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Interview: Gautam Susmit - The Noted Bengali, Hindi and South-Indian Film Songs Lyricist

By Mou Sanyal and Soumitra Talukdar

Noted Bollywood and Bengali Movie Lyricist GAUTAM SUSHMITCalcutta, November 1, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The leading lyricist of Bengali Film Industry who has also worked with Bollywood , Oriya , South Indian (Chennai) and Bangladeshi film industries, Gautam Susmit talks to Mou Sanyal and Soumitra Talukdar (camera) in an intimate and exclusive video interview on behalf of Washington Bangla Radio.

When he was asked about the significance of his name, Gautam Susmit admits that it is merely a pen- name . His name is actually Gautam Bhattacharya. At an early age he dreamed of being a writer and wrote many small stories and poems . He is very fond of Rabindranath Tagore from a young age and imitated him by signing with date and place at the end of every writing.

Noted Bollywood and Bengali Movie Lyricist GAUTAM SUSHMITIn the early 1990s he went to Bombay (Mumbai) where he worked with an advertisement company. He came in contact with music director Tridib Roy Chowdhury who encouraged him to write songs and introduced Gautam as a lyricist in an album.

Meanwhile he was introduced to Mr Champak Jain, owner of Venus Records. He was given the job of translation of Hindi to Bengali songs. Within a year (1996) Gautam became the lyricist of nearly 22 albums (nearly 220 songs) to his credentials.

When Gautam Susmit was asked which movie would be the best according to him from his long movie list, he smiled and said that it was not the long list, but the quality of his work that should count as credentials.

His first film was Moner Manush as Bengali feature film. Most of the songs in it became hits at that time. The song "Porle Premer Jale" sung by Alka Yagnik was a big hit. After that were "Sasurbari Jindabad", "Pratibad" and "Sathi". The songs of "Saathi" became very popular. Then he worked with films like "Annadata", "Premi" , "Bandhan" , "Prem Amar" , "Amanush" , "Bolo Na Tumi Amar" , "Amar Sangi" , "Piriti Kathaler Atha" , "Priya Tumi" etc.

Watch our exclusive video interview with the noted Indian Bollywood (hindi), Tollywood Kolkata Bengali and South-Indian movie songs lyricist Goutam Sushmit.

Ra.One breaks box office records

Shahrukh Khan during filming at Kennedy Space ...

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By Raksha Narang/EveryMedia

Eros International's Ra.One breaks all box office records for any Hindi film till date with the biggest ever gross opening weekend collections of Rs. 170 crore worldwide, creates highest single day collections record.

  • Highest Diwali day collections.
  • Highest weekend collections.
  • Highest first weekend overseas collections in the history of Indian cinema.

Mumbai, Oct 31, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Eros International Media Ltd (Eros International), a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry has announced a historic and record breaking opening for Shah Rukh Khan’s Ra.One, produced by Red Chillies Entertainments in association with Winford Productions which released across theatres worldwide on 26th October 2011. SRK’s super hero action film has set a new record at the Indian box office by earning a gross of Rs. 170 crore worldwide in the opening weekend (first five days of release).

The highly anticipated Diwali release triumphed at the box office with an incredible weekend gross collection of Rs. 137.25 crore (Net Collection of Rs. 96 crore) in India and Rs.  32.75 crore overseas. Since its release, Ra.One has been creating history by shattering regional, national and international box office record after record with the biggest Diwali day opening followed by the biggest single day collections for an Indian film and now the biggest ever weekend release for both India and overseas box office.

Jani Dekha Hobe (Bengali, 2011) Trailer & Poster - A Film by Birsa Dasgupta

Jaani Dekha Hobe (2011) Kolkata Bengali Movie Poster

Calcutta,Oct 30, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Birsa Dasgupta's 2nd Bengali feature film "Jaani Dekha Hobey" is scheduled for a release date of November 25, 2011.

The star cast is led by Parambrata Chattopadhyay and Payel Sarkar with Rupa Ganguly, Mamata Shankar and Anjan Dutta in other significant roles.

Jaani Dyakha Hawbe is the story of young romance and tough choices between sacrificing one's love or career. Reports indicate Anjan Dutta plays the character of "Ishwar" in the film.

Payel Sarkar plays an aspiring model, and Parambrata is a young man with a promising career in music.

Watch the official theatrical trailer of Jaani Dekha Hawbe online on WBRi.

Music Launch of "Jani Dekha Hobe" Bengali Movie on 8th Birthday of INOX

By Aditya Chakraborty

Jaani Dekha Hobe (2011) Bengali Movie Music Launch: Kaushiki Desikan, Srijato, Indradeep Dasgupta, Parambrata and Neel Dutt
  Kaushiki Desikan, Srijato, Indradeep Dasgupta, Payel, Parambrata and Neel Dutt

Jaani Dekha Hobe (2011) Bengali Movie Music Launch: Payel Sarkar and Parambrata with winners of motorcycle
Payel Sarkar and Parambrata with winners of the motorcycle

Jaani Dekha Hobe (2011) Bengali Movie Audio Songs Live by Neel Dutta
Neel Dutta performing live on the occassion

Calcutta, Oct 30, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Two mega events took place one after another on Saturday at Inox Forum. Firstly the 8th anniversary bash of Inox. The celebrations which had started from the 1st Oct to the 22nd with a host of events, activities and contests ended with the prize winners of two contests being announced where the lucky winners won a mobile phone and a HERO motorcycle. A cake was also cut to celebrate the occasion.

Interview: Director Sourav Mukherjee on Bengali Movies ZAMEEN (2011) & ANURADHA EKA

Sourav MukherjeeWashington DC, Oct 30, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Sourav Mukhopadhyay is a great theater enthusiast and has made numerous films for TV channels from the mid 1990s. Zameen (Bengali, 2011) is his first full-length feature film. Before commencing on making films, Sourav and his theater group have presented many nationally and internationally acclaimed theater productions, and has performed on stage across the world. Sourav chats with Arijit Chakraborty in this audio interview about his career in film-making and the film Zameen in a greater context of how land-owners are affected in the recent construction boom of highrise apartment buildings in and around Kolkata.

Sourav draws a very interesting parallel to the difference between news-papers and books while describing the challenges in making a full-length feature and a tee-film.

Zameen, or Jamin or Jomin, is a Bengali word that refers to land-owners. The word was in mainstream use till just before the rule of Nawab Siraj ud-Daulah. (1729 - 1757). Sourav describes how he strives to use celluloid as a means of expressing his emotions and rebellion against prevalent social trends, which often results in films that are of a different kind with a strong message.

The real-estate development boom in all rapidly growing Indian cities, including Kolkata, are resulting in a congestion of multi-storied buildings in previously natural serene areas. Lakes, open fields and playgrounds are disappearing rapidly - kids are being forced to play on the rooftops of buildings.

Zameen focuses on the impact on the owners of the land that thee buildings are being constructed. The land is given away by the owners sometimes under pressure or duress, at other times by sweet-sounding deals. Such deals may take the form of dedicating a part of the building to the land-owner's name, or such perks - but the fact remains that the land was given by the owner under pressure in the first place, often times for a much lower price than the real value unless the land-owner had the proper contacts in the political system.

The events in Zameen are centered around a septuagenarian woman, owner of a big chunk of land in a small town not far from the city. She stands up against huge pressure put on by the political-criminal nexus, and her strong opposition results in her murder with her body found at the railway tracks. Her son and daughter-in-law are then put through tremendous pressure to sell the property.

Zameen stars veteran actress Supriya Devi who portrays the septuagenarian mother,  Dulal Lahiri as the real-estate promoter, Sunil Mukherjee as a senior resident of the town, Dolon Roy has portrayed three phases of a woman's life - wife, mother and senior member of the family, Oindrila Chakraborty as the daughter-in-law, Sambhu Chakraborty as a businessman of different shades with a business in Burrabazar, and others.

The film has eight songs - one popular prabhati sangeet and seven Rabindrasangeet songs all performed true to Tagore's compositions. Singers include Tarun Sarkar, Moitreyiee, Subhashish Das Sharma, Shiuli Pal and Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta.

Sourav's next film is titled ANURADHA EKA. It is a story of a woman who is most valued for her monetary status and her ability to support the financial needs of everyone around her - her family, friends and society. Spectacularly successful as an internationally acclaimed danseuse, she however is a very lonely woman, since the moment her relationships transcend her financial status, she finds herself alone. 

Here are some production stills from Zameen (Bengali, 2011):

Bengali Actress DOLON ROY and Supriya Devi
Bengali Actress DOLON ROY and Supriya Devi
Bengali Actress DOLON ROY and Supriya Devi
Bengali Actress DOLON ROY and Supriya Devi
Bengali Actress DOLON ROY and Supriya Devi
Bengali Actress DOLON ROY and Supriya Devi
Bengali Actress DOLON ROY and Supriya Devi

The following is quoted from the official synopsis of Sourav's upcoming full-length debut Bengali feature film Zameen ...

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