Washington Bangla Radio News

Farhan Akhtar and Shahid Kapoor Host IIFA Awards

Bipasha Basu

Cover of Bipasha Basu

Mumbai, June 1, 2012  (Washington Bangla Radio / Free-Press-Release.com) As we draw closer to the Videocon IIFA Weekend, Actor-Director Farhan Akthar has been roped in to play co-host with the boy-next-door, Shahid Kapoor. On the 9th of June, Farhan will bring his charm and wit to the 13th IIFA Awards stage enthralling his fraternity and over 800 million viewers.

The chemistry between the two actors will be magical. And the script, interactivity and repartee is guaranteed to delight the audience and generate rib-tickling laughter.

Teenage Dehradun Youtube Star Shraddha Sharma Releases New Music Video "Just Trust Me"

Mumbai, May 29, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Free-Press-Release.com) Shraddha Sharma, India’s first You tube star and youth sensation, takes another step in her musical journey. She has just sung a new song called ‘Just Trust Me Maa’ on her YouTube channel’. The 16 year old small town songstress from Dehradun, whose melodious renditions of movie songs has close to 2 million views on her You tube channel, is inspiring budding stars all over as she becomes the voice of the responsible youth of today in an endearing song.

Live Out Loud - Bindass Dance Squad Connects Chords Again

Mumbai, June 1, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Free-Press-Release.com) Live Out Loud is back to help people speak their heart out. This week a friendship gone sour gets a chance at revival. It’s a brand new story, new setting and a new message on ‘Live Out Loud’.

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TV Star Natasha Sharma Hosts BIG Memsaab on Reliance's BIG Magic Channel

English: Natasha Sharma

English: Natasha Sharma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mumbai, May 25, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Free-Press-Release.com) With the phenomenal success and incredible responses received over the last four years in the Hindi heartland, India’s only Reality Show for Housewives - BIG MEMSAAB now in its 5th Season will be launched across the other 3 states of Central India viz. Bihar, Madhya Pradesh & Jharkhand after the 4 consecutive & exceptionally successful seasons in UP. The 10 episode series on BIG Magic will feature the strength, potential and capabilities of women in the region and vows to enthrall the audience on BIG MAGIC. Adding to the glam & glitz of BIG MEMSAAB is beautiful Natasha Sharma, ‘Sia’ of popular serial Naa Aana Is Des Laado… who will host the show and also is the Face of the property.

The initial rounds of this reality show will be spread across 7 cities of Bihar, MP and Jharkhand – Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Patna, Ranchi, Muzaffarpur Jamshedpur and involved women from different walks of life. Women from these cities were put through tests to present their talent, be it in singing, dancing, arts or crafts…any form of creative art they possess. Each city finale, which concluded, left jam packed audience surprised, as they witnessed the bundle of talent that was being showcased by their very own women. These rounds helped to shortlist three winners from each city, who will now participate & battle for the title in a Grand Finale in Indore.

SAB TV Presents "Hasi Ki Jung" with combined cast of Lapataganj and Chidiyaghar

Mumbai, May 26, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Free-Press-Release.com) SAB TV, India’s leading family entertainment channel, will air a special maha combo-episode involving the cast of Lapataganj and Chidiyaghar on May 27th at 7 pm. The episode titled ‘Hasi Ki Jung’ has the entire Narayan family from Chidiyaghar visiting Lapataganj to participate in a cultural programme to pay a tribute to Kesari Narayan’s (Rajendra Gupta) school friend and Mukandi Lal’s father Sugandhi Lal Gupta.

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India's National Overseas Scholarship: an Opportunity for the Marginalized to Dream Big

By Sarita Brara

New Delhi, June 11, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) Could a small farmer belonging to scheduled caste in a backward village in West Bengal ever dream that one day his son would be able to go abroad for higher education? Thanks to the National Overseas Scholarship scheme, his son Shamik Pally is today doing PhD in human genetics from Leister University.

To ensure that economic and social status does not come in the way of fulfilling the dreams of the students who have the merit and ability, the Centre has initiated several scholarships, including the National Scholarship Scheme. Today many selected students are pursuing their ambitions doing Masters and PhDs at prestigious universities abroad. Ravindra Kumar and Sunil R Vaidya are among them.

Meet Emma Stone: the Better half of The Amazing Spider-man

Actress Emma Stone in Amazing Spiderman

Mumbai, June 11, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) The trademark of this girl is her deep sultry voice. Known as red-head in the film fraternity, she started her career with film Superbad. Andrew Garfield’s real life heart stopper Emma Stone will be starring opposite him in the Sony Picture’s film “THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN”!

Udayan Banerjee - Recitation of His Bengali Poem "Stephen Court"

Udayan BanerjeeWashington, DC, June 10, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Poet, Elocutionist and Singer Udayan Banerjee recites Stephen Court - his poem about the disastrous fire that destroyed Stephen Court House in Kolkata and took 43 lives on March 23, 2010.

Bangla Band DRIFTWUD - Album SHUNNO

Driftwood - Shunno (Bangla Band)

Singapore, June 10, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Driftwud is a Bangla Band who started their journey a long time ago as "Neon Highway" with MB and K2. The band renamed themselves Driftwud with the arrival of Neel.

Download the album Shunno by Bengali band Driftwud (MP3 audio) »

Their journey so far has been quite a roller-coaster ride with false starts, dead ends,musical incompatibility and so on. But all through this time the only thing that didn't stop was theie music itself.. Songs, tunes, riffs and arpeggios flowed via land lines, mobile phones, the world wide web and the few and far between sessions when the members actually managed to be in the same place at the same time.

The band was dormant from 2007 to 2008, but Driftwud got a jump start of sorts during Durag Puja 2008 when they performed for the first time on stage in front of an audience. With Roy on board, it was finally time to drift out into the unknown.

In 2009, Driftwud members sorted out their commitments to careers and education and managed to find their way into Sam's studio armed with their songs to record them.

The title song of their album "Shunno" was written in 2004 and it took 5 years to record the song as the band (read MB) was never happy with the arrangement of the song.

About the members of the band, K2 will not let you touch his guitar, Neel has a Chris Cornell fixation, and Roy is a perfectionist.

Listen to the songs from album Shunno by Driftwud and download them in MP3 format.

DRAVYA (2012) Nepali Movie: Going Far to Become a Millionaire

Dravya Nepali Movie Poster - Wallpaper

Kathmandu, June 8, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) A Royal Crown Entertainment presentation, Dravya - the new Nepali movie - released on June 8. The tantalizing tag-line reads "Luck never gives, it only lends". The trailer alludes to gambling in the casino with fight scenes inside a parking garage and some visually impressive chase scenes on the road, on the water and even on foot inside a forest.

Dravya is directed by Markendey Dipbim Basnet. The star cast includes Ashok Phuyal, Anoop Bikram Shah, Kalpana Shahi, Biraj Bhatt, Anu Shah, Amit Pokharel and Utsav Shah.

Dravya is written by Subash Singh Basnet and produced by J.B Karki. The film marks the feature-film directorial debut of Markendey Basnet.

Watch the trailer of Dravya.

Paglu, Chaplin, Shotru & Baishe Srabon Sweep Star Guide Bengali Film Awards

Rudranil Ghosh at Star Guide Bangla Movie Awards
Rudranil Ghosh and others at Star Guide Bengali Film Awards, Kolkata

Kolkata, June 9, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) On Friday the 2nd of June, 2012, Science City Auditorium was filled to a packed house as it played host to the Star Guide Bengali Film Awards 2012 – a star studded award function that saw notable contributors to Tollywood (the Bangla Movie industry) getting recognized and acknowledged for the tremendous amount of work they have done for the industry.

The evening commenced with a contemporary dance performance that spoke volumes about the beauty and magnificence of the land of Bengal. As the dancers went backstage after the performance, Anchor Rituparna took the responsibility of the microphone and spoke in length about the ‘ranga matir path’ that conjured images in the minds of the audience of the beauty and charm of rural Bengal.

Read an exclusive from WBRi reporters from the event.

Kailash Kher and Kailasa Celebrate Success of Rangeele

Anchal and Diksha
Anchal and Diksha

Kailash Kher with Pooja Tewari and Umang Tewari
Kailash Kher with Pooja Tewari and Umang Tewari

Mumbai, June 9, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Kailash Kher threw a success party to celebrate colors of his newly released album Rangeele in his hometown Delhi at Café Out of Box with few selected music lovers. The young crowd present for the night sang and danced to the tunes of Kailash’s hits. Kailash Kher was seen in a humble ensemble of olive green shirt and dark denim.

Priyanka Kapoor and Priyank Sukhija
Priyanka Kapoor and Priyank Sukhija

Actor Summit Sharma (2 Nights in Soul Valley)
Actor Summit Sharma (2 Nights in Soul Valley)

Alien Maker Ridley Scott’s Prometheus (2012) WBRi Movie Review

The USCSS PrometheusKolkata, June 9, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio/ Penning Creations) In comparison to his 1979 classic ‘Alien’, Sir Ridley Scott’s latest flick ‘Prometheus’ had an air of being even more exciting due to the general high-flying nature of the latter’s basic premise. The much anticipated spacecraft saga was supposed to convey bigger surprises through its large-than-life events. ‘Prometheus’ certainly has its moments.

The story of this sci-fi movie revolves around a grand spaceship named ‘Prometheus’, carrying a curious crew of scientists to an outlying, unknown world.  The scientists find some traces of prehistoric cave paintings, depicting humans worshipping a specific star-constellation. This leads them to embark on a journey across the stars to a far-away planet that may have all the answers to the origin of human life on earth. The team of ‘Prometheus’ consists of scientist ‘Elizabeth Shaw’ (Noomi Rapace), her constantly suspicious boyfriend, ‘Charlie Holloway’ (Logan Marshall-Green), ‘Meredith Vickers’ (Charlize Theron) from Weyland Industries and ‘David’ (Michael Fassbender), an android from outer space with rare deductive faculties. In their journey towards the answer, they are confronted with considerable threats to the entire human race. But what are the obstacles to their space journey? How do they fight against the odds coming into their way? Do they overcome them or fall prey in front of deadly adversities? What happens when they actually reach their destination? Well, to answer all your head-scratching questions, ‘Prometheus’ has finally landed at the theatres!

Michael Fassbender, as the android ‘David’, is just astounding in ‘Prometheus’. He delivers some really sharp and terrifically spine-chilling lines as the envious, haughty and child-like robot who is appointed as the butler and maintenance man of the ship. The blonde Fassbender is really endearing with his stiff armed walk and dramatic movements as the robotic ‘David’.

Complete review and trailer at WBRi.

Madagascar 3 Europe’s Most Wanted (2012) - Fun Returns to Theaters in 3D: WBRi Movie Review

Madagascar 3: Escape to Europe Film PosterKolkata June 9, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) If you are jaded with the long spell of summer holidays, it’s time to spike up your spirits with the third installment of series, ‘Madagascar 3: Escape to Europe’. The previous couple of movies of this franchise had immensely entertained the viewers with their ‘slapstick humor’, ‘out of the box ideas’ and the unforgettable characters which will be forever entrenched specially in kids’ minds even when they have attained maturity.  Seven years and meting out three movies, the Madagascar series is surely going to be reckoned as one of the most successful ventures in the world of animation.

Full movie review and trailer video at WBRi.

SHANGHAI (2012) WBRi Movie Review - Kalki Koechlin & Emraan Hashmi Make a Mark in Dibakar Banerjee’s Crafty Thriller

French-Indian Actress Kalki Koechlin in Shanghai

Kolkata, June 9, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio/ Penning Creations) He is just three films old. But no one really has any ground for objection when one of the most notable and thoughtful directors of our times, Anurag Kashyap, hails him as ‘the best director’ in contemporary Bollywood. Dibakar Banerjee, the man in question, had previously delivered the goods in intelligent and hugely appreciated films like ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’, ‘Oye Lucky Lucky Oye!’ & ‘Love, Sex Aur Dhokha’. This director with a difference made movie buffs wait for more than two years for his fourth directorial venture.

Read our exclusive review and watch the trailer of Shanghai on WBRi.