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Indian Actress Sonakshi Sinha in her sexiest photoshoot on MAXIM Magazine's Indian edition

Sonakshi Sinha on MAXIM magazine

CALCUTTA, Dec 18, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) One of India's top men's magazines, MAXIM, features the beautiful Indian actress Sonakshi Sinha on the cover of their latest edition.

Sonkashi Sinha's father is the Bollywood film icon and politician Shatrughan Sinha, affectionately called "shotgun". Sonkashi debuted in Indian cinema opposite Salman Khan in the 2010 blockbuster Dabangg.


Interview | Shaheb Bhattacharya - Topshe in Gorosthane Sabdhan,Naxalite Lover in Iti Mrinalini to Freedom Fighter in Chittagong

Germantown, Maryland, Dec 14, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The young handsome actor Saheb Bhattacharya recently created waves with his role of Feluda's assistant Topshe in his first feature film release Gorosthane Sabdhan (Bengali, 2010) - the latest Sandip Ray film featuring Sabyasachi Chakraborty as Feluda, Shaheb as Topshe and Bibhu Bhattacharya (interview) as Lalmohon  "Jatayu" Ganguly, Tinnu Anand, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Subhashish and others.

We caught up with Shaheb in Bangalore where he is shooting for a film that is still very much on the floors and thus too early to announce, and Shaheb chats with Arijit Chakraborty in this informal and intimate audio interview.

Sandip Ray's Feluda Movie GOROSTHANE SABDHAN
Gorosthane Sabdhan - Sabyasachi Chakraborty as Feluda, Shaheb Bhattacharya as Topshe, Bibhu Bhattacharya as Jatayu

Do not miss Shaheb's hilarious stories of how he would devise various schemes to scare Bibhu Bhattacharya and all of them having a lot of fun behind the camera. Shaheb shares with us some wonderful incidents from the shooting of Gorosthane Sabdhan.

Iti Mrinalini - Saheb Bhattacharya - Konkona Sen Sharma
Saheb Bhattacharya and Konkona Sen Sharma in Aparna Sen's Iti Mrinalini (2010)

Aparna Sen, Shaheb Bhattacharya, Konkona Sen Sharma - ITI MRINALINI Bengali Film
Aparna Sen instructing Shaheb Bhattacharya and Konkona Sen Sharma - shooting of Iti Mrinalini (Bengali, 2010)

Shaheb also plays the role of a naxalite and the love interest of Konkona Sen Sharma's character of a young actress in Aparna Sen's Sudhu Mrinalini (Bengali, 2010) which has started the film-festival circuit already with screenings at the Cairo and Dubai International film festivals. Iti Mrinalini is currently expected to release in Kolkata in January 2011. A story about the life of a film-actress told in four chapters in the film, Shaheb-Konkona appear in the first of the four chapters.

Saheb appears in Sanghamitra Chowdhury's film RUU (2011) with Paoli Dam, in the role of an automobile driver named Chiring Thapa from Sikkim. According to Shaheb, RUU is in some ways a travelog with visuals from fabulous locations from North Bengal, but also with a unusual storyline with a big surprise at the end.

Another great ongoing project for Shaheb is the film CHITTAGONG (Hindi, 2010) directed by Bedobroto Pain. Like the recent Abhishek Bachchan-Deepika Padukone starrer Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se (Hindi, 2010), Chittagong is based on the incredible 1930 armory raids against British occupiers of India by Surya Sen and his group of revolutionary freedom-fighter heroes. Shaheb plays freedom fighter Sukhendu in the film with Manoj Bajpai playing Surya Sen.

Yet another great project Shaheb is working with currently is Mahesh Manjrekar's first Bengali feature film AMI SUBHASHCHANDRA BOLCHI - a film that tries to inspire Bengalis to awaken from their slumbur and resume their leadership positions, stopping and reversing the erosion of their moral courage seen over the last three decades. Mahesh Manjrekar, being a great actor-director, has developed a deep understanding of the Bengali sentiment and the film's screenplay is far removed from standard mainstream Indian cinema. Ami Subhas Chandra Bolchi features none other than Mithun Chakraborty in the lead role to carry the message of the film.

As you know, Shaheb Bhattacharya is also the popular television host for ZEE TV show Sa Re Ga Ma PA Lil' Champ.

Shaheb Bhattacharya - Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie Hero Saheb Bhattacharya - Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie Hero

Listen to WBRi's chit-chat with Shaheb Bhattacharjee via our on-demand audio broadcast service on Washington Bangla Radio.



Interview | Phalguni and Rumki Chatterjee of Calcutta Theater Group Lokokrishti - LABORATORY Bengali Drama Production

CALCUTTA, Dec 12, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Phalguni and Rumki Chatterjee are veterans in the field of Bengali Professional Group Theater and founders of the renowned Bangla Theater group Lokakrishti. Their latest production LABORATORY, staged in commemoration of the author Rabindranath Tagore's 150th birth anniversary, is successfully running and critically acclaimed in Kolkata. Multiple award-winning film-maker Raja Sen was inspired by the theater production of Laboratory to make a Bengali film adaptation with the script written by Phalguni Chatterji. Subhomoy Mukherjee, WBRi correspondent in Calcutta, recorded this audio chit-chat with Phalguni and Rumki that you can listen to by pressing the Play button in the full feature.

The actor-couple Phalguni Chatterjee and Rumki Chatterjee are involved with theater from their childhood. They have seen golden age of Bengali Professional Theater, and subsequently the falling standard and eventual closing of theaters along with diminishing Bengal’s Professional Theater. They have also seen the craze of the audience for the theater in it's heyday. At the same time, they have seen the pillars and pioneers of Bengali Group Theater movement, evolution and changes in the scenario of Group Theater. They have experienced first-hand the challenges facing Group Theater regularly as they are running their own theatre group Lokokrishti for last 22 years.

Their recent production Laboratory, written by Rabindranath Tagore, is a homage to Tagore on his 150th Birth Anniversary. Though they are portraying Laboratory in it's original flavor, they include some contemporary thoughts within the play. The play is very popular now. The play has inspired renowned director Raja Sen (WBRi interview in USA) to make the film Laboratory (Bengali, 2010) and Phalguni has written the script for the film.


Interview - Mainak Biswas - Director with Arjun Gourisaria of Bengali Movie STHANIYA SAMBAD (2010)

Sthaniya Sambad Bengali Movie PosterGermantown, Maryland, Dec 5, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Mainak Biswas is one half of the director-duo of the critically acclaimed Bengali film Sthaniya Sambad (2010) along with Arjun Gourisaria (WBRi exclusive interview »). In this WBRi exclusive audio broadcsast of a chit-chat with Arijit Chakraborty, Mainak talks about his background, film-making, Sthaniya Sambad and the real or perceived resurgence in contemporary Kolkata Bengali cinema and Tollywood film industry.

Listen to the director of Sthaniya Sambad on Washington Bangla Radio exclusive audio-on-demand broadcast service.



Interview - Arjun Gourisaria - Award Winning Film Director-Editor-Producer Bengali Movie STHANIYA SAMBAD (2010) PATALGHAR (2003)

Sthaniya Sambad Bengali Movie PosterGermantown, Maryland, Dec 4, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Arjun Gourisaria and Mainak Biswas have directed the Bengali film Sthaniya Sambad (2010) that has received rave reviews and audience reactions across the board. In this informal, comprehensive and intimate audio chit-chat with Arijit Chakraborty, Arjun talks about his background, thoughts, experience and career in film making leading upto the spectacular Sthaniya Sambad.

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



Interview | Parijat Chakraborty - Actress-Model-MC: Bengali movies: Kache Acho Tumi, PAGLU, Kolkata The Metro Life

Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Actress PARIJAT ChakrabortyGermantown, Maryland, Dec 3, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Parijat Chakraborty is a young and upcoming actress-model from Kolkata who is also well-known for her charismatic anchoring as the MC of events and  shows. Parijat's first full-length Bengali feature film Kache Acho Tumi (2010) released on Nov 19, 2010 directed by Pallab Ghosh co-starring Jishu, Swastika, newcomer Tollywood hero Rohan and others. Newcomers Parijat and Rohan have lead roles in Kache Acho Tumi along with established Tollywood artists Jishu and Swastika. In this exclusive, informal and comprehensive audio chit-chat with Arijit Chakraborty, Parijat talks about her background and experience and shares her thoughts for  the future.

Parijat was born at and spent her childhood in Dhanbad in the present state of Jharkand, and moved to the Lake Gardens area in South Calcutta over a decade ago with her family. She has been participating in skits and dramas as a student, and studied English at college. Parijat then had a portfolio made towards initiating a career in fashion modeling and acting. Barely a year after starting, she has alrady has a substantial number of completed modelling assignments and brand endorsements all over India and many forthcoming asignments as well.

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



Interview - Arin Paul : Film-Maker - Doshta Dosh - 10:10, Jyanto Durga - Durga Live,

ARIN PAUL - TOLLYWOOD CALCUTTA BENGALI MOVIE DIRECTORDec 1, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Arin Paul - the smart young and talented director from Kolkata, talks to Arijit Chakraborty about his background and career in this exclusive, informal and intimate audio interview broadcast on-demand from WBRi.

Arin Paul was born in Belur but moved to the picturesque mountain town of Shillong with his parents when very young, and grew up in Shillong. He returned to Calcutta where he graduated from high-school and went to college. Soon after graduating from college, he studied at the famous Asian Academy  of Film & Television (AAFT) of NOIDA, and started assisting directors in making films, initially at New Delhi and then in Calcutta. Read on ...



Interview - Babul Bose - Acclaimed Bengali and Hindi Film Music Director

Calcutta, Nov 19, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) On behalf of Washington Bangla Radio, Soumitra Talukdar and Mou Sanyal talk to Babul Bose, the famous Music Director of Mumbai & Kolkata in a comprehensive, intimate and exclusive interview.

In his childhood , there was not particularly an atmosphere of music in his family .But he felt an enormous interest in music .When asked how Babul Bose started his career as a guitarist ; he said that there lies a fun story behind .In their joint family of , his cousin had a Spanish guitar and had been learning guitar in a music school in Kolkata. His brother was very possessive about his guitar and no one was allowed to touch it.Babul Bose took opportunity of his elder brother’s absence when the latter would go out and started secretly practicing on his brother’s guitar , taking help of his cousin’s notation paper. He would return the guitar in the place where it was exactly kept before his brother returned home and nobody found out that he was stealthily playing his brother’s guitar. Suddenly an opportunity came .His brother was asked to play the guitar in a Band by an uncle as the guitarist of the band was absent on that day. But his brother was just a beginner and did not have the confidence to play guitar in such a big function .Babul Bose approached the uncle confidently and all the musicians and family members were astonished to watch him playing guitar like a professional guitarist.

Watch the complete interview video online exclusively via Washington Bangla Radio.



Interview: RAJA SEN - Director of LABORATORY (2010) Bengali Movie talks to MARIAN CHATTERJEE in CLEVELAND, OH, USA

Germantown, Maryland, November 7, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Rabindranath Tagore wrote his famous short story Laboratory very late in his life. Laboratory is one of the three stories by Tagore which are entiely different in character and tehnique from his earlier short stories many of which are well-known in English translation, the other two being Sunday and Last Word. These three stories - "Sunday", "Last Word" and "Laboratory" - have been newly translated and published together in a single volume in English for the first time. (Buy Tagore's Three Companions Online).

Bengali Movie Laboratory (2010) - Raja Sen - USA Premiere
Raja Sen At The Showing of LABORATORY (Bengali, 2010) To An American Audience in Cleveland, OH

Acclaimed Kolkata, India based film-maker Raja Sen (www.rajasensfilms.com) has directed the new Bengali film adaptation of LABORATORY starring Arpita Pal Chatterjee, Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Ranjit Mallick and others. This is the Bengali cinema debut of Raveena Tandon.

Raja Sen was in the USA recently on the occassion of the North American premiere of Laboratory (Bengali, 2010). Laboratory was actually screened in USA at San Francisco, Houston, Washington DC and Cleveland Ohio even before it was released in India. Raja Sen talked to Marian Chatterjee in Cleveland, Ohio in this exclusive and informal interview while staying with his relatives Nitish and Chandana Sarkar in Cleveland.

Bengali Film Laboratory (2010) - Raja Sen - USA PremiereBengali Film Laboratory (2010) - Raja Sen - USA Premiere
Raja Sen with Bengali-Americans at North American Premiere of Bengali Film Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio

Raja-da talks about his career in film-making, his prior visits to the USA and given the remarkable cultural consciousness, education and taste of Bengalis in USA, how he realized releasing Laboratory in USA first on the 150th anniversary of Tagore's birthday is highly appropriate. Raja-da also talks about Bollywood and Bengali films, serious and popular.

Marian Chatterjee and Raja Sen - Bengali Film Laboratory (2010) - USA Premiere
Marian Chatterjee, Raja Sen at Premiere of Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio

Marian Chatterjee, the presenter of this unique interview, is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and has been studying Rabindrasangeet for 11 years primarily under Mrs. Rama Banerjee of Pittsburgh and also under Sri Rano Guhathakurta of Kolkata. She learned Bengali at the University of Washington, Seattle, under the late Dr. Carol Salomon, renowned translator of Lalon Giti.  A clinical and forensic psychologist by profession, Marian has participated in numerous cultural programs with the Bengali Cultural Society of Cleveland and has also served on the board. Other passions include translation of Rabindrasangeet.

Raja Sen - Jayanta Mukherjee at Laboratory US Premiere
  Raja Sen, Jayanta Mukherjee at Premiere of Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio 

Raja Sen, winner of three national awards in India, has previously directed Krishnakanter Will (2007) [BUY DVD] adapted from the Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay classic, starring Jeet, Soumitra Chatterjee, Swastika Mukherjee, Monali Thakur, Dulal Lahiri, Papiya Sen and others. Raja Sen's other memorable films include Atmiyo Sajan (1998) [DVD] starring Soumitra Chatterjee, Supriya Choudhury, Rituparna Sengupta, Tapas Pal, Sabyasachi Chakravarthy, June Malia, Dipankar Dey, Shakuntala Barua and more.

Raja-da's previous films include:

  • A Documentary on Suchitra Mitra (National Award winner - best documentary)
  • Damu (1997) - Cast: Raghuvir Jadav, Satya Banerjee, Monoj Mitra, Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Rimi Sen (Child Artist) (National Award winner - best feature film)
  • Atmiyo Swajan (1999) - Cast: Shakuntala Barua, Alok Mukherjee, Ashok Mitra, Asit Mukherjee, Chaitali Ghoshal, June Malia, Papiya Sen, Piyush Ganguly, Pradip Chakraborty, Rimi Sen (Child Artist), Tridib Ghosh (National Award winner - best feature film)
  • Chakrabyuhya (2000)
  • Desh (2002) - Cast: Jaya Bhaduri, Abhishek Bachchan, Sabyasachi Chakravarthy, Subhendu Chatterjee, Gyanesh Mukherjee, Nayana Das, Monu Mukherjee, Koushik Sen, Rajesh Sharma, Dulal Lahiri.
  • Debipaksha (2004) - Cast: Soumitra Chatterjee, Rituparna Sengupta, Satabdi Roy, Koel Mallick.
  • Krishnakanter Will (2007) - Cast: Jeet, Soumitra Chatterjee, Swastika Mukherjee.
  • Tinmurti (2009) - Cast: Ranjit Mallick, Dipankar Dey, Manoj Mitra, Paoli Dam.


Rwitobina Chakraborty - a young danseuse from Kolkata and live on stage performance

CALCUTTA, Nov 4, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ritobina Chakraborty is a cute girl from Salt Lake AKA Bidhannagar, Kolkata who is barely in her teens. We discovered her talent when we happened to watch her dancing on stage at a Salt Lake Block Durga Puja Pandal. The young danseuse caught our eyes immediately with her impressive performance dancing to the song Fagunero Mohonaye popularized by acclaimed Bengali Folk-Fusion Band BHOOMI. Watch her dance performance video on Washington Bangla Radio.

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