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Shakti Samanta's Grandson Aditya Debuts in Bollywood with "Yeh jo Mohabbat hai" with Global Advertisers' Outdoor Promotion

Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai (2012) Bollywood Film Poster

Mumbai, July 30, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) From the house of Shakti Samanta, the director and producer of Rajesh Khanna’s first three hits ‘Aradhana’, ‘Kati Patang’ and ‘Amar Prem’, rolls out his company Shakti Film's latest  film 'Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai'. The movie, which releases on August 3 worldwide, also happens to be the acting debut of Samanta's grandson Aditya who plays the lead. Nazia Hussain is the heroine. Take a first look at the film and watch the teaser trailer.



Baha to Receive Award from West Bengal Education Minister Bratya Basu on Ishti Kutum TV Show

Baha is awarded by the education minister, Bratya Basu for her brilliant results.This episode will be shown on 3rd Aug. 2012.

Baha awarded by Bratya Basu on Ishti Kutum



Watch Shanghai (2012) on DVD, Blu-Ray or VCD

It Is The Best Hindi film I’ve Seen This Year – Anupama Chopra

Mumbai, July 24, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Reliance Home Video and Games & PVR Home Entertainment is all set to release the critically acclaimed film ‘SHANGHAI’ on home video. The film has been directed by National award winner director Dibakar Banerjee and stars Emraan Hashmi, Abhay Deol & Kalki Koechlin.

The movie releases today on Blu-ray™, DVD & VCD in India.


“Shanghai is a political thriller that looks at how politics – the tools of power- is remote controlled by the governing class over the poor, uneducated masses in India. This is the background to the Indian adaptation of the story loosely adapted from the book Z, written in 1966 to reveal the facts behind the assassination of a prominent Greek Liberal MP in 1963. It is the story of State oppression and collusion in crime – a theme I think very relevant to contemporary India. The protagonists of Shanghai, instead of being all good, or all bad are a mix of courage and cowardice, ego and desire, ambition and conscience – normal Indians, trying to get by with the bewildering challenges of modern India.” - Dibakar Banerjee



Global Advertisers kicks off Kimaya Fashion House's outdoor campaign in India

Kimaya poster in Juhu Mumbai

Mumbai, July 13, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Kimaya, the first Indian fashion house, has initiated a sales promotion campaign with Global Advertisers. The campaign targets the HNI segment customer, and has the two-point objective of increasing footfalls and spread awareness about Kimaya's monsoon sale, across Mumbai. The message is being communicated through Global's large size hoardings that have been effectively communicating Kimaya's glamorous  offerings to their consumers 24X7.



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Shanghai DVD Coming in July

Mumbai, July 3, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) All cities have turned into Shanghai since the 8th of June, 2012. Most of you have already seen the film in theatres, but a Dibakar Banerjee film is always a worthy addition to your DVD collection.



Movie Producer BL Gautam Publishes New Book "Mohammed a Mechanic and Mary a Maid"

By Sanjay Sharma Raj

India Film Producer Writer B L GautamMumbai, June 23, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Producer BL Gautam, Director of Mumbai Mantra, the media arm of Mahindra & Mahindra group, former Commercial Director of Zee group and COO of UTV has has published his second book, which is a collection of stories- Mohammed a Mechanic and Mary a Maid. The book is scheduled to be released in December 2012. His first novel is Andy Leelu, which is selling well and has good reviews.


Interview: Washington DC's Senior Journalist and Actor DEVASISH RAY: "I don't Buy Indian Audience Loves Sensationalism"


Devasish RayDevasish Ray, the well known and deeply respected Bengali American senior print and television journalist and media relations expert, gets candid with Gurjeet Singh in this wide-ranging audio interview. Among numerous recognitions, Ray is a recipient of the Governor of Maryland award for outstanding journalism and is a contributor to NPR, FOX, VOA and BBC. He has served as the bureau chief of TV Asia, Director of Communications at USINPAC, and is the CEO of RAY PR & Media. He also often volunteers to help us out here at Washington Bangla Radio and we are grateful for his time and encouragement. Also known for his expertise in media relations, business relations and public relations strategy, Ray has launched and implemented successful media campaigns and has advised several CEO's on media crisis management. Ray has an MBA and is a consultant to numerous companies and non-profit organizations. He has also been in charge of Development and Training at the Center for Social Change, an organization serving individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Ray put on yet another hat recently - that of a film actor - when he played a lead role in Manan Singh Katohora's award-winning thriller 9 ELEVEN - that too of the mysterious masked man with a booming voice and towering personality in the film.

Curiously, Ray is an accidental journalist - while studying MBA, he started writing for a web portal in the heydeys of the dot-com boom. Among writings he is fond of is one on the great divide between affluent and not-so-affluent south Asian immigrant communities, the latter often composed of folks who overstayed their visas becoming illegal immigrants but still looking to realize the American dream. Titled "The American Dream: Opportunity or Exploitation", the article told the story of three immigrants - one each from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. This article created quite a buzz and was picked up by many American and Indian journals, one of which was The Week from the publication house of Manorama in India who then asked Ray to write for them from the US, thus launching Ray's career as a journalist.

Devasish Ray as the Shooter in Manan Singh Katohora's Bollywood Thriller 9 ElevenRay also talks about Manan Singh Katohora's Bollywood-style independent feature Film "9 Eleven" in which Ray plays the central role - his first stint as an actor. Ray was helping Katohora with auditions for actors for the film when one day Katohora asked Ray to read half a page of the script. Ray did so, and Katohora immediately offered him the role of the mysterious masked man, describing the script and explaining the need for a tall man with a great voice who would come across as commanding a situation. Ray found the script very interesting, and decided to give acting in a film a shot. The results are spectacular as you know if you have watched 9 Eleven.

Do not miss Ray's story of how, being a journalist and not used to canned dialog, he went to shooting the first day without knowing his lines. He realized quickly that he had to actually memorize his lines and get into the character, and the second day onwards it was all good.

Listen to the audio interview with Devasish Ray on WBRi.



Actress & Hip-Hop Singer Hard Kaur in PETA Ad in Sexy Ringmaster Outfit

Hard Kaur in PETA Ad

Mumbai, April 25, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Animals Are Involuntary Performers, says Patiala House Actor and Iconic Hip-Hop Artist Hard Kaur.

To make the people aware about the harsh cruelties inflicted on the dumb species, Hard Kaur posed for a new PETA ad wearing black fishnet nylons and a sexy ringmaster outfit next to the caption "I Choose to Perform. Animals Don't. Boycott Animal Circuses”. Kaur, the first Indian female rapper and PETA whipped the circuses which force animals to perform unnatural and often painful tricks through this ad on World Circus Day.



Star Network Reinvests in the Community by Sponsoring a Variety of Cultural Events in April and May

New York, NY, April 20, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRWEB) Star Network, well-known for its high-entertainment channels, is proud to be participating in exciting, upcoming cultural events across the country this Spring. Star Network is home to Star India Plus, which is officially India’s number one family entertainment channel, Star India Gold, officially UK & India’s number one South Asian television channel, and the newest addition to the Star Network family: Life OK.

One of the first events sponsored by Star in 2012 was Naya Andaz. The most prestigious Bollywood dance event in the Tri-State area, Naya Andaz took place on Saturday, March 24th. This year, Naya Andaz celebrated its 20th anniversary, and the event was graced by celebrities including Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala and renowned choreographer Farah Khan. Several dance schools from all over the tri-state area took part in this competition, which was held at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Along similar lines, another event Star will be sponsoring is Bollywood America. This event is a collegiate dance competition, which will be taking place on April 21st, in Philadelphia, PA. The top 10 collegiate teams from all over the US will be competing for the grand-national title in the genre of Bollywood filmy-fusion music. Star Network is a proud sponsor of Naya Andaz and Bollywood America, and through these events, is connecting the Bollywood Entertainment industry to the young adult population in the US.



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