest “found-footage” trend.

The indie project has already been compared to other popular flicks of the genre; however, its producers are vehemently refuting claims that it is just another “mockumentary,” referring to box office champions "The Blair Witch Project" and Oren Peli’s "Paranormal Activity". Others speculate if this is similar in theme to Steven Spielberg’s extraterrestrial and UFO films of the 1970s and 80s, but the producers have not commented on that idea.


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