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Durga Puja 2011- Bangladesh

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Dr. Loya Islam of Dhaka took time out of her busy schedule to capture the wonderful Pujo moments in the city.  Shared with WBRi by Ms.Asmita Mukherjee: take a trip down the streets of Opar Bangla's Dhaka and enjoy the spirit of Puja.



"It Will Rain" - Bruno Mars: Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part One First Song from Soundtrack OST Release


Bruno Mars - It Will Rain - Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part One Soundtrack OST

Mumbai, Sept 28 (Washington Bangla Rado) PVR Pictures has released Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part One first original soundtrack in India.

The first sound track revealed is ‘It Will Rain’ from Bruno Mars.



The TIGER stops roaring!!!

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Tiger Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi is no more!


Shammi Kapoor passes away!!! An obituary by Nilanjann Nandy.

shammiji5Shammi Kapoor (1931 to 2011) the first real entertainer and star of Bollywood passed away today at 5-15 in the morning due to renal failure. With more than 90 films to his credit Shammi Kapoor will forever remain as a style icon and a great star who not only popularized stylized sequences, but also brought about melodious and westernized music, Elvis style shakes and a charming screen persona that is still un-matched to this day. 

His unforgettable films include - TEESRI MANZIL, ANDAZ, JUNGLEE, JAANWAR, PROFESSOR, DIL DEKHE DEKHO, KASHMIR KI KALI, PRINCE, CHINATOWN as a hero and for his superb character portrayals in films like - PREM ROG, VIDHATA, MANORANJAN, MAMA BHANJA, BUNDELBAAZ, ZAMEER. His last theatrical release was SANDWICH in the year 2006.shammiji6

Recently he did a magnificent cameo in his grand-son Ranbir Kapoor's forthcoming film - ROCKSTAR.



Shammi Kapoor: The Original Candy-floss King



By Sujoy Dhar


Shammi Kapoor, who was born as Shamsher Raj Kapoor on Oct 21, 1931, has often be referred to as the Indian Elvis Presley for his rock and roll jigs in the films. And by some strange coincidence his death came on a day (Aug 14) which is only two days away from Aug 16, the death anniversary of Presley. 

Interview: Internationally Acclaimed Film-Maker Aparna Sen (ITI MRINALINI): "Direction is Logical Extension of Acting"

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Aparna Sen ‘s later films like Mr. & Mrs. Iyer,  15, Park Avenue, The Japanese Wife and the very recent Iti Mrinalini  is a journey of reinventing herself as a filmmaker. With … Mrinalini receiving awards and critical acclaim, Shoma A. Chatterji, whose book on Sen had ended with  Paromitar Ek Din,  tries to look back on the director’s  rich oeuvre over the years.

Note: You might also check out the prior appearance of Aparna Sen on WBRi in this audio feature >


Her meticulously detailed screenplays, mostly scripted from her own story, offer an insight into her growth. 36 Chowringhee Lane’s script is typed in English, neatly bound with a soft cover, detailing each sequence, each shot, with bracketed directions for herself and for the cameraman.

Paromitaar Ek Din was published in the screenplay annual number of a Bangla magazine, it was that professional. Though she chooses her technical crew with great care, she never allows the work of a brilliant technician to overwhelm or to overshadow her directorial treatment whether it is Ashok Mehta who cinematographed her first film 36, Chowringhee Lane, or whether it is Anay Goswami, a FTII graduate who did the cinematography for The Japanese Wife.

Kolkata was the  setting for all her films till Paromitar El Din. With Mr. & Mrs. Iyer she moved beyond the confines of the city. For 15, Park Avenue, the story and its characters moved between Bhutan and Kolkata.



Proposal is on the pipeline to make a film on Tagore soon

Kolkata, April 23, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Kreation Guru) Rabindranath Tagore created history and brought great honor to himself and to his beloved nation, India, when he received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913 for ‘Gitanjali’. He was little known outside Bengal till he translated his inspirational poems (Gitanjali) into English and presented them in Europe.


Indian platform for real films on real people

Mumbai, April 23, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Kreation Guru) India has the largest film industry in the world yet it does not provide room for the short films and documentaries made by small-time film makers. The silver screen caters only to big film productions of Bollywood, Tollywood and Kollywood. The makers of documentaries and short movies, therefore, have to find their own small niche and platform through other less known film festivals.


Movie Review of much awaited ‘Dum Maro Dum’

Mumbai, April 22, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Kreation Guru) ‘Dum Maro Dum’, the suspense thriller in Hindi, is the latest release from Bollywood. The producer cum director of the movie is Rohan Sippy and the writers are Purva Naresh and Shridhar Raghavan; the music is directed by Pritam Chakraborty. The cast comprises of Bipasha Basu and Abhishek Bachchan in the lead role, Rana Daggubati, Prateik Babbar, Harry Key and Aditya Pancholi. A special appearance by Deepika Padukone in the theme song ‘Mit Jaye Gum’ adds excitement to the movie.


Drug tales are the new highs of the Bollywood movies

Mumbai, April 22, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Kreation Guru) It seems to become a trend nowadays in Bollywood to frequently show drug abuse through movies. The hippie culture of the 1970s had taken the country by storm with foreigners coming to India in great numbers moving about involved with smoking pot and high on drugs.


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