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"The only similarity is the innocence of the heart" - Aadesh Chaudhary as Digu (Interview)

Mumbai, May 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRlog) Aadesh Chaudhary who essays the role of Digamber, aka Digu in Playtime Creation’s  Laagi Tujhse Lagan thought the role was risky, but just took it up because he loved the character. He says, “To join a show midway and establish yourself is difficult. It could take the show on new heights or remain stagnant. Luckily the response that I have received is encouraging. The reason why I took up a character like Digu is that it has various layers to it. He is a gunda, and he does drink alcohol but for the people in his basti he is a hero. Digu’s character has also seen a transition emotions and behavior wise. Earlier he was someone who is rash and could get angry easily. But Nakusha has made Digu more emotional.” 

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Interview: Anurag Kashyap talks about his latest Bollywood film SHAITAAN (Hindi, 2011)

Mumbai, May 15, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Anutag Kashyap is a well known figure of Hindi film Industry. He has made a good number of films. He is a director, story writer, screen play writer and an actor also. Gulaal, Dev-D, No Smoking Black Friday are some of his films, where in, he has shown his talent.

His new film Shaitaan is going to be released all over India on 10 th June, 2011. When we visited him to know about his new film, he reacted as under.


Interview: Neal Whittle - Author, "HOWZAAAAAT!" - Everything About the Game of Life can be Learned from the Game of Cricket

[Neal Whittle]Washington, DC, May 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Neal Whittle, author of Howzaaaaat!, chats with Marian Chakraborty on Washington Bangla Radio from Sydney, Australia. Born in Wimbledon, London, UK to anglo-Indian parents from Hyderabad, India, and living in Sydney from age 11, Whittle naturally has a remarkable insight into cross-cultural diversity at a personal level. A computer technologist by profession, Whittle finally gave in to his heart's call of trying his hand at writing when his mother passed away suddenly, and the result is Howzaaat! - a book that has received rave reviews and a response that is amazing to witness.

Listen to the audio interview.



Interview: Bengali Actress ARPITA MUKHERJEE On Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath & her films

[Bengali Actress Arpita Mukherjee]Washington, DC, May 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ananya Paul caught up with Bengali film actress Arpita Mukherjee in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, India where Arpita is shooting for one of her upcoming films. We have previously watched Arpita in director Sanghamitra Chaudhuri's (interview) Rose Villa and Jeena The Endless Love (Buy Bengali Film DVD in USA) co-starring Soham, Abhishek Chatterjee and Indrani Haldar, and her latest film Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath also directed by Sanghamitra opened in theaters in Kolkata a few days ago marking the first film release commemorating Gurudev's 150th birth anniversary. Arpita has also appeared in Tollywood Bengali films like Mama-Bhagne, Haranath Chakraborty's Jor Jar Muluk Tar (DVD) and quite a few Odiya movies.

Arpita's ongoing film projects at this time include a Bengali love-story directed by Dayal Acharya (of Lajja - The Shame (Bengali, 2010) fame) and a film in Odiya.


Interview: Tollywood Actor Souryadeep Ghosh on "Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath" (2011) and Forthcoming Hindi & Bengali Movies

[Bengali Actor Souryadeep Ghosh]Washington, DC, May 11, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ananya Paul talks to Souryadeep Ghosh in this audio interview with young upcoming actor from Kolkata. Souryadeep debuted in the world of Bengali cinema with a role of an assistant art director in award-winning film-maker Atanu Ghosh's (interview) Angshumaner Chobi, and subsequently appeared in Sanghamitra Chaudhuri's (interview) Rose Villa. He plays a lead role in Sanghamitra's docu-feature Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath that recently premiered in Kolkata on the occasion of Rabindranath Tagore's 150th birthday.

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



Interview: Suvrajyoti and Tanusree Bandopadhyay of Sabita Kala Sangam Working in Support of Performing Arts of Bengal

Calcutta, May 11, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Sabita Kala Sangam was established in 1997 by Suvrajyoti and his wife Tanusree Bandopadhyay who herself is a well known  singer of Rabindra Sangeet, with the inspiration of the Rabindra Sangeet exponent Late Sri Subinoy Roy. The prime objective was to promote various forms of performing arts and cultural activities like music, songs, dance, recitations, etc. and bring forward talented artists in these genres.

Lately the organization is working on various projects to highlight the rich heritage of India. One such show, a musical dance drama Lopamudra based on the romantic story of Hindu saint Agasthya and his wife Lopamudra received considerable appreciation both from viewers and critics.

A scene from "Lopamudra" Bengali Musical Dance Drama presented live by Sabita Kala Sangam
A scene from "Lopamudra" Dance Drama

Watch our exclusive video interview on Washington Bangla Radio.


Interview: Director Agnishwar Mukherjee Talks About Bengali Short Film "A"


[Agnishwar Mukherjee]"A" Bengali Short FilmWashington, DC, May 10, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ananya Paul caught up with film-maker Agnishwar Mukherjee in Kolkata to record this audio interview. Agnishwar is making a short film titled "A".

An Out Of Box Entertainment presentation, "A" is in some ways an experimental film exploring human psychology and stars Malay Ghosh, Satpal, Neha Gupta & Sanjoy Saha.


Interview: Actor SALMAN KHAN - "I am a great dancer"

Indian actor Salman Khan

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The original Prem of Bollywood is back. Salman Khan will be seen romancing Asin in Ready. The actor chats up with Sreya Basu.

The song Character dheela from Ready is already rocking the charts. Whose brain is behind this song?

Character dheela was Asin’s idea. Since she is the heroine of the film, how can we say no to her!

That’s it?

(Laughs) Generally we use the term character dheela in a negative manner. But Aneesbhai (Bazmee, director) wanted to make it positive. One day he said people always look at us and say: Iska character dheela hai. But actually, woh log bhi yehi sab karta hai. So, if they do, it’s raas leela, and if we do, then character dheela! Not fair na!

You did gigs on Raj Kapoor, Dharmendra and Dilip Kumar in the song. How was the experience?

There’s no way you can do justice to what they have done. The way Dharmji looked in Sholay nobody can even come near him, Raj Kapoorsaab is a legend, Yusufsaab (Dilip Kumar) is something else…from the first day of our industry till today, nobody could come one percent close to his performance. We just did this as a tribute.

How much do you relate the song to yourself?

Look, my character has never been dheela. I am 46 years old now and if you have seen my average (in love), it’s pathetic.



Interview: Gautam Barat - Tollywood's Top Poster Designer Reminds Us of Importance of the Poster as Representation of the Film

[GOUTAM BARAT Poster Designer]Washington D.C., May 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Gautam Barat is the premier professional poster designer for Bengali films for over 30 years. Gautam talks to Arijit Chakraborty on Washington Bangla Radio in this intimate, informal and candid interview about his career in poster design, aspects of designing posters, the film industry, changing trends and much more.

Gautam has designed over 600 posters so far, and his recent work includes films by producers like Shree Venkatesh and Eskay Films and films like Bhorer Alo, Unish Kurir Galpo , Ogo Bideshini, Moner Manush and so on.


Sounak Chattopadhyay in Toronto: Interview

[Sounak at the National Mall, Washington DC]Washington, DC, May 4, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Sounak Chattopadhyay, one of the brightest shining stars of the young generation of contemporary Indian Classical vocal artists who is also known for his sterling presentation of Rabindra Sangeet, was recently in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to perform at the Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School on St.Andrews Blvd. Arijit Chakraborty caught up with Sounak in Toronto in this wonderful chit-chat with the young maestro, a performance of special significance to Sounak because he is himself an alumnus of the famous Don Bosco school of Kolkata at Park Circus.

Sounak speaks to Washington Bangla Radio from Toronto and sings a few lines for us.



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