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

PARIJAAT: The Bangla Folk Fusion Band from Kolkata (WBRi Feature)

One rainy evening of July 2007, a group of young men with dreams in their souls felt an inexorable need to express their thoughts, feelings and desires about the present society and the times. They decided to do so the only way they knew. Music, only Music, and nothing but Music.

And from that very moment the ball started rolling. Parijaat Bangla Band had arrived.

Interview: Deepika Padukone - Ram Leela a Gujrati Take on Romeo and Juliet


Indian Bollywood Hindi Film Actress Deepika Padukone

London, UK, Jan 25, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio) Deepika Padukone is on a high after the release of Cocktail, which got her critical acclaim, box office success and audience appreciation. Now, the actress will be seen as Aleena in Abbas-Mustan’s Race 2.

The 27-year-old sultry actress plays a beautiful, strong and passionate girl in this sequel to Race. She is a ruthless mind dwelling in a brilliant beautiful body.

In a candid chat with Bollywood Reporter Sunny Malik, the Race 2 star talks about the film and much more!

Interview: Actor Sujjoy Ghosh: "I Starved at the Doors of Coordinators"

Sujoy Ghosh

In this candid and comprehensive interview with WBRi about his career, past and future, upcoming Bengali film actor Sujjoy shares one ‘embarrassing’ experience after the release of 100% Love as well.

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Interview: Actor Sumeet Sharma "Khalnayak nahi nayak hu main"

Having played the villainous roles on small screen Mathura resident Sumeet Sharma’s debut feature film releases on 28th December. Produced under the banner of (Chandigarh based) Pinta & Dehal Productions the film is directed by Harish Sharma. Recently during the music launch of the film we spoke to Sumeet, following are a few excerpts.


Indian Bollywood Film Actress Aakshi Khari Hot Scene with Sumeet
Actress Aakshi Khari with Sumeet Sharma

What is the story of this film? Tell us about your experience during shooting.


Interview: Janiva Roy on her new film Khushboo (2013)

Janiva Roy

Her melodious voice playing with musical notes has been enchanting music lovers since she started humming. With elegant beauty and the voice of a nightingale she is unique among today's Indian singers.

She is the only lady Ghazal singer from India today, whose performances across the globe continue to enthrall her fans world-wide. Ghazal is her favorite genre and it lives deep within her. WBRi correspondent Barshali Banerjee caught up with lovely Janiva Roy at a recent concert and chatted with her about her music, films and more.

From Rumpa Roy to Janiva Roy how did the journey mold your life?

Janiva RoyIt is God who bestowed his blessings on me.  Since just 12 years of age I have been performing in stage with my parents Bapi Roy and Shikha Roy. While performing in stage one day a Father of a renowned Church was present there over and mesmerized by my performance. After that he called me and gifted me with the lovely name Janiva, which was inspired from the small and wonderful city Geneva. I think it is his blessing to me that made the world to know a little person like me that I consider.

Being a Bengali yourself and trained in Indian classical music, Rabindrasangeet and other Bengali modern melody, how did you feel your inclination for Ghazals?

Interview: Actress Aakshi Khari

Aakshi Khari

She started her career as a Model, this Delhi based girl Aakshi KhariAakshi Khari debuts in feature film “2 Nights in soul valley” which is releasing on 28th December.  Produced under the banner of Pinta & Dehal productions the film is directed by Harish Sharma. Aakshi has though worked in ads and has been an accomplished model yet this being her first film we spoke to her about the film and her role. Following are a few excerpts.


Maru Behag Theater Group's Jolly Guha Roy: "I see inmates as ‘Amritsya Putra’ (God’s children)"

Jolly Guha RoyJolly Guha Roy told Washington Bangla Radio, “I look at them as ‘Amritasya Putra’ and treat every convict as God’s child. No one is a born criminal. Our society is the main setback which converts an ordinary person to a hardened criminal. It’s our society that is responsible for those unfavorable circumstances which lead a person to commit crime. But those unfortunate fellows should never be treated brutally. Lack in awareness, illiteracy, inhuman treatment and poverty are some of the elements behind the pathetic condition of these people.”


Interview: Actor Model Gaurav Shah on Debut film "2 nights in soul valley" (2012)

Gaurav Shah and Meenakshi

Gaurav Shah and Meenakshi
Gaurav and Meenakshi

Mr. North India 2004, Gaurav Shah is all over the news nowadays as his debut film “2 Nights in soul valley” is all set to be released on 28th December. A film is made under the banner of Pinta & Dehal productions has Gaurav- a dashing and talented actor -model who has hosted many campus shows, fashion shows and singers night- in one of the lead roles of Vicky. This talented anchor who has acted alongside many veteran actors and singers is a known name in Chandigarh, Punjab.


Interview: Claudia Ciesla - Sharing Screen Space with Akshay Kumar in First Item Song is a Dream Come True

German Actress Model Claudia Ciesla in Bollywood film Khiladi 786 Item Song Balma

Till date the word “Balma” was associated with the starlet actress Sridevi but from now on the blazes of Balma are sure to direct our mind towards this new chick in B-town – Claudia Ciesla. After giving a successful Punjabi film, Claudia Ciesla has turned towards Hindi film industry and her first item number “Balma” alongside Khiladi Kumar has become a rage amongst the audience. The film Khiladi 786 is slated for release this December 7th so we caught up with this hot chick on her experience while shooting Balma.


German Actress Model Claudia Ciesla in Bollywood film Khiladi 786 Item Song Balma

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Interview: Singer Sreeram Chandra - "Balma was an opportunity of Lifetime"

Sreeram Chandra

Mumbai, Nov 29, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Good looks, mellow voice and intelligence is a deadly combination rarely seen but we found all this in just one person-Indian Idol 5 winner Singer Sreeram Chandra. Hailing from South this star started performing at the age of 8 and ever since has done more than 80 stage shows. B.Tech graduate switched to music due to his love and passion for music. His song Rehnuma from his album “Rehnuma” was also included in “The Chronicles of Narnia: the Voyage of the Dawn Treader”. And with his latest hit number ‘Balma’ Sreeram is creating waves in the music industry. We caught up with the Balma singer on the success of his first item song. Following are the excerpts from the interview.


Interview: Actor Chandrachur Singh on his background, films, acting career and Bengali connection

Chandrachur Singh and Jyoti SinghChandrachur Singh in his debut role, won a Filmfare Best Debut Award in 1996 for his remarkable performance in Tere Mere Sapne, and followed it up with his acclaimed appearance in the film Maachis opposite Tabu. He has appeared in numerous subsequent films, like Daag and Josh. This year, his most recent releases are Chaar Din Ki Chandni and Prem Mayee. His upcoming films include Zilla Ghaziabad and The Reluctant Fundamentalist directed by renowned film-maker Mira Nair.


Interview: Actor Sudip Pandey marks six years and 35 films - “The only superstar today is Amitabh Bachchan”

by Sanjay Sharma Raj

Indian Bhojpuri Movie Actor Sudip Pandey

Mumbai, Nov 27, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Bhojpuri actor Sudip Pandey has made a name with his action films. In 6 years he has acted in 35 movies including Bhojpuriya Daroga, Masiha Babu, Mr. Tangawala etc and now will be seen as an anchor for the serial ‘Kahin Ka Haal Baa ’on Anjan T.V.,  he is already done ‘Saat vachan, Saat fere,” in Doordarshan and 'Bihar Ek Khoj' on Mahua channel. Pandey gets candid about his stellar career so far in this interview.

Interview: Hard Kaur - New Album P.L.A.Y Is a celebration of life

Indian Rapper Hip Hop Singer Hard Kaur New Album P.L.A.Y.

Mumbai, Nov 9, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Glassy girl Hard Kaur is back as she raises a new toast to life. Almost after 5 years she brings P.L.A.Y, her second album for the party crazy audience. If her first album “Supawoman” was about her struggles, this is about celebration of life. “My earlier album explained my journey till date but since I am making a good living now, P.L.A.Y is celebration of life.” Every song in the album is a happy party song, she claims. “It spells no depression which is why it’s called P.L.A.Y an acronym of Party Loud All Year.”


Listen to Free Samples and Download P.L.A.Y. by Hard Kaur in Mp3 Format

Interview: Pyarelal Sharma (of Laxmikant-Pyarelal Fame) on First Music Album "Aawaaz Dil se"

Indian Bollywood Hindi Movie Music Composer Laxmikant Pyarelal - Pyarelal Sharma

One need not introduce the sensational music composer Jodi Laxmikant- Pyarelal. They have been in the industry for decades now, giving beautiful melodies to the world of glamour. However, after the death of Laxmikant the melodies seized to come from Pyarelal Sharma. But after a decade of exile   the ace composer returns to the musical world. Pyarelal has composed for the album “Aawaaz dil se” which launches a debutante singer Pankaj Chaturvedi. The album is released by Music Company Eternal Dreams and the lyrics are penned by Sameer. We spoke to Pyarelal Sharma about his new venture. Here are excerpts from an exclusive interview with Pyarelal Sharma.


Interview: Internationally Acclaimed Rabindrasangeet Artist Shreya Guhathakurta

Shreya GuhathakurtaCleveland / Pittsburgh, Oct 3, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Internationally acclaimed Rabindrasangeet singer Shreya Guhathakurta chats with Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio during Shreya's 2012 North American tour in this interview.

As most of our audience is aware of, Shreya is a grand-daughter of Shubho Guhathakurta, founder of Dakshini and Gitabitan Tagore music and arts schools in Kolkata. Shreya therefore naturally grew up in an environment of Rabindrasangeet. Though her institutional training on Rabindrasangeet is from Dakshini, given her family background she has been fortunate enough to learn from stalwarts like Kanika Bandopadhyay who Shreya considers to be a second grandmother. Shreya took lessons from Mohordi from age 7 and is still learning music from her uncle Sudeb Guha Thakurta.



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