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Interview: Director Saptaswa Basu Shares Thoughts On Pyschological Drama Thriller "The Forlorn" (Bengali, 2011) and Film-Making

Director Saptaswa BasuWashington DC, June 11, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) A young woman rents an apartment previously occupied by a researcher in para-psychology who died of mysterious circumstances. The apartment right across her is rented by a shrink.

One day, the woman finds the diary of the dead parapsychologist. She starts to read it, and gets fascinated.

As director Saptaswa Basu points out in this candid interview with Ananya Paul, "The Forlorn" (Bengali, 2011) is a psychological thriller centered around this young woman and the peculiar sensation we all get of being watched even when being alone. The film takes us on a journey into the contrasting fields of psychology and para-psychology. It is not a supernatural thriller, but more of an experimental suspense-drama which is made to appeal to a wide audience, not just Bengalees. In fact, Saptaswa indicates the film will be subtitled in English and he even plans a English-dubbed version.

Interview:Ranadeep Sarkar on Bengali Horror-Suspense Thriller THE UNKNOWN (2011) & Background Experience with Tollywood Movies

[Bengali Film-Maker Ranadeep]Washington DC, June 3, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ananya Paul catches up in this audio interview with Ranadeep Sarkar who also goes by the name Rann and is one of the youngest film-makers from Kolkata we have had the opportunity to have as a guest on WBRi. Ranadeep's first independently directed short film "The Unknown" will premiere in Kolkata on June 6, 2011 at 4:30 PM at Max Mueller Bhavan. "The Unknown" is a modern suspense-horror thriller made with family-viewing in mind and, as you will hear Ranadeep describe, is likely to be the precursor to a full-length Bengali feature film around a similar theme that Ranadeep wants to make.

Talented Rabindrasangeet Singer Sunanda Ghosh from Kolkata on her Music, Albums, Career and Experience - WBRi Feature

[Sunanda Ghosh]Kolkata, June 1, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) In this video interview, Sudipta Dasgupta talks to Sunanda Ghosh, the talented singer from Kolkata specializing in Rabindrasangeet (songs written and composed by Rabindranath Tagore.) Sunanda holds a Masters degree in Rabindrasangeet from Rabindra Bharati University and is also a Geet Bharati (Rabindrasangeet) degree holder with distinction from Geeta Bitan, Kolkata. Sunanda has been trained by eminent exponents Anadi Dastidar, Subinoy Roy, Ramesh Bandopadhyay, Bade Gulam Ali, her father Saila Kr. Ghosh, Maya Sen and also Nihar Bindu Bandopadhyay in Classical Vishnupuri vocal.

Sunanda has four published albums, with more upcoming:

  • Pratibadi Rabindranath (2007)
  • Bishwabandanaye Rabindranath (2009, Saregama)
  • Cholochitre Rabindranath (2011, Raaga Music) - launched by Dwijen Mukherjee
  • Aalor Pathajatri - launched by Sunil Ganguly

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Writer-Poet Sunil Ganguly launching Sunanda's album "Aalor Pathajatri"

All four albums feature modern instrumentation that will appeal to the current generation and have been received well. Sunanda is currently involved in a Govt. of India sponsored project on a patriotic album with pan-Indian appeal.

Interview: Julie Banerjee Mehta - Expert Author Journalist & Translator of Pleiades Theater Toronto's "The Post Office"

[The Post Office]DEATH IS NOT THE END BUT THE BEGINNING : This aspect of Eastern Philosophy attracted John Van Burek - director of the theater group at Pleiades Theater in Toronto, and he wanted someone to translate "Dak Ghar" ( ডাকঘর ) written by Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore in the year 1911, not only as a part of the celebration of Rabindranath's 150th anniversary, but also to commemorate the centenary of the creation of this play, which Rabindranath Tagore wrote at a time when he faced so many tragedies in his personal life.

Meet Dr. Julie Banerjee Mehta who currently teaches at the Centre for South Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. Her Ph.D. dissertation is entitled "Retrieving Precolonial Identity through the Images of the Divine Feminine in Waterscapes of Postcolonial Fiction" and she is a gold medalist alumna of Jadavpur University, Kolkata where she earned her Master's degree in English Literature.

While having a candid discussion with Arijit Chakraborty in the studio of Washington Bangla Radio from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, she talks about her feelings when she was requested to translate "Dak-Ghar" into English, so that the concept of Tagore can be introduced to a broader section of the Canadian population. 

Interview: Actress KATRINA KAIF on her role of Laila in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Bollywood Film

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Katrina Kaif will be seen playing a bohemian fashion student in her new flick Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara. The actor chats up Sreya Basu in Mumbai

Do we see Laila (your screen name) doing another Sheila Ki Jawaani  in Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara?

I asked Zoya (Akhtar, director) if there is room for Laila ki Jawaani in this film. I honestly tried to put a little item song in the bill. But I guess, it does not fit in a film like this.  The boys (Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol and Farhan Akhtar) are the real item numbers of the film…I was there to kind-of support them. It’s their track.

Talking about item numbers, Aamir Khan has said he will never take you for an item song because he is scared of Salman Khan. What do you have to say about that?

I will have a little chat with Aamir later…I have to get his number…may be from Zoya; she has done a film with him. I will ask him. (Smiles)

There are a lot of things you did for the first time in Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara…

Yes. Zoya told us that there will be scuba diving and underwater sequences in the film. My character Laila, who is a fashion student in London, takes time off to teach scuba diving.

How did you prepare yourself for the underwater sequences?

Interview: Film-Maker Madhubanti Mukherjee on Her Directorial Debut "60 ML" (Bengali, 2011)

poster: 60 mlCalcutta, May 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Once when Madhubanti Mukherjee was in her early teens, her father took her to the theater to watch a Hollywood film, and happened to mention to her that the cinematographer of that film was a woman. Today, Madhubanti is a rapidly upcoming cinematographer herself, and is now directing her own film titled 60 ML which will be released under the banner of Out Of Box Entertainment of Kolkata shortly.

Interview: Actress Muskaan Arora - Saakshi on "Mata Chowki" TV Show on Sahara One

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Mumbai, May 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Muskaan Arora popularly known as Saakshi of Sahara One's Mata Chowki talks about her journey in the industry.

Being tagged as one with divine powers is an amazing feeling and you need to be really lucky to be tagged as one. Muskaan Arora is one among the lucky to play such a divine role on television. She created a spiritual magic through her long running show, Mata Ki Chowki on Sahara One.

In a candid interview, she speaks her heart out.

Tell us about your story of getting into acting?

Interview: Dr. Debapriya Mallick Urges Non-Resident Bengalis to Get Involved in Re-building West Bengal

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Washington DC, May 24, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Dr. Debapriya Mullick is a greatly respected philanthropist well known for regularly and selflessly volunteering for assistance of the people of West Bengal during times of natural and man-made calamities. A medical doctor himself, he has been involved in establishing various health-care facilities and hospitals across West Bengal and is associated with a number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) serving people facing various challenges all over the state. Among numerous instances of Dr Mallick jumping in to help, his spontaneous contribution towards assisting the victims after the March 14, 2007 bloodbath at Nandigram and natural disasters like the devastating floods of the Sunderbans after the 2009 hurricane Aila are particularly remarkable.

Dr. Debapriya Mallick is also the elder brother of Jyotipriya Mallick, lawyer and erstwhile Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), Gaighata, Barasat, West Bengal, now the Minister of Food and Food Supply in the newly elected All India Trinamool Congress (AITMC) government of West Bengal lead by Mamata Banerjee as the Chief Minister.

Patriotism and a desire to serve the country and it's people runs in their family. Their father was the famous freedom fighter Saktipada Mallick.

In this informal chat with Arijit Chakraborty, Dr Mallick talks about how he was operating in a hospital when the firing happened at Nandigram, and he had to leave directly from the operation theater to the region. The journey itself was unpleasant due to derogatory comments being continually made, but eventually Dr Mallick and his team managed to set up camps and start treating almost 4,000 residents injured in police firing and physical abuse. He talks about Sonachura and how they could somehow establish a health-care facility on the 2nd floor of a building housing a bank - a facility which itself came into attack multiple times, including a particularly venomous one on the 10th of November by muscle-men who also destroyed an ambulance as well. This health-center was eventually named "Shahid Smriti Shwastho Kendro" by the local people honoring the martyrs. It took about nine months for things to stabilize to an extent that the team could finally withdraw.

About Singur, Dr Mallick says the challenges were significant there too, but slightly less than Nandigram since Singur is located close to national highway and thus doctors and nurses had easier access.

Dr Mallick also touches upon the challenges immediately after cyclone Aila struck and how it took around two years to approach a sense of normality across the vast number of affected villages and their people. The conversation continues on many other subjects relevant in today's West Bengal - listen to the complete on-demand audio broadcast on Washington Bangla Radio.

Interview: Rishi Kaushik - Bengali Film and TV Actor Talks About Ekhane Akash Neel, Abohoman, Kranti etc. & His Upcoming Films

[Bengali Movie & TV Serial Hero Rishi Kaushik]Calcutta, May 20, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Actor Rishi Kaushik is well-known in Bengal for his role of Ujaan, hero of the popular Star Jalsa Television series “Ekhane Akash Neel”.

After "Ekdin Pratidin", Rishi was offered quite a few roles in Bengali feature films. He has appeared as a rural school teacher Joydeep in Tarun Majumdar's "Chander Bari" (2007) [buy Bengali film DVD in USA], costarring Rituparna Sengupta, Soumitra Chatterjee, Ranjit Mullik, Babul Supriyo, Koel Mullick, Laboni Sarkar, Haradhan Bannerjee, Locket Chatterjee and others with music by Arundhati-Shibaji.

Wanting to experiment, Rishi appeared as the antagonist in Riingo Banerjee's (interview) Kranti (2002) [DVD release] with Jeet, Swastika Mukherjee, Rajesh Sharma, Ashish Vidyarthi, Alaknanda Roy, Bodhisattva Mazumdar, Locket Chatterjee, Biswanath Bose, Raja Chatterjee etc. and music by Riingo himself. His performance in Kranti won him a BFJA Most Promising Actor award.

Rishi has appeared in a well-appreciated role against Ananya Chatterjee in Rituparno Ghosh's Abohoman (Blu-Ray - DVD) along with Dipankar Dey, Riya Sen, Mamata Shankar, Jishu Sengupta etc. featuring music by 21 Grams.

Listen to Rishi Kaushik chat about his background, career, films, TV shows and upcoming projects.

Interview: Tollywood Actress Nusrat Jahan Talks About Bengali Movie "Shatru" Co-Starring Jeet and her Background and Experience

Germantown, MD, May 20, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) She is a quintessential Bengali girl, pursuing her Bacherlor's degree in Commerce. She likes to wear new dresses and walk the ramp and enjoys doing so. One day in 2010 she gathered her confidence and went out to the ramp with the primary goal of having a good time. She ended up winning the Fair One Miss Kolkata crown!

Meet the wonderful young lady Nusrat Jahan as Arijit Chakraborty chats with her on WBRi. Make no mistake - there is hard work, dedication and talent in the humble and polite girl that has carried her to the role of the heroine in her debut feature film - the Tollywood Bengali movie "Shatru". She can hardly believe she has actually completed a film directed by Raj Chakraborty opposite the popular hero Jeet !

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