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Tollywood Actress Subhasree at Joyjeet Das Memorial School to Celebrate International Literacy Day


Tollywood actress Subhasree Ganguly, along with Mr Avinash Agarwalla, Director, BMA Steel Ltd the makers of Captain TMT Bar donated Rs 1 lakh for the welfare of the students of the NGO run institute Joyjeet Das Memorial School to mark the 50th year of International Literacy Day.

In November, 1965, UNESCO declared September 8 to be celebrated as International Literacy Day. Since this proclamation, schools, communities and organizations have united around the world on this day to raise awareness and enable increased accessibility to education in developing nations. The aim is to highlight the importance of  literacy to individuals, communities and societies.


“It is indeed heartening to see the people behind Joyjeet Das Memorial School working so hard to provide education to the needy children. I was touched by their initiative and decided to contribute towards the welfare of the children of this institute”, said Subhasree Ganguly, who dedicates quality time in various social initiatives.


Ms Shimanti Das founded Joyjeet Das Memorial School in the loving memory of her soon Joyjeet, who at the age of 13, succumbed to cancer. Shimanti’s world plunged into darkness after the tragedy in 2002 but the memory of her son inspired her to move ahead and stand beside helpless and underprivileged children. Joyjeet had wanted her to look after poor children and that is what she vowed to work towards. With the help from a few others, Shimanti set aside her struggle for survival and chose to serve poor children in the city. She also started working for women’s empowerment and founded four schools in different parts of Kolkata. Joyjeet Das Memorial School was born on Joyjeet’s first death anniversary in 2003.

Shimanti also formed a trust called Schools of the World with the belief that every child deserves a chance. Today her project runs a kitchen for schoolchildren, a day care centre, a vocational training centre for the mothers and the first recreation club for underprivileged women.

Initiatives of this kind are therefore much helpful in imparting education!!

Priyanka Dutta

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Tollywood Diva Nusrat Jahan at First Sale of Oppo F1s; A Smartphone to Click Great Selfies


Tollywood actress Nusrat Jahan recently was present at the Oppo Store in City Centre 2. She kick started the first sale of Oppo F1s at the store.

Oppo F1s operates on the Octa-core processor with 3GB ROM. The phone is equipped with triple slot card tray which gives space for two Nano 4G SIM cards and an SD card to expand the storage to 128GB. With the help of such facilities, the phone will faster, smoother and steadier.

Speaking at the event, the actress said “Taking selfies is so common among the young and the old alike. Earlier only the younger generation was interested in taking selfies. But now everyone is taking selfies. The Oppo F1s series with the 16MP front camera is a great boon for such individuals who love clicking selfies”.


The company has also come up with the campaign titled “review selfie expert OPPO F1s to win”. The campaign will run from 11th August to 9th September. The Oppo F1 users will have to submit their reviews or selfie experience on the microsite and also on the social media sites. All the entries will be visible on the main page of the microsite and the visitors can check the feedbacks and reviews. The top five winners will get a chance for a selfie photoshoot with ace photographer Dabboo Ratnani.

The price of the phone is Rs 17990 and is readily available at all Oppo stores in the city.

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New Bengali Movie Bindaas Review, Premiere Video and Actress Pictures


Timing the release of huge mass connect movies starring popular heroes during festivals has over the years been one of the most tried and tested strategies of the film industry and this year too, it is Eid 2014 that has set the platform for the release of Salman Khan starer Kick and Tolywood Hero Dev starer Bindaas in Bengal.

Video of Dev, Sayantika, Srabanti at Bindaas Premiere (You Tube)

Bindaas is the story of two rival villages and their blood thirsty village heads who do not even flinch an eyelid before ruthlessly murdering innocents from each other’s village and a young foreign educated lad played by Tollywood hero Dev who gives up his career and life of comfort to try and restore peace and help these villagers live in harmony. Interwoven within this age old saga of rivalry of villages is a love story that ropes in the children of the heads of these two villages.


From this very brief introduction of the New Bengali Movie Bindaas am sure the urge to really find out more about the plot must have evaporated into thin air as, such stories have been presented with different flavorings time and again over the years but unfortunately the story of Bindaas has been presented just as stale with not even a pinch of new flavoring added.

Right from the beginning to the end, the story seemed like various frames with events that the masses will be able to relate with have been put together to just create a money spinner in the districts. To elaborate on this, the song Party shoes that features right at the beginning of the movie just came from nowhere and was placed for no particular reason. Not just that, even the song Remix Quawali has been completely designed to cater to the sensibilities of a certain section of the society and somehow stuffed into the movie even though it was just not required.


The entire movie has fight sequences that look shabbily choreographed and fake as, throughout it is just people flying and falling with loud thuds with mere punches from Abhi (the protagonist played by Dev). The violence shown in the movie is also just an effort to show things that people in some areas of Bengal can relate to as there too, such violence is rampant.

The two pretty ladies, Sayantika and Srabanti have also been totally wasted. These sexy Bengali actresses are either seen blinking foolishly at the smart acts of the hero Abhi or standing as an arm candy with a pretty smile on the face. Sayantika features in both the peppy numbers namely Party Shoes and Remix Quawwali but fails to make an impression as neither does she get enough frame space nor time to show her assets. Talking about the heroines, I would also like to add that little more caution should have been exercised in doing up their hair, makeup and even costumes as while Sayantika looked perfect in all the salwar kameez and kurtas she wore, her western outfits looked ill-fitted and gross. Srabanti at least passes off that detailed scrutiny with her ever beautiful smile.


In terms of acting, Chiranjeet and Kharaj Mukherjee were the only ones who could do justice to their roles and Kharaj was indeed the much needed comic relief in this very bizarre plot. Dev still has a long way to go in terms of maintaining consistency in performance and keeping up with the honor of Mahanayak that he has been recently bestowed with as, while his performance was definitely praise worthy in Kamaleshwar Mukherjee’s movie Chander Pahar, here he was an absolute disaster. Sayantika was loud as ever and was definitely not a treat to watch on screen.

Director Rajib Biswas has made a conscious effort to stuff in all hit making ingredients into the movie but seems like he forgot to tell his actors how to emote. Having said that, director Rajib Biswas should nevertheless be congratulated for his sense of timing and understanding of the sensibilities of a certain section of the society as this movie, no matter how difficult it may be for some to sit through, will surely stand out as an amazing money spinner as the hero Dev has just been presented in a manner that his huge fan base can kill for.

While Salman Khan is rocking the theaters this Eid with his film Kick which has an equally absurd script, it is Dev’s pull that will be put to test as this movie has nothing to offer apart from the Dev quotient which we, along with the producers hope will be enough to fill the SVF coffers.


I would thus like to conclude with a note of Thanks for the producers Shree Venkatesh Films as this is one production house that dares to experiment with subjects and while on one hand encourages the making of films like Apur Panchali on the other, it also promotes those like Bindaas.

Spend your hard earned festival bonus on watching this New Bengali Movie Bindaas only if watching Dev move about on big screen gives you reason enough to smile for days to come.

Rating: 1.5/5

Dev-Srabanti Starrer Upcoming Bengali Movie Buno Haansh Promoted at Football Fever Fan Park


Film promotion got a new punch when the maker of the film Buno Haansh along with the star cast came for the promotion of their upcoming film on the finale of the World Cup 2014 at Football Fever Fan Park at EDF Grounds. Sudipta Chakaborty, Srabanti Chatterjee, Tanusree Chakraborty and Anirudhha Roy Chowdhury graced the occasion with their presence and also promoted their upcoming film.


The three actresses who came in for the promotion of their film also garlanded a statue of Messi and offered Puja at the Argentina fan zone also. Then they interacted with Fever 104 FM RJs Shekhar and Manali about their love for football and also about the upcoming film.

The film Buno Haansh is based on a thriller novel by eminent Bengali writer Samaresh Majumdar. The story is about a boy Amal who hails from a middle class family. He gets himself engaged in the smuggling business. The event which follows after Amal realizes that he has become part of such a racket is what Buno Haansh is all about.

Dev will be seen playing the role of Amal, while Srabanti will be playing the role of Sohag in this upcoming thriller. This is also the first off-beat film that Dev and Srabanti shall be featuring in. Moon Moon Sen will be seen playing the role of Madam. Arindam Sil, Gargi Roy Chowdhury, Subhrojeet Dutta will be seen in important roles in the film too.


The music of this upcoming film has been done by Shantanu Moitra. With five tracks in the album, the lyrics of this film have been penned down by Srijato, Anindya Chatterjee and Chandril Bhattachaya.

Slated for release on the 15th of august, the expectation from the film is high.

Priyanka Dutta

Upcoming Kolkata Bengali Movie Katha Kichu Kichu Announced in Kolkata


A press meet was held recently to announce the launch of the Bengali film “Katha Kichu Kichu” under Vinayak Creation. Director Sanat Dutta, Manjari Phadnis and Kashmeera Shah were present at the press meet.


The story of the film Katha Kichu Kichu is about Diya who is a sweet and charming girl by nature. She is a firm believer in her destiny and also thinks that someone somewhere is waiting to become her soul mate. She has a childhood friend Rahul for whom she can do almost anything. Rahul also can do anything for Diya. They complement each other very well. Raj, the other character in the film often crosses path with Diya. But as destiny would have it, they cannot meet each other. However a magical tune that Raj whistles creates a flutter in the heart of Diya. Do they eventually meet? Is Raj the soul mate that Diya had been looking for? The film will be answering these questions.


Looking pretty in a maroon colored salwar suit, Manjari Phadnis posed for pictures. “I had done a Bengali film Faltu at the beginning of my career. It was directed by Anjan Das and the film won a National award. With this film, it feels like a homecoming. The director Sanat Dutta saw me and he liked me. As a result he cast me in the film” said actress Manjari Phadnis.

The music of this film is by Subhas Bose. Eminent singers like Shaan, Javed Ali, Kumar Sanu, Akriti Kakkar, June banerjee and Aman Trikha will be lending their voices to the songs in the film.

The film has Rajatava, Anshuman and others in pivotal roles in the film.

Priyanka Dutta