WBRi *Exclusive* Interview | Actress Megha Burman - portrays love as Razia in DAM 999 Indian 3D Hollywood movie

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Marian Chatterjee talks to Indian actress Megha Burman on WBRi. Megha plays the role of Raziya in Sohan Roy's international 3D film DAM 999. Raziya depicts Shringara (love) rasa in the movie with green as the color denoting the emotion. Her character Raziya is the love interest of Captain Fredric Brown played by Joshua Frederic Smith. As you know, Washington Bangla Radio has published a wonderful interview (audio) with Joshua Frederic Smith in this post. Megha's other co-stars in DAM 999 are Ashish Vidyarthi, Linda Arsenio, Rajit Kapur, Joshua Fredric Smith, Vinay Rai, Jaala Pickering, Vimala Raman and Jineet Rath with guest appearances by Thampy Antony, Gary Richardson, Alok Misra, Harry Key and Michael Eshwar.

Bengali Actress MEGHA BURMAN and Hollywood Hero Joshua Frederic Smith in DAM 999 3D Indian MovieMegha Burman was born and grew up in Calcutta (now called Kolkata), studying till the 10th grade there. Megha was actively interested and participated enthusiastically in an eclectic range of activities, including playing squash and tennis, playing the drums (she still has a 5-piece set), swimming and so on. Megha says one of the TV programs she loved as a young girl was WWF (World Wrestling Federation) shows, sometimes causing her mother much concern.

Megha graduated from high-school in Bangalore and then moved to Mumbai (erstwhile Bombay) for college. She wanted to study Mass Communications and to be a danseuse in the troupe of Shiamak Davar - the renowned Indian contemporary dance choreographer credited for bringing in contemporary Jazz and western forms of dances to thousands in India through his school SDIPA.

Megha says acting kind of just happened to her - she did not really know she could act. She almost accidentally ended up in an audition for a television commercial in her second year at college, and was selected. The commercial went on to be a very successful one, and had a great jingle and was aired for two full years, bringing Megha recognition and significant volume of work in commercials while in college - Motorola, Pepsi, Tata Docomo, Fastrack Watches, Sony and so on. You can Watch the Bru commercial online here.

Listen to Megha Burman and Marian Chatterjee on Washington Bangla Radio as they talk about Megha and her career, Megha's current and future projects and outlook.

DAM 999 is the first Indian Hollywood 3D suspense-thriller portraying the realities of life, some shared and some unshared. Navarasa or 9 human emotions are shown by 9 characters in the movie. Just as a Dam holds water, the 9 characters in the movie hold back their emotions, which eventually breaks out during a disaster drawing the audience to a gripping climax.

The film also borrows from the concepts of the navagrahas - the foundation of astrology, considered as the pillars of influence on human beings. According to Hindu customs, the Navagraha are typically placed in a single square with the Sun (Surya) in the center and the other deities surrounding Surya. It is a mystical arrangement with lot of facts in it. The secrets of this unknown science will be revealed to the world through DAM999.

Navarasa is the essence of Dam999. It is the idea steering its story and the nine lead characters in it. Dam999 brings into play the long standing concept of Navarasa but in a way that is exceptionally original. The individuality of the characters is the element that each character is the personification of one rasa. Their nature, the intensity of their reactions, their strengths, their failings - all guided by the rasa they represent, which in turn shape the story of Dam999. This very factor makes the movie the only one of its kind ever made.

Marian Chatterjee, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, has been studying Rabindrasangeet for 11 years primarily under Mrs. Rama Banerjee of Pittsburgh and also under Sri Rano Guhathakurta of Kolkata. She learned Bengali at the University of Washington, Seattle, under the late Dr. Carol Salomon, re-known translator of Lalon Giti.  A clinical and forensic psychologist by profession, Marian has participated in numerous cultural programs with the Bengali Cultural Society of Cleveland and has also served on the board. Other passions include translation of Rabindrasangeet.