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Interview: Ranbir Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha on Hindi Film LOOTERA (2012)

Mumbai, Nov 20, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / IBNS) With their off-screen romance doing rounds, Bollywood’s cool newbies Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha have teamed up for Phantom Production's debut film Lootera, to be directed by Vikramaditya Motwane of Udaan fame. Sreya Basu chats up the actors in Mumbai.

Lootera is a love story set in the 1950s. Are you comfortable with this retro look?

Ranveer: I am very happy about it. This is the coolest look I have ever had. Retro is my favourite school of style. So I am more than happy.

Sonakshi: I am really excited about my Bengali look in the film. We have kept it the authentic way…be it make-up, jewellery or clothes, we are stuck to the 1950s.

How are you working on your looks in the film?

A musical interview with singer Somlata Acharyya Chowdhury

SomlataCalcutta, Nov 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Hirak Bhattacharya chats up singer Somlata Acharyya Chowdhury in this video interview about her music, experience and current and future projects, her dual careers and her thoughts on the current Indian music scenario. You might remember Somlata from an audio interview posted on WBRi just before the release of Anjan Dutta's (interview) latest Bengali feature film "Ranjana Ami Aar Ashbo Na" where she was the primary female playback singer.

From 36 Chowringhee Lane To 15 Park Avenue – The Journey Of Bengali Cinema Over The Past Three Decades

Bengali film Actress Koyel Mallick

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Calcutta, Nov 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) They say that change is the only constant in life. The same is applicable when we discuss films too. The movie industry of Bengal, or, Tollywood, as it is more well-known as, had already seen glory days in the 1950s and 1960s, with cinematic gems like Jalsaghar, The Apu Trilogy (The first Bengali movie franchise, if one can take the liberty of calling it so!), Devdas and Meghe Dhaka Tara wowing domestic audience and gaining recognition on the global stage as well. With directors like Bimal Roy, Ritwik Ghatak and, most notably, Satyajit Ray donning the director’s hat with regularity, Bengali cinema seemed poised for bigger and better things over time. So, has that journey been as smooth as it was once expected? Hardly so.

Premer Kothakoli (2011) Bengali Movie Review

Kolkata, India, 4 November, 2011(Washington Bangla Radio/Penning Creations) “Premer Kothakoli” is another venture of director Alok Roy to reflect the common man’s problems, his crisis and its outcome. Simply put, it’s a story of complications in relationships. Roy has been an accomplished filmmaker but has given the Bengali film industry some not-so-major hits like “Dujone Milibo Abar” (2011) and “Sukher Basha” (2009).

Sohan Roy's DAM 999 3D (2011) Hollywood Film India Theatrical Release:

A corrupt mayor builds a new dam for political gains and personal glory endangering millions of innocent lives; A mariner desperate to save his sister from evil; Two not-so-young lovers challenging destiny in a bid to unite; A woman on a mission to win her family back; A little boy battling a deadly disease; A devoted wife wants to be with her husband even in death; And the astrologer who has foreseen their ominous fate - Nine lives entwined by the impending disaster. Take the journey of a lifetime - Nine characters, Nine moods and a crumbling dam of emotions... DAM999 - experience it in 3D!

The theatrical release date of Sohan Roy's DAM 999 3D is Nov 25, 2011.

The Cast and the Characters

Film Poster: DAM 999 3D

Rajit Kapur: Rajit Kapur, the versatile Indian actor, is the winner of the National Film Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi in the movie 'The Making of the Mahatma'. Rajit Kapur is a theatre actor as well as a director. In DAM999, the acting maestro dons the role of Shankaran who portrays Shantha rasa, the rasa of tranquility.

Joshua Fredric Smith (INTERVIEW): He plays Captain Fredrick Brown, a tongue-in-cheek Anglo-Indian mariner, an epitome of Hasya, the rasa of laughter. Joshua, who was born in Northern California, made it to Hollywood following his grandfather's desire to make him a 'star'. Through his passion and determination, he is slowly on his way to fulfill that dream. Joshua's recent films include 'Finding a Place' and 'The Road to Freedom' was screened in Cannes.

Megha Burman (INTERVIEW): Megha Burman the young Bengali beauty portrays Shringara rasa that stands for romance in the movie. She plays the character of Raziya; a Pakistani in DAM999.The young actress has been a part of various television commercials, promos and print campaigns.

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