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

Interview: Writer Malay Bandopadhyay talks about Bengali films Paribartan, Piriti Kathaler Atha, Kache Acho Tumi, Dujone & more

[Malay Bandopadhyay]Malay debuted in feature films with resounding success with his friend Rajib Kumar in the director's chair with the blockbuster Dujone (2009) which starred Dev and Srabanti as the lead pair. Dujone was the directorial debut in feature films for Rajib as well. In this informal chit-chat with Arijit Chakraborty, Malay reveals quite a few interesting trivia, inlcuding the fact that one of today's leading Tollywood heroines - Srabanti - actually is his student and Malay was a private tutor of the actress!

Interview: Saibal Chakraborty - Producer of Tollywood Bengali supernatural horror films BHOY and BHOY 2

[Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Horror Movie BHOY Press meet]Germantown, MD, Feb 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Saibal Chakrabarty is a well-known producer of movies in Kolkata's Tollywood Bengali film industry. He has produced Amar Bhalolaga Amar Bhalobasha and Fight 1:1, and his horror-thriller Bhoy and it's sequel Bhoy-2 are awaiting release at the time of this interview.

Living legend Lata Mangeshkar has performed a song in Amar Bhalolaga Amar Bhalobasha, thus singing for a Tollywood Bengali movie after sixteen years, and Saibal himself has sung a duet in the film with Lata-ji.

Arijit Chakraborty talks to Saibal in this audio broadcast of an informal chit-chat. Saibal has appeared in a dance number in Bhoy alongside Abhishek Chatterjee, as well sung a song as a playback singer for the movie, too.

Interview: Cricket Journalist Gautam Bhattacharya talks about SACH - his book on Sachin Tendulkar released in the USA

Sachin Tendulkar - Launch of book SACH by Gautam Bhattacharya
Sachin Tendulkar and others at the launch of Gautam Bhattacharya's book Sach

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble at SACH book launch
Gautam Bhattacharya, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble at SACH book launch
Pictures courtesy of Utpaal Sorkkar

Gautam Bhattacharya - Author of SACHWashington, DC, Feb 19, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Renowned award-winning writer and sports journalist Gautam Bhattacharya talks to us from Dhaka, Bangladesh in this informal chit-chat with Arijit Chakraborty. At the time ths interview was recorded, Gautam was in Dhaka for the inaugural ceremony of the World Cup Cricket championship of 2011 which is jointly being hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. You will surely be infected with the cricket bug when you hear Gautam share his thoughts about the inauguration which featured a great, some may even say overdone, cultural extravaganza. The opening ceremony was of particular pride to Bengalees as Bangla songs like O Amar Desher Maati and Amar Sonar Bangla ("My golden bangla, I love you"- the national anthem of Bangladesh) were performed with people across many nations watching live. Gautam also shares with us his best educated guesses on what might transpire in this Cricket World Cup, but, needless to say, anything can happen in the game of cricket.

Gautam Bhattacharya has recently written a book titled Sach about the iconic Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar, a man who dreamed big, stretched his arms towards the sky and reached the summit. Sachin is applauded the world over for his cricketing feats and the person he is. This book, however, is not just another tome on Sachin. The book sizzles with new features, and a foreword by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. As Gautam puts it in this interview, Sach - the title of his book - is not just a nick name of Sachin, the word also means "the truth". In the book, a record 83 individuals, all path-breakers in their own right speak out on what Sachin means to them. If Asha Bhosle calls him 'God's apna aadmi', and Kapil Dev wants him 'to stand as tall as Mahatma Gandhi', Viv Richards gives him '10 upon 10'. Taking the reader through Sachin's journey of life, Gautam steps boldly on what has been 'forbidden' ground till now - the controversy surrounding the erstwhile Indian coach Greg Chappell, who breaks his silence on Sachin after four long years. The high-point of this must-have book is a set of 40 never-before-asked questions put to Sachin by Gautam.

Sach is available for purchase online in both USA via Amazon.com and India via Flipkart.com using the links in this exclusive interview-feature on Washington Bangla Radio.

Interview - Rohit Kulkarni - Pitch Of Dreams: Cricket In America | Documentary on the past, present and future of Cricket in USA

Rohit KulkarniGermantown, Maryland, Feb 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Rohit Kulkarni is the head of Multimedia of the South Asia division at Voice Of America, with over fifteen years of hands-on experience in Television production. Like most Indians (and people from the British Commonwealth nations), Rohit is a passionate fan of the game of Cricket. It is but natural that Rohit's vast experience in film-making and his passion for Cricket should come together, and the result is a fascinating documentary on Cricket in the United States of America.

Titled "Pitch Of Dreams - Cricket In America", the film documents the past, present and future of the game in the US. A fruit diligent research and many hours of travel with a camera, the film is a true labor of love. The journey reveals quite a few surprising facts about the game of Cricket in America - and Rohit shares with us some trivia that are surely going to surprise you as well while he talks to Marian Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio about the film.

Singer-Composer Suvodeep Mukherjee talks to Soumitra Talukdar - Extempore Performances and Interview

Subhojit MukherjeeCalcutta, Feb 14, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) On behalf of Washington Bangla Radio , Soumitra Talukdar talks to Suvodeep Mukherjee in an exclusive video interview with entertaining extempore performances.

Actress Rachita Chauhan (Bhattacharya) Talks about Bengali movies Chaplin, Rang Milanti, Uro Chithi and more: Interview

[Actress Rachita Bhattacharya]Germantown, Maryland, Feb 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Rachita Chauhan née Bhattacharya is a rapidly upcoming actress in Indian cinema and has recently appeared in Yogesh Mittal's Hindi film Yeh Faasley (2011) with Anupam Kher, Pawan Malhotra, Sudha Chandran, Seema Biswas and others. Among her widely anticipated Bengali films, Kamaleshwar Mukherjee's (interview) Uro Chithi, Kaushik Ganguly's (interview) Rang Milanti and Anindya Banerjee's Chaplin are awaiting release. Susmita Dasgupta caught up with Rachita in Kolkata in this informal chit-chat where Rachita talks about her background and films.

Apratim Mukhopadhyay: Singer-Songwriter-Composer From Kolkata

Apratim MukhopadhyayGermantown, Maryland, Feb 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Apratim Mukhopadhyay is a Kolkata-based modern Bengali singer-songwriter, musician, poet,  TV presenter, and Entrepreneur.

Subhomoy Mukherjee has an informal chit-chat with Apratim in this audio interview presentation that also features some songs performed by Apratim.

Listen to Cricket World Cup 2011 Song by Kolkata Band KAYA

Washington DC, USA, Feb 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The acclaimed folk-rock fusion band KAYA from Kolkata, India has released their World Cup Cricket 2011 song for the enjoyment of Indians across the world.

This song is also being aired by 94.3 Radio One and Radio Misty in India.

Listen to Band Kaya's Cricket World Cup 2011 song exclusively online via Washington Bangla Radio USA.



Interview: Anik Dutta - Director, Bengali Movie BHUTER BHABISHYAT (2012): Discerning Audience Is Welcome To Read Between Lines

ANEEK DUTTA, Writer-Director - Bengali Film Bhuter Bhabishyat (2011)Germantown, Maryland, Feb 5, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Anik Dutta is the director of the Kolkata Bengali film Bhooter Bhobisshot which will, in all probability, continue and expand on the spectacular streak of fabulous Bengali films started last year by a new crop of smart young film-makers. The story, script and lyrics are also Anik's. Bhuter Bhabishyat is Anik Dutta's first full-length feature film. Anik is presently involved in post-production for the film.

In this candid but informal chat with Subhomoy Mukherjee, Anik Dutta - who is a renowned film-maker in the advertising world - dwells upon the similarities and differences between ad films and full-length feature films, and in his unique witty way describes the challenges and opportunities drawing similarities with one-day cricket versus test matches. He also makes it very clear that he never just wanted to make any film - but wanted to make a film that he would himself love to watch as well as offer a reasonable chance for the producer to recover the investment.

Bhuter Bhobissot
A shooting still from Bhooter Bhobissot

Anik talks about a remarkable convergence of events that quite suddenly made it possible to start making his first full-length feature. With his keen insight, he describes and contrasts various artistic and commercial aspects of film-making in Kolkata with Bollywood or other regions in India.

Of course, Anik talks at length about the film Bhuter Bhabishyot and provides us glimpses of it from the director's perspective. Among the various old mansions in Calcutta in various states of dilapidation exists Chowdhury Palace - a property under dispute and pretty much not cared for other than being rented out to film production companies as a shooting location. The ghosts who live in the mansion are happy - they do not complain much about the short disturbances caused by film crews. Things take a serious turn when a promoter gets control of the property and plans on demolishing it in favor of a new construction - thus threatening the supernatural residents with homelessness. Also a film unit arrives there for shooting, and facing multiple threats including eviction, it looks like the ghosts have no option but to try to hold on to their residence with all resources they have.

Bhuter Bhobishyot  has all the ingredients of a successful commercial film, says Anik - used in a humorous way that stands a very good chance of resonating with the masses. Anik also subtly hints at the presence of deeper layers of interpretation of the film and welcomes the discerning audience to read between the lines, though he jokingly says "if I wanted to send a message, I would have sent SMS' (text messages on mobile devices)".

Anik shares with us his thoughts on attempting to categorize films (including his own) into urban or rural genres - he correctly observes it is incorrect to assume folks in rural Bengal are any less capable of visual arts comprehension than their urban counterparts (the reverse is probably closer to reality, given all the visually rich performing arts forms still actively indulged in at the suburbs and villages).

All in all, you will spend a wonderful time, as we did, listening to Anik speak in his own erudite and witty way. Please join us in wishing Anik Dutta, his crew and cast, spectacular success and continuation of the resurgence in Bengali film.

Actress Swastika Mukherjee in a still from BHUTER BHOBISHYOT
Actress Swastika Mukherjee in a still from Bhuter Bhabishyat

Interview: PUJA PAL - The Young and Fast Rising Tollywood Bengali Movie Actress

[Tollywood Bengali Film Actress POOJA PAUL]Germantown, Maryland, Feb 5, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Pooja Pal is a very young and promising actress from Kolkata who has just started appearing in Bengali feature films. With support and inspiration from her mother, Puja is an accomplished dancer from a very young age, and it was her on-stage appearances as a danseuse that led to her being offered roles in Bengali movies. Arijit Chakraborty caught up with Pooja and in this informal chit-chat Pooja talks about her background and films and shares with us stories from behind the camera.

After quite a few successful appearances in ad films and modeling assignments, actress Pooja Paul debuted in the Tollywood Bangla movie industry with a "item number" (an entertaining song and dance sequence frequently used in Indian commercial cinema for interludes) in Gobindadeb Krishna Haldar's Tumi Kaar. Subsequently, her debut as a full-fledged actress was with her role of Goddess Mangalchandi (a form of Goddess Kali) in Gobindadeb Krishna Haldar's AMAR SATHI (2010) alongside Karan, Pamela, Sumanta Mukhopadhyay, Dipankar De, Dolon Ray, Chaitali Dutta Burman, Mita Chattopadhyay and others.

Her next film after Amar Sathi is Joddha directed by Khokhon Chakrabarty co-starring Abhishek Chatterjee, Soumitra Chatterjee, Rama Prasad Banik, Nimu Bhowmick, Mrinal Mukherjee and others. Joddha - also known as Abahelito Mukti Joddha - is a patriotic film, and it is quite possible it will be released around one of India's independence commemorative holidays in 2011.

Pooja Pal subsequently appears in Shibprosad Chakrabarty (Khokhon) directed Ajo Bhalobashi Tomake co-starring Raj, Pragya, Bibek, Anamika Saha, Mrinal Mukherjee, Subhasish Mukherjee, Kanchan Mullick and others and even features Raza Murad who will be seen in a Bengali film after a long time playing the part of Bhootnath. The film deals with modern youth and post-marital issues in the light of pre-marital affairs and more, and is shot in Bengal and Sikkim.

Listen to our exclusive audio interview broadcast of Tollywood Bengali Movie actress Puja Pal.

Interview: Susmita Dasgupta - Leading Crafts for Sarees To Glorious International & National Sari lovers

Bangalore, Feb 5, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) [Crafts For Sarees]`Susmita Dasgupta was born to parents accomplished in creative arts - her mother is a vocalist and her father is a writer and a painter. It is but natural that Susmita should feel the creative urge in her, which she pursued in a uniquely novel way and today heads Crafts For Sarees (www.craftsforsarees.in), delivering custom sarees to her customers one at a time, each a unique work of art using timeless classical and natural fabrics of India.

Arijit Chakraborty caught up with Susmita Dasgupta in Bangalore and we recorded this informal chit-chat with Susmita who talks about her innovative service and  unique challenges and rewards of her one-of-a-kind enterprise.

Crafts For Sarees has been covered extensively in the media including Times of India, Indian Express, Explocity, India Toady and MyBangalore.com, and their designs have been featured in the Indian edition of the iconic Vogue fashion magazine.

Crafts for sarees was created with 2 things in mind:

1. Customize each saree based on customers’ choice of color, fabric and design
2. Integrate such designs with classical and contemporary saree fabrics crafts

Crafts For Sarees
An example of work by Crafts and sarees

We are in the midst of the generation of iPods and Facebook. We like to create our own Playlists by downloading our favorite music from the internet. Then we create our own content and let others participate in that. We tailor make our international holidays, order our designer watches on the internet, and even pick what toppings we want to make our very own Pizza!

Then why can’t we do that with what we wear? And why not sarees?

The Saree is becoming a significant part of corporate dress culture for successful women in India, even if they live abroad. And the saree was, and shall always remain, that particular piece of clothing that adds the enigmatic charm to every woman who wears it.

Crafts For Sarees is the answer to the question, "what better way than to able to create and wear something that I THINK suits MY Style, Personality and sense of Elegance?"

Then, as every tale has its twist, Crafts For Sarees added a twist to their story too – they decided that they will only bring to their patrons the classical and natural fabrics of India, that have originated thousands of years back, with some very contemporary and international designs and crafts.

Crafts For Sarees offers their exclusive Make Your Own Saree ™ service that gives women (and, of course, men buying sarees for women) an opportunity to design their own sarees.

A Crafts For Sarees saree is designed in 3 simple steps of Select, Pick & Choose by the patrons:
Step 1 : Select the fabric
Step 2: Pick the color
Step 3: Chose the Design

As an example, one may want a Tasser (fabric) in Grey (color) with Nakshi Kantha (Design) on it. All she needs to do is select from options as shown in a Crafts For Sarees menu and place the order.


www.craftsforsarees.in is conceptualized, designed and managed by Susmita Das Gupta on behalf of Mrs. Tapati Das Gupta.
Contact: designstudio@craftsforsarees.in
Phone: +91 9945560612
D’Zine Studio locations: Kolkata & Dhaka


Interview: Actor INDRANEIL SENGUPTA talks about Bengali Movies URO CHITHI, SYSTEM & more, shares his thoughts and aspiration

[Indraneil Sengupta]Germantown, Maryland, Feb 2, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Indian model and actor Indraneil Sengupta recently created waves in the Tollywood film industry with his spectacular performance alongside Rituparno Ghosh and Chapal Bhaduri in Kaushik Ganguly's (interview) Arekti Premer Golpo which released in Kolkata on Christmas Eve 2010. Indraneil has also received much acclaim for his prior performances in Bengali films like Srijit Mukherji's (interview) Autograph co-starring Prasenjit Chatterjee (interview) and Nandana Sen, Riingo Banerjee's (interview) Jodi Ekdin, Atanu Ghosh's (interview) Angshumaner Chhobi alongside Indrani Haldar, Buddhadev Dasgupta's Janala and others.

Arijit Chakraborty caught up with Indraneil in Mumbai in this informal but candid interview where Indraneil talks about his fascinating journey in modeling and films and shares with us his thoughts, dreams and aspirations going forward.

Listen to Kolkata Bengali movie actor Indraneil Sengupta via Washington Bangla Radio.


THE HILLS ARE ALIVE: A video-feature on Sandhak-Fu Trek

Calcutta, Feb 1, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) I had been languishing in utter boredom and hollow feeling. Boredom vanished as soon as Dr. Mili Chakraborty of the Dept. of Botany requested me to join Sandhak-Fu trek and I readily gave assent. She led me to their departmental teachers’ room and introduced me to Avik Sen, the proprietor of Impression India, specialized in Himalayan treks and I was impressed by the reassuring smile of the thickly mustached young man around forty. Mili showed me the list of trekkers already given consent and it included Dr. Mala Basu, popular for her story telling and her amiable hubby Mr. Asoke Basu, Dr. Bani Bahttacharyya of the Sanskrit Dept., well known to me for her advise on ancient Indian culture and many other colleagues and a few of their friends who were all well known to me.

Watch the short film on Sandakhpu trek and read the fascinating account of the trek by Dr Ratan Lal Basu on Washington Bangla Radio.

Suvojit Roy - CEO, Orion Entertainment provides a glimpse into the pioneering star ascending in Bengali Film & Music (Interview)

Suvojit Roy, CEO, Orion Entertainment, KolkataGermantown, Maryland, Jan 30, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Suvojit Roy is CEO of Orion Entertainment of Kolkata, a media organization in a leadership position among only the handful of suave modern enterprises in Bengal who are spearheading a resurgence in Bengali performing arts and culture after a slowdown over the past couple of decades. Suvojit talks to Arijit Chakraborty in this informal and candid interview about Suvojit's background, career, passions, aspirations and of course the rapid ascendancy of Orion Entertainment in a short span of time driven by unique software and a diligent attention to packaging.

Suvojit's career over the last 17 years or so in the entertainment industry is a fascinating one. Suvojit belongs to a family of well established lawyers and accountants, and partly driven by the legacy of elders in his illustrious family, Suvojit is himself an accomplished management accountant with a financial background by training. Like many Bengalees, Suvojit grew up with a strong interest in performing arts and culture - music, film, literature, sports and so on. Though such a diverse set of interests is not uncommon among Bengalees, Suvojit's interests were not just confined to being extra-curricular involvement engaged in at his spare time - Suvojit was, and remains, very serious about his passions, ranging from Rabindranath Tagore to soccer (particularly the East Bengal Club variety of soccer!) Of particular importance within Suvojit's eclectic sphere of interests is his investigation of ways to communicate with large numbers of people effectively, dabbling in and accumulating first-hand experience in mass communications from his very young days.

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Read all about Orion Entertainment and Suvojit Roy and listen to his fascinating words in this Washington Bangla Radio exclusive.


US Capitol goes to Kolkata Boi Mela - Tridib Chattopadhyay talks about 2011 Calcutta Book Fair (Interview)

Tridib Chattopadhyay - 2011 Kolkata Book Fair (Kolkata Boimela)

2011 Kolkata Book Fair

By Monodeep Chattopadhyay and Arup Ratan Dasgupta

Kolkata, Jan 23, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The 35th Kolkata International Book Fair 2011 features The United States of America as it's theme. Monodeep Chatterjee caught up with Tridib Chattopadhyay, the Secretary of the Publishers and Booksellers Guild (organizers of the Kolkata Boimela) who gave us a few minutes from these last few crazily busy days for him before the Fair launches on Jan 25, 2011 to talk about this year's highlights.


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