Exclusive WBRi Bangla Radio Interviews, Reviews, Features, Songs, Videos, Biographies of Bangla Artists, Bands and Albums

Interview | Madhuja Mukherjee - Screenplay writer of Bengali Movie EKTI TARAR KHONJE / STARS NEVER SLEEP (2010)

Bengali Film EKTI TARAR KHONJE Screenplay and Production by 
Madhuja MukherjeeIn this informal and intimate interview hosted by Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio, Madhuja talks about herself, her interests, cinema, audience response to films and describes in a very interesting way how she sees the world of movies in general. About Ekti Tarar Khonje, Madhuja, being the screen-play writer and art/production designer, tells us great stories about the movie - like how she moved her own furniture and stuff for the right visual composition of the scenes. Of particular interest is her take of peculiarities of the room of the somewhat unusual person seen in the film - and the messages the objects in the room - pictures of insects next to showbiz personalities, for example - are intended to convey.

Proloy Ghosal - Singer, Song-writer, composer, journalist and international performer.


Proloy Ghosal is a professional singer, composer and music teacher. He is also a columnist for a leading news-paper.

Recently, Prime Music release Pralay's album Bhalo Thakar Gaan featuring Bengali songs written, composed and performed by him.

Listen to Prayal Ghoshal's Bengali songs free online.

Interview | Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury - Film Maker (Anuranan, Antaheen) and Producer (Ekti Tarar Khonje) Bengali Movie

WBRi Kolkata Tube is the oldest, most respected and popular movie blog promoting Bengali films in the USA electronically. Aniruddha Roychowdhury, award winning Bengali film maker and Producer, talks to Subhomoy Mukherjee of Washington Bangla Radio. Aniruddha is the director of Anuranan and Antaheen, and producer of Ekti Tarar Khonje Bengali movies.

Interview | Actress RUPSHA MUKHERJEE - Heroine of Bengali Movie NAYIKA, KOKHONO BIDAY BOLO NA

ROOPSHA MUKHERJEE Tollywood Bengali Heroine - Lead Actress of NAYIKA Do not miss Rupsha's storys of pranks played by Jisshu Sengupta while shooting for Kokhono Bidaye Bolo Na - Rupsha very sweetly describes how Jisshu would go around creating some supernatural events just to scare her.

Interview | AARAV - A new Kolkata Tollywood Bengali Movie Hero (NAYIKA, 2010)

New Tollywood Hero AARAVAarav was born and grew up in a small town - Bankura in West Bengal, India. He completed his graduation from the University of Calcutta and started his career as a model in the year 2004 in Delhi. He studied modeling and acting in Elite modeling institute in Delhi. Then he came to Kolkata and started working as a model in 2005 with spectacular success. Aarav has done lots of renowned Fashion Shows with big choreographers and big fashion designers while continuing some work in theater and drama. He has done a bunch of music video albums. All this before debuting as a new Tollywood Bengali cinema hero with NAAYIKA.

Interview | Sukanta Roy - Director of Nayika, Painter Rabindranath, Chelebela | Bengali Movies

In this informal, comprehensive and intimate interview, film-maker Sukanto Roy talks to Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio about his fascination for films from early days, his previous films, his wonderful and internationally acclaimed docu-feature Painter Rabindranath, his portrayal of Rabindranather chelebela in CHELEBELA and his forthcoming film NAYIKA.

Happy Birthday USA - 4th July Greetings

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Washington Bangla Radio - the world's #1 Bengali radio broadcasting from the suburbs of our nation's capital - wishes all our listeners, visitors and well wishers  a very happy Independence day. Founded by an immigrant and a proud United States citizen, using and improving on technologies invented by Americans, including the Internet and the processors that power WBRi's servers, Washington Bangla Radio is proud to serve the ethnic Bengali community across the globe. Happy birthday and God bless America !

Interview | Padma Bhusan Debu Chaudhuri and son Prateek Chaudhuri - Sitar Maestros (Video)

On a typical humid rainy Kolkata evening we got the opportunity to meet Famous Sitar Pundits, Father Son Duo Debu Chaudhuri and Prateek Chaudhuri at Golpark Ramakrishna Mission where they came to perform Jugalbandi. Washington Bangla Radio caught up with the famous father and son. Watch the complete video online.

Ekti Tarar Khonje (Stars Never Sleep) 2010 Bengali Movie Press Meet

Subhomoy Mukherjee, WBRi Kolkata Correspondent, attended the press meet of EKTI TARAR KHONJE (2010, Bengali) and captured this video. Quality of the video is as incoming.

EKTI TARAR KHONJE Bengali Film Poster

Interview | Film-maker Q aka Qaushiq Mukherjee (Bengali Movies GANDU, BISHH, LOVE IN INDIA)

Love In 
India DVD CoverQ is a alternative film-maker from Kolkata who is known across the world for his genre-defying movies that tend to conflict with established ideas and norms and rattle the senses making the viewer think about all that is "conventional". Q's films cannot be compartmentalized - they are experimental, underground and counter-culture, but at the same time entertaining and not devoid of humor.

Interview | Actor SAYAN MUNSHI (EKTI TARAR KHONJE, Bong Connection, Jhankar Beats, My Brother Nikhil) talks to WBRi

EKTI TARAR KHONJE Bengali Film PosterActor Sayan Munshi talks to Subhomay Mukherjee of Washington Bangla Radio in this wide-ranging intimate interview about his experience, career and films Jhankar Beats, My Brother Nikhil, Bong Connection and of course Ekti Tarar Khonje.

Interview | Director GAURAV PANDEY - Shukno Lanka (2010) Bengali movie | Audio

Gaurav Pandey - SUKNO LONKAMithun Chakraborty

Director Gaurav Pandey talks to Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio about his career and his film Shukno Lonka - the challenges of shooting particularly in Kolkata, the wonderful time he had making the movie and of course about Mithunda, his Chinu Nandy - the Shukno Lanka in his film. Do not miss Gaurav's stories about how Kunal Mitra refused to shoot a scene involving Mithun Chakraborty messaging his feet, and how Gaurav felt when the police escorted the 6'2" tall Mithun-da arrived to work in the film and Gaurav wondered this is the superstar who would play the role of a Rs.250 per day Junior artist! Another incident Gaurav describes is the difficulties of making Emma sneeze after Mithunda gives her some snuff - it turned out Australian actress Emma's Austrian grandfather used to give snuff to Emma and she is used to it!

Besides Berlin, Shukno Lanka was completely shot on location in Calcutta, late in the nights in December of 2009, in the bitter cold. The climax with Mithun-da is actually shot in Esplanade.

Gaurav Pandey grew up in North Calcutta - playing pada cricket in the narrow lanes, going to school at Calcutta Boys in Entally (near Sealdah), subequently graduating from Scottish Church College, Calcutta and then persuing graduate degress at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, followed by travel to Paris and returning to Mumbai (erstwhile Bombay).

Gaurav worked as a reporter in many countries across the globe for 12 years. He is not particularly a cinema buff, and his career in film-making is more of a fortuitous, even accidental, event, transpired by his introduction in Paris to the famous film-maker Basu Bhattacharya (Teesri Kasam, Sparsh). Basu Bhattacharya invited the very young Gaurav over to Bombay to work as the writer for Aastha: In the Prison of Spring (1997) starring Rekha.

Gaurav subsequently founded a studio named Continuity Films and made countless advertisements and hour-long films for Television channels including Star Plus, Zee Tv and others.

Gaurav Pandey's first full-length Hindi film Stumped was released in 2003 featuring Raveena Tandon, Aly Khan and Salman Khan in lead roles. Subsequently he worked as the writer of Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury's Anuranan (Bengali, 2006).

Debasree Roy & SabyasachiAnd then, Shukno Lanka (Bengali, 2010).

The title Sukno Lanka comes from the ubiquitous spice in Bengali cuisine, indispensible but not really acknowledged because it provides identity to the final dish. This concept carries over into the film world, which would not function without junior artists.

Kunal Mitra 
and Angana BoseThe film is about - in Gaurav's words, "boro boro tarokader suparishe benche thaka, onyanyo bhumikar talikar sobcheye seshe jar naam" - the actor whose name appears at the bottom of the list of supporting cast credits.

Emma BrownThe role of this sukno lonka - the junior artist - is played by three-time National Award winning acting power-house Mithun Chakraborty. Sabyasachi Chakraborty and Debasree Roy are in the film, with Australian actress Emma Garnett Brown. There is a real Sukno Lanka - Angana Bose - who never did a major role before this film, but has impressed everyone in the cast and crew by her acting skills in a lead role in the film. Actor Kunal Mitra, who unfortunately passed away few weeks after the film was completed, plays a very important role in Shukno Lanka.

Gaurav's other current project is the Hindi film Spagetti 24x7 starring Mithun Chakraborty as a security guard. The film also stars Mithunda's son Mimoh and actress Padmini Kolhapure. Spagetti 24x7 is expected to release in October of 2010.

Bengali, 2010

Cast: Mithun Chakraborty as Chinu Nandy, Sabyasachi Chakraborty as Joy Sundar Sen, Debashree Roy as Jhilik, Emma Garnett Brown as Isabella, Angana Bose as Bela
Screenplay By: Gaurav Pandey (Writer)
Directed By: Gaurav Pandey
Produced By: Mumbai Mantra Media Limited
Plot Outline:

Shukno Lanka is a journey about forgotten dreams. It is a story of fears, reconciliation and finally of living the magic called life. Joy Sundar Sen is a popular award-winning film director. He meets Isabella a young European actress in Berlin. Cutting across divides of age and culture, Isabella and Sen Share a bond of respect and understanding. At a book-store in Berlin, Sen and Isabella chance upon an anthology of short stories by the Indian film maker Ritwik Ghatak. As he browses through the book, one of the stories - Paraspathar (The Philosopher’s Stone) begins to resonate in his mind. It is a story of a man who seems to have hit upon a magic formula to bring people to life back from death. Faced with his own morality, brought more sharply into relief by the effervescent youth of Isabella, Sen decides that Paraspathar is going to be his next film.

Chinu Nandy is a junior artiste who has survived in an unforgiving industry. Middle aged, Nandy has been playing bit parts in movies for several decades. Over the course of time, Nandy has learned to accept his fate, hoping that one day he could add as much flavour to movies as dry red chillies would to a curry. So when Sen, back from his grand international success decides to cast Nandy to play the lead role in Paraspathar, he is shocked and frightened to realize a strange unimagined path that destiny seems to open for him. But the path is not an unmitigated clear way to a dream.

Chinu’s humble stance on life slowly begins to rub off on those around him with surprising results. At the last minute the producer of Paraspathar decides to pull the disappearing act. What happens next is what Shukno Lanka is all about.

Co- Producer: Moxie Media Pvt. Ltd.
Art Director: Indranil Ghosh.
Sound Design: Dipankar Chaki & Anirban Sengupta.
Editor: Mahadeb Shi.
Cinematographer: Mahesh Aney.

Interview | Aniket Chattopadhyay - Journalist, News Editor, Film Maker - Director of CHA E CHUTI Bengali Movie

Aniket ChatterjeeANIKET CHATTOPADHAYA talks to WBRi's Arijit Chakraborty in a wide-ranging, informal and intimate audio interview with Washington Bangla Radio.

Aniket is a well-known journalist and news editor, an ardent political observer and commentator and a film-maker from Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Aniket's debut full-length feature film "Chha E Chhuti" recently released to great success and went on to win the Best Experimental Film award in Film Awards Bangla (FAB) in Bangkok, Thailand, 2010. Actor Kharaj Mukherjee also won an award for the best comedy role for his performance in CHA E CHUTI in FAB Bangkok 2010.

Aniket is also the news editor for the Television channel KOLKATA TV (facebook page) broadcasting, of course, from Calcutta. Among many other important positions, Aniket is an officer of the wildly popular Facebook Cinemania group.

Given the eclectic background of Aniket as a journalist, political observer, film-maker, news-editor and a sensitive commentator, the audio interview is broad-ranging in scope and subject matter. Aniket talks about the unfortunate death of actor Kunal Mitra during the making of Cha E Chuti and how the crew struggled to use previously discarded footage with shots of Kunal and use innovative visual effects and techniques to take the film to completion after the sad incident. Aniket is not very sure why and how films are nominated and awarded in festivals like the FAB, but says he happily responds with thanks to congratulatory messages, regardless !

Looking at events unfolding in Bengal and India with the eyes of a journalist and political observer, Aniket talks poignantly about the long-lasting ramifications of the infamous Nandigram incidents, the implications of which were underestimated by many. In 2007 the West Bengal government decided to allow an industrial organization (Salim Group) to set up a chemical hub at Nandigram under the Special Economic Zone policy under the laws of India. This led to resistance by the villagers resulting in clashes with the police that left 14 villagers dead, and accusations of police brutality.

Aniket speaks about the the danger of a military and law-enforcement oriented approach to the problem of Maoist terrorism and guerilla warfare initiated by a section of the Indian population who are perhaps one of the poorest people in the world today. He says there needs to be a proper understanding and dialog with these usually peace-loving and non-confrontational people about how it is that they have nothing to lose any more (a square meal a day is a luxury) and have taken up arms in the absence of any real hope.

Of course, Aniket talks at length about his film Cha E Chuti - how he was, pretty much out of the blue, given some money and asked to make a film, and how he soon realized film-making is no easy matter. Cha E Chuti is based on Aniket's own observations as a journalist of an incident in the Calcutta film industry (often referred to as TOLLYWOOD inspired by Hollywood, CA). As a reporter, Aniket had the chance of arriving at the scene of an accidental death of a cameraman, and when work on the particular film was held up for a few days, the cast and crew apparently went on a vacation trip - not the nicest of ways to respect the person who gave his life to save the camera. Thus, Cha E Chuti is a peep into the real world of cinema in Kolkata. The film portrays conventional, and otherwise, relationships between the vacationing cast, and Aniket briefly talks about (of course, without giving away too much) how a murder makes the already interesting relationships undergo rapid transformations.

Listen to the interview audio online on WBRi Washington Bangla Radio and enjoy the conversation.

Interview | Sounak Mukhopadhyay - Film Maker, Photographer, Creative Writer from Kolkata (writer-director of Premm Et Al)

Film Maker Sounak MukherjeeArijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio talks to SOUNAK MUKHOPADHYAY (শৌনক মুখোপাধ্যায়) - a young and popular film-maker from Kolkata.Sounak has a remarkably diverse set of interests (film-making is just one of them) - he is a creative writer and poet from very early on, an avid photogrpaher, artist, and has professional experience as a teacher of the English language in India and foreign countries.

Sounak's short film THE MOVE (2008) [WBRi coverage]  was screened at the Kolkata International Film Festival, and deals with how the previous generation of idealist politics has been replaced by contemporary selfish politics, with results that are obvious across the world.

Other short films so far by Sounak include “Hero” in Dhivehi (the national language of the Republic of Maldives) with a Maldivian cast and crew, a one minute film called TOMORROW made for an online film festival and “100” (ONE ZERO ZERO) - a short film on rural development, funded by the Government of West Bengal currently in post-production.

Sounak is about to commence work on his first full-length feature "PREMM ET AL" (প্রেম et al) - a smart intelligent film for the cosmopolitan urban young educated Bengalis in India and abroad, who are its target-audience. The film deals with a subject that they easily identify with. At the same time, this film will hugely satisfy their urge for an audio-visual experience that is smart, sleek and modern in its language, vision and treatment. More details about this promising film can be found at the official web-site.

Sounak drops some hints about his new script which he is writing with only Tollywood hero Prosenjit in mind. Also do not miss his definition of Micro-budget films, where he says if you are film-maker in Kolkata and you want to shoot a scene where someone jumps from the top of the Eiffel Tower, it's not going to be a micro-budget film. Just kidding, of course.

Shyamasangeet by Tripti Sanyal | Lyrics, Composition: Renuka Acharya | Music Tapan Sanyal

Washington Bangla Radio presents Shyama Sangeet (songs dedicated to Hindu Goddess Kali) performed by  Tripti Sanyal. Tripti sings original Shyamasangeet songs written and composed by her mother Smt. Renuka Acharya. Music direction is by Tapan Sanyal.

Tapan Sanyal & his wife Tripti Sanyal both belong to musical families in Kolkata.