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Interview: Actor Mainak Banerjee (It's Bashonto)

Ritabhari Chakrabarty and Mainak Banerjee in IT'S BOSONTO
Ritabhari Chakrabarty and Mainak Banerjee in IT'S BOSHONTO (Bengali, 2016)

Actor Mainak Banerjee, one of the versatile actors among the young brigade of Tollywood , has been working in film industry for nearly a decade. Though he started his career as a protagonist, his most talked about act came as an antagonist when he played the villain in Raj Chakraborty’s ‘Borbaad’. Mainak's new Bangla movie release It's Basanto hit the theaters on 3rd June. Recently the actor engaged in a candid chat with Washington Bangla Radio correspondent J.P. Mandal to talk about his role in It's Bashonto and more.


Glittering Grand Finale of JEWEL OF INDIA USA Beauty Pageant

JEWEL OF INDIA USA 2016 Beauty Pageant (C) WBRi Inc.

The 2016 event  was the 6th edition of the "Jewel of India" Pagent. Contestants dazzled the ramp from Colorado, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland, Florida, Delaware, New York, New Jersey. Among all the glitter and glamour, the clamor for the coveted title Miss India International 2016 was won by Ms. Madhu Iyer of Connecticut. Mrs Jewel of India  2016 crown was rightly awarded to Ms. Maryland Ishita Bhatnagar.



STRUGGLE WITH RADIO | By Sumantra Mukherjee

Internet radio has always worked to connect the lives, sentiments and emotions of the people of various communities thereby giving a launch-pad. Since the internet users in rural Assam are much less, therefore the internet radio may not be a big thing. A person in rural Assam still prefers to sit with transistor radio or commonly the radio of their phones and tune to the AIR FM station listening the songs and news updates. And our aim is to make this internet radio station “open-source”. Any person having any knowledge can volunteer to enlighten us as well as the listeners. It is the one-place where poetry, drama, songs, dance can roll without any premium terms & condition provided it does not hurt the sentiments of any. That’s how we can nurture our beautiful ethos of Assam and bring back the golden bird in front of the world.

Whodunnit in Sonar Bangla? Didi’s Victory has a Pattern of Basuism | Nirendra Dev

Nirendra Narayan Dev The best part of West Bengal electoral battle of 2016 is the washout of the communists – a long deserving gift from the frustrated people. The worst part is perhaps the increased strength of mercurial Mamata Banerjee. One is saying so with utmost restraints and respect for people’s mandate.


Narendra Modi's 'Somalia' remarks: Bongs and Malayalis - The bond is beyond Karl Marx ! - By Nirendra Dev

So what does this bring about? Mallus and Bongs have something common to talk about.

My wife articulates it in her own wisdom: “West Bengal’s politics for last five decades has been essentially based on violent control of territory and merciless elimination of political rivals. Every Bengali worth his or her salt knows this. But when it comes to glib talks, most Bhadraloks will talk about jungle-raj in Bihar and insurgency-related killings in Assam and beyond”.

Hence my mallu friends are wasting no time to suggest that Modi has insulted Keralites!


KAVITA MALHOTRA PATTANI - Mrs. Jewel of India Florida 2016 Participates in Jewel of India USA 2016 Pageant

Indian-American Model Kavita Malhotra Pattani
Kavita Malhotra Pattani

Being a first generation American – Indian can be very challenging.  I grew up in Detroit, MI with my amazing and hard-working parents as well as my grandparents and extended family.  I was blessed to have parents that made it a priority to instill within us the beautiful Indian culture, the ethics, the morals, and the desire to reach for the stars.   My parents were instrumental in my accomplishments and success.  They stood behind me, and alongside me to build a strong educational foundation while balancing my social involvements.


FORAM PANDYA - Meet the Gorgeous Miss Jewel of India Pennsylvania and Participant of Jewel of India USA 2016 Pageant

Indian-American Model Foram Pandya
Foram Pandya

Like Mahatma Gandhi once said “let your life be your message”. We are all blessed and gifted with this one life, therefore, make sure it’s inspiring and be passionate and go after your dreams. As well as, face challenges and work hard for what you admire. And remember that it’s okay to make mistakes, as Albert Einstein said, “a person who never made a mistake, never tired anything new”, so eliminate the negatives and accentuate the positives in life. Be better in life not bitter, I don’t believe in treating others the same way as they treat me, I believe in giving love and respect. Who you are is not defined as how educated, talented, wealthy, or famous you think you may be, it’s the way you treat others truly describe who you are. I believe integrity is everything. How you approach your everyday life is your silent message to other, and it touches people in ways you can’t imagine.


PRIYA JAIN - Meet the Mrs. Jewel of India, Colorado - Participant at Jewel of India Pageant 2016

PRIYA JAIN

My belief, as my idol Mrs. Madhuri Dixit Nene said “I guess life offers you opportunities to live your dream. We just have to accept what comes our way and live those moments completely. You will not get time back again, so live every moment you get.”

And Here I am, at The Jewel of India, USA 2016, living one of the most cherished dreams of my life. Being a part of this pageant is a feeling of pride and achievement. This is so very exciting and fulfilling to me. And representing Colorful Colorado elevates my spirits as high as Mt. Elbert and enthusiasm as vast as the Rockies ...


Interview: Contemporary Singer-Songwriter ANUPAM ROY on his Film Songs, Albums, Foray into Bollywood and more

Anupam is coming to Washington DC to perform tonight in a school auditorium rented by the local Bengali diaspora. Meet Anupam Roy once again, this time in a conversation with Lovely Ghosh Ray Banerjee in a WBRi exclusive audio interview broadcast.


Srijon Bardhan’s New Bangla Movie "Postmaster" OST Soundtrack Music Released in Kolkata

Tollywood Actress Pujarini Ghosh with Actor Ishaan Mazumder
Pujarini Ghosh and Ishaan Majumdar

The music launch of Srijon Bardhan’s debut movie ‘Postmaster’ turned out to be a happening event as the cast and crew of the film came together at the Press Club of Kolkata for the event.


Interview: Actress SAYANI GUPTA on her background, films, acting with Shah Rukh Khan in FAN, JAGGA JASOOS, Upcoming films & more

Bengali Actress SAYANI GUPTA Stars with SHAH RUKH KHAN in FAN (2016) Hindi Bollywood MovieActress Sayani Gupta has recently made many headlines for her role in ‘Fan’ where she has shared screenspace  with none other than the superstar Shah Rukh Khan. Sayani’s talent of acting  was already noticed in the critically acclaimed film ‘Margarita With a Straw’  where she played a blind girl Khanum. With the role of Sunaina, the assistant of Aryaan Khanna (Shah Rukh Khan) in ‘Fan’, Sayani has stepped into the big banner of Yash Raj Films. She will also be seen in two upcoming big budget movies, ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ and ‘Jagga Jasoos’. Listen to Sayani chat with WBRi in Kolkata.



Sonam Kapoor Vacations in Austria with Family

Sonam Kapoor at Filmfare Pre-Awards Party (WBRi File Photo)
Sonam Kapoor at Filmfare Pre-Awards Party (WBRi File Photo)

Sonam Kapoor took off to Austria on a two-week long family vacation with Anil Kapoor, Sunita Kapoor her sister Rhea and her brother Harshwardhan.


The Uttarakhand Politico-Legal Battle: and Indian Media's Very Own Crisis of Credibility - Nirendra Dev

So immature reporting surfaced – almost in the manner 19-year-old Kanhaiya Kumar became a threat to India’s incumbent prime minister! Harish Rawat became instantly a chief minister. Even popular media organizations, supposed to thrive on credibility the vital C of A,B,C of journalism started addressing Harish Rawat as chief minister.



Vocalist Madhumita Sanyal Continues Journey in Indian Classical Music in America (WBRi Feature)

  Madhumita Sanyal performs in Mega stages in the USA now.Listen to Meera Bhajan and Kali Bhajan in her wel-trained melodious voice . 

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Interview: JEET - The Tollywood Bengali Movie Action Hero on Sayantika, Nusrat Jahan, Bangla Films and His Aspirations

JEET, NUSRAT JAHAN and SAYANTIKA - Kolkata Bangla New Movie Actors (Indian) in Tollywood
Nusrat Jahan (left), Jeet and Sayantika

Tollywood superstar Jeet  along with Bengali movie divas Nusrat Jahan, Sayantika and director Rajib Biswas recently  appeared before the Kolkata press to promote their new Bangla movie ‘Power’.

In the press meet Jeet had a chat with Washington Bangla Radio correspondent J.P. Mandal talking about the movie, Jeet’s aspiration of being a police, his co-actors and more. Presenting the interview and also watch the full Bangla movie Power trailer via WBRi.