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Claudia Ciesla's Balma Akshay Kumar

German Bollywood Actress Model Claudia Ciesla

"Ganesh master’s choreography did magic on me, I could explore myself, now I know what my body is capable of”.

German Bollywood Actress Model Claudia Ciesla


Rap Queen Hard Kaur Meets Sufi King Kailash Kher

Kailash Kher and Hard Kaur

While in the public place we often bump into our acquaintances, friends or family.

Son of Sardar Releases Dialog Promos

Eros International & Ajay Devgn Films in association with Viacom 18 Motion Pictures presents Ashwini Dhir’s ‘Son of Sardaar’ starring Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha and Juhi Chawla, is slated for a 13th November, 2012, Diwali release! The film promises to be a complete entertainer with never seen before festival fun and dhamaal for audiences!

Eros has also released a set of rib-tickling promos to give the audiences a glimpse of what they can expect from this Diwali entertainer.

Watch the promos here >

RACE 2 Launches it's First Digital Asset: Deepika Padukone Unveils Logo on Twitter

Deepika Padukone Launches RACE 2 Logo

Mumbai, Nov 5, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Deepika Padukone has created quite a stir online by unveiling the Race 2 logo on twitter. Deepika tweeted with the Race 2 logo, ‘And the RACE begins!!! here's the LOGO...exclusively for you guys!!!’

Nikhil Advani's Delhi Safari shortlisted for Oscars in the animation category

Indian Animated Movie Poster Delhi Safari

Mumbai, Nov 5, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) After wooing the audiences worldwide, Nikhil Advani’s animated adventure Delhi Safari has made its grand entry to world’s most prestigious movie recognition award ceremony. The film has been shortlisted for the 85th Academy Awards in the animation category.

The First ever South Asian Carriers’ Meet begins in Dhaka Nov 16-17 (ICT Journalist Press Meet held)

(4th from left) A.B.M. Reazuddin Mosharaf, Chief Executive officer of Windmill Advertising Limited & Co convener of SACM giving his presentation on Press meet today 05 November at BASIS Conference room in Karwan Bazar
(4th from left) A.B.M. Reazuddin Mosharaf, Chief Executive officer of Windmill Advertising Limited & Co convener of SACM giving his presentation on Press meet today 05 November at BASIS Conference room in Karwan Bazar

Dhaka, Nov 5, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) A two-day South Asian Carriers’ Meet (SACM) 2012, a unique platform to meet wholesale telecom carriers, interconnect exchange operators, sub-sea and terrestrial cable operators and date service providers, will begin on November 16, 2012 in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh, according to a press release.

Post and Telecommunications Minister Advocate Shahara Khatun will inaugurate the two-day event at Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel here. Secretary of the Ministry, Honorable Chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) will attend the meet as special guests. This was informed at a press conference at the Board Room of BASIS today (05-11-12).

IIT Kharagpur and Heritage Institute of Technology organize largest Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive in Kolkata

Heritage Institute of Technology in association with IIT Kharagpur organized Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive in the campus of Heritage Institute today which is the continuation of the largest Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive by IIT Kharagpur started in the month of October in 20 cities in India. The 19th one is at Heritage Institute of Technology which was witnessed by more than 200 upcoming entrepreneurs and students in the city. The inauguration ceremony was being addressed by the Principal of Heritage, Dr. Pranay Chaudhuri, Prof. B.B. Paira, Director of Heritage, Dr. Aloke Kumar Sen, Director, Management Education Centre, Heritage and Shri Pradip Agarwal, CEO, Heritage.

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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Different BOND, distant attitude, but possibly the BEST in a long time - "SKYFALL"! (Movie Review)


Though very, very different from all the past 007 flicks, this 23rd Bond picture is possibly the best, challenged only by the 2006 Craig version of "Casino Royale", which was at last able to draw on the text of Ian Fleming's first and best novel.

It has two of the same writers who worked on "Casino Royale" and the last Bond picture, the disappointingly and excessively agitated "Quantum of Solace", and although they've invented their scenario, it is true to Fleming and the series while making interesting additions. I loved and hated "Skyfall" both at the same time, though I'd prefer to stick with it and probably will see it once again, only because the "LIKE" quotient is greater here! Directed by "American Beauty" director Sam Mendes, this is one Fire-Cracker to watch!!!

A movie review by Nilanjann N.

DHROOPAD Presents Aahang of India and Sarod Player Soumya Charaverty in Washington

Dhroopad Bengali American Cultural Organization of greater Washington DC presents a unique Dhroopadi Musical Evening with Aahang of India and acclaimed Indican Classical Instrumental Sarod Artist Soumya Charaverty of Washington DC.

The musically committed and talented 5-member Aahang team was scheduled to perform at Bangamela2012, but unfortunately they missed them due to delays in issuance of US visa. This team is partially sponsored by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). 

When: Saturday, November 03, 2012  6:00 PM (Total 4-segment Program Length – approximately 3.5 Hours)
Where: Ernst Community Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003
Tickets: $15 (@ the gate $20), $50, $100 (Children 10 under admit free)
Contact:  registrations@dhroopad.org or dhroopad@dhroopad.org, 571-723-1809, 571-238-9656, 571-242-7338, 571-265-7004

Performances include:

·         ‘Anannya’ - Tagore's Unparalleled Women’ by Aahang, a group of talented vocalists, dancer and musicians playing string, wind and percussion instruments led by Bidisha Roy Das.  It is a one-hour production with narration in English that leaves you wanting more of the music, dance, theatre, cinema and the poetry.

Anannya brings together Tagore's Unparalleled Women all on one platform through live music, dance, enactment and film. Both "the Imaginary"; Mrinmoyee, Binodini and Mrinal and "the Real": Kadambari Devi and Victoria Ocampo.

A performance with the poetics of musicality will take audiences on a journey into the intimate, sensitive and powerful world of these women through carefully chosen extracts, narrated and enacted on stage, from Tagore's seminal novels, short stories, plays and poems. The vast range of Tagore's songs that have a strong influence of Indian classical and folk music will find space in the visualization of the women characters like Sucahrita, Bindodini and Charulata. The music, the dance and the enactment will be intercut with relevant Clips from celebrated films made on Tagore stories by filmmakers like Satyajit Ray & Rituparno Ghosh in Teen Kanya, Charulata & Chokher Bali that bring another dimension to the visualization of these characters.

Ananya: Promo

·        Classical Odissi dance recital by celebrated dancer Kavita Dwivedi
·         Indian Classical / Semi-Classical Vocal recital by Geetesh Mishra accompanied by Jagannath Roy on Tabla  and Soumya K. Chakraverty on
·        Instrumental fusion music by Aahang
·        Sarod Recital by Soumya K. Chakraverty, an acclaimed  artist of Washington DC Metro area accompanied by Jagannath Roy on Tabla
·        Recitation by Natasha Dasgupta

Bumper opening for Vikram Bhatt’s 1920: Evil Returns

While mass circuits like CI, CP, Rajasthan and UP did exceptionally well, the film also had encouraging numbers coming in from multiplexes thanks to its spooky moments, picturesque visuals and melodious and immensely catchy music,giving it a winning edge over the other releases.

INOCDC calls for a generous response from the International Community toward the victims of Hurricane Sandy

By Lavika Bhagat Singh
President, USA-INOCDC

Washington Chapter of the Indian National Overseas Congress (I) - USA-INOCDC

The people of India and the Washington Chapter of the Indian National Overseas Congress (I), USA-INOCDC offer their prayers and solidarity to the people of the United States, and particularly, the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Vikram Bhatt’s 1920: Evil Returns creates a splash (Film Reviews)

Says an excited Vikram Bhatt "It feels good to have made six horror films and all six of them successful! The journey from Raaz to 1920 returns has been great. This is a victory of a young team of director Bhushan Patel, music director Chirantan Bhatt and my co writer Amin Hajee."

Watch: Hungama Ho Gaya - Sophie Choudry's Super Hot Music Video and Launch Event Photo-Feature

Indian Actress Singer Sophie Choudry at music video release
Sophie Choudry

Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu
Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu

Sophie Choudry and Preity Zinta
Sophie Choudry and Preity Zinta

Mumbai, Nov 2, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Mumbai recently saw the launch of gorgeous singer and actress Sophie Choudry's brand new video and digital single "Hungama Ho Gaya" in association with SaReGaMa.

Rishi Kapoor
Rishi Kapoor

A new version of a yesteryear song, launched by Preity Zinta at a glittering affair, presented by Gitanjali at Bandra's trendiest nightspot - Escobar, the song and music video are touted to be Sophie's hottest, most glamorous yet!

Going by the reaction of all her guests including Soha Ali Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor, Kunal Khemu, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani, Yuvraj Singh, Harman Baweja, Sajid Ali, Imtiaz Khatri, Tanuj Garg, Mushtaq Sheikh, Pradeep Guha and many more, this song is set to rock the airwaves and the dance floor this party season.

Watch the official Hungama Ho Gaya video song by Sophie Choudry in the full post. Here are some more pictures of the celebrities at the music release event.

Sophie Choudry and Preity Zinta
Sophie Choudry, Yuvraj Singh and Preity Zinta

sajid & preity
Sajid & Preity

sophie and tusshar
Sophie and Tusshar

vishal sophie preity
Vishal, Sophie and Preity

John Stewart, Vishal, sophie preity & Adarsh Gupta
John Stewart, Vishal, Sophie, Peity and Adarsh Gupta

Indian Bollywood Hindi Movie Actor Harman Baweja
Harman Baweja

Rushabh, Sophie, Vardhaman
Rushabh, Sophie, Vardhaman

Shekhar Ravjiani
Shekhar Ravjiani

sushil sharma
Sushil Sharma

vishal dadlani
Vishal Dadlani

Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh

Vikram Bhatt pens poems for lead actress Tia Bajpai

Indian Bollywood Hindi Film Actress Tia Bajpai

While rumor mills are buzzing with news of director Vikram Bhatt and actress Tia Tajpai sharing more than an actor-filmmaker equation ,fueling the news even further, is the fact that sources reveal that the director/writer,has even penned a few poems for her while shooting for their forthcoming next 1920:Evil Returns.