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INTERVIEW | Bengali Movie MAHANAGAR@KOLKATA (2010) - Director Suman Mukhopadhyay on actor Chandan Roy Sanyal

Bengali Movie Director SUMAN MUKHERJEE (Suman Mukhopadhyay)Kolkata, India, June 15, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Acclaimed film-maker Suman Mukhopadhyay talks about the Bengali film Mahanagar@Kolkata and actor Chandan Roy Sanyal in this exclusive interview hosted by Washington Bangla Radio's Kolkata correspondent Subhomoy Mukherjee.

Suman Mukhopadhyay's debut feature film “Herbert” (2005) [Buy Bengali Movie Herbert DVD Online] starring Subhashis Mukherjee, Sabyasachi Chakravarthy, Lily Chakravarty, Bratya Basu, Joyraj Bhattacharya, Chandan Sen, Kanchan Mullick and Suchitra Mitra,  is a milestone in Bengali Film Industry in subject, acting and technical aspects. Not only that, this serious film got acclamation both from audience and critics. Herbert was awarded with prestigious Indian National Award as well as awards from different parts of the World. Later, Chaturanga, based on a challenging novel of same name by Rabindranath Tagore established him as one of the most sensational directors of India. Chaturanga, very popular among audience and critics, screened at 55 major film festivals of the World  and got multiple awards from every corner of the World.

Indian actor Chandan Roy Sanyal appeared in the Aamir Khan in super-hit film “Rang De Basanti” (DVD sale) with Kunal Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, R. Siddharth, Soha Ali Khan, Alice Patten, Waheeda Rehman, Om Puri, Kiron Kher, Anupam Kher, Atul Kulkarni, Aamir Khan and more.

Chandan's small but significance presence in Rang De Basanti has been appreciated and from there he bagged the dream role of Michael in Vishal Bhardwaj’s “Kaminey” (DVD Deal) co-starring Shahid Kapur, Priyanka Chopra, Amol Gupte and more – a film of substance.

Mahanagar@Kolkata stars Anjan Dutt, Rituparna Sengupta, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Sreelekha Mitra, Arun Mukhopadhyay, Biplab Chatterjee, Kabir Suman and others. Screenplay and direction are by Suman Mukhopadhyay. The film is produced by Pawan Kanodia and was selected at the Munich International Film Festival (Germany premiere) in 2010.

Official synopsis: It could be Buenos Aires, it could be Berlin, it could be Beijing, and it could be Kolkata where stories and histories, myths and classes clash. Megacity Kolkata hides many worlds inside it. This film explores several facets of life in the city, through three intertwining stories, documenting the loves, fears, joys, sorrows, insecurities, and confidences of people who, despite vast differences, seem to merge in one great long flow of humanity.

Watch the video interview online.

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Interview | Actor CHANDAN ROY SANYAL - Mahanagar@Kolkata, Kaminey, Rang De Basanti

Subhomoy Mukherjee, Washington Bangla Radio Kolkata Correspondent, talks to actor Chandan Roy Sanyal, in this exclusive, informal and intimate interview video.

Middle class Indians often dare to think beyond a prototype career. All the science students always think about being a IITian. If they don’t crack IIT entrance, they opt for some other career to get security in life. But they never think of a career like acting as a substitute to IIT.

Exception proves the rule. We are talking about Chandan Roy Sanyal, the new Hero in the Indian Film Industry – especially Hindi movie (Bollywood) as well as Kolkata Bengali Movie (Tollywood) arenas, as a very brilliant student who has always dreamt about being a IITian. When he could not crack IIT entrance, he opted for pursuing his career as a mathematician. But he did not get interest in general studies. So he left studies and joined a Workshop conducted my legend of Indian Theatre, Habib Tanveer and got the desired interest in acting.

Habib Tanvir changed his life totally. Chandan has decided to pursue his career as an actor against the dream of his family and started acting in regular productions of Habib Tanvir’s group.

When he was regular there, he got the opportunity to join a British Theatre Group working on Shakespeare and he started his new journey with A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Touring all over the World with that group has given him adequate knowledge about contemporary acting as well as professionalism and the power to experiment successfully with acting.

All this experience has given him the brevity to pursue career in film and suddenly he has got the opportunity to work with Aamir Khan in super-hit film “Rang De Basanti” (DVD sale) with Kunal Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, R. Siddharth, Soha Ali Khan, Alice Patten, Waheeda Rehman, Om Puri, Kiron Kher, Anupam Kher, Atul Kulkarni, Aamir Khan and more.

His small but significance presence there has been appreciated and from there he bagged the dream role of Michael in Vishal Bhardwaj’s “Kaminey” (DVD Deal) co-starring Shahid Kapur, Priyanka Chopra, Amol Gupte and more – a film of substance.

After seeing his performance in Kaminey, eminent Bengali director Suman Mukhopadhyay (click here for the exclusive WBRi interview) approached him with a leading role in his Bengali movie MAHANAGAR@KOLKATA and he has worked very well in his debut Bengali venture.

Right now Chandan, as a popular actor, is working in several Bollywood projects and we wish him all the success in future.



STRANGENESS IS BEAUTY | A short story By DR RATAN LAL BASU | WBRi Online Magazine

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The sun was high up in the mid sky and the noon was desolate and serene. They were seated at the steep bank and the shallow river flew below glistening silver in bright sun shine. Wild flowers were dangling from the thick bushes overhanging from the edge of the bank. A small blue bird was dancing joyously from one branch of a tree to the other and an insect was making a monotonous creaking sound.  

The river flowed down, in continuous S-curves, across paddy fields, bamboo groves, cluster of trees and crossed the international border to flow through Bangladesh. To the distant north snowy mountain peaks were covered with thick cirrus and the blue beneath wore an enchanting look. Dollops of small clouds were drifting across the sky as though children playing merrily ...


Interview | Canadian-Indian Film-maker Mukesh Asopa right after winning an award for The Taste Of Relation in 2010 Las Vegas IFF

Mukesh Asopa receiving an award for THE  TASTE OF RELATION at 2010 Las Vegas International Film Festival |  Washington Bangla Radio exclusive Washington Bangla Radio caught up with acclaimed Canadian-Indian film-maker Mukesh Asopa just after he received an award for his film THE TASTE OF RELATION (2009) at the 2010 Las Vegas International Film Festival.

The Taste of Relation has received a remarkable number of awards and international recognition, including

  • Rising Star Award- Canada International Film Festival-2010 (Vancouver)
  • Vista India-Global Cinema Festival-2009 (India)
  • Official Selection-Jaipur International Film festival-2010 (India)
  • Golden Palm Award-2010 -Mexico International Film Festival
  • Official Finalist Award-2010-Las Vegas Film Festival
  • Golden Aphrodite Award-Cyprus International Film Festival-2010
  • Van Gogh Award-2010-Amsterdam Film Festival-2010
  • Official Selection-Woshougal International Film Festival-2010-Washington

Listen to Mukesh Asopa talk about his feelings on receiving the award and also news about future projects that Mukesh may undertake with people he meets at these world-class film festivals.


Interview | Anamitra Roy and Sriparna Dey - Young Film Makers and Multi-faceted Creative Artists from Calcutta | WBRi Exclusive

Anamitra Roy - Bengali Movie DirectorANAMITRA ROY is a multi-faceted artistically talented young man from Kolkata. He is a well known parallel / experimental film-maker of the new generation, an accomplished poet, guitar player and artist, and has substantial contribution to and is an enthusiastic supporter of the little magazines in Bengal, among many other things.

Watch the theatrical trailer of Five No Budget Films.

Anamitra is a founding member of the independent film-making group LITTLE FISH EAT BIG FISH which released a five-film DVD in 2009 called Five No Budget Films (download the full movie DVD - click here) that included his own film "Jean Luc Godard Had No Script". He is a firm believer in the alternative / parallel cinema movement, and a strong supporter of the film as an art form more than a commercial product. He is barely out of his teens, and his energy and passion are infectious, and Washington Bangla Radio looks forward to seeing Anamitra as a powerful world-renowned film-maker before long.

Sriparna DeySRIPARNA DEY is also a founding member of Little Fish Eat Big Fish and a great cinema enthusiast herself, and a close friend of Anamitra. Sriparna is an accomplished artist and graphic designer among other things.

In this exclusive audio interview, Arijit Chakrabarty, Washington Bangla Radio, talks to both Anamitra Roy and Sriparna Dey in an informal and intimate setting. Anamitra and Sriparna talk about their childhood, their eclectic interests in various creative arts forms and how they got into film-making. They speak out boldly about the need for continuing importance of parallel / art-house cinema in Bengal and India, and analyze the Bollywoodization of Indian film and audiences preferences. Anamitra and Sriparna dwell on the interpretation of the terms like "Zero-Budget film" and "Micro-budget film", and of course about Little Fish Eat Big Fish, their members and mission.


Interview | ATHOI - the progressive folk band of Kolkata | WBRi Exclusive (Video)

Subhomoy Mukherjee, WBRi Kolkata correspondent, talks to ATHOI - a progressive folk band of Kolkata.

Washington Bangla Radio has previously featured ATHOI along with their sound recordings available here.



Interview | Film-maker MALOY SARKAR - Blackmail upcoming Bengali Film from director of ALIEN HAND

Maloy Sarkar is a medical doctor and a well known film-maker from Kolkata with significant contribution to Telefilms for over 15 years. Dr Sarkar has previously made great documentaries, including the 2-part crime-related program Mrityudando, the full 52-episode television serial "Dweep" and others. His short film "ALIEN HAND" broadcast in the TV series "Rahasshya Golpo" on ETV Bangla perhaps still stands unbeaten in terms of viewership of any single Bengali TV program.

Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio spoke with Dr Malay Sarkar in Ahmedabad, India about his upcoming Bengali movie BLACKMAIL (2010). In this casual and informal conversation, Dr Maloy Sarkar talks about his early films as well as his later films. He describes how his background in medicine helps him in making crime-related thrillers. Dr Sarkar shares his view of why ALIEN HAND clicked with the audience.

About his upcoming Bangla film BLACKMAIL, Dr Sarkar says it is about a high profile movie director's life being swept away from under his feet being blackmailed for an accident committed after a drunken brawl. But the blackmailer himself feels caught in his own web and wants to flee. In this war of wits, finally the unexpected happens.

Listen to the full audio interview online.


Interview - SUBHRAJIT MITRA - Director of Bengali movies AGUNPAKHI (The Phoenix), Mon Amour: Shesher Kobita Revisited, Wangala

Kolkata Tollywood Bengali Film-Maker SUBHRAJIT MITRAThe director of upcoming Bengali movie AAGUNPAKHI - The Phoenix (2010), Subhrajit Mitra is a well known young film-maker from Kolkata. He has previously made excellent documentaries, like WANGALA which is a film on Garo tribes in the North-eastern Himalayan foothills that was shown in many international film festivals. Subhrajit has been commissioned for six documentaries so far by Doordarshan, and has made a full 52 episodes of a television series in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organization.

Subhrajit Mitra's first Bengali feature film Mon Amour: Shesher Kobita Revisited was released in 2008 and is considered a significant intellectual achievement in Bengali cinema. The title of the film is also perhaps the only one in the world that has words from three languages.

Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio talks to Subhrajit Mitra in an informal and intimate interview. Subhrajit describes his early love for films, and in spite of being professionally qualified software engineer from Jadavpur University (the alma-mater of the founder of Washington Bangla Radio), films are his first love. He actually went and watched Jurassic Park the day before a very important competitive examination in his career!

Subhrajit tells us an interesting tale on how at the age of 18 he was given Indian Rupees 18,000 and asked to make a documentary on environmental issues / greenhouse effect. Subhrajit describes how the boat he rented almost capsized in the middle of an extremely dirty drain into the river Ganges. You have to listen to Subhrajit tell the story.

A hot scene from Bengali movie Mon AmourSubhrajit talks about Mon Amour in depth, discussing neo-realism and this film and how he wants the film to be approached by the audience.

Subhrajit Mitra also talks about his forthcoming movie AGUNPAKHI - THE PHOENIX in depth in this interview. On the outset, he wants to make clear that despite the media reports about Maoist terrorists as the backdrop of this film, the film really should be disassociated from any single activist group - it should be approached as a film about the downtrodden and neglected segments of society, and is really a humanist film.

AGUNPAKHI has just received Censor Board clearance with a rating of A (Adult - India's version of R - Restricted). Subhrajit indicates the film will be released in late June or early July, 2010. Interestingly, Agunpakhi will also be released in Russian theaters.

Subhrajit Mitra's future projects include a film adaptation of Santu-Kakababu pair of characters by Sunil Ganguly.

Washington Bangla Radio wishes Subhrajit Mitra all the very best with AAGUNPAKHI - The Phoenix (Bengali, 2010).

Listen to the full audio interview online by pressing the play button in the player at the top.


The sweet voice of NINA RAHMAN - Bengali Modern, Rabindrasangeet & Nazrulgeeti singer from California, USA

Nina Rahman - Bengali SongsNINA RAHMAN has a wonderful sweet voice as you will hear in the player and sings great Bengali modern as well as Rabindra Sangeet.

Born in Barisal, Bangladesh, Nina now lives in California, USA with her husband Dr. Mizanur Rahman and two beautiful children - one son and one daughter.

Read all about Nina and listen to the full audio songs from her album Taray Taray exclusively on Washington Bangla Radio.


WBRi Features Shashika Mooruth | The girl "born in the wrong country" takes her sweet Bhakti Bhajans to over 25 countries

Shashika Mooruth - Bhakti Bhajan Audio SongsShashika Mooruth was born and educated in the Republic of South Africa. Till the age of 24 she was untrained yet would sing with ease and skill. In her childhood, she performed in many local concerts around South Africa. At the age of 12 her talent was recognized by the legendary Kishore Kumar who invited her to sing in his concert in Durban, South Africa. Kishore-da labeled her as a singer ‘born in the wrong country’ and advised her father to send her to Bombay to train and become a playback singer! Shashika has also accompanied Shri Mahendra Kapoor and Pandit Hrdayanath Mangeshkar on stage.

A science graduate from University of South Africa, Shashika has also studied Speech and Drama at Trinity College of Music, London and the South African Guild of Speech and Drama Teachers’ Association.

Shashika Mooruth - Bhakti Bhajan Live Online RadioIn 1987 she enrolled for the degree course in Hindustani Music at the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan with the intention of returning to South Africa to teach music, but soon realized the vastness of the music field and hence settled in India permanently.

In 1995, she was honored at the World Hindu Conference in South Africa for her contribution to Indian music.

She has travelled several times to twenty five countries with her devotional music and is always in demand for her  unique presentation style.

Many of her bhajan albums produced by herself are available on the net or her website www.urjamusic.com.

Says Shashika, “I love to experiment with different styles and therefore on the commercial front I have rendered my voice in devotional, pop, filmi, semi-classical and even techno compositions. Last year I decided to dedicate more time to commercial music in Mumbai and hence came my first song in Hindi cinema. I penned and recorded a piece in Western voice for a title song by Adnan Sami for a film titled Ek Second Jo Zindagi Badal De with music by Saawan Kumar Saawan. I hope to make a contribution to the music world in this lifetime.”

Listen to the beautiful voice of Shashika and her sweet Bhajans online using the player at the top, or on WBRi live radio channel.



Interview - ANUREKHA GHOSH : Internationally acclaimed Indian Classical Kathak Danseuse, Choreographer and Art Director

Anurekha Ghosh - Indian Classical Dance (Kathak), UKAnurekha Ghosh is a world-renowned Kathak Dancer, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Anurekha Ghosh & Company (UK).


Interview | Bengali Film Maker ATANU GHOSH (Takhan Teish, Angshumaner Chobi) | WBRi Exclusive Audio

Atanu Ghosh - Tokhon Teyish Bengali MovieAtanu Ghosh is an acclaimed award-winning film maker from Kolkata. His film AAR EK BAMPI has received a National Award for Best Children's Telefilm. Another film of Atanu - MEGH BRISHTI ROD - received the Best Screenplay award from the Radio and Television Advertising Practitioners' Association of India. Many other awards have been given for other films by Atanu. He has also contributed towards writing and editing of many other films, and has made over 30 documentary and corporate fims. Atanu Ghosh's first full-length Bengali feature film ANGSHUMANER CHOBI released in 2009 and has received critical acclaim and is very successful. His 2nd Bangla feature film is titled TOKHON TEYISH and is to be released soon.

Arijit Chakrborty of WBRi Washington Bangla Radio speaks with Atanu Ghosh in an informal and intimate audio interview. Listen to the full interview audio online by pressing the play button in the player below.


King Jr releases "Boom Boom Boom" Soccer Music - King Jr's Official World Cup Football Song 2010

King Jr - Official World Cup Football Song 2010May 30, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) King  Jr, who is signed to Amico Productions London (APL), has released a new single “BOOM BOOM BOOM SOCCER MUSIC”.

There are three versions of the single - Boom Boom Boom Soccer Music, Boom Boom Boom Soccer Music “Zamina African Edit” and Boom Boom Boom Soccer Music “House Remix”.

King Jr has graciously share his World Cup Soccer 2010 official single with Washington Bangla Radio's listeners - listen to the three versions online.

Download the Boom Boom Boom Soccer Music MP3 songs by King JR online from Amazon.com - click here »


Aditya and Ashidhara Das - Talented Singers from San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA | WBRi Exclusive Feature

The husband and wife pair of Aditya and Ashidhara Das are well known singers from the San Francisco Bay area in northern California. Aditya is currently a Pharmaceutical Consultant (Ph.D. Chemical Engineering and MBA (Strategy)) in the San Francisco Bay Area and Ashidhara is a Ph.D. in Anthropology and teaches at Ashford University (in an online Program designed for Undergraduates). Their sons Anirban (11) and Ayan (8) both learn Hindustani Classical Vocal from Shubhangi Sakhalkar in the Bay Area.

Among numerous acclaimed performances as talented vocalists, Aditya and Ashidhara are particularly proud of performing with the great Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar and his daughter Anoushka during a performance of Saare Jahan Se Accha (music composed in Raga Pilu by Guruji and sung by them during the madhyalaya gat) to celebrate India's 50th Independence Anniversary at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. Their fondest memory is certainly the call they received from Guruji 4 days before the performance, inviting them to sing on stage with him.

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Ravi Shankar, Anoushka, Aditya and Ashidara Das - Live in Concert, 1997  Pandit Ravi 
Shankar, Anoushka, Aditya and Ashidara Das - Live in Concert, 1997
Pandit Ravi Shankar, Anoushka, Aditya and Ashidhara Das, Live in concert, 1997

Listen to audio recording of Aditya and Ashidhara performing live online.



Interview | Mukesh Asopa - internationally acclaimed award-winning film maker - WBRi exclusive (audio)

MUKESH ASOPAWBRi Washington Bangla Radio had the opportunity to speak with the award-winning director Mukesh Asopa. Click on the play button on the player below to listen to the exclusive interview online.

Mukesh Asopa is a young, smart and internationally acclaimed film-maker from Toronto, Canada. Mukesh has made two films so far - Aisha and Rahul (2009) and The Taste Of Relation (2010). Both films have received international acclaim and numerous awards at a multitude of film festivals across the world. The films are, fortunately, available on DVD online.


In the interview (audio), Mukesh talks about his roots in Calcutta and his favorite actors and directors from childhood, including Mithun Chakraborty, Prosenjit, Tapas Pal, Uttam Kumar and so on.

Mukesh also succintly explains the background and theme of his two films, and shares some anecdotes from the shooting of the films. As an experienced actor-writer-director, Mukesh talks thoughtfully about contemporary aspects of Indian film - he dwells on art-house/parallel and commercial movies, and the way a significant number of films are now being made by independent film-makers living abroad, all of excellent quality and some of which have actually started making inroads into the purely commercial Bollywood film industry.

Mukesh offers some excellent words of wisdom and advice for the nascent generation of young film-makers who are now choosing to seriously study film-making as a viable career option in a resurgent India.

It is a pleasure to listen to Mukesh speak, as you will no doubt find out.

Watch the theatrical trailer of The Taste of Relation.