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INTERVIEW | Bengali Movie MAHANAGAR@KOLKATA (2010) - Director Suman Mukhopadhyay on actor Chandan Roy Sanyal

Bengali Movie Director SUMAN MUKHERJEE (Suman Mukhopadhyay)Kolkata, India, June 15, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Acclaimed film-maker Suman Mukhopadhyay talks about the Bengali film Mahanagar@Kolkata and actor Chandan Roy Sanyal in this exclusive interview hosted by Washington Bangla Radio's Kolkata correspondent Subhomoy Mukherjee.

Suman Mukhopadhyay's debut feature film “Herbert” (2005) [Buy Bengali Movie Herbert DVD Online] starring Subhashis Mukherjee, Sabyasachi Chakravarthy, Lily Chakravarty, Bratya Basu, Joyraj Bhattacharya, Chandan Sen, Kanchan Mullick and Suchitra Mitra,  is a milestone in Bengali Film Industry in subject, acting and technical aspects. Not only that, this serious film got acclamation both from audience and critics. Herbert was awarded with prestigious Indian National Award as well as awards from different parts of the World. Later, Chaturanga, based on a challenging novel of same name by Rabindranath Tagore established him as one of the most sensational directors of India. Chaturanga, very popular among audience and critics, screened at 55 major film festivals of the World  and got multiple awards from every corner of the World.

Indian actor Chandan Roy Sanyal appeared in the Aamir Khan in super-hit film “Rang De Basanti” (DVD sale) with Kunal Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, R. Siddharth, Soha Ali Khan, Alice Patten, Waheeda Rehman, Om Puri, Kiron Kher, Anupam Kher, Atul Kulkarni, Aamir Khan and more.

Chandan's small but significance presence in Rang De Basanti has been appreciated and from there he bagged the dream role of Michael in Vishal Bhardwaj’s “Kaminey” (DVD Deal) co-starring Shahid Kapur, Priyanka Chopra, Amol Gupte and more – a film of substance.

Mahanagar@Kolkata stars Anjan Dutt, Rituparna Sengupta, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Sreelekha Mitra, Arun Mukhopadhyay, Biplab Chatterjee, Kabir Suman and others. Screenplay and direction are by Suman Mukhopadhyay. The film is produced by Pawan Kanodia and was selected at the Munich International Film Festival (Germany premiere) in 2010.

Official synopsis: It could be Buenos Aires, it could be Berlin, it could be Beijing, and it could be Kolkata where stories and histories, myths and classes clash. Megacity Kolkata hides many worlds inside it. This film explores several facets of life in the city, through three intertwining stories, documenting the loves, fears, joys, sorrows, insecurities, and confidences of people who, despite vast differences, seem to merge in one great long flow of humanity.

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Interview | Actor CHANDAN ROY SANYAL - Mahanagar@Kolkata, Kaminey, Rang De Basanti

Subhomoy Mukherjee, Washington Bangla Radio Kolkata Correspondent, talks to actor Chandan Roy Sanyal, in this exclusive, informal and intimate interview video.

Middle class Indians often dare to think beyond a prototype career. All the science students always think about being a IITian. If they don’t crack IIT entrance, they opt for some other career to get security in life. But they never think of a career like acting as a substitute to IIT.

Exception proves the rule. We are talking about Chandan Roy Sanyal, the new Hero in the Indian Film Industry – especially Hindi movie (Bollywood) as well as Kolkata Bengali Movie (Tollywood) arenas, as a very brilliant student who has always dreamt about being a IITian. When he could not crack IIT entrance, he opted for pursuing his career as a mathematician. But he did not get interest in general studies. So he left studies and joined a Workshop conducted my legend of Indian Theatre, Habib Tanveer and got the desired interest in acting.

Habib Tanvir changed his life totally. Chandan has decided to pursue his career as an actor against the dream of his family and started acting in regular productions of Habib Tanvir’s group.

When he was regular there, he got the opportunity to join a British Theatre Group working on Shakespeare and he started his new journey with A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Touring all over the World with that group has given him adequate knowledge about contemporary acting as well as professionalism and the power to experiment successfully with acting.

All this experience has given him the brevity to pursue career in film and suddenly he has got the opportunity to work with Aamir Khan in super-hit film “Rang De Basanti” (DVD sale) with Kunal Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, R. Siddharth, Soha Ali Khan, Alice Patten, Waheeda Rehman, Om Puri, Kiron Kher, Anupam Kher, Atul Kulkarni, Aamir Khan and more.

His small but significance presence there has been appreciated and from there he bagged the dream role of Michael in Vishal Bhardwaj’s “Kaminey” (DVD Deal) co-starring Shahid Kapur, Priyanka Chopra, Amol Gupte and more – a film of substance.

After seeing his performance in Kaminey, eminent Bengali director Suman Mukhopadhyay (click here for the exclusive WBRi interview) approached him with a leading role in his Bengali movie MAHANAGAR@KOLKATA and he has worked very well in his debut Bengali venture.

Right now Chandan, as a popular actor, is working in several Bollywood projects and we wish him all the success in future.



Interview | Film-maker MALOY SARKAR - Blackmail upcoming Bengali Film from director of ALIEN HAND

Maloy Sarkar is a medical doctor and a well known film-maker from Kolkata with significant contribution to Telefilms for over 15 years. Dr Sarkar has previously made great documentaries, including the 2-part crime-related program Mrityudando, the full 52-episode television serial "Dweep" and others. His short film "ALIEN HAND" broadcast in the TV series "Rahasshya Golpo" on ETV Bangla perhaps still stands unbeaten in terms of viewership of any single Bengali TV program.

Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio spoke with Dr Malay Sarkar in Ahmedabad, India about his upcoming Bengali movie BLACKMAIL (2010). In this casual and informal conversation, Dr Maloy Sarkar talks about his early films as well as his later films. He describes how his background in medicine helps him in making crime-related thrillers. Dr Sarkar shares his view of why ALIEN HAND clicked with the audience.

About his upcoming Bangla film BLACKMAIL, Dr Sarkar says it is about a high profile movie director's life being swept away from under his feet being blackmailed for an accident committed after a drunken brawl. But the blackmailer himself feels caught in his own web and wants to flee. In this war of wits, finally the unexpected happens.

Listen to the full audio interview online.


Interview - SUBHRAJIT MITRA - Director of Bengali movies AGUNPAKHI (The Phoenix), Mon Amour: Shesher Kobita Revisited, Wangala

Kolkata Tollywood Bengali Film-Maker SUBHRAJIT MITRAThe director of upcoming Bengali movie AAGUNPAKHI - The Phoenix (2010), Subhrajit Mitra is a well known young film-maker from Kolkata. He has previously made excellent documentaries, like WANGALA which is a film on Garo tribes in the North-eastern Himalayan foothills that was shown in many international film festivals. Subhrajit has been commissioned for six documentaries so far by Doordarshan, and has made a full 52 episodes of a television series in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organization.

Subhrajit Mitra's first Bengali feature film Mon Amour: Shesher Kobita Revisited was released in 2008 and is considered a significant intellectual achievement in Bengali cinema. The title of the film is also perhaps the only one in the world that has words from three languages.

Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio talks to Subhrajit Mitra in an informal and intimate interview. Subhrajit describes his early love for films, and in spite of being professionally qualified software engineer from Jadavpur University (the alma-mater of the founder of Washington Bangla Radio), films are his first love. He actually went and watched Jurassic Park the day before a very important competitive examination in his career!

Subhrajit tells us an interesting tale on how at the age of 18 he was given Indian Rupees 18,000 and asked to make a documentary on environmental issues / greenhouse effect. Subhrajit describes how the boat he rented almost capsized in the middle of an extremely dirty drain into the river Ganges. You have to listen to Subhrajit tell the story.

A hot scene from Bengali movie Mon AmourSubhrajit talks about Mon Amour in depth, discussing neo-realism and this film and how he wants the film to be approached by the audience.

Subhrajit Mitra also talks about his forthcoming movie AGUNPAKHI - THE PHOENIX in depth in this interview. On the outset, he wants to make clear that despite the media reports about Maoist terrorists as the backdrop of this film, the film really should be disassociated from any single activist group - it should be approached as a film about the downtrodden and neglected segments of society, and is really a humanist film.

AGUNPAKHI has just received Censor Board clearance with a rating of A (Adult - India's version of R - Restricted). Subhrajit indicates the film will be released in late June or early July, 2010. Interestingly, Agunpakhi will also be released in Russian theaters.

Subhrajit Mitra's future projects include a film adaptation of Santu-Kakababu pair of characters by Sunil Ganguly.

Washington Bangla Radio wishes Subhrajit Mitra all the very best with AAGUNPAKHI - The Phoenix (Bengali, 2010).

Listen to the full audio interview online by pressing the play button in the player at the top.


Interview | Bengali Film Maker ATANU GHOSH (Takhan Teish, Angshumaner Chobi) | WBRi Exclusive Audio

Atanu Ghosh - Tokhon Teyish Bengali MovieAtanu Ghosh is an acclaimed award-winning film maker from Kolkata. His film AAR EK BAMPI has received a National Award for Best Children's Telefilm. Another film of Atanu - MEGH BRISHTI ROD - received the Best Screenplay award from the Radio and Television Advertising Practitioners' Association of India. Many other awards have been given for other films by Atanu. He has also contributed towards writing and editing of many other films, and has made over 30 documentary and corporate fims. Atanu Ghosh's first full-length Bengali feature film ANGSHUMANER CHOBI released in 2009 and has received critical acclaim and is very successful. His 2nd Bangla feature film is titled TOKHON TEYISH and is to be released soon.

Arijit Chakrborty of WBRi Washington Bangla Radio speaks with Atanu Ghosh in an informal and intimate audio interview. Listen to the full interview audio online by pressing the play button in the player below.


Interview | Amitabha Bhattacharya - Joy Baba Bholenath Bengali Movie (Video)

Actor Amitabh Bhattacharjee

In this exclusive interview, Subhomoy Mukhopadhyay of WBRi Washington Bangla Radio chats with Amitabh Bhattacharjee at a shooting location for upcoming Kolkata Bengali movie Jay Baba Bholenath.


Interview | Rachana Banerjee - Tollywood actress talks about Joy Baba Bholenath Bengali Movie (Video)

Kolkata Tollywood Bengali heroine Rachana BanerjeeRachana Banerjee (রচনা ব্যানার্জী) is a popular Tollywood Bengali film actress who is also well-known for her roles in other regional movies in Oriya, Telugu and Bollywood. She is the lead actress in the forthcoming Kolkata Bengali movie Joy Baba Bholenath paired with upcoming actor Amitabh.

The previous working title of Joi Baba Bholenath was Tumi Ami Dujone. Subhomoy Banerjee of WBRi Washington Bangla Radio caught up with Rachana during shooting of the film while it was still titled Tumi Ami Dujone, as you will hear in this video interview.


Interview | JOY SARKAR - JODI EKDIN Bengali Movie Music Composer and Director

RINGO Banerjee's JODI EKDIN Bengali Movie - Music Composer 
& Director Joy SarkarApr 15, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Joy Sarkar is an accomplished and acclaimed artist and music composer. He is the background music composer and music director of Kolkata Bengali movie JODI EKDIN directed by Riingo Banerjee.

Joy Sarkar talks to Washington Bangla Radio in an exclusive and intimate interview (Video) hosted by Subhomoy Mukherjee, WBRi correspondent from Kolkata. Joy talks about his childhood when he started off as a vocalist - but he was more excited by instrumental aspects of compositions, and started playing the guitar which has been his real base as an artist for many years now. A professional guitarist and music arranger for numerous albums, JODI EKDIN sees Joy Sarkar debuting as the composer of the musical score of a feature film.

Riingo Banerjee's Jodi Ekdin (2010) revolves around Neel played by Indraneil Sengupta and Nikita played by Priyanka Sarkar and their relationship in the context of a fast-paced modern way of life which leaves little time for pursuing emotional attachment.

Interview | Suman Mukhopadhyay - award-winning film-maker - Mahanagar@Kolkata, Herbert, Chaturanga

Suman Mukhopadhyay Mahanagar@KolkataApril 10, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Acclaimed Bengali film-maker Suman Mukhopadhyay (Herbert [DVD], Chaturanga) talks to Washington Bangla Radio's Kolkata correspondent Subhomoy Mukhopadhyay in an informal and intimate interview (video). Mukhopadhyay's Mahanagar@Kolkata movie is about to be released and all movie lovers are in expectation to experience another sensational and quality movie from the award-winning director. Mahanagar@Kolkata has a star cast of Biplab Chattopadhyay, Arun Mukherjee, Anjan Dutt, Rituparna Sengupta, Sreelekha Mitra, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Kabir Suman and others. Mukhopadhyay talks about his childhood, his participation in theater, his films Herbert and Chaturanga and of course MAHANAGAR@KOLKATA which he says is a portrayal of today's modern Kolkata with deep-rooted culture via a collage of three stories by Nabarun Bhattacharya that he had read at different points in time but come together in the film.


First Look at Bengali Movie ALEYA (2010) Starring Hot New Bengali Actress Pamela with Amitava

Aleya Bangla Movie Still

Playback songs performed by singers Rupam Islam, Sujoy Ghosh, Dipannita and Sudipto Gayen lend voice to lyrics by Samim and A. Raju. Snehasis Ganguly is the editor of the film along with Mr. Basudeb Chatterjee.

Aleya Bangla Movie Still

The cast of the film includes Amitava Bhattacharya, Pamela, Sakuntala Barua, Chinmoy Roy, Swantona Basu, Ramen Roy Chowdhury, Anirban Das, Siddhartho Guha, Sayantani and others.


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