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After Ustad Zakir Hussain, Sufi Singer Kailash Kher Treads the Path to BBC Maida Vale Studios

Indian Pop and Sufi Singer Kailash Kher

London, UK, April 10, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Studio Number 3 (MV3) of BBC Maida Vale Studios in London is where Legendary American Singer and actor Bing Crosby had done his last recording session and years later India’s Legendary Sufi Singer Kailash Kher along with his band Kailasa was invited to perform at this prestigious studio.

Indian Pop and Sufi Singer Kailash Kher

On April 3rd, 2012, one day prior to the start of their first ever UK tour, Kailash Kher and the band Kailasa recorded at the exalted BBC Maida Vale Studios.

Varli Food Festival is a SOLD OUT success 2nd year in a row

Varli Food Festival New York

New York, NY, April 10, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) The second annual Varli Food Festival sells out yet again, welcoming over 2,000 guests at the Metropolitan Pavilion on April 5th in New York City!  VARLI magazine hosted a gathering of the Masters of Indian Cuisine in the heart of Manhattan and featured over 60 fine Indian restaurants and 20 Award Winning Celebrity Chefs, from US, Canada, UK and India. Emmy nominated host Padma Lakshmi, entertained the guests on stage alongside Editor in Chief Varli Singh, Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor and Celebrity Chef Vikas Khanna. Padma Lakshmi also did a food tasting in the exclusive VIP lounge at many celebrity chef stations, including Hemant Mathur, Maneet Chauhan, Hari Nayak, Vikram Vij and Vikas Khanna.

Varli Food Festival New York

Varli Food Festival New York

Festival attendees got a chance to try exotic foods such as Seared, wine marinated Kangaroo loin with fenugreek cream curry on celeriac purée and Butter Pepper Maine lobster with Himalayan Pink salt and micro cilantro and sipped on a Varlitini created exclusively by Chef Prasad Chirnomula for the festival.  Guests got to take home an array of gifts including, a celebrity cook book, a FREE Gift Certificate Booklet ($500 value) and a bag of goodies from the Varli Spice Market.  They also got to enjoy a Yelp Photo booth, participate in a silent auction and watch a live cooking demonstration by Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor.  The 2nd Annual Varli Food Festival was proud to have Indian Star Basmati as a title sponsor and Sony Television as an exclusive Media partner.

Celebrating the success of Vinod Chopra Film Festival

Mumbai, April 10, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) The celebration of Vinod Chopra Films festival has come to an end. Vinod Chopra Retrospective stayed up to the expectation of the people and gathered audiences in large numbers.

Hyundai Launches "Live the Uber Life" Campaign in India

Mumbai, April 10, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) With the launch of the new iGen i20, Hyundai India kick starts a campaign called “I live the Uber Life”.  Uber life, which in literal term means a life beyond the usual, is something that everyone dreams but few can achieve. This campaign invites users to share their Uber life moments with Hyundai in the form of images, videos and text on their social media properties namely Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Pinterest.

WBRi Movie Review: Actress Smriti Irani Delivers a Stellar Performance in and as AMRITA (2012) Bengali Film by Tapan Saha

Smriti Irani at BIG Awards Jury Press Meet. Ph...

Smriti Irani at BIG Awards Jury Press Meet. Photo: FilmiTadka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kolkata, April 9, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Smriti Irani is one of the most popular household names as far as top Indian television stars are concerned. Universally acknowledged as the queen of the small screen, the actress shot to fame in 2000 with ‘Kyonki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’, an immensely successful Hindi mega-serial, which was aired on Star Plus. The serial ran for close to nine years and registered quite unprecedented TRP ratings, making Irani one of the most well-known faces among telly-viewers.

The lady also bagged multiple television awards for her act in that highly rated soap. While her consequent projects did not quite manage to match up to the heady heights of ‘Kyonki...’, the prospects of Smriti Irani’s acting career have definitely started to look up once again, thanks to her role in ‘Maniben.com’, yet another well-crafted and refreshing television serial.

Irani now looks to gain greater recognition on the big screen as she makes her debut in Kolkata Bengali films with the rather modestly publicized ‘Amrita.’

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Wrath of the Titans (English, 2012) Movie Review - An Outdoor Film Poster in Calcutta, India
Wrath of the Titans (English, 2012) Movie Review - An Outdoor Film Poster in Calcutta, India

Kolkata, India, April 9, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Fantasy films generally tend to do well at the box-office. Over the years, viewers have revelled at the sheer excellence and entertainment quotient of smart Hollywood action-fantasy films like ‘The Matrix trilogy’, ‘X-Men’ and ‘Iron Man’. More recently, the movies from the ‘Twilight’ and the ‘Harry Potter’ franchises have been successful in smashing many box-office records worldwide. Director Jonathan Liebesman, who had announced his arrival on the Hollywood scene with the smartly made ‘Darkness Falls’ (2002), now tries his hand at making a successful fantasy flick with his latest film, ‘Wrath Of The Titans’. The movie is a direct sequel to the 2010-hit ‘Clash Of The Titans’ (which had been directed by Louis Leterrier). With a smart and engaging basic storyline already in place and Liebesman’s directorial capabilities also being beyond all realms of doubt (he had followed up his debut directorial venture with successful films like ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning’ and ‘The Killing Room’), ‘Wrath Of The Titans’ was indeed one of the most eagerly anticipated movies of the year. The film does deliver on most counts too!

Check for availability of Wrath of the Titans DVD / Blu-ray >

Watch the trailer and read the WBRi exclusive full movie review.

Katherine Heigl Dons The Role Of A Bounty Hunter in One for the Money (2012): WBRi Movie Review

Trailer: One for the Money (English, 2012)

One For the Money (2012) DVD / Blu-RayKolkata, India, April 9, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) It is indeed a real bit of shame when popular thriller books, that have succeeded in keeping the readers on avid tenterhooks, get adapted into films that go on to become dismal flop shows at the box office. Julie Anne Robinson’s directorial venture ‘One for the Money’ is a perfect example of the aforementioned category of films as it tries too hard to look perfect and thus instead falls flat on its knees. The film is an adaptation of a bestselling book by the same name by popular chick thriller writer Janet Evanovich that stars the central character of ‘Stephanie Plum’. The producer hoped to add a certain bit of credibility to the film by roping in Primetime Emmy Award winning actress Katherine Heigl of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ fame, but the result just seems to show that the actress would be better apt for portraying roles in medical soaps rather than don the robes of lead characters in comedy films that make feeble attempts at hilarity.

Blu-Ray Review: Rooney Mara And Daniel Craig Sparkle in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

A scene from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (English, 2011) DVD ReleaseWashington, DC, April 9, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Adapting popular novels or short stories into successful movies is never an easy task. Comparisons between the literary material and the film that is made out of it are inevitable and generally, the merits of cinematic adaptations fail to match up to the lofty qualities of the original stories (most of the movies that have been made by adapting Stephen King’s novels would bear testimony to that fact!). Even the wildly successful ‘Harry Potter’ movie franchise did not quite manage to capture the magic of the books, as all Potter-maniacs would agree. When it was announced that ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’, the prize-winning crime novel by Swedish writer Steig Larsson, would be made into a film, speculations grew among movie-buffs as to whether the movie would be able to do justice to the fantastic plot of the book. Director David Fincher (of ‘The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button’, ‘The Social Network’ fame), however, manages to put all such doubts to rest by making a smart, stylish and polished movie. ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’, for most parts, is as good (and, at times, better!) than the actual novel.

‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ relates the tale of ‘Mikael Blomkvist’ (Daniel Craig), the proprietor of the ‘Millenium’ magazine, who gets into a legal tussle with ‘Hans-Erik Wennerstrom’, a corporate executive with distinctly shady intentions. Blomkvist loses the lawsuit and his professional future (along with the prospects of the ‘Millenium’ magazine) appears to be bleak. However, fate has other, elaborate plans for our protagonist. Blomkvist is summoned by ‘Henrik Vanger’ (Christopher Plummer) and when the two meet, Vanger reveals that he has a specific task in mind for the former. So, what is this assignment that ‘Vanger’ wants ‘Blomkvist’ to perform? For those who are not familiar with the novel’s storyline, ‘Vanger’s niece, ‘Harriet’, had disappeared 40 years ago and the former now wants Blomkvist to look into this case which has remained unsolved for so long. Tasks do not come much trickier than this!

Watch the extended 8 minute trailer and read the DVD / Blu-Ray Review at WBRi.

25 Years of Shinjan: Kolkata to Celebrate the Indian Dance Legend with Sambhu Bhattacharya Nritya Utsav

Kolkata April 9, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) An indispensable name in the world of Indian dancing, Late Sambhu Bhattacharya, through his timeless compositions and choreography, had been mesmerizing the audience, over the years and his creations transcended the mere realms of borders and nations.

Singer Kailash Kher to Sing for Vishwas

Indian Pop and Sufi Singer Kailash Kher

New Delhi, April 9, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) In the Siri Fort auditorium of capital city Delhi there will be a musical show organized by an NGO named “Vishwas” on 11th April at 7:00 pm. This NGO has been working for the betterment, upliftment and development of Handicapped children.


New York, NY, April 9, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Troma Entertainment is proud to announce that Lloyd Kaufman, President of Troma and creator of The Toxic Avenger, will deliver a keynote address at  the 'Packaged Media and Beyond' conference at The Wynn in Las Vegas on April 20, 2012. Kaufman will also appear at the Las Vegas screening of Father's Day that evening at Theatre 7.

Film Preview: Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare’s Dharna in Bollywood Movie "Ab Hoga Dharna Unlimited"

Ab Hoga Dharna Unlimited (2012) Hindi Movie Poster

Mumbai, April 9, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev and Social Activist Anna Hazare’s Dharna is highlighted in the forthcoming Hindi film Ab Hoga Dharna Unlimited  which has a release date of April 13, 2012, according to a press release.

Munising: Michigan's Upper Peninsula's best kept secret (United States)


The great lakes region in the United States is perhaps Mother Nature’s favorite scenic area; her pet canvas in which she randomly splashes different shades of color all through the year. Shades of blue on the lakes and sky, purple and mauves on flowers, variety of grey and browns, oranges and yellows that I did not even know had existed and greens that can instantly bring peace to the mind.

Film Preview: Life Ki To Lag Gayi (Hindi, 2012)

Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi Poster

Mumbai, April 9, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Directed by Rakesh Mehta and produced by Rajesh Mehta, Sikandar Mehta and Vandhana Mehta, Bollywood movie Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi has an expected release date of Apr 20, 2012 under the banners of K Sera Sera Box Office Pvt. Ltd and V.M Final Cut Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.

Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi Poster

The star cast includes Kay Kay Menon, Ranvir Shorey, Pradhuman Singh, Neha Bhasin, Manu Rishi, Tom Alter and more. Read all about the film's plot and watch a trailer on WBRi.

Shahid Kapoor-Priyanka Chopra Romace Drama TERI MERI KAHANI (2012) Poster

Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra appear in the eagerly anticipated Bollywood love story "Teri Meri Kahani" directed by Kunal Kohli.

Take a look at the first poster released by EROS international.