Exclusive WBRi Kolkata Bangla Radio Interviews, Reviews, Features & Profiles

Interview: Tollywood Actor Souryadeep Ghosh on "Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath" (2011) and Forthcoming Hindi & Bengali Movies

[Bengali Actor Souryadeep Ghosh]Washington, DC, May 11, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ananya Paul talks to Souryadeep Ghosh in this audio interview with young upcoming actor from Kolkata. Souryadeep debuted in the world of Bengali cinema with a role of an assistant art director in award-winning film-maker Atanu Ghosh's (interview) Angshumaner Chobi, and subsequently appeared in Sanghamitra Chaudhuri's (interview) Rose Villa. He plays a lead role in Sanghamitra's docu-feature Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath that recently premiered in Kolkata on the occasion of Rabindranath Tagore's 150th birthday.

Listen to the on-demand audio interview broadcast exclusively on Washington Bangla Radio.

Interview: Suvrajyoti and Tanusree Bandopadhyay of Sabita Kala Sangam Working in Support of Performing Arts of Bengal

Calcutta, May 11, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Sabita Kala Sangam was established in 1997 by Suvrajyoti and his wife Tanusree Bandopadhyay who herself is a well known  singer of Rabindra Sangeet, with the inspiration of the Rabindra Sangeet exponent Late Sri Subinoy Roy. The prime objective was to promote various forms of performing arts and cultural activities like music, songs, dance, recitations, etc. and bring forward talented artists in these genres.

Lately the organization is working on various projects to highlight the rich heritage of India. One such show, a musical dance drama Lopamudra based on the romantic story of Hindu saint Agasthya and his wife Lopamudra received considerable appreciation both from viewers and critics.

A scene from "Lopamudra" Bengali Musical Dance Drama presented live by Sabita Kala Sangam
A scene from "Lopamudra" Dance Drama

Watch our exclusive video interview on Washington Bangla Radio.

Interview: Director Agnishwar Mukherjee Talks About Bengali Short Film "A"

[Agnishwar Mukherjee]"A" Bengali Short FilmWashington, DC, May 10, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ananya Paul caught up with film-maker Agnishwar Mukherjee in Kolkata to record this audio interview. Agnishwar is making a short film titled "A".

An Out Of Box Entertainment presentation, "A" is in some ways an experimental film exploring human psychology and stars Malay Ghosh, Satpal, Neha Gupta & Sanjoy Saha.

Interview: Gautam Barat - Tollywood's Top Poster Designer Reminds Us of Importance of the Poster as Representation of the Film

[GOUTAM BARAT Poster Designer]Washington D.C., May 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Gautam Barat is the premier professional poster designer for Bengali films for over 30 years. Gautam talks to Arijit Chakraborty on Washington Bangla Radio in this intimate, informal and candid interview about his career in poster design, aspects of designing posters, the film industry, changing trends and much more.

Gautam has designed over 600 posters so far, and his recent work includes films by producers like Shree Venkatesh and Eskay Films and films like Bhorer Alo, Unish Kurir Galpo , Ogo Bideshini, Moner Manush and so on.

Interview: Pouroosh Sorcar (P C Sorcar Master) Talks About Magic & Bengali Movie "Baaj"

[Actor Magician Pouroosh Sorcar, P C Sorcar Master]Washington D.C., May 6, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Pouroosh Sorcar, the famous Magician P C Sorcar Master, chats with Arijit Chakraborty on Washington Bangla Radio about his background, experience, magic shows, Bengali film Baaj (2011) and many other topics the day before he left for Chennai for a multi-month Magic show.

Pouroosh is the only grandson of Jadoo Samrat P. C. Sorcar Sr., son of P. C. Sorcar Young, and goes by the stage name P. C. Sorcar Master. He learned magic from his father. Along with his profession as a magician, he has also recently entered into the world of Bangla movies.

In this informal but candid talk, Pouroosh touches on the challenges of being a live performer and invariably facing technical difficulties, and believes that how one faces these moments truly defines a magician's personality.

Sounak Chattopadhyay in Toronto: Interview

[Sounak at the National Mall, Washington DC]Washington, DC, May 4, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Sounak Chattopadhyay, one of the brightest shining stars of the young generation of contemporary Indian Classical vocal artists who is also known for his sterling presentation of Rabindra Sangeet, was recently in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to perform at the Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School on St.Andrews Blvd. Arijit Chakraborty caught up with Sounak in Toronto in this wonderful chit-chat with the young maestro, a performance of special significance to Sounak because he is himself an alumnus of the famous Don Bosco school of Kolkata at Park Circus.

Sounak speaks to Washington Bangla Radio from Toronto and sings a few lines for us.

Interview: Anupam Roy - The New Music Star of Tollywood Bengali Cinema

[Anupam Roy]Calcutta, May 2, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) He was very shy in childhood but he used to communicate through music even then. From his early days he likes to eat, drink and sleep music. When he was very young, this brilliant student sang songs of Rabindranath Tagore at different cultural functions as well as in school. Now he is the new icon of Bengali Music for his lyrics, composition and definitely singing. Meet music director Anupam Roy whose composition “Amake Amaar Moto Thakte Dao” from the film Autograph has broken many records in Bengal’s music History.

Listen to Anupam Roy speak to Subhomoy Mukherjee on Washington Bangla Radio.

Ganer Adda - The Bengali Band from Mumbai: Interview & Live Performances

Washington DC, April 26, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) An upcoming Band group named GANER ADDA at J B Nagar, Andhery East Mumbai , where Soumitra Talukdar on behalf of Washington Bangla Radio talks to Rohit Roy, Bob and Mayuk Sarkar (Tipu) with their  live musical extempore performances at their workshop.

Watch the video-feature and listen to Ganer Adda on Washington Bangla Radio.

Interview: Film & Theater Actress Sonali Chatterjee (Bengali Movie Kono Ek Meye, ETV Serial Sholo Ana and more)

[Kono Ek Meye (2011) Bengali New Movie Poster]April 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Actress Sonali Chatterjee chats with Arijit Chakraborty in this candid but indformal audio interview on Washington Bangla Radio.

Sonali Chatterjee plays the lead role in the Bengali film Kono Ek Meye directed by Indranil Banerjee (interview). Sonali grew up in the Dumdum-Nagerbazar neighborhood of Kolkata, and after graduating, commenced on a career in acting with roles in Television programs. She is a lead actress in Bengali TV serials (like the mega-serial Sholo Ana on ETV Bangla [watch live Bengali TV channels online on PC or TV]) and her recent films include Sunando Mitra's Ogo Bodhu Sundari (2010) where she played the role of Opekkha, Satabdi Roy's Paribartan (awaiting release), Rituparno Ghosh's Shob Choritro Kalponik (2010) [buy Bengali film DVD in USA], Aniruddha Bhattacharya's Box Number 1313 (2009) [USA DVD release] and others.

Video Feature: Kolkata Couture & Lifestyle Fashion Week (KCLFW) Summer 2011

Calcutta, April 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Idea Weavers presented the second season of “Gitanjali Lifestyle Kolkata Couture & Lifestyle Fashion Week ( KCLFW)” in association with “The Park” at the Ebony, The Park, Kolkata, India from 14th to 17th April.

Bengali actress Llocket Chatterjee at Kolkata Couture Lifestyle Fashion ShowOn 14th April, Idea inaugurated the show with a promotional by chief sponsor Kingfisher followed by a show by designer Archana Kochhar where she presented her latest creation “Sun Sand and Sangeet”. The collection “Sun Sand and Sangeet”, made with Viscose and Georgette with appliquéd borders in silk and velvet, is a wedding collection for the modern Indian Princess. The vibrant collection of sarees and anarkalis reminded spectators every ritual of a true Indian wedding. That was a truly royal style collection. Most of the dresses were based on white or pink fabric. Famous Bengali film actress Locket Chatterjee (interview) was the show stopper for the day and she walked on the ramp gracefully in a black-pink combined gorgeous royal bridal dress.

Watch a video-feature on the event exclusively on Washington Bangla Radio.

Interview: Bengali Film-Maker Indranil Banerjee Talks About KONO EK MEYE (2011), SHIKAR UTSAV (2007) & His Movies

[Bengali Film-Maker Indranil Banerjee]Calcutta, April 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Indranil Banerjee is an independent film-maker from Kolkata who has previously made a couple of documentaries and a short film. Indranil chats with Arijit Chakraborty on WBRi in this informal but candid audio interview.

[A still from Kono Ek Meye]

His first Bengali fiction short film Kono Ek Meye takes up women's rights and portrays the evils of sexual molestation of the girl child, which, in most cases, is perpetrated by close family members - a six-year old girl's uncle in the case in Indranil's film.

Interview: Bengali Film-maker Sanghamitra Chaudhuri & her films BIDEHIR KHONJE RABINDRANATH, ROOH, STRINGS OF PASSION & more

[Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie Writer-Director Sanghamitra Chaudhuri]Washington DC, April 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Sanghamitra Chaudhuri, the young and talented Bengali film-maker from Kolkata, chats with Arijit Chakraborty about her films in this audio interview. At the time of the interview, her new film Jibon Rong Berong had just opened in theaters in Calcutta. Her forthcoming films include Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath - a film on an unexplored aspect of Rabindranath Tagore, Strings of Passion, a movie on alternative lifestyles, ROOH - a film about a HIV-positive girl and so on.

Listen to the audio interview broadcast with Sanghamitra Chaudhuri exclusively on Washington Bangla Radio on-demand audio telecast service.

Sanghamitra Chaudhuri's prior films include Raat Porir Rupkatha (2007) [buy Bengali Film DVD in USA] starring Bollywood veteran Jackie Shroff with Indrani Haldar;  Jeena: The Endless Love (2009) [DVD] starring Soham, Abhishek Chatterjee, Indrani Haldar, and Arpita Mukherjee with music by Shamik Sinha; Chakra (2007) [DVD] starring Jishu Sengupta, Koel Banerjee, Rajatava Dutta, Rupa Bhattacharya and Manoj Mitra with music by Saikat Deb; Rahasya The Bhoutik (2009) [DVD] starring Soham, Abhishek Chatterjee, Chandni Dey, Swarna Kamal Dutta, Debashree Roy and Sumit Ganguly with music by Debasish Chowdhury; and Premer Phande Kakatua (2009) starring Jishu Sengupta, Aishwarya Basu , Biswanath Basu, Jayjit Banerjee, Kanchan Mullick, Kaushik Chakraborthy, Rupanjana, Tanima Sen, Paran Bandhopadhyay, Siddhartha , Lama and Priyambada Sarkar. In addition, Sanghamitra has also directed acclaimed documentaries and a slew of advertisements.

Amar Maa (2010) Goes to Cannes: Samir Banerjee, Sujoy Banerjee & Anyesha Das Share their Excitement (Interview)

Germantown, Maryland, April 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) In the year 2001 a group of Indian-American professionals decided to form ‘SB Talkies’ pursuing their passion for movies and the art of making films. A decade later, a film of theirs has been selected for screening at the Short Film Corner at the revered Cannes International Film Festival, as well as festivals in New Zealand and Bangalore, India. The remarkable trio of young film-makers and producers Samir Banerjee, Sujoy Banerjee and Anyesha Das speak to Arijit Chakraborty on Washington Bangla Radio.

Samir Banerjee
Samir Banerjee

Samir Banerjee's Amar Maa (2010) stars Rachna Shah, Don Castro, Pallavi Desai, Uttara Desai and Avik Sur. The film is a Short Film Selection at Cannes. The cinematographer of Amar Maa is Katsumi Funahashi. The film has been shot on locations in New York City, New York.

Previous films by the trio include Junoon (2002) written by Sameer Banerjee, starring Suken Bhandari and directed by Sujoy Banerjee & Siddharth Sanghani; Sophie (2003) written and directed by Sameer Banerjee starring Preeti Pahwa, Omar Kapadia, Chiku; The Waiting (2004) written and directed by Sameer Banerjee, starring Kristen Childers, Avik Sur; and Gift Of Sight (2004) written and directed by Sameer Banerjee, starring Kristen, Laura, Sarah & Anoushka.

Listen to the trio in an informal chit-chat with WBRi.

Sujoy Banerjee
Sujoy Banerjee

Anyesha Das
Anyesha Das

Betty Boo : Rapper from Washington DC Making Souls Younger with her Music

[Betty Boo - The Beautiful Young Rapper From Washington DC]Washington DC, April 16, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Betty Boo has the vibe, personality and determination to put on a great show for all ages.

Betty Boo is a well known rap artist. She enjoys living her life with friends and family and she is also known for bringing the party to the party. Betty Boo performances can not be copied, her style and formation of the culture of rap music has determine her to be known as Ms.Grim rapper.

Listen to Betty Boo and watch her perform live via Washington Bangla Radio.

Photo-Feature: Bengali Film-Maker Arin Paul Shoots Ad-Film with Actress Locket Chatterjee in the Himalayas


[Arin Paul, Locket Chatterjee, Ashok Pramanik and others]
[Arin Paul, Locket Chatterjee, Ashok Pramanik and others]
Arin Paul, Locket Chatterjee, Ashok Pramanik and others in the film unit

[Tollywood Bengali Movie Actress Locket Chatterjee]
Bengali Film Actress Locket Chatterjee

Calcutta, April 15, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Film-Maker Arin Paul (interview), director of Doshta Dosh (10:10) [Buy DVD], Jyanto Durga and numerous acclaimed films, recently traveled to the mountains of Gangtok in north-east India to shoot two ad films with the leading Tollywood actress and accomplished danseuse Locket Chatterjee (interview).