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Bollywood Director Madhur Bhandarkar in Kolkata To Inaugurate Art with a Heart

Video: Bollywood Director Madhu Bhandarkar Inaugurates Exhibition

Bollywood director Madhur Bhandarkar was in Kolkata for the inauguration of the two day exhibition Art with a Heart. Hosted by WelcomeArt and FICCI Ladies Organisation, the money raised from the sale of the paintings was given to the CSR program of Medica for the benefit of needy patients requiring financial assistance for life threatening surgeries. The art exhibition was done by Jagriti Art Initiative in association with Medica Superspecialty Hospital.


Also present at the event was Atul Bhalla, General Manager, ITC Sonar, Gaurang Jalan, Director, Jagriti Art Initiative, Anupama Surekha, FLO, Dr. Kunal Sarkar, Senior Vice-Chairman, Medica Super Specialty Hospital.

Speaking at the occasion, director Madhur Bhandarkar said “It is a great privilege for me to be associated with such an event. The paintings are awesome and I m glad I came down for the event”. The ace Bollywood director also took the opportunity to announce the name of his next film which is Hindu Sarkar.


The exhibition had sixty five paintings by Abhijit Mitra, Aditya Basak, Arpan Bhowmik, Basudeb Ghosh, Jiban Biswas, Mahua Mitra, Manoj Mitra, Dipak Kundu, Bijon Chowdhury and others.

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Bollywood Stars Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra in Kolkata for Upcoming Hindi Film Baar Baar Dekho


Bollywood actors Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif have been going all over the country to promote their upcoming Bollywood film Baar Baar Dekho. The duo along with the director Nitya Mehra was in the city for the promotion of this film.


“The plot of the film Baar Baar Dekho is about a romance spanning thirty years. Initially titled Kal Kisne Dekha, the film stars Sidharth as a mathematics professor, Jai Varma and Katrina play the role of his lady love Diya Varma. The film is an out and out love story and this will appeal to all” said the director Nitya Mehra.


The director who had been working as an assistant director for the past many years was excited to be directing Baar Baar Dekho. She said “This is my first film and I am very excited about the film. I have been working as an assistant director for the past so many years. So when I got the chance to call the shots, it was such a wow moment. All the actors and crew have been equally passionate about the project and that has helped a lot”.


The chemistry between Katrina and Sidharth has been making much news. “It was a good chemistry simply because I was comfortable with him in real life too. When you are acting with another actor, you need to have some rapport or else it falls apart. Trust is very important in every sphere of your life and that has been the case here too” said Katrina Kaif.

The film has been shot in stunning film locations like Glasgow, Scotland and Krabi, Thailand.


Sarika, Ram Kapoor, Sayani Gupta, Rohan Joshi and others will be seen in important roles in the soon to release film. The music of the film has been composed by Amaal Mallik, Arko, Badshah, Bilal Saeed and Jasleen Royal.

Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra later had their share of riding the Kolkata tram. With such great promotional activity, Baar Baar Dekho will surely be on your must watch list when it releases on the 9th of September!!

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Interview- Singer Lopamudra Mitra on 25 Years of Her Musical Journey (Sholoana Bangaliana Exclusive)


She has been mesmerizing with her voice for the past twenty five years. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent caught up with the versatile singer Lopamudra Mitra at her home for a candid conversation about her musical journey so far. Excerpts..

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- You have completed twenty five years in the music industry. How does it feel?

Lopamudra Mitra- To be very frank, I was not aware that I have actually completed twenty five years. I like doing a musical event after every five years with the musicians I like and I sing the songs that I love at the event. This feels great actually. I had not thought that I will be actually completing twenty five years in the industry. I also had not also thought that my song Benimadhob will be heard more than once by the audience. Leave aside for twenty five years.

What will be the attractions in this year’s show?

Lopamudra Mitra- Thirteen musicians will be playing different musical instruments at the show. Joy will also be performing. Violins, guitars and many other instruments will be there. This has always been a latent wish of mine to sing with so many musical instruments. Hence this is a dream come true.


When did you start singing?

Lopamudra Mitra- I began singing from a very small age. Arun Bhaduri, Rita Ray are some of my teachers who have guided me immensely. My inspiration was Samir Chattopadhyay. He had a group theatre and my singing began from there. It is from then that I developed a different singing style which is now appreciated so much by the people.

Since this dream is coming true, what other dreams are yet to be fulfilled by you?

Lopamudra Mitra- I will say that I have fulfilled more of my dreams than I thought I would be actually able to do. I will like to work on the national level and reach out to a wider audience in the language that they understand. I will also like to take Bengali to national and even international audience.

Have you thought of any collaborating with any artists?

Lopamudra Mitra- I have not thought about that till now. But yes, I will have to make plans about it.

Many Bengali singers are singing in Bollywood. Have you ever tried your luck or do you have the interest of singing in Bollywood?

Lopamudra Mitra- If I get a call from a music director asking me to sing a song, I will be giving it a try. But otherwise, it is not in my nature to go asking for giving me chances. I will rather focus on my work that I am doing rather than do this.

Which one do you prefer- Bengali film songs or Bengali album songs?

Lopamudra Mitra- I will be opting for the album songs. The popularity of the film songs have happened in the last few years. Previously the audiences used to listen to the Bengali album songs. Now the media is giving enough support and this is helping the artists working in the films.


What are your next film projects?

Lopamudra Mitra- The funny thing is I have not been given much chance to sing in Bengali films. I have recently recorded a song for Joy (Sarkar) in which he is composing the music and I have also sang for a Raja Sen movie. The fact is I have not being given opportunities to sing in Bengali films. I sang in Hemlock Society a few years ago. It did not do that well. So I focus mainly on basic albums. I think about them and I work tirelessly on them.

So what are your next albums?

Lopamudra Mitra- Four songs are ready. Srijato and Srikanto will be working on the project along with me.

How is the experience of working with Joy Sarkar?

Lopamudra Mitra- Since he is my husband, there is a good comfort level between us. We are both musically attached and this helps us very much when we work together. I enjoy working with him.

Rabindranath Tagore wrote so many songs yet artists perform a select few of his songs. What is the reason for this kind of selection?

Lopamudra Mitra- See, there is an entertainment element attached when we sing songs on stage. People like to listen only to hit and popular songs. Tagore has both hit songs and not so hit songs. There are many artists who can sing all the songs of Tagore but performing them on stage is always not a good idea. Hence this picking up of the common songs for performing on stage!!

What tip/advice will you like to give to upcoming young singers?

Lopmudra Mitra– I believe the youngsters are trying to gain popularity soon. But that is not a good idea. The struggle for existence is becoming strict daily. Hence the person must have the required depth so as to survive in this world. Or else the artist will be facing hardships. Most youngsters have knowledge on the superficial level.


There is a huge number of reality shows going on in different channels. How far do you think these shows help the upcoming artists?

Lopamudra Mitra- The winner of such a reality show faces a huge challenge after winning the show. This is simply because the person has to make a name next and make his presence felt. Before he could have sang some famous singer’s songs and gained prominence. And after the win he will be called to many places to perform songs. But after the one year period is over, he will face the real struggle. His songs in his own voice need to make a mark or he will be lost. For example, Arijit Singh did not win the reality show Fame Gurukul. He had to struggle a lot before he actually became so popular. Hence struggling cannot be avoided. Struggling without expectation is comparatively easy than struggling with so much expectations of the audience.

Do you have any plans of opening up a singing school?

Lopamudra Mitra- No, ways!! If someone wants to take some tips, I will rather give them advice on how to become a good human being. That is also extremely important!!

You are a favorite singer of many people. So who are your favorite singers?

Lopamudra Mitra- Kishore Kumar and Geeta Dutt are my favorite singers.

Like any other food loving Bengali, what are your favorite dishes?

Lopamudra Mitra- Chinese, Continental and yes I love to gorge on Biryanis.

What do you do in your free time?

Lopamudra Mitra- I go to different places. Earlier I used to read books. But now I go on searching for many things on the internet. I will have to leave this habit soon as this is very addictive.

Had you not become a singer, what would you have become?

Lopemudra Mitra- (Thinks for a moment) I would have become a very bad housewife. Home making is a huge responsibility. Since I will not be able to become the traditionally responsible housewife, Joy and I do not have a child.

The call for her rehearsal came and we had to bid adieu to the versatile singer. We hope she continues to sing and mesmerize her with her soulful voice!!



Priyanka Dutta takes a keen interest in lifestyle and entertainment related news. She also enjoys interviewing celebrities and other renowned personalities. Priyanka holds a post graduate degree in English and Mass Communication. Journalism is her passion and she has reported for many a reputed international web portals.



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Bollywood Actor Irrfan Khan Promotes Madaari In Kolkata; Actor Prefers Staying Away From Digital Platforms


After Piku, Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan was back in Kolkata for the promotions of his upcoming film Madaari. Accompanying the actor was his wife Sutapa Sikdar who is also the producer of this film.

Irrfan khan plays the role of Nirmal Kumar who kidnaps the son of the Home Minister. “Behind this kidnapping story is the story of the loss of his son. Whether the police get hold of Nirmal or whether they manage to rescue the minister’s son is what the story all about” said Irrfan Khan.


The actor, who has a strong Bengali connect, believed that there is some link with this city. “I have been to Kolkata so many times already. Piku, Namesake- the list goes on. My wife is a Bengali and I also love coming back to this city” said the actor.

Irrfan who has not only made his presence felt in Bollywood and also in Hollywood recently worked in Inferno opposite Tom Hanks. “It was like a dream come true for me. He is such a brilliant actor. This was quite a memorable experience for me as an actor” revealed the actor.


Despite being high on the popularity charts, the actor has remained away from many digital platforms. When asked about this aloofness, the actor said “I do not have any individual doing PR work for me. I do not want to change myself. I dislike so much marketing. Everything has become a product in today’s time. Earlier when we needed to purchase anything, we went outside to the shops. Now everything is available in the comforts of your home. If I was capable, I would have completely stayed away from marketing”.

Since the trailer and the songs of the film has been getting positive reviews, the actor is confident that the film will also be gaining good feedback from the audience.

Madaari is slated for release on the 22nd of July.

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Bollywood Couple Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu Launches Aaj Tak’s New TVC – “Mobile App”


India’s leading news channel Aaj Tak announces their new TVC with Bollywood couple Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu-‘Mobile App’ as a part of its existing “Aankhen Khol De” campaign. The new TVC is conceptualized and created by the renowned Bollywood film maker and expert ad maker Pradeep Sarkar.

The entire campaign emphasizes on how Aaj Tak has played an important role by bringing forth some interesting facts that are eye openers for its viewers. It also showcases the real picture to the entire nation. The impact of the channel has been so strong among its viewers that even the anti-socials of the society fear of being caught on Aaj Tak Cameras.


In the short black and white commercial Kunal Khemu and Soha Ali are playing the role of King and Queen. Both the king and queen are enjoying clicking selfies, when they suddenly hear a noise. Their soldier comes and tells them that the noise is of a marriage procession. But after some time the real force enters. This is when the queen tells the king that if he would have downloaded the AajTak mobile application, then they would have got the correct information.

Apart from television, the TVCs will be supported on the digital medium including social platforms.

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