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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.


Exclusive Interview | Film Maker Suman Mukhopadhyay (Chaturanga) on actor Subrata Dutta (Achin Pakhi, Rakta Charitra) - Video

Bengali Movie Director Shuman Mukhopadhyay (Chaturanga)Mar 26, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Acclaimed film-maker Suman Mukhopadhyay cast powerful character actor Subrata Dutta in a lead role in the critically acclaimed and successful film Chaturanga (2008). In this close, personal and informal video interview, Subhomoy Mukherjee of Washington Bangla Radio talks to director Suman Mukhopadhyay. Suman Mukherjee talks about Subrata Dutta's role and contribution to the film.

People usually say that persons from small townships of Bengal cannot achieve the desired level, only Calcuttans deserve this. But it is not true always. If somebody is prodigy, he has the zeal, he has the dream, he has the courage, he should hit the Bull’s eye. We can take the example of Subrata Dutt, who born and brought up at Bankura, a small city in West Bengal bit far from Kolkata but right now a promising hero of Indian cinema. He was a student of Zoology at Bankura.

Before completing his 10th standard examination, he never considered even watching films seriously. After seconary school, he started watching films - all sorts of movies. From this time, he casually started to work as a prompter with Jatra troupes – a traditional theatre format. But even then he did not have any idea regarding theater or film nor about acting as a career seriously at that time. After completing Senior school, he has started thinking of acting instead of a prompter but not at a professional level. Subrat Dutt, as he is known in Bollywood, always thought of landing a good job, better to say a stereotypical career like most Bengali middle Class guys.

So after graduation, he enrolled in a MBA course in Kolkata. But at the same time, he started to consider acting as a career. That time, in 1991, he learnt about a workshop by the prestigious National School of Drama at Behrampore, West Bengal. That time he was not aware about the import and fame of the NSD but he was attracted by the names of workshop coordinators, none other than Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri. He applied at, and to his surprise, got selected for the Workshop.

That was the turning point in his life - the workshop paved his path for a full time course in NSD which helped the actor to groom himself to achieve the best. When he was in NSD, due to his superb skills, he performed lead roles for almost all the productions.

Then he came to know of a scholarship offered by the British council, he applied and got the chance to be trained in London.

In those days, he came in the touch with Manoj Bajpayee, another NSD graduate, and completed then Super-Hit Hindi film “Satya” by Ram Gopal Verma [buy dvd online] with J.D. Chakravarthi, Urmila Matondkar, Paresh Rawal, Manoj Bajpai, Saurabh Shukla, and started to think of fulfillment of his dream by entering Bollywood.

NSD helped him groom as a complete actor. He is also very gifted and he knows to differentiate his acting skills for different media (film and stage). That’s why he never faces any problem to act both in theater and cinema simultaneously and also successfully. Subrata Dutta is very versatile and ready to take challenges - so he is comfortable to act both as hero and villain and both in parallel art-house and commercial movies. He does not have any problem to adjust his time between Tollywood and Bollywood though he started his journey to Tollywood later. He is well known in both the sectors and successful wherever he acts.

Heroines from all ages and from established to new comers are working with him and he is equally flexible and comfortable with all of them.

We can describe him as “made for films based on writings by Rabindranath Tagore” as he already worked in three movies in different languages based on stories by Tagore. Subrata Dutta has accepted the challenge to act in the role of Villain Sandip in the adaptation of Tagore’s Ghare Baire (DVD), once played by living legend Soumitro Chatterjeev directed by another legend Late Satyajit Ray.

According to Subrata Dutta, he does not have any problem to do bold scenes in front of camera if the script demands so, and to do films based on controversial novels if they are enriched literally. That’s why he played the lead role in the film “Bibar” aka Calcutta Unabashed (Bengali Movie DVD Release Online) with Tannishtha Chatterjee, based on the novel of the same title by Late Samaresh Bose which raised controversy in the sixties.

Currently Subrata Dutta is the hero in films by two great directors, Anjan Das in Bengali (film: Achin Pakhi) and Ram Gopal Verma in Hindi (film: Rakta Charitra).

He has already been honored with two international awards. Washington Bangla Radio wishes him all success in future.


Exclusive Interview | Subrata Dutta (Achin Pakhi, Rakta Charitra) Award Winning Indian Bollywood and Bengali Movie Actor

Actor Subrata Dutta (Subrat Dutt)Mar 25, 2010, by Subhomoy Mukheree, Washington Bangla Radio: Subrata Datta, known as Subrat Dutt in Mumbai, is a powerful award-winning character actor appearing in parallel, art-house as well as commercial films. Subrata talks to Washington Bangla Radio in an intimate and informal interview.

Watch Subrata Dutta talking about his fascinating experiences in Indian Cinema.


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