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Interview - Celebrated Actor DIPANKAR DE on Aniket Chattopadhyay's Goray Gondogol & Srijit Mukherji's Hemlock Society

Dipankar DeKolkata, February 1, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) A name to reckon with in the Bangla film industry and a veteran who has left his mark in all the genres of silver screen productions, Dipankar De is simply unstoppable! And, this time he is reappearing before his fans as one amongst the “eclectic mix of cast” in ‘Goray Gondogol’ – penned and directed by Aniket Chattopadhayay.

In a tele-interview with Washington Bangla Radio’s, Arijit Chakrabarty, shares his experience of working in ‘Goray Gondogol’, on what drives him forward and his future projects which includes Srijit Mukherji's 3rd feature film Hemlock Society.

The chit-chat kicked off with greetings to all the Bengalis residing in the US through WBRi. He was pretty excited about his latest work, ‘Goray Gondogol’. It promises pure fun and entertainment to the audiences who wait with baited breath to be bitten by the comic bug! He said that after many days a film has been made in these lines, bringing together a crazy mix of 13-14 characters in all.

Listen to Dipankar De on WBRi.

Interview - Director Aniket Chattopadhyay On GORAY GONDOGOL (Bengali, 2012) Comedy Movie and Future Plans

Aniket Chattopadhyay, Director, Goraye Gondogol (Bengali, 2012)Kolkata, February 1, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Aniket Chattopadhyay, who has already tasted box-office success with his first two directorial ventures (‘Chha-E-Chhuti’ and ‘Bye Bye Bangkok’) returns to the studios of WBRi and chats with Arijit Chakraborty about his upcoming movie ‘Goraye Gondogol’ and the next film he has been plannig to direct for some time now.

The conversation kicked off with the interviewer exchanging cordialities with the ace director. When asked how he was doing, Aniket Chattopadhyay showed off his humorous traits by retorting ‘picture release-er aagey jotota bhalo thaka jaay’ (he was as fine as any director could be before the imminent release of a movie!). The director admitted that it was only natural for filmmakers to be nervous about the fate of their movies (for, it is nearly impossible to predict which films will be lapped up or rejected by viewers!). However, Chattopadhyay pointed out that there is a distinct paucity of comedy films in the contemporary Tollywood industry – a factor that would work in favor of his movie. As the director correctly stated, a fun film (or, for that matter, a ‘Feluda’ film!) arrives only once a year and that alone ensures that movie buffs would flock to the theatres to catch such movies. Chattopadhyay revealed that he is not unduly tensed about his film’s release and expressed his belief that ‘Goray Gondogol’ would be universally liked by the audience. In other words, the film would surely create some ‘Goray Gondogol’ at the box-office.

Listen to Aniket-da once again on WBRi.

Interview: Director Reshmi Mitra on Big-Budget Tollywood Bengali Action Thriller MACHO MUSTAFA (2012)

Tollywood Hero Hiran Chatterji, Director Reshmi Mitra and Bengali Actress Puja - Macho Mustafa (2012) Bengali FilmKolkata, February 1, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) The name of Reshmi Mitra features prominently among the current crop of young, talented directors who are working at present in the Bengali movie industry. Mitra had earlier directed films like ‘Bhalobasha Zindabad’ (2009) and ‘Piriti Kanthaler Aatha’ (2011). In a candid conversation with interviewer Arijit Chakraborty of WBRi, Mitra talks about her ambitious upcoming Tollywood Kolkata Bengali movie ‘Macho Mostafa’, her work ethics and movie-making techniques and much, much more.

(Picture: From left - Hiran, Reshmi and Puja)

The interview started off on a cordial note, with Reshmi Mitra exchanging pleasantries with the interviewer. The director also explained how wrapped up in work she was, with her next big release, ‘Macho Mustafa’, being in the final stages of post-production. The promotional campaigns for this big-budget commercial flick were also in full flow, as a result of which the director was being forced to frequently shuttle between Kolkata and Chennai. Mitra had been interviewed by WBRi almost a year ago regarding her earlier films and it was indeed pleasant to have her back after a brief hiatus.

Listen to Reshmi talk about Macho Mostafa (Bengali, 2012) starring Hiran and Puja on WBRi.

Premier Indian Classical Instrumentalists Ustad SHAHID PARVEZ (Sitar) and Pt. HINDOLE MAJUMDAR (Tabla) - Interview

Ustad Shahid Parvez & Pt. Hindole MajumdarCalcutta, Jan 31, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) A conversation with one of the premier sitar players of Hindustani classical music and a classical Tabla player is certain to be a revealing experience, if not outright awe-inspiring. Belonging to one of the oldest legacies of sitar playing in India, Ustad Shahid Parvez spoke unhurriedly, gradually unfolding the diverse gamut of his musical experiences. With him sat his fellow artist and companion, one of the most talented Tabla players of today, Pt. Hindole Majumdar. As the musicians sat talking in a room with several other keen learners, it was not difficult to see the pure affection they shared between themselves.

Watch our exclsuve video interview on WBRi.

Interview: Chandrachur Bhattacharya - North Indian Hindustani Classical Sitar Player and Composer

By Hirak Bhattacharyya

Chandrachur BhattacharyaWashington, DC, Jan 28, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Hirak Bhattacharyya talks to North Indian instrumental Sitar player Chandrachur Bhattacharya in this informal and candid video interview also featuring some live and extempore Sitar performances by the artist.

Hirak had been trying for a while to record this interview, since Chandrachur travels extensively with his Sitar. For the last few months, Chandrachur was traveling with Pandit Birju Maharaj, and before that, he was busy in the UK with his workshops and shows.

Chandrachur grew up extremely modestly, with his parents, two brothers and a sister living in one small room. His parents worked hard and provided for their education and developed their interest in music. His father was deeply involved in music, and studies and music were equally stressed upon by his parents.

Watch the exclusive video interview on WBRi.