Big releases for 2019 from Dhallywood
While viewers are increasingly joining the ranks for online platforms small screen and big screen productions are losing the appeal. Directors are rather resorting to these platforms like iflix, Netflix. In this backdrop the successes at box office in previous year were scant. Still films like Debi, Haldaa managed to attract viewers. Rich in content and compositions these productions can provide glimpses of hope for similar ones coming this year. The list includes Saturday Afternoon, Iti Tomari Dhaka, Fagun Haway, Rohingya, Beauty Circus, Jodi Ekdin, Shaapludo, Holud Bani and also Shikolbaha from Kamar Ahmad Simon, Masud Rana, Furut among others. Seeing that the list is long film buffs can keep their fingers crossed for a better year this time.
Saturday Afternoon or "Shonibarer Bikel" will be Farooki's first film after the debates over 'Doob.' Two actors of the film are promising wife of Farooki, Nusrat Imrose Tisha and Palestinian actor Eyad Hourani. Also in the list are Jahid Hasan, Tollywood star Parambrata Chatterjee, theatre personality Mamunur Rashid and more. Variety first broke the news on October 16, 2017. Eyad Hourani previously co-starred in Belgian film Omar that won numerous awards at Cannes Film Festival and was nominated in the foreign language category at Oscars. It is the first part of a trilogy planned by Farooki named "Identity Trilogy". The storyline relates to three strangers who encounter one-another on a day that leads to a series of thrills that have been speculated to surround the Holey Artisan Incident of 2017. The film is joint-production of three countries: Bangladesh-Germany and India.
Aziz Zhambakiev, who won the Silver Bear at Berlin Film Fest for the film "Harmony Lessons" at just the age of 26 is the cinematographer. The film has a budget estimate of $500,000. About the series Identity Trilogy, Farooki has said, "Identity seems to be the biggest puzzle now. It can bring you fortune or terror. It no more depends on what you do or did. In this new world order, it depends on who you are, what religion you belong to, what color of skin you have. Depending on this, you might be favored or terrorized". "It sounds medieval in this digital age. But our human values are going in completely the opposite direction to our technological achievements."
Tauquir Ahmed's film "Fagun Haway" would be released on February 8. The film is obviously one of the most anticipated films of the year with actors like Tisha, Bollywood's favourite Yashpal Sharma and the young star Siam Ahmed. Building on the Language Movement of 1952 the film includes both politics and social atmosphere of this poignant period of history. Other notable actors of the film are Abul Hayat, Fazlur Rahman Babu, Faruk, Afroza Banu, Shaju Khadem, Rownak Hasan, Shahidul Alam Sachchu. In the film a young innocent romantic couple played by Tisha and Siam get caught by Pak law enforcers. Though they remained ignorant about politics till date, as a result of such incidents they start becoming aware. The film projects the picture of rural approach to the Language Movement taking an unconventional approach. The film has been claimed to be the first one on Language Movement.
Singer and TV drama actor Tahsaan Khan is set to debut in the silver screen this year with a film he has dubbed 'a timeless production' and the 'best work from me.' Named Jodi Ekdin it is director Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Raz's fifth film. The acclaimed director of Projapoti surprised many when he announced that the film would be child-fronted. A school-going child artiste, 'Afrin' will play a major role in the family-centric film. It might be worth mentioning the film would debut Tollywood star Srabonti in a Bangladeshi film through this production. It would be released in February.
Srabonti has claimed that she has fallen in love with the story of the film. It is such that it seems the story itself is the hero of the film. She has thanked Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Raz for giving her a chance in the film. The film is a must-watch for every member of the family, she claims.
National Award winning film director Syed Wahiduzzaman Diamond would be bringing his fourth film this year. Highlighting the plight of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in the aftermath of Myanmar Army's persecutions, the film would explore a number of real life stories. The film is also named Rohingya. It would strive to focus on critical evaluation about why the crisis started, how it started, who were affected, how they were affected and how in the end events tend to unfold. It has been pointed out that in the end both the hunter, the Myanmar Army and the prey, the Rohingyas are in safe recluse having achieved their goals. But in the middle Bangladesh has got caught up with huge socio-economic problems. Bangladeshi citizens would be portrayed as philanthropic in the film with a call towards the Rohingyas to play their part in being grateful and in assisting their host country. The film would be released in March tentatively. Actors of the film are Omar Ais Oni, Suchi, Aarshi, Tanjid, Birsty and more.
Made in Bangladesh
Noted director of 'Meherjan' and 'Under Construction' Rubaiyat Hossain is all set to bring up her third full-length film this year. Like her previous ones this one has also been selected at a number of major film festivals across Europe and America. Named 'Made in Bangladesh' the film highlights the role of garments industry in women empowerment in the country. It has already grabbed the Arte International Award at Locarno Film Fest. Stars of the film include Rikita Nandini, Dipannita Martin, Novera Rahman, Parvin Piru, Mayabi Maya possibly as garment workers and also Mustafa Monwar, Shatabdi Wadud, Momena Chowdhury, Joyraj, Wahida Mallick among others.
Iti Tomari Dhaka
The country's first omnibus project Iti, Tomari Dhaka or Sincerely Yours Dhaka will be released this year. With Abu Shahed Emon as creative producer the film boasts a number of prodigious young makers. The film would incorporate eleven short stories about post-modern Dhaka. The lives of middle-class and lower-class in the backdrop of deceptive lavishness of the modernity booming in Dhaka, would be highlighted through these stories. Eleven young makers have worked on the individual pieces of the film. It has already been screened at South Korea's Busan Film Fest and India's Jaipur Film Fest.
TV drama director Golam Sohrab Dodul would mark his debut with the film Shaapludo this year. The film pairs up Arefin Shuvo and Meem opposite each other. It would also have Jahid Hasan who has claimed that the script has 'dragged' him. The film has been shot in Manikganj, Gazipur and Cox's Bazar with details kept 'secret.'
Shakib Khan starrer Shahenshah will be released this year. Its director Shamim Ahmed Rony has claimed that the film has potentials to make Shakib Khan the 'Shahenshah' of Dhallywood. He would act opposite Nusrat Faria. Debutant would be Rodela Jannat.
Joya Ahsan's next film Beauty Circus will be released this year. It casts actors like Ferdous, Tauquir Ahmed and ABM Sumon. The film has been directed by debutant Mahmud Didar. In the film Joya plays the role of an acrobat in a circus. However in an accident her circus buildup gets burned and then she has to fight in a new way to reclaim her means of livelihood.
Shakib Khan's another film Nolok has initiated buzz with its poster. Shakib seems to have taken up an unconventional role in the film acting against comeback actress Bobby.
Director Saif Chandan who has enjoyed some popularity will present actor Nirob in his film Abbas. The film is about a boy in Old Dhaka.
Named Haludbani or Holud Bani, this joint-production with India might be the last critical film that can be assuredly said to get a release date this year. Based on Indian novelist Sukanta Gangopadhyay's work by the same name the film has been directed by Taher Shipon of Bangladesh and Mukul Rai Chowdhury of India. The screenplay has been written by India's acclaimed Padmanava Dasgupta. It has been produced by Impress Telefilm with India's Telecine and Entertainment.
Apart from these a number of other anticipated films might be released this year. The list includes Shikolbaha by Kamar Ahmad Simon, Bir by Kazi Hayat, Ananda Asru by Mostafizur Rahman Manik. Other high profile releases might be Dhaka Attack 2, film on Masud Rana from Jaaz, Joya Ahsan starrer Indian production Criscross and Unapanchash Batash.
Though it might be too early to say but Furut to be produced by Joya Ahsan and Madhur Canteen bringing back Anju Ghosh and Ilias Kanchan might also get released towards the end of the year. Even if they don't we can still expect to see their full trailers this year along with those of Rickshaw Girl by Amitabh Reza Chowdhury and Surviving 71 by Wahid Ibn Reza.