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Exclusive Interview | Subrata Dutta (Achin Pakhi, Rakta Charitra) Award Winning Indian Bollywood and Bengali Movie Actor

Actor Subrata Dutta (Subrat Dutt)Mar 25, 2010, by Subhomoy Mukheree, Washington Bangla Radio: Subrata Datta, known as Subrat Dutt in Mumbai, is a powerful award-winning character actor appearing in parallel, art-house as well as commercial films. Subrata talks to Washington Bangla Radio in an intimate and informal interview.

Watch Subrata Dutta talking about his fascinating experiences in Indian Cinema.

Interview - Purbayan Chatterjee - The young Sitar maestro and founder of Shastriya Syndicate

Purbayan ChatterjeeMar 24, 2010, by Subhomoy Mukherjee, Washington Bangla Radio:

Purbayan Chatterjee is a highly acclaimed world-class contemporary North Indian Classical Instrumental Sitar player and founder of the modern Indian Classical band Shastriya Syndicate with Veenai Jayanthi (Veena), Subhankar Banerjee (Tabla), Rakesh Chaurasia (Bamboo Flute), Murad Ali (Sarangi), Pramath Kiran (Percussion) and Satish Patri (Mridangam). Subhomoy Mukherjee of WBRi talks to Purbayan in an informal and intimate interview.

Watch the video interview of Purbayan Chatterjee - a WBRi Washington Bangla Radio exclusive.

Interview - Riingo Banerjee রিঙ্গো ব্যানার্জী - Kolkata Bengali Film-Maker | RINGO BANERJEE is director of JODI EKDIN

Kolkata Bengali Movie writer-director Riingo Banerjee with 
wife ShinyMar 20, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) An exclusive and intimate interview with Riingo Banerjee. Popular Bengali movie writer-director Riingo Banerjee has delivered successful Tollywood Bangla films like Kranti (2002) [Buy DVD Online] starring Jeet, Swastika Mukherjee, Rishi Kaushik, Rajesh Sharma, Ashish Vidyarthi; LOVE (2008) [DVD] starring Jishu Sengupta, Koel Mullick, George Baker, Chaitali Dasgupta and music by Jeet Ganguly; the Bengali children's movie Neel Rajar Deshe (2008) [DVD] starring Indrani Haldar, Ashish Vidyarthi, Rajesh Sharma with music by Bikram Ghosh; and Risk (2009). His latest film Jodi Ekdin (2010) has a release date of April 16, 2010.

WBRi Washington Bangla Radio Correspondent Subhomoy Mukherjee spent a wonderful relaxed time with Riingo and his wife Shiny. In the following video, watch an informal Riingo talk about his career, his foray into films, his thoughts about the movies he has made so far, and his vision about the future. Riingo also discusses his new film Jodi Ekdin starring Indraneil Sengupta and Priyanka Sarkar in lead roles with music by Joy Sarkar and lyrics by Anindya Chatterjee and Chandril of Bengali band "Chandrabindoo". Jodi Ekdin is produced by Orion Entertainment, a partner of WBRi Washington Bangla Radio, and will be released in the USA by Databazaar Media Ventures on Netflix,, Best Buy and so on.

Exclusive Interview - Ananya Chatterjee - Kolkata Bengali Movie Actress (Dwando, Abohoman, Angshumaner Chobi, Iti Mrinalini)

Mar 19, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Bengali movie actress Ananya Chatterjee is well known in the Kolkata Bengali film industry for her roles in Sharan Dutta's Raat Barota Paanch (2005) [DVD], Agnidev Chatterjee's Prabhu Noshto Hoi Jai (2007), Suman Ghosh's Dwando (2009) [DVD], Atanu Ghosh's Angshumaner Chobi (2009), Rituparno Ghosh's Abohoman (2010), Aparna Sen's Iti Mrinalini, Basu Chatterjee's Tok Jhal Mishti (2002) [DVD] and so on.

Washington Bangla Radio's WBRi affiliate has published an exclusive interview video with Paromita Pal and actress Ananya Chatterjee to mark the launch of Dwando in North America (USA and Canada) in DVD and VOD formats. (Order Dwando on DVD, or from Netflix online). Dwando is written and directed by acclaimed award-winning NRI film-maker Suman Ghosh, who has previously written and directed Podokkhep (2006) [DVD] which won Soumitra Chatterjee a National Award.

Ananya Chatterjee talks about how she would have performed differently if Dwando was filmed again, and how all actors and actresses in the Cinema industry always look back at their performances and wonder if they would have delivered a better performance given another chance. These are matters of introspection common to heroes and heroines across the board. But, in the case of Dwando, whatever performances came out were a united and inspired effort towards delivering a great film. "We did not want Dwando to be something else, we wanted it to be the way it is", she says, which perhaps hints at satisfaction on the performances as they are.

Ananya Chatterjee plays the character of "Sudipta" in Dwando. On how she approached and what she felt about the role of Sudipta, Ananya says it is vitally important for any actress to visualize the entire film in terms of its storyline and message before trying to fill in the shoes of the character to be played. It is not right for any actress to think about the bigger context of the picture while half way into shooting her role.

About any similarities between Ananya Chatterjee's portrayal of Sudipta and any real-life incidents, Ananya says every actress has her own way of performing - some actresses think about painful incidents in their own life while playing a sad incident on film, some others think about the character's emotional state. In Dwando, she hints at approaching Sudipta as Sudipta would have been if she were real.

When talking about the internationalization of Bengali film and Dwando, Ananya Chatterjee correctly reminds us all that Bengali film-makers have delivered world-class films for a long time now. Satyajit Ray, Ritwick Ghatak and so on have already proven a long time ago that "international-level" movies can be made in Bengal by Bengalis, and one should not confuse world-class film-making with international marketing or distribution of movies.

Watch the entire video interview on-line via You Tube.

Interview | JEET GANGULY Live In Concert - Indian Bengali Movie and Bollywood Music Director

Jeet Ganguly Morning Walk (2009) Soundtrack OST Mp3 DownloadFeb 22, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Times Of India is reporting that popular music director Jeet Ganguly from Bengal has won the Best Upcoming Music Director Award at the Mirchi Music Awards for the song Bhor Bhayo from the original soundtrack OST from (download MP3) the 2009 film Morning Walk (Blu-Ray DVD) directed by Arup Datta starring Anupam Kher, Rajit Kapoor, Divya Dutta, Sharmila Tagore, Shayan Munshi and others. Check out the great interview and watch Jeet Ganguly live in concert online.

Shah Rukh Khan Stands Up To the Shiv Sena

The Shiv Sena and Shah Rukh Khan controversy continues, with SRK not offering any apology and the Shiv Sena banning the screening of My Name Is Khan in Mumbai. The controversy follows Shiv Sena's interpretation of SRK's sympathetic statemements about the IPL (Indian Premiere League) and participation of Pakistan teams.

According to reports, there has been little concerted reaction from the Indian Bollywood Movie Industry in support of SRK. "Shah Rukh Khan is fighting his own battle, Salman Khan’s ‘Veer’ has been pulled out of cinema halls in Udaipur but nobody is condemning it, ‘Fanaa’ was thrown out of Gujarat," - Mahesh Bhatt is quoted saying in The Times Of India.

Watch a news video item online:

Interview - Madhabi Mukherjee - Kolkata Bengali Movie Actress Talks About Mahanayak Uttam Kumar WBRi KOLKATA TUBE | Madhuri 

In this audio interview, listen to Kolkata Bengali movie veteran actress MADHABI MUKHOPADHYAY talk about her work in Bengali cinema with  hero and megastar UTTAM KUMAR in lead roles.

You have had the opportunity to work closely with Bengali actor Uttam Kumar who was an extremely popular actor among Bengali movie lovers. How was your experience in working with superstar Mahanayak Uttam Kumar ?

Interview - Naresh Thakur Baul - Bengali Baul from Bangladesh at 2010 Shaktigar Baul Fakir Utsav - by Tapan Sanyal

WBRi Exclusive Interview | Baul of Bengal - Naresh ChandraNaresh Thakur is a renowned and well known Baul living in Bangladesh. He has been singing for over twenty years. He has a son and a daughter, and travels across the length and breadth of Bangladesh in true Baul fashion. He has performed internationally on invitation, including in London and the USA. This time (Jan 10, 2010) he was visiting India - the famous Shaktigar Baul Fakir Utsav Festival. Naresh Thakur's primary influence is Baul Shah Abdul Karim (শাহ আবদুল করিম, 1916 - 2009) - one of the most famous legends of Bangladeshi folk music.

Naresh Thakur Baul sings a Dehatatwa song. He also sings a song by Shah Abdul Karim Baul.

Watch the interview video recorded and contributed by by Tapan Sanyal.

Pandit Subhankar Banerjee - Interview | Indian Classical Instrumental Tabla Maestro | WBRi Exclusive

Shubhankar Banerjee online interview (video)Pundit Suvankar Bandopadhyay – the Living Legend. Though he does not like salutation as Pandit or living legend but the world recognizes him as Pundit and Living Legend  so we salute him. We are proud to get him in a very informal hour long discussion with us at a Sunny Sunday Morning. We covey our sincere gratitude to him.

Watch the complete hour-long exclusive WBRi video about Pt. Banerjee.

Interview - Manoj Mitra : Dramatist, Actor, Director, Producer and Bengali Film Maker

Manoj Mitra talks about the great days of Bengali theater, and the subsequent shift in mass attitude and business decisions that have lead to the downfall of the Bangla Natok. He also expresses hope for a resurgent future, perhaps in a different format.

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