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

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


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.

Interview: NIHARICA RAIZADA on her dual careers, Bollywood films, Bengali movie "Damadol" and Much More

Niharica Raizada

Niharica RaizadaBesides her dazzling beauty, Niharica Raizada has a strong mind and a willingness to work hard - traits which made it possible for her to work at Johns Hopkins from 9 AM to 5 PM, take a train to New York to pursue acting / modeling from 9 PM to 1 AM, catch a train back to Baltimore (the last train, as she points out) and show up for work the next day. Hard work pays and today Niharica, a fully qualified medical doctor, has decided to pursue her interests in acting and the performing arts in Mumbai, India and has already been signed up for three films by a major Bollywood production house with the first of the three going on the floors in January of 2013. She will also appear in a Bengali film song in Manoj Michigan's Kolkata Bangla movie "Damadol".

In this exclusive interview with Minakshi Bajpai on Washington Bangla Radio Niharica talks about her dual careers, childhood, growing up, her famous grandfather, her Bengali and Hindi films, the man of her dreams and much more.

Niharica RaizadaNiharica appears in the Bengali film "Damadol" (her debut feature film) and will be seen in lead roles in three films already in the pipeline. The producers of Damadol were looking for a fresh "naive looking" face for Damadol directed by Manoj Michigan. Someone passed on a picture of Niharica and the Damadol crew watched her performance in Mumbai. She was offered the role soon after. Niharica is very particular about the roles she plays - in this case, her appearance is in a Bengali film song in Damadol (an "item number" or "item song") titled "Ami gorom cha". She checked out the song (written by lyricist Rana Mazumder and music composed by Bengali music director  Pritam) in Mumbai and liked it, and accepted the role. Bengali Actor Saswata Chatterjee (who was seen recently in "Kahaani") also appears with Niharica Raizada in the song. The song goes something like  Ami gorom cha / phoo diye kha ...

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Interview: Singer Pankaj Chaturvedi on New Album "Awaz dil se" and Working with Pyarelal Sharma of Laxmikant-Pyarelal Fame

Pyarelal, Pankaj Chaturvedi and Sameer
Pyarelal, Pankaj Chaturvedi and Sameer

With this album not only Pankaj is making a debut in music industry but the album is also special as Pyarelal of Laxmikant-Pyarelal fame returns after a decade of exile as a composer.

Interview: Karan Johar, Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra Chat with Sunny Malik on Student of the Year (2012) Film

Karan Johar, Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra talk to Sunny Malik about Student of the Year (2012) Bollywood Hindi Film

London, UK, October 18, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Earlier this month, director-producer Karan Johar along with his debutant actors from Student Of The Year promoted their film in London.

The 40-year-old director along with the three new actors who form the lead cast of SOTY - Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra - spoke to Bollywood reporter Sunny Malik about the film, their characters and much more.

Welcome to London. How does it feel that you are here on your first international promotional trip?

Bangla Rock Band PLATONIC and their first album DHULOCHAAN : WBRi Feature

Members of Indian Kolkata Bangla Rock Band Platonic

Meet Kolkata Bangla band "Platonic" whose members are all engineering graduates and professionals and listen to a clip from their promising debut album "Dhulochaan" in this WBRi feature.

Interview: Indraneil Sengupta on Bengali Commercial, Parallel and Crossover Films, Goenda Gogol, Koel Mullick, Dashami and more

Indraneil Sengupta, Koel Mullick and Locket ChatterjeeIn this candid interview with WBRi's Sayantanee Dutt, Indraneil starts off by revealing that he is a big fan of action movies himself and a role like he did in "System" is one he was waiting for, and talks about Dashami (Doshomi), Koel Mullick, Goyenda Gogol (Goenda Gogol) and much more.

Interview: Actress NEELU SODHI on Her Career-Vareer, Lead Role in Sridevi Starrer ENGLISH VINGLISH (2012) and Much More

Neelu Sodhi Exclsuive audio interview with actress Neelu Sodhi who plays a lead role of Meera, Sridevi's niece, in English Vinglish: "She is very exciting and I was thrilled to meet her", says Neelu who watched quite a few of Sridevi blockbusters like Lamhe (1991), Mr. India (1987) and Chandni (1989) when growing up: "When I first met her on a set I was blown away by her presence - absolutely beautiful and charming and such an amazing person".