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A Fine Job by Matt Damon in WE BOUGHT A ZOO (2011) | WBRi Movie Review

We Bought a Zoo (2012) PosterKolkata, India, March 24, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) The name of Matt Damon inevitably does the rounds in any discussions on the contemporary crop of talented and successful actors in Hollywood. The actor, who had been a part of the classic ‘Ocean’s series and had (quite deftly!) essayed the role of the main protagonist in the ‘The Bourne Trilogy’, has, time and again, reminded (with his powerhouse performances!) of the quite considerable acting talents that he has at his disposal. Indeed, Damon’s role in the memorable ‘Good Will Hunting’ fetched the actor multiple prestigious cine awards. Matt Damon makes a conscious attempt to break away from the brand of action entertainers that he has come to be associated with (due to a number of quite successful films of this genre in which he starred!) with his latest release, ‘We Bought A Zoo.’ The movie has the successful director Cameron Crowe (of ‘Jerry Maguire’ and ‘Vanilla Sky’ fame) at the helm and it was expected that Damon’s histrionic skills would combine well with the filmmaking expertise of Crowe – making ‘We Bought A Zoo’ a nice and cosy family flick. The actual movie turns out to be quite delightful as well.

In ‘We Bought A Zoo’, we meet ‘Benjamin Mee’ (Matt Damon), whose wife has only recently deceased. The tragic incident makes ‘Benjamin’ take up the entire responsibility of raising his two kids – son ‘Dylan’ (Colin Ford) and daughter ‘Rosie’ (Maggie Elizabeth Jones). Although ‘Benjamin’ cannot quite get over the feeling of emptiness and void that the loss of his wife had left in his life, he makes an attempt to put up a brave face and move on, for the sake of his children. As a starting point to a new life, ‘Benjamin’ decides to buy a new house (and hopefully get rid of painful old memories!). This decision, however, is not as straightforward as one might assume. The new house comes with a full-scale zoo (with a complete range of animals!) at its back!

Interview: Feng Shui expert Nalini Rawal on the ancient science and its impact on our lives

By Bidisha Bagchi


An interior designer by profession in India, Nalini Rawal studied Vaastu and her interest grew in Astro Sciences. She also studied Feng Shui (Fung-Shway) and is now an expert in it. WBRi chatted with her to know more about these ancient sciences and how it works.

Jennifer Lawrence's Stellar Act in Imaginative Sci-Fi Flick THE HUNGER GAMES (2012) | WBRi Movie Review

The Hunger Games (2012) PosterKolkata, March 24, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Films that are set in the future have a distinct charm of their own. Movies like ‘Children Of Men’ and, in particular, ‘Avatar’, have invariably set the pulses of viewers racing, with wonderfully conceived storylines and quite fantastic special effects (the latter, of course, is often a must have in any futuristic movie!). It is, however, hardly an easy task for filmmakers to make a successful movie belonging to this genre. Excess use of technical wizardry, in a bid to showcase the future, can, in fact, appear rather gimmicky onscreen (as the makers of many not-so-successful future-oriented films would testify!). Director Gary Ross, who had earlier made the quite delightful ‘Seabiscuit’, returns after a brief hiatus with a brand-new, future-based film, ‘The Hunger Games.’ With an intriguing storyline and a fresh cast (which did not feature any of the really big names in Hollywood though!), the movie was expected to be a uniformly engaging fare for all lovers of science-fiction flicks. ‘The Hunger Games’ pretty much lives up to such lofty expectations too!

In ‘The Hunger Games’, we are introduced to the nation of ‘Panem’ (which is supposed to have been created from North America, which is now in ruins). The time is set in the future (apparently, at a significantly distant date, at that!). In ‘Panem’, there exists the tradition of holding a ‘reaping’ (or, ‘raffle’) every year. During the ‘raffle’, one boy and one girl are randomly selected from every district to participate in the so-called ‘hunger games.’ In a fight till death, this (distinctly cruel!) game continues till only one of the two contestants remains standing. ‘Katniss Everdeen’ (Jennifer Lawrence), a feisty 16-year old lady from District 12, is one of the very few people in the country, who has participated (and won!) in the ‘hunger games’ for several years. Of course, taking part in such a life-threatening game puts extra risks on young ‘Katniss’ life and the latter is compensated for this danger by an extra ration of oil and foodgrains. ‘Katniss’ is also the veritable ‘head of the family’, and has to look out for the well-being of her sister ‘Primrose’ (Willow Shields) and her mother (Paula Malcolmson). The only dependable friend that ‘Katniss’ has in the world is ‘Gale’ (Liam Hemseworth).

Sivamani, Hariharan and Gobinda Bose Electrify Nazrul Mancha



Pt. Gobindo Bose and Sivamani
Pt. Gobindo Bose and Sivamani

March 20th, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio/Penning Creations) The evening of 18th March, 2012 saw three of the top musicians in the country coming together and setting up an electrifying atmosphere at “An Evening of Aesthetic Melody” at the Nazrul Mancha in South Kolkata. Music had filled every nook and corner of the stadium and it was all that the people could talk about. The musical trio was none other than renowned percussionist Sivamani, Playback artist and Ghazal singer Padmashri Hariharan and Tabla Maestro Pandit Gobinda Bose. The event was organized by SEBA Foundation and Alchemy Leadership School.

Malkit Singh & Ravi Bal release 4th Studio Album "MIDAS TOUCH 3"

Malkit Singh - Ravi Bal - Midas Touch 3

London, UK, March 24, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Malkit Singh and Ravi Bal the golden duo collaborate again for their 4th Studio Album together "MIDAS TOUCH 3" on Moviebox UK.

This deadly duo created some of the biggest International Bhangra Anthems across 3 monster albums “MIDAS TOUCH”, “MIDAS TOUCH 2” and “FOREVER GOLD”  with hit's such as “MITTEH GANNEH”, “SHADALEY”, “ADDI MARDI”, “ISHARIAN TE NACHNA”, “MAA”, “CHAL HUN”, “TUTHAA WALE KHOO” and many more.

They collaborate once again to bring you what promises to be a huge action packed Musical & Lyrical Masterpeice of an Album.

Listen to free samples and download MP3 using the player:

Are you ready for the Golden Duo once again?

Spectacular Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir Celebrates Winter with Music and Adventure

View from the top of Gulmarg's piste. This is ...

View from the top of Gulmarg's piste. This is also the first stop of the ski lift, which has a further second stop. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By M. L. Dhar
PIB Feature

The picturesque and immaculately snow covered Gulmarg has been witnessing tremendous enthusiasm of lovers of snow, adventure and music. The internationally acclaimed ski resort was quite busy during the first fortnight of March as participants and tourists arrived in hordes for the just concluded Gondola Ski cup, Gulmarg Global Derby and the Gulmarg Winter Festival 2012.

There was overwhelming response by local male and female participants in the much awaited three-day Gondola Ski cup with events for under-14, 18 and senior categories.  Similar was the response by  the  national and international skiers and snow boarders in the Gulmarg Global Derby.  “It was a surprise to see such a huge influx of participants in each category. In senior men's category there were 111 skiers and out of them only 15 qualified. Most of the high profile skiers got disqualified because of the tough and tricky course during trials,” said co-organiser and founder of Gulmarg Global Derby.

How To Watch A Classic Movie

Mumbai, March 23, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) When you hear about a classic being screened again, you imagine skipped frames, shaking clips, adulterated sound or forcefully colored frames.

But a classic is one that is presented to you as the original experience of the film is remembered to be.

A rare example of such restoration is what Vinod Chopra Films has brought for their fans this year. The banner is celebrating the 30 years of contribution to cinema by the team by screening all its films at '30 Years of Striving in Cinema- A Festival of Vinod Chopra Films'. And when we say classic, we mean more that its literal meaning.

The company has digitally restored all prints from the pre-Munnabhai era and the sound of the films like Parinda and 1942 A Love Story has been re-done in 5.1 Surround Sound. Remember the pigeon scene from Parinda and the music of 1942? Just imagine the impact it would now have with the new sound!

Usha Uthup is a big fan of Kailash Kher

Usha Uthup and Kailash Kher

Mumbai, March 23, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) When we think about the music of Kolkata in the contemporary times there is one name that leaves behind an atmosphere of awe with her sensational voice, our favorite didi - Usha Uthup. Talking of which one often wonders which other singer can have the ability to mesmerize such charismatic singer! The answer of which reveals Usha Uthup

FERRARI KI SAWARI (2012) - First Look at Trailer

Mumbai, March 23, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) The upcoming film by Vinod Chopra starring Sharman Joshi and Boman Irani, is all set to release on 11th May, 2012. Last movie released under Vinod Chopra Films banner was 3 Idiots directed by Rajkumar Irani released in 2009. The movie was a blockbuster hit which won millions of heart!

STAR Parivar Awards 2012 in Mumbai

Indian television actress Ragini Khanna at Sta...

Indian television actress Ragini Khanna at Star Parivaar Awards Promo Shoot in Mumbai. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mumbai, March 23, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / free-press-release) It’s time again for most awaited STAR Plus annual awards “STAR Parivar Awards 2012”.The award ceremony recently held in Mumbai and it was full of enthusiasm, performances, emotions and entertainment.

Violinist Stefan Jackiw and Pianist Anna Polonsky Perform in Washington DC

Stefan JackiwWashington, D.C., Mar 22, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) “Stefan Jackiw has risen swiftly in the past decade to challenge the foremost talents of our day–Ehnes, Tetzlaff, Kavakos, Hahn–by the quality of his insight and skill. He played Mozart like an angel. The result was about as pure and as close to perfection as music can get." said a review in Canada’s Globe and Mail. “His sweeping tone and spot-on intonation made you wonder whether this was what it was like to hear a Perlman or a Stern in his early years," said the Washington Post.  Bottom of FormRecognized as one of his generation’s most significant artists, Jackiw performs a recital of works by Fulmer, Stravinsky, Brahms and Richard Strauss with pianist Anna Polonsky at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on May 5 at 2 p.m.Jackiw has enjoyed notable debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra; the Cincinnati, Montreal, Pittsburgh and Toronto Symphony Orchestras; and with the Russian National Orchestra on a west coast tour. 2011-12 season highlights include debut engagements with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Nicholas McGegan; a return to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; and a recital at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall with pianist Jeremy Denk.

Silent Valley National Park Nested in the Nilgiri Hills of Palakkad District, Kerala, India

Lion-tailed Macaque, endemic to the Western Gh...

Lion-tailed Macaque, endemic to the Western Ghats and found in the Malnad region of Shimoga district. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By K. A. Beena

Media & Communications Officer, PIB, ThiruvananthapuramThiruvananthapuram, March 22, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) "Silent Valley is the best assurance that a forest can speak through human beings.” said the environmentalist Shri. M. K. Prasad. The tourists and visitors to Silent Valley cannot disagree with him because Silent Valley gives an unusual experience of silence while in the midst of nature. It gives one the rarest of the rare experience of being with nature, becoming one with it.

Jeewan Rashaili's MY LIFE (2012) Nepali Movie - Thrills and Revenge

MY LIFE (2012) Nepali Movie Poster

Kathmandu, March 21, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Biwash Ghaleand The Unlimited Dreams present a new Nepali movie "My Life" from Soft Image Studio expected to have a release date of 10 Chaitra / March 23, 2012. Read all about the film and watch the trailer.

This Means War (2012) - Reese Witherspoon in Hollywood Love Triangle | WBRi Movie Review

This Means War (2012) Hollywood English Movie PosterKolkata March 17, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Behind every successful man, there is a woman, as the old saying goes. If the number (and the regularity!) of love triangles that are churned out by Hollywood is anything to go by, behind every two estranged friends, there lies a lady too! Over the years, moviegoers have grown to adore such enjoyable tales of love, like ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ and ‘There’s Something About Mary’. More recently, the ‘Twilight’ series of movies have also found immense favour among viewers (although one feels that the supernatural angle to the storyline is chiefly responsible for these movies garnering so much moolah at the box office!). Director McG, who had earlier regaled audiences with thoroughly enjoyable fares like ‘Terminator Salvation’ and ‘Charlie’s Angels’ makes his return to the helm with yet another love triangle, ‘This Means War’. With its intriguing title (which certainly does not have any romantic connotations on its own!) and given McG’s proven track record at expert filmmaking, one expected big things from this film. The director, however, disappoints this time around, for ‘This Means War’ is a rather average flick.

Say Yes To Love (2012) – Newcomers Aasad Mirza & Nazia Hussain Shine In Loosely Scripted Film With Message | WBRi Movie Review

Say Yes To Love (2012) Bollywood Hindi Movie PosterKolkata March 17, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Films with pertinent and topical central themes have always held a special place in the hearts of all classy Bollywood cinegoers. Movies like ‘Sangharsh’, ‘Haasil’ and the more recent ‘Bol’, while not huge blockbusters in themselves, had received widespread critical acclaim, adding fuel to the belief that, for a movie to be appreciated among the elite, its content simply has to be strong and captivating. Debutant director Marukh Mirza Beig shows considerable courage in selecting a poignant, socially relevant story for his first foray into filmmaking – the distinctly under-hyped ‘Say Yes To Love.’ The release of the film was preceded by very little promotions and hype (to the extent that many were not even aware of the release date of the movie!). Will the movie, which features a bunch of fresh faces, manage to touch a chord with the audience, or shall it go away unnoticed (like it had arrived at the theatres)? Well, it can be said that, while ‘Say Yes To Love’ definitely has its moments, the chances of it emerging as a big winner at the box-office appear slim!