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Actor-Film Maker Biswajit Chatterjee on his New Movie on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose (WBRi Interview)

Biswajit Chatterjee
Biswajit Chatterjee directing a shot for his biopic on Netaji

Bollywood icon Biswajit Chattterjee who wooed the audience with his killer looks and brilliant performances in Hindi films like ‘Bees Saal baad’, ‘Night in London’ and ‘Aasra’ is excited about his dream project - a Biopic on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Biswajit Chatterjee captured the first shot of the movie on 23rd January, the birth anniversary of the great Indian leader. Chatterjee took out time for WBRi correspondent Jyoti Prakash Mandal in spite of his busy schedule and spoke at length about his dream project. Excerpts:

Biswajit and Ira Chatterjee with children Prosenjit, Pryma and Pallavi at the Chatterjee Family Durga Puja - WBRi Exclusive


Jan 30 1948 - Gandhi and Godse: Pages from Past and Prejudice | Nirendra Narayan Dev

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), political and ...

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), political and spiritual leader of India. Location unknown. Français : Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948), Guide politique et spirituel de l'Inde. Lieu inconnu. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While millions died during the partition, lakhs of refugees who from eastern Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and west Pakistan who crossed over to India – under duress and in sheer poverty – blamed Bapu for accepting the partition. Muslims – whom Gandhi sought to protect – have turned a pro-violence community today – at least in terms of perception. And Hindus feel they must give up the Sanathan spirit. As a result over the last few decades the so called Hindu-revivalism has turned increasingly ominous. For Muslims again there is a peculiar dilemma. To many Muslims – who stayed in India abandoning Mohammed Ali Jinnah’s partition and Pakistan – there is a lasting guilt of the community’s role in dividing the country. Yet the real blame should have gone to those who went off in search of paradise in the new country. But the “real tragedy”, according to M J Akbar and I endorse that - the price of partition is not being paid by the people who got Pakistan but “by the Muslims in India” – who stayed back and trusted their Hindu and Sikh brethren. This is the irony and a melancholic turn!


Bastushaap: Kaushik Ganguly’s latest Bengali movie opens in Kolkata (Premiere)

Bastushaap (2016) Bengali Film Premiere
Bastushaap (2016) Bengali Film Premiere

The Premiere of the national award winning director Kaushik Ganguly’s latest movie “Bastushaap” recently took place at Priya cinema. The red carpet premiere turned out to be a gala affair as cast and crew  of the film along with many other guests from the film industry poured in at the venue.



CHORABALI Bangla Movie: Subhrajit Mitra’s Classical Whodunit Opens in Kolkata (Premiere)

Locket Chatterjee takes a selfie with Chorabali (Bengali, 2016) film unit
Locket Chatterjee takes a selfie with Chorabali film unit

The premiere of Shubhrajit Mitra’s thriller Chorabali (2016) recently took place at Priya Cinema in Kolkata. The premiere saw the presence of the ensemble cast and crew as well as other eminent persons from the film and media industry.



Interview: Subhrajit Mitra on his new Bangla movie CHORABALI (2016) - Exclusive

Subhrajit MitraIn an exclusive WBRi audio interview, the remarkable young Kolkata-based film-maker Subhrajit Mitra returns to WBRi to talk about his new Bengali feature film “Chorabali”. After outstanding documentaries, Subhrajit debuted with his intellectually stimulating feature film Mon Amour: Shesher Kobita Revisited (2008) and followed up with AGUNPAKHI The Phoenix (2010). His next project was "DUI BON", a Indian-Bangladeshi joint venture, was adapted from the Tagore story to feature Tagore himself, Mahatma Gandhi and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Subhrajit's WANGALA on Garo tribes in the North-eastern Himalayan foothills was well appreciated in the international film festival circuit. He had also been commissioned for six documentaries by Doordarshan, and has made a full 52-episode television series in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).



I play DSP Bholanath Singh in Jai Gangaajal - Prakash Jha in Kolkata

Prakash Jha in Kolkata
Prakash Jha in Kolkata

Kolkata, India, Jan 26 (Washington Bangla Radio) - National Award-winning film-maker Prakash Jha is getting ready to release his next venture ‘Jai Gangajaal’ starring Priyanka Chopra in the lead. Jha recently visited Kolkata to promote the movie that has put smiles on policewomen across India. Though Kolkata missed Priyanka Chopra, the director and his lead actor Manav Kaul (who plays the antagonist) made the press conference a memorable one.



Republic Day Musings: A 1947 without Lord Mountbatten – History Revisited | Nirendra Narayan Dev

Nirendra Narayan DevEditor's Note: Nirendra Narayan Dev (nirendev1 [at] gmail [dot] com), an acclaimed political journalist, is a special correspondent of The Statesman, New Delhi and author of acclaimed books including Modi to Moditva, Ayodhya : Battle For Peace, The Talking Guns North East India and Godhra A Journey To Mayhem. Nirendra was born and brought up in India's northeast and his father served with paramilitary force Assam Rifles. His blog is at bestofindiarestofindia.blogspot.com.

We have previously had an opportunity of talking to the author and have posted the audio recording of the interview.

WBRi also has the pleasure of publishing a series of short stories by Nirendra. Search with keywords "Nirendra Dev" to read his prior stories and articles on Washington Bangla Radio.


At this time of personal and collective reflection, the true spirit of the Republic Day is well summed up in the immortal number of one of my all time favourites, Yesudas.

Tere aane se saj gayee humaree yeh tutee phutee naav
…..Goree yeh duwaaye karna jarur, maajhi se naiya ho nahi dur

Sabko kinare pahunchaayega, maajhi toh kinara tabhi paayega

Truly without democracy and the republic spirit, India would not have been as beautiful as it is today.



Ahoban Shono Ahoban - A Musical Theater: Debojyoti Mishra Scripts a Brilliant Tribute to His Master Salil Chowdhury

Anweshaa and Debojyoti Mishra
Anweshaa and Debojyoti Mishra

The concept was brilliant, execution flawless in a first-of-its-kind tribute. Debojyoti Mishra brought familiar characters associated with Salil Chowdhury alive on the podium - from “Runner” and “Madhumoti” to “Anand”. These characters met each other in the different phases of the composer's life. The characters were played by leading contemporary theater actors and popular singers. Singers Rupankar, Anweshaa Dutta Gupta and Shovan Ganguly; actors Neel Mukherjee, Koneenica Bandyopadhyay, and members from Chetana Group Theater were among those on the stage. A whose-who of performers also included ace studio musicians.



Yoga Rooms Open at Frankfurt Airport

Information Panel, Terminal 1 at Frankfurt Airport

Information Panel, Terminal 1 at Frankfurt Airport (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hindus have applauded launching of two yoga rooms at Frankfurt Airport, a major international airport in Germany, calling it a step in the positive direction.



Happy Birthday Netaji! An Open Letter to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose - Nirendra Narayan Dev

Nirendra Narayan DevWe will debate these political issues on a later day, Netaji. But as an ardent admirer of yours – initially by the fashion as I too was born a Bengali and you are a folk hero of Bengalis. And later by conviction – I beg your attention to the contemporary setting. Things are actually in a mess today and would have certainly pained you – if not shocked you! The challenges are many and yet we as countrymen and women continue to contribute in increasing a few – at least every month. The situation we are in, Netaji, should be enough to wake us up to the realization that the basic game has changed fundamentally. Lingering territorial disputes are no longer the driving force. After 68 years, we still have found no answer to starvation and problems on water have only grown manifold ...



Salil Chowdhury: New Project on Indian Music Maestro Marks 90th Birth Anniversary

Salil Chowdhury Calendar Launch
Salil Chowdhury Calendar Launch

Legendary music composer Salil Chowdhury’s 90th birth anniversary was recently celebrated at Calcutta Rowing Club with announcement of a new project "The Salil Chowdhury Memorial - Concert and Honors." A joint venture of Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers and The Salil Chowdhury Foundation, "The Salil Chowdhury Memorial - Concert and Honours" was revealed in a glorious ceremony in Kolkata.



Sourav Ganguly and Prosenjit Chatterjee Make Lucky Winners Luckier on Stage

Prosenjit Chatterjee and Sourav Ganguly
Prosenjit Chatterjee and Sourav Ganguly

Two of the biggest contemporary Bengal icons Prosenjit Chatterjee and Sourav Ganguly recently came together on the same stage for Senco Gold and Diamonds to present awards to winners of Senco Festive offer at a press club.


DARK CHOCOLATE Bengali Film Actress Mahima Chaudhury: "Understanding Indrani Mukherjee was most challenging" (Interview)

Mahima Choudhary
Actress Mahima Choudhary

Bollywood actress Mahima Chaudhury was recently in Kolkata to attend the Poster launch of her debut Bengali film “Dark Chocolate” based on the controversial Sheena Bora Murder Case. The “Pardes” actress is playing the role of Indrani Mukherjee, the prime accused in the murder case.


Interview: Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur in Kolkata - AIRLIFT is about heroic pilots evacuating Indians from Gulf war

Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur in Kolkata (C) WBRi Inc.
Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur in Kolkata

Akshay Kumar recently visited Kolkata to promote his upcoming film "Airlift" which is based on the real-life heroism of Ranjit Katyal and Indian civilian plane pilots in s record-breaking effort to evacuate more than 110,000 Indians stranded in the war-struck Kuwait when Iraq invaded and annexed Kuwait in 1990. Kuwait was liberated in the overpowering success of operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm by a global coalition led by the United States. Akshay Kumar was accompanied in Kolkata by Nimrat Kaur, his co-star who plays his wife in Airlift. Nimrat's remarkable performance in "The Lunchbox" is remembered by all film-lovers. WBRi talks to Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur about their latest film.


fbb Femina Miss India World 2016: Rajkanya Baruah is Miss India Kolkata, Sushmita Roy and Adya Niraj are Runners Up

Adya Niraj, Rajkanya Baruah and Sushmita Roy - fbb Femina Miss Kolkata World 2016 Winners
Adya Niraj, Rajkanya Baruah and Sushmita Roy - fbb Femina Miss Kolkata 2016 Winners

Rajkanya Baruah from Guwahati emerged as the winner of fbb Femina Miss India Kolkata 2016. She was crowned by Koel Mullick. First runner up Sushmita Roy was crowned by Churni Ganguly and Second runner up Adya Niraj was crowned by Dev and Nil.

Tollywood actress Koel Mullick, actress and director Churni Ganguly, fashion designer-duo Dev and Nil, and Manjari Agarwal were on the panel of the judges at the grand finale of the pageant held with great zest and glamour at Swissotel Kolkata on January 14. The brand ambassador of the pageant is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.


Miss India Kolkata Rajkanya Baruah
Rajkanya Baruah