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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



I Want to Paint Kolkata Vibrant Colors - Shah Rukh Khan (WBRi Interview)

Shah Rukh Khan in Kolkata (C) WBRi Inc.

Shah Rukh Khan returns to Kolkata to launch coffee-table book "Shades of Bengal", talks to WBRi about FAN, RAEES, Salman Khan's SULTAN, the Bengali psyche, his first trips to the city, Nolen Gur and more


Prakash Jha Piqued on Censor Board Demands for Cuts to Make "Jai Gangaajal" U/A (Unrestricted with Parental Guidance)

Priyanka Chopra as Police Officer SP Abha Mathur with Prakash Jha
Priyanka Chopra as Police Officer SP Abha Mathur with Prakash Jha

Jha has been asked to beep out the word ‘saala’ among other ‘offensive words’ from his upcoming Priyanka Chopra starrer Jai Gangaajal as it is there in CBFC Chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani’s infamous cuss list.


Mandana Karimi Dons a Pink Two-Piece, Completes Daring Photo-Shoot with Ice-Cream and Bicycle

By Krupa Sarup

Mandana Karimi

A lot of eyes are on her remarkable lithe figure, but she shows no lack of confidence pulling off a sensual photo shoot in a pink bikini for a poster of her forthcoming film "Kyaa Kool Hai Hum 3".



Interview: Quickfire with a Candid AMITABH BACHCHAN in Kolkata | Trams and Fuchkas to WAZIR and TE3N (WBRi Exclusive)

Amitabh Bachchan talks to WBRi in Kolkata

The Big B recently took some time out for a press meet for Wazir in which he plays a physically-challenged chess grand-master. Washington Bangla Bangla Radio correspondent J.P. Mandal caught up with the biggest superstar of India at the press meet where he spoke candidly about Wazir, his co-stars, his  career of five decades, his nostalgia with Kolkata - from fuchkas to trams and more.

Vidya Balan talks to WBRi about TE3N, her lucky city Kolkata and much more




ARSHINAGAR Illuminates Kolkata with Glistering Premiere | New Aparna Sen Bangla Movie with DEV - Rittika Ushers in X'Mas Spirit

ARSHINAGAR Bengali Movie: DEV, Rittika Sen and Aparna Sen cut X'Mas Cake at Premiere
DEV, Rittika Sen and Aparna Sen cut X'Mas Cake

Kolkata, India, Dec 28 (Washington Bangla Radio) - The premiere of the latest Bengali movie release Arshinagar directed by Aparna Sen starring Dev and Rittika Sen in the lead was held recently at a new multiplex theater in south-eastern Kolkata. The premiere on Christmas eve doubled the festive mood of cast, crew and guests present.

Arshinagar: Garage Band frontman Rockstar Dev opposite Rittika Sen in 21st-century Romeo and Juliet


Tollywood Hero DEV at Arshinagar PremiereTollywood Kolkata Bengali Actress Rittika Sen Hot at Arshinagar Premiere
DEV and Rittika Sen




Interview: SHAH RUKH KHAN and KAJOL Talk to WBRi About Their New "Action-Romance" Film DILWALE in Kolkata

Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in Kolkata (C) WBRi Inc.
Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in Kolkata

Kajol could not stop laughing when he told her people of this city greet him as "Khan dada", said SRK in a glorious evening at the Taj Bengal. SRK and Kajol talk to WBRi candidly about their new film Dilwale, the protests and blocking of screening in some parts of India after SRK's comment about religious tolerance, plans about a film based on the AMC TV series Breaking Bad, the reaction of Kajol's daughter on the film and much more.



"Har Har Byomkesh" Audio Songs Release by Film Unit Members in Kolkata

Har Har Bomkesh Audio Songs OST Music Launch
Har Har Byomkesh Music Launch

The Bengali film songs and music soundtrack of the new Byomkesh Bakshi film "Har har Byomkesh" was recently launched by Tollywood megastar Prosenjit Chatterjee. The film's cast and crew members were present at the event, including Abir Chatterjee, Ritwik, Sohini Sarkar, Nusrat Jahan Rachel White, June Maliah, Koneenica and director Arindam Sil.

Bickram Ghosh
Bickram Ghosh

The music director for the film is Bickram Ghosh.



MESSI | Back Story of the Bengali Movie in the Words of Riingo Banerjee and Aryann Bhowmik

Bengali Actress AISHIKA
Bengali Actress Aishika

Though named after Argentinian soccer icon Lionel Messi, the film will bring alive street soccer of Kolkata on screen. During the mahurat (first shot in shooting of a film in Indian cinema) of the film which recently took place in Kolkata, writer, director and cinematographer Riingo Banerjee revealed to Washington Bangla Radio, "Messi is a story about two brothers. The elder brother Prosun doesn’t do anything except loitering around with his girlfriend and fixing local football matches for his brother from who he gets share of winning money. The younger brother Chotu, who wears the jersey titled Messi, is highly gifted in soccer skills. He is the pride of his family and the hope of their father who once used to be a football coach."



Ms. India America Roopali Ahuja Sharma to Grace Jewel of India Gala on Salman Khan's 50th B'Day at TV Asia

Roopali Ahuja Sharma [WBRi Feature]
Roopali Ahuja Sharma

Roopali Ahuja Sharma, winner of Ms. India International 2002 and Ms. India America 2008, will grace the eagerly anticipated Jewel of India Salman Khan Golden (50th) Birth Anniversary Celebration "Salman's Jalwa" TV Asia in Edison, New Jersey, USA. Learn all about the singer, danseuse, poet, writer, fashion designer, software engineer, business analyst and of course gorgeous model.



Soha Ali Khan and Lisa Haydon Light Up Kolkata Ramp as Viswanathan Anand Makes Style Statements | Blenders Pride Fashion Tour

Soha Ali Khan in Kolkata (C) WBRi Inc.
Soha Ali Khan in Kolkata

Celebrated Bollywood actresses Soha Ali Khan and Lisa Haydon turned showstoppers and chess ace Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand stepped into the shoes of style-speaker as Blenders Pride Fashion Tour recently reached Kolkata. WBRi chats with Soha Ali Khan, some of the top fashion designers in India and Viswanathan Anand in this exclusive photo-feature.

Lisa Haydon in Kolkata (C) WBRi Inc.
Lisa Haydon in Kolkata



Shiboprasad Mukherjee - Nandita Roy at Rotary Club of Calcutta Gaurav Awards

Shiboprosad Mukherjee (WBRi File Photo)
Shiboprosad Mukherjee

The second edition of  ‘Gaurav Awards’ by Rotary Club of Calcutta was recently held  at Rotary Sadan in the presence of well-known filmmakers Shiboprasad Mukherjee and Nandita Roy, CEO and President of Apollo Gleneagles, Kolkata Rupali Basu, veteran  actor and writer Mr. Barun Chanda. They were accompanied by the member of the national women’s  Cricket team Jhulan Goswami, and Naparajit Mukherjee, Chairperson of State Human rights & Former Director General of Police, who actively engaged themselves at the award show. The event also witnessed the presence of other esteemed guests and dignitaries from Rotary Club. An exclusive report by WBRi.



Coffee or Sex? Randeep Hooda celebrates success of "Main Aur Charles" in Kolkata (Interview)

Randeep Hooda (WBRi File Photo)

WBRi catches up with Randeep Hooda during his Kolkata visit to talk about his film "Main Aur Charles" in an exclusive interview.



Rituparna Sengupta and Tanushree Chakraborty Turn Showstoppers as Sharad Sundari Kolkata Beauty Pageant Gets a New Winner

Sharad Sundari 2015 Beauty Pageant Winners Aratrika Paul, Sneha Mitra, Tina Dey
From Left: Sharad Sundari 2015 Beauty Contest Winners Aratrika Paul, Sneha Mitra and Tina Dey

Kolkata, November 30, 2015 (Washington Bangla Radio): Tollywood superstar Rituparna Sengupta along with gorgeous actress Tanushree Chakrabarty turned showstoppers at the Grand finale of  the Sharad Sundari 2015 beauty contest recently organised by Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers. Sneha who is making a mark in all most all the beauty contests in the city told WBRi  that it’s her intellect which is helping her achieving these feats. “Being able to give intelligent answers to the questions asked by the judges makes all the difference. I am happy to do that,” she said. 

Rituparna Sengupta
Rituparna Sengupta and others at Sharad Sundari 2015 Kolkata Beauty Contest


The evening was not about only showcasing  the  fashion but also dance and music as the dance troop from Sukalyan Dance Studio headed by eminent dancer Sukalyan Bhattyacharya enchanted the audience with their performances ...