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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

Spy Kids 4 All the Time in the World - Hollywood English Movie Poster - Wallpaper

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).

Anantshri Swami Akhandanandji Saraswati

Calcutta/Mumbai, 1st August, 2011 (WBRi/OOBE): The 100th Anand Jayanti, Maharajshri's Birthday, was celebrated on Saturday, July 30th, 2011 at Vipul Ashram, Mumbai. Anantshri Swami Akhandanandji Saraswati was born on 25th of July, 1911 in the village of Maharai, Varanasi. 

Interview: Film-Maker Srijit Mukherji on Bengali Movie "BAISHE SRABON" & the Remarkable Journey of "AUTOGRAPH" (WBRi Exclusive)


Picture: Srijit Mukherji & Prosenjit ChatterjeeWashington DC, July 31, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Srijit Mukherji returns to our studios after exactly one year to chat with Arijit Chakraborty about his upcoming 2nd Bengali feature film Baishe Shrabon and the remarkable response to his debut film Autograph. At the time of our last interview (audio available on-line here), Srijit was in the final stages of post-production of Autograph. Little did we know at that time that Autograph would go on to cause such an upheaval in Bengali cinema, winning an unprecedented 38 awards so far and setting a box-office performance record in recent times of an almost 4-month run!

At the time of this chit-chat with Srijit, he is wrapping up his 2nd feature film Baishe Shrabon which is at the final stages of post-production and almost ready to release around Durga Puja 2011.

"After Autograph, I wanted to make something that is diametrically opposite", says Srijit about his forthcoming film. "I have always been a thriller buff".

If Autograph were represented by a color, it would be feel-good white - or perhaps slightly grey. But Baishe Shrabon is going to be darker.

The script for Baishe Shrabon was written in 2008 (for a tele-film broadcast on STAR Jalsha Bengali TV channel owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation). Srijit is no stranger to the thriller - he has written and directed live drama (theater) productions like the English play "MINDGAMES", Bengali play "FELUDA FEROT" (a vision of Feluda's later days from the perspective of Feluda's arch enemy Maghanlal Meghraj), and the play "CHECKMATE", and worked as an assistant director with Anjan Dutta (interview) for Madly Bengali and Aparna Sen (interview) for Iti Mrinalini. Incidentally, Aparna Sen's Iti Mrinalini opened in theaters this weekend along with Riingo Banerjee's (interview) System.

With Baishe Shrabon, Srijit says he wanted to explore genres of the drama and the thriller, violence, and Bangla poetry. Indeed, the producers are using the words "musical thriller" for the film, the oxymoronic labeling adding to the anticipation!

The film-maker himself describes it as being about ...

Listen to the audio interview broadcast via on-demand service on Washington Bangla Radio.

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