EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS FROM DESI 1170 AM - THE LARGEST SOUTH ASIAN STATION IN THE U.S.!

December 7, 2015

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November 14, 2015




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September 11, 2015


Anupam Kher is known worldwide for his performances across cinema, stage and production. Declared Actor of the Decade in India, he has 8 Filmfare awards, 2 National Film Awards and recognition for his high profile contributions to both Indian and international movies. Before taking the stage for his performance of 'Mera Woh Matlab Nahin Tha', he took a few minutes to discuss various topics with Jagruti in this exclusive interview.


August 31, 2015


Paresh Rawal has had one of the most diverse careers of any Indian performer. Along with a National Award, he is one of the few actors to have taken Filmfare Awards for both Best Comedian and Best Villain. He's transitioned his success into politics and also awarded the Padma Shri honor. He recently took a few minutes out of his schedule to talk with Jagruti on Desi 1170 AM about his career and his new play 'Kishan Vs Kanhaiya: Reloaded'  



August 24, 2015


When you think Indian cinema, any number of names can come to mind. Yet when you think of critiques of Indian cinema, Taran Adarsh immediately comes to mind. In over 30 years as a journalist and film trade analyst, Taran Adarsh has become a defining voice on Bollywood and the Indian film industry. While in the Bay Area for the Festival of Globe, Taran had a little time to chat with Shreeja of the Desi Superdrive on the current hits of 2015, the global impact of Indian cinema and a bit of advice for aspiring critics in this exclusive interview.



July 30, 2015


The mellow man with the golden voice, Mohit Chauhan, makes a return to the Bay Area and catches up with Shreeja in this exclusive interview. He discusses his projects to help bridge cultures through music, teaching kids about the world through folk songs and even his new love for playing the ukulele.



July 23, 2015

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Few actors have matched Atul Kulkarni in achievement on multiple levels. Along with winning a National Award for his acting, Atul Kulkarni has been an advocate of better education through the organization Quest. With hit films in Hindi, Kannada, Marathi and many other regional languages, Atul has had success all over India. He took a bit of time to speak with Jagruti on Desi 1170 AM for this exclusive interview.
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May 22, 2015


The one and only Shaan. After over 20 years of writing and singing hits, he still remains humbled at his success and continues to inspire talent across the globe. He makes his return to the Bay Area on May 22nd in Cupertino and stopped by the Desi Superdrive to talk to Shreeja about his career, the current state of music, his new gig as a reality TV host and much more in this latest exclusive interview.


APRIL 27, 2015

 

Since getting his start on Sa Re Ga Ma, singer Vijay Prakash has worked with many of India's legendary composers and reached international success as a vocalist on A.R. Rahman's smash hit 'Jai Ho'. Scoring many hits in Kannada, Tamil and Hindi, Vijay Prakash took a little time to talk with Shreeja of the Superdrive about his many Telugu hits before a show with the one and only Chitra on May 2nd in Cupertino. Listen to this exclusive interview from Desi 1170 AM!

 
And also check out a follow up interview that Vijay Prakash did with Shreeja on the Desi Superdrive to promote the Tamil performance on May 10th in Hayward

April 17, 2015


From their humble beginnings on reality TV shows The Great Indian Laughter Challenge and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar, Raju Srivastav and Sugandha Mishra have been entertaining audiences across India and beyond. Just before their live appearance in San Jose, the duo called in on the Desi Superdrive for a quick interview and a couple of quick jokes too! Listen to this latest exclusive interview from Desi 1170 AM!


March 10, 2015


Sanjeev Saxena is the founder of POC Medical Systems, a group dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding affordable treatment and prevention for all women worldwide. In this latest exclusive interview, Shreeja talks Sanjeev about POC's products, its mission, the way it separates itself from traditional treatments and how you can get involved in the struggle against cancer.


February 24, 2015

Image courtesy of Cinequest.org

February in San Jose can only mean it's time for Cinequest. For 25 years, Cinequest has been on a mission to combine the innovation of Silicon Valley technology with the imagination of Silicon Valley filmmakers, auteurs and students. Listen to an exclusive preview of Cinequest 2015 as Shreeja interviews CEO/co-founder Halfdan Hussey and Director of Programming Michael Rabehl in this exclusive interview.

 

February 17, 2015

 

Jaleh Bisharat has a mind for marketing and not only knows secrets to growing a brand but surviving in a competitive landscape. And it's not just surviving work but balancing life and finding out how to live your life while growing your career. Jaleh covers these topics and more with Shreeja from the Desi Superdrive in this exclusive interview.

 February 13, 2015

 

Tam Nguyen scored a political upset by winning election to the San Jose city council to represent District 7. Shreeja from the Desi Superdrive landed an exclusive interview with Tam to discuss his agenda for the city, his visions and his dream of combining the diversity of Silicon Valley with its amazing cuisine in this exclusive interview.

February 11, 2015


Gail Sheehy is a name synonymous with journalism excellence and a pioneer of women working in the media. Her book Passages was named one of the ten most influential books of the 20th Century. Just before an appearance in the Bay Area, Gail took a few minutes to speak with Shreeja from the Desi Superdrive in this latest exclusive interview.



December 31, 2014


Bally Sagoo is known by many titles 'The King of Bhangra', 'The Godfather of Bollywood Remixes' and 'The Best DJ in the UK'. Just before his appearance in San Jose for New Year's Eve, he had a talk with Shreeja of the Desi Superdrive discussing not only his upcoming gig but his recent collaborations, his live show and what it means to return to the Bay Area. Check out this EXCLUSIVE interview with the one and only Bally Sagoo!

November 18, 2014


Anne Wojcicki has many titles: biologist, entrepreneur, innovator, philanthropist and inspiration. Through various causes and endeavors, Anne has always been a proponent of scientific advancement and achievement. Shreeja from the Desi Superdrive caught up with Anne for a few quick words at the Breakthrough Prize in Mountain View for this exclusive interview.

November 10, 2014


Anjali World is a rising star in the R&B world. In her young career, Anjali has already released 2 hit singles, made several NBA appearances, co-founded a non-profit organization and even performed for Indian prime minister Narendra Modi at Madison Square Garden. Learn how this Bay Area-based artist got her start, how she's living her dream and a look at 2015 as she talks with Shreeja in this exclusive interview!


November 7, 2014

Just before the show on November 7th, Shweta Pandit, Vipul Mehta, Raj Pandit and Salim Merchant stopped by the Desi Superdrive with some final words for Shreeja and their fans. Hear what they had to say in this candid and exclusive interview!


November 5, 2014

Just days before the show on November 7th, Salim Merchant stopped by the Pam Pam Show to discuss the event, current and past collaborations, a few requests from listeners and much more in this exclusive interview with Altu and Phaltu!


October 28, 2014


Salim Merchant has been surrounded by music his entire life and has been sharing his talent with the world for just over a decade. Along with his brother Sulaiman, Salim has won numerous awards for their musical scores, backgrounds and compositions for hit films like Krrish, Dhoom, Fashion, Band Baaja Baaraat and Rabba Main Kya Karoon. His voice has also been heard in hits like "Ishq Wala Love", "Chak De! India" and "Ainvayi Ainvayi". His voice can now be heard in this exclusive interview with Shreeja on Desi 1170 AM to promote the Salim-Sulaiman show on November 7th in downtown San Jose.

October 22, 2014

 

Dave Cortese has been serving the public in a variety of roles across San Jose with terms as a City Councilman and the Vice Mayor. As of October 2014, he is on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors representing District 3. He grew up in San Jose as the son of former County Supervisor/CA State Assembly member Dominic Cortese and looks to be the next mayor of San Jose in the Fall 2014 election. Supervisor Cortese stopped by Desi 1170 AM for an interview with Shreeja on the Desi Superdrive. Listen to him talk about his outline for the future, his thoughts on the ever-changing Bay Area and more in this exclusive interview.


September 22, 2014

 

Nina Davuluri has ventured on a path that no other Indian American woman has taken before her. After graduating from college, Nina triumphed at the Miss New York pageant and made history by becoming the first Indian American woman to be crowned Miss America in September 2013. Her victory sparked a wide variety of debates, opened many doors and has made her a voice for many causes. During an appearance at a gala from the HAF, Nina was interviewed by Vijaya of Virijallu to discuss her plans after Miss America, her current causes and even a little bit of her causal side in this exclusive interview for Desi 1170 AM! 


August 15, 2014


Shreya Ghoshal's journey to stardom has continued for almost 20 years. Along the way, she has won millions of fans (21 million on Facebook alone), hundreds of accolades and been declared one of the greatest playback singers of all time. One stop on her journey will be San Jose, CA for a concert on September 1st. Shreya was able to take a few minutes from her busy schedule to talk with Shreeja of the Desi Superdrive about her upcoming concert as well as her current role as judge and mentor to up-and-coming singers, her extremely diverse musical endeavors and even a quick preview of some of her recent hits in this exclusive interview.


August 13, 2014


For over 40 years, Bappi Lahiri has been entertaining audiences around the world. And starting with 1979's Surakksha, Bappida began his reign as the Disco King that has included memorable hits throughout the 1980s like "Ramba Ho Samba Ho", "I Am A Disco Dancer" and "Hari Om Hari" among a memorable catalog. He has worked with the greats from Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, set records as a music composer, discovered many talents and was gracious enough to stop by Desi 1170 AM for a brief chat with Shreeja of the Desi Superdrive before his performance at Chabot College in Hayward on August 3rd. Listen to this exclusive interview with the one and only Bappi Lahiri!



August 2, 2014


Kavita Krishnamurthy Subramanian's musical journey has spanned 4 decades and included collaborations with many of India's legendary composers, She's won 4 Filmfare Awards for her playback singing, crossed over to world music with her fusion projects and been awarded the honor of Padmashri. She's performing at Chabot College in Hayward on August 3rd but took a little bit of time to speak with Shreeja from the Desi Superdrive about topics ranging from her thoughts on current music, her family's efforts to spread music and opportunity to the less fortunate and ever her own app in this exclusive interview!



July 7, 2014


Author A.X. Ahmad invites you to enter a world of mystery, murder and suspense: the world of ex-Indian Army Captain Ranjit Singh. In his latest adventure, Ranjit Singh must piece together the murder of Bollywood starlet Shabana Shah. The adventure is entitled The Last Taxi Ride and it is the second part of a trilogy being written by A.X. Ahmad, an architect turned writer. A.X. discusses his latest book, expands on the origins of the Ranjit Singh character and offers words of advice for aspiring writers in this exclusive interview with Shreeja of the Desi Superdrive on Desi 1170 AM!



June 30, 2014

The one and only Hema Malini. Few have succeeded as an actor, producer, politician and dancer as she has, let alone in all of those disciplines. While she continues her social activism, politics and the occasional acting appearance, Hema still retains as strong of a passion for Bharatanatyam dance. Before her appearance at Chabot College in Hayward for a performance as Durga, Hema was able to talk a few minutes with Shreeja from the Desi Superdrive about her current tour, the importance of classical dance and spreading the interest to a new generation. Check out this exclusive interview and be sure to visit this page for your tickets to the event in Hayward! 



June 4, 2014


Many Bay Area nonprofits have grand visions to make the community a better place but have rarely had the outlet to fund and spread their message and services. This year Google launched the Bay Area Impact Challenge with one simple question to all of these nonprofits: Working together, what can we do to make this an even better place to live? The winners of the Bay Area Impact Challenge were announced and Shreeja of the Desi Superdrive talked with Google.org director Jacquelline Fuller about the winners, their contributions to the community and how this challenge is just a small step in the number of possibilities for citizens to make the Bay Area the best place to live! Find out if your nonprofit has the vision to enter the next Bay Area Impact Challenge in this exclusive interview with Desi 1170 AM!



May 28, 2014

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has been a visionary in the Bollywood cinema for over a decade and made waves around the world with Bollywood blockbusters Rang De Basanti and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. He was a special guest at TieCon 2014 and took a few minutes to talk with Altu and Phaltu of the Pam Pam Show! Click below to watch this exclusive video interview!


May 23, 2014


Just days before his show at the SAP Center in downtown San Jose, Sonu Nigam made a call to Shreeja on the Desi Superdrive to discuss his current projects, upcoming songs, the Sankara Eye Foundation and a little bit more of a preview for his Klose To My Soul tour. In case you missed the airing, here is the exclusive interview on Desi 1170 AM!




May 17, 2014


On May 25th, one of the most spectacular voices in the world, Sonu Nigam, makes his return to San Jose! His 20 year career has included wins in every award from the National Film Awards to Filmfare for his playback singing and memorable hits. His Klose to my Soul tour has brought him to massive crowds in London, Dubai, Ontario, Moscow and many more dates! Sonu took a break from his tour to do a live interview with Altu and Phaltu on the Pam Pam Show exclusively for Desi 1170 AM and its listeners! 



 

April 11, 2014


Sling Shot is director Paul Lazarus' intimate and inspirational portrait of the Segway inventor, Dean Kamen, and his 15-year quest to solve the world's safe water crisis. Kamen's inventions, mostly medical devices, help people in need and ease suffering, in particular an energy efficient vapor-compression distiller that can turn any unfit source of water into potable, safe water. Kamen's passion and commitment to the impossible are as inspiring as his revolutionary invention. Sling Shot screened at Cinequest 2014 and Phaltu of Radio De Hotties was able to get this exclusive interview with director Paul Lazarus.



April 3, 2014


The Human Experiment is a documentary featured narrated and executive-produced by Oscar winner Sean Penn. The film lifts the veil on the shocking reality that thousands of untested chemicals are in our products, our homes and in us. The result: Rising rates of everything from cancer to autism to infertility. The film follows a band of unlikely activists who are fighting back. Ranging from a conservative businessman to a teenage radical, they are staking their lives on this battle to protect our health. They go head-to-head with the powerful and well-funded chemical industry to uncover a system that's been hidden from consumers, where science is for sale and million-dollar PR campaigns keep dangerous products on the shelves. What will it take to stop this vast human experiment before it's too late for our health? In this exclusive interview, Phaltu from Radio De Hotties speaks with both co-director Dana Nachman & executive producer Ashwini Bhave about this documentary feature during its screening at the Cinequest Film Festival.


April 2, 2014


Courtesy of www.kings.com

On April 2nd, the Sacramento Kings host their first ever Bollywood Night during their game against the LA Lakers at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. It promises to be an amazing night of entertainment and just one of many steps that the Kings have taken in becoming a global brand for the NBA in India. Team Vice President Kunal Merchant stopped by the Desi Superdrive with Shreeja to discuss the event, initiatives that Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive in making the team more accessible in India and more in this exclusive interview! For more information and tickets to future games, visit www.kings.com

March 25, 2014


From his days as the lead singer of Silk Route to his recent successes at Best Male Playback singer for Filmfare, Mohit Chauhan has entertained audiences around the world for over 15 years. And he is finally making his debut in the Bay Area on March 29th! Shreeja from the Desi Superdrive took a few minutes to talk with Mohit Chauhan about his time in the US, his surroundings growing up influencing his music, a reflection on his many awards and even a quick preview of his current US tour. And that's just a small sample of this exclusive interview with Mohit Chauhan from Desi 1170 AM!

March 18, 2014


Where do you begin to describe Mamta Sharma? Her voice is one of the most sought after and unique in Bollywood, her songs have featured with some of the hottest item numbers in recent years and she's a relative newcomer to the industry having only started with Bollywood in 2010. Though it only took until 2011 for her to win her first Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer! Mamta Sharma is prepared to dazzle and captivate audiences across America with her forthcoming tour with Mohit Chauhan, including a show in San Jose on March 29th! Shreeja of the Desi Superdrive recently had a chat with Mamta about her career, her item numbers and even a quick duet in this exclusive interview with Desi 1170 AM!


February 24, 2014


Texting while driving is against the law yet that doesn't always stop people from doing it, especially young drivers. And it's just one of the many distractions that can lead to an accident. Fortunately, there is a new Android app called Agent that aims to solve some of the problems and allow people to focus on driving. Agent contains a series of commands designed to make a phone less of a distraction. And it does so without having to change the settings or input the information on your phone every single time! Kulveer Taggar, an entrepenaur and the CEO of Agent, talked with Shreeja of the Desi Superdrive about the functions, the history and the advantages of this app! Find out more information about Agent at www.tryagent.com.



February 18, 2014


Silicon Valley is at the forefront of providing many of American's greatest assets. From entrepenaurship to education to opportunity, the Bay Area is still setting the standards and Fremont's Ro Khanna is looking to ensure that trend continues in his pursuit of the seat for California's 17th congressional district. Shreeja of the Desi Superdrive talked with Ro Khanna about his ideas for Congress, his stance on several hot button issues and his push to get the Bay Area's growing Indian community involved in politics at a local and national level!

February 3, 2014


It's rare that we get to spotlight a feature film that was done entirely in the Bay Area but that's just one of the features found in the romantic comedy Hola Venky! A new film from writer/director Sandeep Mohan (also known for the independent hit Love, Wrinkle-Free) and Bay Area producer Giju John, Holy Venky! captures that unique blend of Indian and Mexican culture that you could never duplicate outside of the Bay Area. Shreeja of the Desi Superdrive talks with Giju and Sandeep about the film, their careers and plenty more in this exclusive interview!


January 27, 2014


If you follow music from the UK, you probably know that it has one of the most vibrant and strongest Punjabi music scenes outside of India. And you've probably heard the name Nisha Sahdev a few times as well. Nisha has made her mark in the UK as a journalist, publicist and currently the head of her own PR group, Sahdev Media, In this latest exclusive interview, Shreeja from the Desi Superdrive talks with Nisha Sahdev about her beginnings, the latest hot releases on the UK Punjabi scene and a bit of gossip too! Be sure to check out more at sahdevmedia.com


January 20, 2014


The Super Bowl is coming soon and that means parties, appetizers and plenty of food that needs to be made and devoured! Shreeja from the Desi Superdrive had a talk about Super Bowl recipes and more with Dana Bowen, the Executive Editor of Every Day with Rachael Ray! Find out about some winning recipes, easy to make appetizers and plenty more that can be found every month in Every Day with Rachael Ray!



May 3, 2013

Maneet Chauhan's rise to success has seen emerge from a student in Manipal to being a highly demanded and respect head chef in New Jersey to a Food Network personality with her own restaurant in Tennessee. Her warm personality and amazing culinary skills served her well as the host of several Food Network shows including Chopped! and Iron Chef and even catering galas at the White House. Just before an appearance in the Bay Area, Maneet stopped by for a chat with Shreeja on the Desi Superdrive in this exclusive interview.


April 25, 2013

A true Bay Area original, congressman Mike Honda has been serving Silicon Valley most of life as a teacher, community activist, organizer, councilman and now in Congress. Just before Election Season began in 2012, Congressman Honda stopped by the Desi 1170 AM studios for this exclusive interview with Shreeja of the Desi Superdrive.