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George Clooney’s ‘The Ides of March’ opened at Venice Film Festival

George Clooney’s ‘The Ides of March’ opened at Venice Film Festival

August 31, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work): George Clooney’s ‘The Ides of March’ kicked off Venice Film Festival – 2011 on Wednesday.

‘The Ides of March’ is George Clooney’s fourth feature as a director, and sixth flick in the past nine years to premier at the world’s most glamorized movie shindig.

Video Feature: BAISHE SRABON (Bengali, 2011) Film Songs and Audio Soundtrack OST Album Release

By Subhomoy Mukherjee

Watch our exclusive live video feature on Bengali movie BAISHE SRABON Songs at the film's music OST launch.

Kolkata, August 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) We are all aware of the date 22se Srabon as marking the death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. But no, we are now not talking about cultural programs on the death anniversary of the bard but the upcoming Bengali film “Baishe Srabon” by Srijit Mukherjee.


Srijit Mukherji at Bashe Srabon Bengali Film Audio Songs &  Music OST ReleaseBengali film lovers have witnessed the emergence of a new director, Srijit, during Durga Puja last year puja with his tribute to Satyajit Ray's Nayak Uttam Kumar in “Autograph”. The film caused a sensation, and this year Srijit is ready for more magic with his "musical thriller" starring Prasenjit Cahtterjee, Parambrata, Aabir and Raima Sen among others.

Anupam RoyProducer duo Srikant Mohta and Mahendra Soni of Shree Venkatesh Films organized the music launch of Baishe Shrabon at Metropolis Mall, Hiland Park, Kolkata on 27th August, 2011 evening.

It turned out to be an exclusive musical evening as almost all the male singers from the film performed live with everyone from the film present there talking only about the music of the film.

Srikant Mohta and Mahendra Soni were present there along with Srijit, Prasenjit, Parambrata, Aabir, Rupam, Anindya, Rupankar, Saptarshi, Indradeep and the singer - composer and music director of the film Anupam Roy.

We discovered Anupam last year with his unforgettable song “Aamake amaar moto thakte dao” from Srijit’s first film “Autograph”. Anupam subsequently directed music in Haranath Chakraborty's “Chalo Paltai” and Debesh Chattopadhyay's drama “Bikele Bhorer Sorshe Phul”. Here comes Anupam again to further consolidate his position in the Bengali heart which he has already won. This time he worked with his close buddy Srijit as the music director for the entire film.

The evening started with solo performance by Anupam followed by performances by Rupankar, Rupam, Anindya and Saptarshi finally Anupam again. Unfortunately Raghav and Shreya Ghosal could not attend the program. Srijit, Prasenjit, Parambrata, Aabir, Anupam, Indradeep, Rupam, Rupankar and Anindya shared their experience with Baishe Srabon, especially the music.

Srijit compared his experiences of making his first two films. He thanked the Bengali audience for making Autograph a very successful venture, and expressed hope for Baishe Srabon's success with a bit of apprehension, as the film is very dark and violent. He said Baishe Srabon is made in the tradition of Feluda and Byomkesh Bakshi films, and touched upon the Bollywood classic Jewel Thief as his favorite Hindi thriller with seven songs - thus inspiring him to use songs in his thriller. All the songs are relevant to the film.

Srijit shared his thoughts on the necessity of including songs in Indian films, as Indians have songs for every occasion from birth to death.

Prosenjit ChatterjiPrasenjit spoke on his association with Srijit. All songs from the film are close to his heart, especially “Gabhire jao” (performed once each by Rupankar and Shreya in the film ).

Parambrata & RJ SushmitaParambrata, Srijit and Saptarshi are buddies from school days. Parambrata had read the script of Autograph as soon as it was complete, but could not act in the film since he was busy with an acting course abroad at the time. He considers himself fortunate to have worked with Prasenjit and Shree Venkatesh Films for the first time in Baishe Srabon - a musical thriller blended with romance.

Indradeep talked about composing the background music of this suspense thriller. He also touched on the violin composition for the suspense song “Gabhire Jao”.

Parambrata & RJ SushmitaAabir shared his experience of working with  Srijit.

Rupam IslamRupankar Bagchi

Rupam and Rupankar shared their experience of working with Anupam in Baishe Srabon.

Anupam spoke to the history of each song in the film and how Srijit used them in the thriller.

Not a Daayan – Vidya Balan

Not a Daayan – Vidya Balan

August 30, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work): This time it’s Vidya Balan who contends to Ekata Kapoor and Vishal Bhardwaj that she is not a ‘Daayan’ material!

Earlier we had reported that the duo had approached Rani Mukherjee to essay the character of a witch in Ekta’s proposed project titled ‘Daayan.’ Rani had declined the offer.

Balaji contacted Rani’s co-star Vidya Balan in the flick ‘No One Killed Jessica’ for the lead role.

Chitthi Aayee Hai

Chitthi Aayee Hai

August 30, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work): Chitthi Aayee Hai!

We are not talking about email here, not even a tweet or a Facebook update – the kind of ‘chitthi’ or a message as we know now!

We are talking about the song “Chitthi Aayee Hai!” from 1986 flick ‘Naam’ that made the singer Pankaj Udhas the name of every household in India!

There would hardly be any Indian, any NRI, who might not have listened to this Ghazal and not wet his/her eyes!

Chitthi aai hai MP3 downloads

On August 31, the song will mark its 25 years.

Babu Kishan's 'PLEASURE' English Scary Supernatural Horror Movie Goes on Floors

PLEASURE - English Scary Horror Movie by Babu Kishan: Poster

Vancouver, Canada, Aug 30, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Singer, Composer & Film-Maker Babu Kishan has embarked on an international horror movie project in English.

In the film, titled "Pleasure", an anguished college girl Christina deals with the recent loss of her mother whilst being slowly possessed by her craving spirit, causing Christina to give into her most carnal desires.

The recent death of her mother has put Christina into a bad state, even the consolation of her best friend Allison doesn’t seem to help. To make matters worse, since her mother died Christina finds she is blacking out from time to time, later waking without any inkling of what has happened. Now this strange phenomenon is beginning to intensify. After meeting a young man in a coffee shop and later becoming intimate with him in the woods, he disappears. This occurrence is made all the more frightening when newspapers state that the young man’s body parts have been found along a hiking trail in the woods.

In an effort to help her troubled friend, Allison forces Christina to see a psychiatrist. Through a process of relaxation and the power of suggestion the psychiatrist is able to discover the details of her mother’s death.

It would appear Christina’s mother was highly superstitious and rooted in the occult. Though Christina is clearly suffering, he finds nothing mentally wrong with her. On her way home Christina is approached by a professional and charming photographer, he invites her to a photo shoot and Christina agrees.

Meanwhile, Allison suspects something deeper and more sinister about Christina. In her desperation she contacts a powerful monk renowned for his psychic and spiritual powers. Allison lures Christina into a casual meeting with the monk where his presence and awareness make her uncomfortable, and eventually hostile towards him.

Our suspicions are confirmed as the monk tells Allison of a dark energy, possessing Christina’s soul.