"Our visual fiction industry lacks a structure as well as a leader," said Mabrur Rashid Bannah who started his career in 2011 and till now has directed total 33 dramas and telefilms including this upcoming Eid's 7 productions. While asked about the current scenario of our film and television drama industry, Bannah said, "Unity is the most concerned thing that also lacks among the Bangali." The reason why the media sector is deteriorating is because the aged directors or producers are hardly liberal to welcome the youth. Age is nothing but a number, according to Bannah. But he expects that the situation will come across a revolution within next 10 years as the youth are taking the place.
Regarding the television industry, Bannah thinks, it is too chained by stereotype restrictions, which eventually fall upon the directors making the creative faculty shackled as the writers or directors are not allowed to depict the raw issues of society, political messages, and issues of injustice. Television channels remain in a particular boundary which is ruining the ingenuity of the creative industry whereas India can candidly deal with such issues in their visual fictions.
In this Eid UL Fitr, Bannah is making 7 productions which are 'Somporker Golpo' for NTV, a story of two brothers performed by Tahsan and Saju Khadem, 'Tomar Amar Golpo' for RTV, performed by Apurbo and Aparna, 'Uddeshho' for Bangla Vision performed by Bidya Sinha Mim and Tahsan, 'Nei Protisruti Ache Protikhha' for ETV performed by Nisho and Sherlin, 'My Life' for Maasranga and 'Masti' for Baishakhi Television and 'Love At First Sight' for Channel 9, performed by Nisho and Tisha.
His second production 'The Fortune' for NTV in 2012, turned on his fortune, said Bannah. In this production Iresh Zaker was a fortune god and other lead actors were Partha Barua and Aparna. However, his next turning point production was 'Alien O Rumpar Golpo' where Tahsan played the role of an Alien and his co-actor was Tisha which was aired on SATV in last Eid Ul Fitre. Nevertheless, his 6 months' silence after the first production 'Flashback' on December 16, in 2011, performed by Tisha and Kollan, has now been well paid as this year he expects his number of productions will cross the previous year.
"Family has been a great support for me. Without father's inspiration this journey wouldn't have been possible," said Bannah. After HSC, Bannah decided to be a director and joined as Iftekhar Ahmed Fahmi's assistant director. "I was a photographer since class 8 when cellular phone had just arrived in our country and thus the journey with the camera started. Even I worked as a contributor photographer for many years in the daily newspaper Somokal," he said.
But there is a hope blinking ahead as many young talents are seen interested in film industry and they go abroad to study films, said Bannah. It's a matter of sorrow too that we don't have much qualified film institutions but the participation of youth is on the rise which gives a vibe of change in the industry, added he.
"The way Satyajit led the film industry, the way TATA leads the business sector, we are in need of such leaders who will set a structure and example to this industry and then only a change can occur," said Bannah. The leaders who were about to be born, we criticize them rather respecting or supporting. The concept that 'one of us' will lead, we as Bangalees can't tolerate perhaps. We prefer 'someone else' can rule, but 'one of us' can't, added he. We are expert in pointing fingers rather revering a creative persona providing him his desired throne, he regretted.
According to him, 10 years might be enough for this revolution. This generation has a great speed and many are beating foreign festivals nowadays which are inspiring for this industry. The youth are now mastering skills through short films. And if anyone have the skill of video editing, then it's easy to make conceptual short films without any burden of budget as almost many young carry DSLR nowadays. "When today's youth expresses that they can't make short films because of budget then I answer that I used to make short films within Tk 200-300 with my handy cam and I used to edit them by myself," said Bannah.
While asked when to plan for film, Bannah said, "In 2016 and it would be a film for the children. I would like to make a truly entertaining film for the children as I have dealt with children in many productions and I enjoy it."
The directors whom Bannah admires are Majid Majidi, Anurag Keshyap, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki and Tareque Masud. "I did my graduation and post-graduation in film from UODA and my thesis was in Tareque Masud's 'Matir Moyna'. I came to know about this maestro's directorial view and s