News - Bengali Tollywood

Poetry Meets Cinema: ITI APU (Bengali, 2011) - A Tribute to Apu Trilogy: A Short Film On A Poem Recited by Soumitra Chatterjee

Washington DC, August 1, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) You may have heard the wonderful poems written by Prithwiraj Choudhury recited by Bratati Banerjee and himself that we have featured before in this post. Prithwiraj recently got together with Mrigankasekhar Ganguly and they have created a short film directed by Mrigankasekhar based on the poem "Iti Apu" written by Prithwiraj and narrated by Saumitra Chatterjee, who played Apu in Satyajit Ray's iconic trilogy.

Watch the Bengali short film online.

Video: Rabba song from Mausam (Hindi, 2011)

Mausam (Hindi, 2011) High Quality Wallpaper - Poster

Mumbai, August 1, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) This romantic song "Rabba" has been composed by Pritam Chakraborty and lyrics have been penned down by Irshad Kamil.

The film is debut directorial of Pankaj Kapoor and Produced by Sheetal Vinod Talwar, Sunil Lulla. The song is picturised on Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor.

Musam is expected to have a release date of Sept 16, 2011.

Watch the promo music video of "Rabba" and listen to the audio song via EROS International.

CHAPLIN (Bengali, 2011) - Trailer

Chaplin 2011 Bengali Movie Poster
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Calcutta, August 1, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) A new promotional trailer for the forthcoming Bengali film "Chaplin" has been released on You Tube.

In our interview with director Anindo Banerjee (available here), we have listened to how Padmanabha Dasgupta, the writer of Chaplin, once attended a birthday party of a friend of his son, and came across a professional entertainer at the party who was impersonating Charlie Chaplin - thus sowing the seed for the film. Rudranil Ghosh assisted in completing the story, and Orion Entertainment, who are well known for their innovative approach, are the producers. The contributions of Rudranil Ghosh, Mir and child-actor Soham who is a 5th grade student are especially commendable.

We have also listened to actress Rachita Chauhan née Bhattacharya talk about Chaplin in this interview. Among her other widely anticipated Bengali films, Kamaleshwar Mukherjee's (interview) Uro Chithi and Kaushik Ganguly's (interview) Rang Milanti are also opening soon in theaters.

Chaplin is essentially an emotional tale of the relationship between a father and his son. Watch the trailer.

First Look at SPY KIDS 4 All the Time in the World: The First "4D" Aromascope English Movie

By Raksha Narang

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Mumbai, Aug 1, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Spy Kids 4: All the time in the world, is the first movie to come out with the unique 4D experience or “Aroma-scope” as director, Robert Rodriguez, would like it to be known as.

Rodriguez, who has previously directed all three films of the Spy Kids franchise, will create a sensory experience with onscreen signals to prompt the audience to smell one of eight scents on a special card.

New Aparna Sen Film "ITI MRINALINI" (2011) - Bengali Movie Review & Video Report from Premiere in Kolkata (WBRi Exclusive)

Calcutta, July 29, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Priya – the favourite destination for all cine houses of Kolkata for screening premiere shows, witnessed the first show of Iti Mrinalini – the latest venture by eminent director Aparna Sen (interview) produced by Shree Venkatesh Films. The director dedicated the premiere show to cinematographer of the film Late Somak Mukhopadhyay who passed away in an accident just before the film was completed.

The star-studded evening was attended by Aparna Sen herself, Konkona Sen Sharma, Ranvir Shorey, Kaushik Sen, Locket Chatterjee (interview), Saheb Bhattacharya (interview), Srijit Mukhopadhyay (interview), Anupam Roy (interview), Sohag Sen, Gargi Roy Chowdhury, Ananya Chatterjee (interview), Arijit Dutta, Anjan Dutta (interview), Moonmoon Sen, Finance Minister Amit Mitra, Mahendra Soni, Srikant Mohta among others.

Film Review - Iti Mrinalini

Anupam Roy & Aparna Sen at Premiere of Iti Mrinalini (C) WBRi Inc.
Anupam Roy & Aparna Sen at Premiere of Iti Mrinalini

Konkona Sen Sharma at Premiere of Iti Mrinalini (C) WBRi Inc.
Konkona Sen Sharma at Premiere of Iti Mrinalini

The film is a bit lengthy but has a strong story line with powerful acting by all. The music of the film is it's asset under the direction of Debjyoti Mishra, who successfully brings the true sprit of 60s and 70s. But we must emphasize the cinematography of the film. Somak did a excellent job! We missing you, Somak ...

Read the full Iti Mrinalini Bengali movie review, story / plot outline synopsis and watch an exclusive premiere event report video (and pictures).

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