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June Maliah Hosts Launch of AAROHAN - a Hindustan Unilever initiative to help the underprivileged in Kolkata

June Maliah hosts launch of Aarohan in Kolkata

Kolkata, July 16, 2012 (Washington Bangla radio / Penning Creations) The employees of Hindustan Unilever Brooke House Recreation Club took an initiative to look beyond everyday life to build a better society. They organized an event, Aarohan which took place in Kala Mandir on the 13th of July. This event was meant to bring to the fore underprivileged children, people from old age home, children who are suffering from severe illness as well as physically challenged individuals and give them an opportunity to showcase their talents and fun at the same time.


Maura Farrell of U.S. Consulate Kolkata Attends Banchbo Sharad Samman 2011 Awards Ceremony & Cultural Evening

Maura Farrell
Maura Farrell

Kolkata, July 16, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Banchbo organized a cultural evening at the Dr. Triguna Sen Auditorium of Jadavpur University Campus on the 14th of July, on the occasion of Award ceremony of Sharad Samman 2011.

Bengali Movie Actors Rahul and Priyanka
Acrtors Rahul & Priyanka

Banchbo is an organization that provides help to underprivileged children and senior citizens. The organization was started in 1995 and it started organizing puja ratings for kids from 2002. The association proceeded with pride and also received help from different other sectors and individuals. In 2008, it started extending its help for the senior citizens. It features participation from children and older people from Sunderban, Malda, Purulia and West Mednipore to Kolkata during the Durga Puja and makes them see and enjoy the festive spirit of the occasion. These chivalrous activities of the organization are supported by many Puja samitis and other individuals.


AMRA (Art, Music, Revolution and Action) Organizes "AMRA Mela" Fair in Kolkata to Raise Funds

Kolkata (Calcutta), India Street Art: President Barack Obama
Kolkata (Calcutta), India Street Art: President Barack Obama

AMRA MelaKolkata, July 16, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) A.M.R.A is an organization that is created by the youth, for the youth, and is a movement of the youth. The organization arranged A.M.R.A Mela to gather funds for the underprivileged children on the 14th of July at Park Street.


Watch: JISM 2 (2012) Hindi Movie "Yeh Kasoor mera hai" says Singer Sonu Kakkar

Sonu Kakkar for JISM 2 Hindi Movie Film Songs

Mumbai, July 17, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) The song “Yeh Kasoor” from the most awaited film of the year “Jism 2” is sung by item song “Babuji zara dhire chalo” fame Sonu Kakkar . This song has become very popular amongst the audience in a very less time. The song is immersed in love and makes one forget the worries of day to day life. It is one of the rarest songs that one would like to keep hearing over and over again. Watch the sexy music video.



Actress Bhumika Chawla’s favourite monsoon tracks

Bhumika Chawla

Mumbai, July 16, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Monsoons are here, a season of romance and a season to fall in love. If not for love and romance the rains would only mean dirt and murk. Recently we spoke to the Tere Naam girl and she shares with us her love for the season. She enjoys the soft weather with a hot cup of coffee and her favorite songs that enrich the experience as she looks out at the sea from her Juhu residence. She says she loves the portrayal of monsoons in our films.


The unique selling point of the reboot Total Recall

Total Recall (2012) Hollywood Movie

What newness will the reboot TOTAL RECALL bring for the audience is the question that’s been buzzing in every mind that has seen the old version starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.



India's National Strategy for Financial Education

Mumbai, July 16, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) The first decade of the 21st century has seen a universal recognition for  spreading financial literacy among people.   Most of the countries  are adopting a unified and coordinated national strategy for financial education.  Given the fact that India is having large population, a fast growing economy with national focus on inclusive growth and an urgent need to develop a vibrant and stable financial system, it has become all  the more necessary to quickly formulate and  implement a national strategy.



Global Indian Business Meet in New York City

New York, NY, July 16, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Global Indian business leaders, renowned knowledge experts, investors, key government leaders and financial officials from many countries including various Indian states, Africa, Middle East and the Caribbean are converging on Manhattan for the Global Indian Business Meet 2012 in two months. This 3-day conference is being organized to explain and explore how Indian-run organizations are overcoming the odds to succeed and grow in the competitive global economy.


Cocktail (2012) Bollywood Movie Strikes at the Box Office

Mumbai, July 16, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Cocktail had a terrific start at the Box office this weekend. The movie starring Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone and Diana Penty opened to full house audiences. Cocktail displayed a unique story line and the perfect ensemble of cast. The reviews from fans praised the acting, music and the dialogues.


Meet Shirin and Farhad in a whole new avatar

Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi Poster

Mumbai, July 16, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) ‘Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi’ continues to surprise its audiences. To begin with, the trailer of the movie received accolades for being a potentially unconventional movie with a unique story line that even Madhuri Dixit couldn’t resist but make positive remarks on.


Karan Johar receives invitation for Olympics

Mumbai, July 16, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Last year in May 2011 Britain's national tourism agency Visit Britain had appointed filmmaker Karan Johar as its goodwill ambassador for the 'Britain You're Invited' campaign. Today Visit Britain invited Karan Johar for the Olympics to be held from the 27th of July to the 12th of August 2012. The filmmaker has received an official invitation to join the 506 dignitaries present at the event, the other person invited from India is Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.



PREM UNLIMITED Bangla Movie Goes on Floors with Newcomers Ritabhari and Sagar set to Dazzle

Bengali actress Ritabhari ChakrabortyTollywood Hero actor Sagar Dutta
Ritabhari Chakraborty & Sagar Dutta

Kolkata, July 15, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) The Shubo Mahurat (a film kick-off event with a traditional religious ceremony popular in India) of Bengali movie Prem Unlimited took place at Floatel, Calcutta on the 11th of July. The romance-drama promises to be different from others, and appeal to the audience by its uniqueness. The lovers in the love story are Priya played by Bengali television and theater actress Ritabhari Chakraborty - the well-known actress and daughter of reputed writer, poet, director and social activist Satarupa Sanyal, and Joy essayed by Tollywood newcomer Sagar Dutta - a promising actor. Read all about the event and watch a video.

Tollywood Hero actor Sagar Dutta
Ritabhari Chakraborty & Sagar Dutta

Director Subrata Lahiri stressed the significance of the story, music and photography of the film at the launch event. Actress Ritabhari Chakraborty actually debuted in Tollywood with Tobu Basanta which will release in September. Prem Unlimited is her second film and the actress was justifiably excited at the event.

Tollywood Hero actor Sagar Dutta
Ritabhari Chakraborty & Sagar Dutta

Music director Debajyoti Mishra, renowned actor Dulal Lahiri, Director Subrata Lahiri and, of course the heroine Ritabhari and hero Sagar enthusiastically interacted with the invitees at the Shubho Mahurat. Ritabhari described having Debajyoti Mishra as the music director as a dream come true. Incidentally, actor Dulal Lahiri will appear in both of her upcoming films Tobu Bashonto and Prem Unlimited.

Kolkata Bangla Movie Prem Unlimited Poster
A poster of Prem Unlimited at the launch event



Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) - A Historical Horror ? (Film Review)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (English, 2012) Film PosterKolkata, India, July 14, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Finally, America's 16th president Abraham Lincon treads on the silver screen to save his people from slavery! Timur Bekmambetov’s latest Hollywood flick 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' is a mixture of historical features and horror elements - a kind of fantasized action drama that might leave you frozen or get your heads spinning, but certainly not totally impressed!

The story begins with Abraham Lincoln’s childhood at Indiana in the early 1800s. Young Lincoln and his father disrupt the activities of slave trader Barts (Marton Csokas), who is part of a large network of the undead that has taken control over the South. The vampire clan exacts revenge by attacking Abraham’s mother, leading her to death. Years later, a grown up Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) seeks to get even with Barts.


Rohit Gupta's "LIFE! CAMERA ACTION..." to release worldwide on July 20th

LIFE! CAMERA ACTION... film release

Rohit Gupta's internationally acclaimed indie feature film "Life! Camera Action" is releasing world-wide on July 20, 2012. The film has won numerous awards across the world.



Cocktail (2012) WBRi Hindi Movie Review: Adajania Delivers Winner With Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone & Newcomer Diana Penty

Bollywood Movie Cocktail 2012 Saif Ali Khan Deepika Padukone Diana Penty

Kolkata, July 14, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) For the audience, the term "Cocktail" might refer to a cocktail of fun and fulfillment, a cocktail of life, troubles and enjoyment, or might be a cocktail of desi values, conflicts and confusions in a foreign land. At the theatres however, whatever might have been your perception, this Homi Adajania flick promises to give you a real good time, providing a fresh range of variations in emotional ups and downs, blended with groovy music in vibrant notes.

Read the WBRi film review and watch Cocktail (2012) hindi movie trailer.