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Interview | Bappaditya Bandopadhyay - Film Maker (Sampradan, Shilpantar, Devki, Kantataar, Housefull, Kagojer Bou)

Acclaimed Bengali and Bollywood film-maker Bappaditya Bandopadhyay talks to Subhomoy Mukherjee in this extensive, informal and intimate interview on Washington Bangla Radio.

We always expect something different to watch , something different to think whenever we go for a movie by Bappadityo Bandopadhyay.

Bappadityo started his career with Television, specially telefilms, and as assistant director for movies.

That time he came in touch with Film Director cum Musician Gautam Chattopadhyay ( of Mahiner Ghodaguli ) whom he knew from his childhood.

Working with Gautam changed the focus and vision of Bappadityo and he felt the urge within himself to make feature films of his own.

In 1998 he made his first feature, Sampradan. As he was not aware about economics and distribution part of filmdom that time, he could not reach to all with Sampradan rather he could not popularize Sampradan.

After Sampradan, he made critically acclaimed film Shilpantar based on a short story by famous author, Shirshendu Mukherjee.

After Shilpantar he was in Bollywood for years and that time he debuted there with award winning “Devki”

After Devki he returned in Tollywood and made “Kantatar” which made Bappdityo a Bengali household name as director.

After Kantatar, he made Kaal on flesh trade racket and Housefull as his autobiographical.

In the meantime he started his career as a producer with the film Hello Kolkata made by his friend Manoj.

Right now he is very busy with last minute works of his present directional, Kagojer Bou, based on another Shirshendu novel and starting of his next feature.

Kagojer Bou casts Paoli, Rahul, Priyanka, Bratyo, Nandini, Joy among others and Gaurav aka Gabu from Laxmichada starts his career as film music director with this film. Bappadityo made this film very contemporary with a story of merely 40 years ago.

He not only experiments with subjects but also with new actors as well as versatility of established and popular actors by utilizing them in completely new kind of characters to them.

He truly maintains and follows the Tollywood gharana started by trio Satyajit-Ritwik-Mrinal, who incidentally his favourite directors too among others, and we hope to see more and more qualitative works from this creative genius.

We also wish all the success for Kagojer Bou as well as all future Bappadityo ventures.

Interview: Debojyoti Mishra - Composer and Acclaimed Tollywood Bengali Film Music Director

Debojyoti Mishra talks to Subhomoy Mukherjee in this exclusive, comprehensive and intimate audio interview on Washington Bangla Radio.

How to describe Debojyoti Mishra who is an musical institution by himself!! We can only consider him as a gifted prodigy of Bengali Music. He is one amongst the best music directors of Tollywood. At the same time he is showing his talent for Ad films, soaps and movies from other countries and of other languages too.

Interview | Gaurab Chatterjee (Gabu) - Lakkhichara drummer, music director of Bengali Movies Kagojer Bou (2010), Necklace (2010)

Gaurav Chatterjee - (C) Washington Bangla Radio Though he is famous as Gabu, his nick name, the full name of this famous drummer from the reputed Kolkata Bengali Band LAKKHICHARA is Gaurab Chatterjee. Gabu is also a background score composer and music director of Kolkata Tollywood Bengali movies including KAGOJER BOU and NECKLACE (2010). Subhomoy Mukherjee of Washington Bangla Radio talks to Gaurav in this informal and intimate interview. Somnath Dasgupta (complete WBRi Feature) of Ami Budhin Bolchi fame also appears in this interview.

Kolkata Bangla Rock Band Lakkhichara

Interview - Sudip Mukherjee - Actor in Bengali film and TV - Musalmanir Golpo, Premrog, Kantatar, Greftar

Well-known Bengali film and television actor Sudip Mukherjee talks to Arijit Chakraborty, Washington Bangla Radio, in an informal, comprehensive and intimate interview.

Sudip Mukherjee is a sportsman-turned actor, with successful sportsmanship in cricket and rowing before he switched tracks to enter professional acting. Sudip has acted in acclaimed roles in Bengali stage theater, including for theater groups like Calcutta Performers lead by Kamal Roychoudhuri. He is also well-knows for his performances in major television serials, including Draupadi, Ingit, Neel Shimana, Janmabhoomi, Sheola, Ei To Jibon etc, and the currently airing Erao Shotru and Kurukhetra for which he has received the best actor award for multiple consecutive years.

Sudip has played significant roles in films like Gautam Ghosh's 13 years of vrindaban studio, Subrata's Ek je ache kanya, Tapan Sinha's Dheu and so on. He is also very well remembered for his depiction of Byomkesh Bakshi in Swapan Ghosal's adaptation. Other notable performances of Sudip Mukherjee include his roles in Jara brishtite bhijechilo, Premrog, Kantataar, Greftar and the recently released MUSALMANIR GOLPO.

Interview | SRIJIT MUKHERJEE - Director, Kolkata Bengali Movie AUTOGRAPH (2010) starring Prosenjit - Nandana Sen

Kolkata Tollywood Bengali Movie AutographDo not miss Srijit Mukherjee's great story of his cast and crew singing songs when shooting of Bengali movie Autograph was once delayed due to unavoidable reasons, including his senior collaborators, in this extensive and in-depth audio interview of playwright-director-actor Srijit Mukherjee by Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio.

Srijit Mukherjee has an extensive background in professional English and Bengali stage theater, and his full-length Bengali feature film AUTOGRAPH (2010) is expected to release on October 14 2010.

Autograph, a Bengali film, is produced by Shrikant Mohta and Mahendra Soni of Shree Venkatesh Films, the makers of Chokher Bali, Raincoat and Iti Mrinalini, in collaboration with Madhu Mantena, the producer of Ghajini and Rann. It marks the debut of Srijit Mukherji as a writer/director and stars the reigning matinee idol of the Bengali Film Industry, Prosenjit Chatterjee, the internationally acclaimed actress Nandana Sen and the emerging new face of Bengali parallel cinema, Indraneil Sengupta. The plot revolves around three lives - a superstar, a young director and a theater actress - and how their coming together during the process of making a film, changes them forever. The film is also a humble tribute to Satyajit Ray's Nayak and is expected to release on October 14, 2010.

Interview | MUMTAZ SORCAR - Bengali Movie Actress (Bhuter Bhabishyat,Musalmanir Galpo, 033)

Mumtaz Sorcar (Wikipedia)Bengali movie actress Mumtaz Sorcar, the beautiful daughter of renowned magician P C Sorcar Jr - talks to glamorous singer - songwriter - composer and popular Radio show hostess Sushmita Bhattachrya (WBRi feature) on Washington Bangla Radio.

Interview - Natobor Not Out (Bengali, 2010) Movie Hero Mostafa Prokash

Bengali Film NATOBAR NOT OUT Hero Mostafa ProkashMostafa Prokash is the famous NATOBAR in the Bengali movie NATOBAR NOT OUT directed by Amit Sen (WBRi interview) and co-starring Raima Sen, Ananya Dutta (WBRi interview) and others.

Mostafa grew up in a deep rural village in Bangladesh, and spent at least 14 years of his life there. He learnt many very valuable things from that episode of his life - about nature and people and living off the land. He arrived at the Bangladeshi capital city of Dhaka for higher studies, and is currently studying Drama and Dramatics at Jahangirnagar University, graduating in 2011.

Interview | ANANYA DUTTA - Actress, Model, Danseuse - Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie NATOBAR NOT OUT

Bengali Actress ANANYA DUTTAAnanya Dutta is a well-known model and actress living in Mumbai. In her debut in Tollywood, her first Kolkata Bengali feature film NATOBAR NOT OUT (2010) is releasing first week of August 2010, where she appears in a lead role with Mustafa Prokash, Raima Sen, Ramaprasad Banik and others. The film is directed by Amit Sen (WBRi exclusive interview audio) and produced by Bunch of Buddies lead by Manu Malhotra (WBRi feature).

NATOBAR NOT OUT (2010) Bengali Film Director Amit Sen Interview

Natobar Not Out Bengali Movie Poster

In this informal and intimate iterview, film-maker Amit Sen talks about his background and of course Bengali movie NATOBAR NOT OUT. Amit shares his views about contemporary Bengali cinema, contrasting with the "golden era" of Bengali film and dwells on how Bengali films have changed according to times. A director's take of the movie industry is always fascinating to hear, and Amit Sen's words are no exception.

Click on the Play button at the top of this post to listen to Amit Sen as he speaks with Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio.

Interview | Angana Basu - Actress, Danseuse, Elocutionist | SHUKNA LANKA (2010) Bengali Movie

Angana Basu is a lead actress of Gaurav Pandey's great Bengali movie Shukno Lanka (2010) where she plays the pivotal role of Chinu Nandi's wife. Chinu Nandi is played in Sukno Lanka by our favorite Mithunda - Mithun Chakraborty.

Chakraborty - Angana Basu in SUKNO LANKA
Angana Bose and Mithun Chakraborty in Sukno Lanka (Bengali, 2010)

Angana Basu - Manab Premik Nimai

Angana Basu talks to Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio in this informal and intimate interview. Click on the Play button in the full post to listen to Angana Basu online.

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