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Interview: Pt. RUPAK KULKARNI - Noted North Indian Hindustani Classical Instrumental Flute (Bansuri) Player

Pandit Rupak Kulkarni - Flute (Bansuri) Player from IndiaCalcutta, Feb 19, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Meeting Pt. Rupak Kulkarni turned out to be an enlightening experience. Within a very short span of time, the flautist unfolded stories of his life, much like the soulful melodies emanating from his flute. Born into a family of musical traditions, Pt. Kulkarni recollects his earliest introductions to music by his father, late Pt. Malhar Rao Kulkarni, who held tabla classes at home for more than 200 learners.  Soon enough, he began taking rigorous tabla lessons from his father, undergoing sessions that began at the crack of dawn and continued till late in the evening. The austere discipline soon bore fruits, as he first performed publicly at an unripe age of 18 months. From then onwards, his musical sojourn has taken a natural progression towards excellence.

Meet Pt. Kulkarni in an exclusive candid and intimate video interview with WBRi.

Interview: Indian Actress Bipasha Basu and Actor R Madhavan on Bollywood Hindi Movie "JODI BREAKERS" (2012)

JODI BREAKERS (2012) PosterMumbai, Feb 19, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / IBNS) Bipasha Basu and R Madhavan have joined hands to break up pairs in Ashwini Chaudhary’s latest Hindi flick Jodi Breakers. Sreya Basu chats up with the actors as they don’t stop praising each other

Now Bipasha and Madhavan are upto breaking jodis?

Madhavan: It’s not that we break jodis just for the sake for running our business. We break those jodis who we believe are very unhappy in life and want another chance.

Bipasha:  Sonali, my character in Jodi Breakers, is exactly like me who believes that two people are supposed to be together if there is love. If there is no love, life gives you another chance…go and get your love.

Do you think there should be jodi breakers in real life as well?

Bipasha: I think after this film jodi breaker will actually become a profession.

Madhavan: Ya…why not. If there can be agents for marriage, so I think there should be agents for divorce as well.

Bipasha, what do you like the best about Madhavan?

Bipasha: Jo Maddy (Madhavan) hai…not just an actor, but as a human being, he is a fabulous husband, a great co-star, he is a great friend to both men and women. He loves to live his life king-size…he is a foodie… he is into outdoor sports. He loves to travel…he is a very passionate man. So, everything about Maddy I love, except the fact that…

Madhavan: …that I eat and don’t exercise.

Bipasha: No, I will still defend you. He has injured his knees and so he is not able to do so. But he has promised me that he will look after his knees and he is going to work out.

Madhavan: Yes…promise.

Bipasha: He is going to hire me as his fitness trainer.

Madhavan: The main star cast of Jodi Breakers is fitness freak. Bipasha is fitness and I am freak. On the sets, if Bipasha, Milind (Soman), Dipannita (Sharma) and Mrinalini (Sharma) stand on one side, I alone am enough on the other side…the frame gets perfectly balanced.

Madhavan, are you doing something to lose weight?

Watch the trailer and check out Bips and Maddy chat about Jodi Breakers (2012) Hindi film on WBRi.

Interview: Renowned Theater Director & Film-Maker SUMAN MUKHOPADHYAY on CHAR ADHYAY and Upcoming Movies

By Bidisha Bagchi

Suman MukhopadhyayMichigan, USA, Feb 7, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) On Tuesday morning, WBRi had a very special guest from the world of Bengali theatre and films. His films Mahanagar@Kolkata, Herbert and Chaturanga have been critically acclaimed and his theaters, Raktakarabi, Bisarjan and Raja Lear have left the culturally inclined Bengali audience asking for more. He is none other than Suman Mukhopadhyay, one of the most respected Bengali directors honored with  multiple awards from all across the globe.

Mr. Mukhopadhyay spared some time out of his busy schedule to talk to Bidisha Bagchi about his upcoming theaters and films including Char Adhyay and films based on Rabindranath Tagore's Sesher Kobita and the Metiabruz area of Kolkata.

Listen to the exclusive audio interview broadcast available on-demand only on WBRi.

Interview: Actress PADMAPRIYA JANAKIRAMAN On APARAJITA TUMI (2012) - A Databazaar Media USA-Canada Release

By Shoma A. Chatterji

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Indian Actress Padmapriya Janakiraman in Bengali Movie Aparajita Tumi

Calcutta, Feb 10, 2012 (Databazaar Media Ventures) Padmapriya is a South-based actress. But she has recently pushed the borders of her screen visibility by taking on the female lead in Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s just-released film Aparajita Tumi which has been acquired by Databazaar Media for exhibition, distribution and screening across North America and USA. This is special for Aparajita Tumi shot entirely in the USA. A Southern actress does a Bengali film shot in the US and produced by a Mumbai-based producer is an ideal illustration of the global reach of Bengali cinema. It would be interesting to hear the ‘voice’ of this beautiful face.

How and when did you meet Aniruddha for him to choose you for his new film?

Interview: Actor Saif Ali Khan on Agent Vinod (2012) - "Agent Vinod and I are both honest people!"

Agent Vinod 2012 High-Resolution Wallpaper

Mumbai, Feb 20, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / IBNS) Saif Ali Khan’s much ambitious project Agent Vinod is all set to hit the threatres this March. Playing the hero of the film, Saif Ali travels to 9 countries and takes up 12 identities as a RAW agent who refuses to die.

The action spy film is expected to dish out all possible spices, including a mujra by Kareena Kapoor.  Sreya Basu in conversation with the actor-producer after the launch of the first look of the film in Mumbai

It took a long time for you to make Agent Vinod. Any specific reason for the delay?

Well, what to say! Everybody knows it’s taken us two years to do this (film).  But I think we have done something special. This is the reason also that I got into film production in the first place. But we decided to make Love Aaj Kal first because it seemed an easier film to make at that time. But Agent Vinod is the reason why I got into film production. This was always my dream project and I am very happy to tell you that it is now complete and I feel it’s looking good.   

So you are trying to be the Indian James Bond with Agent Vinod?