Alpha to go to Oscar from Bangladesh
Noted thespian Nasiruddin Yousuff directed Alpha has been selected as Bangladesh's official entry for the Best International Feature Film category at the 92nd Academy Awards.
Three films- Nasiruddin Yousuff's Alpha, Tauqir Ahmed's Fagun Haway and Masum Aziz's Sanataner Golpo- were submitted to Oscars Bangladesh Committee. After evaluating the films, Federation of Bangladesh Film Societies selected Alpha.
Chairman of a nine-member selection committee film producer Habibur Rahman Khan announced the name of Nasiruddin Yousuff's film in presence of Bangladesh Film Directors Association president Mushfiqur Rahman Gulzar, Producers Association president Khorshed Alam Khosru and others.
Alpha is the third feature film directed by Nasiruddin Yousuff, who made his directorial debut with liberation war film Ekatturer Jishu in 1992. His second film Guerrilla, released in 2011, portrays the story of a valiant female guerrilla fighter named Bilkis Banu, who participates in operations against the Pakistani occupation army during the liberation war. Alpha stars ATM Shamsuzzaman, Doel, Isharat Nishat and others. Young actor Alamgir Kabir plays the lead character in the film.
Nasiruddin Yousuff is a Bangladeshi stage and film director. He won Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Director for the film Guerrilla (2011). He was awarded Ekushey Padak by the Government of Bangladesh in 2010 for his contribution to Bangladeshi theater.
Yousuff, along with Selim Al Deen, founded "Dhaka Theatre" in 1973 and later "Bangladesh Gram Theatre". He is the organising secretary of Bangladesh Centre of International Theatre (BCITI). He served as the president and director of the Committee for Cultural Identity and Development (CIDC).