শুক্রবার, ২ অক্টোবর, ২০০৯

Jai Bangla: Visual memoirs of a freedom fighter

Shahabuddin Ahmed is one of the most recognised painters of our country who carved a niche in the '70s -- a time when a few artists started to experiment, and some painters were busy establishing a personal hallmark. Shahabuddin profoundly established himself as an ardent and devoted painter over the decades. His signature traits are vibrant figures and their poignant movements. The movements are quite dissimilar from those of his contemporaries. Each movement makes what amounts to a distinct look and language. The language is closely connected to the time of the country's turbulent birth and its significant aspects. His paintings encapsulate ecstasy, affections and torment. He wants to visually document a certain time, moments, and he has a great tendency to mingle an era with others.

বৃহস্পতিবার, ১ অক্টোবর, ২০০৯

A TV show dedicated to stars and their fans

"Tomar Jonno Mortey Pari" will be aired on Ekushey TV tonight at 7:50pm. Anchored by Debashish Biswas, the programme is directed by Salman Mahmud.The programme features a star and his/her fans. The fans are sought out through different competitions held across the country. On the show the fans will have the opportunity to meet their favourite star. The show will also decide who the best fan is. Tonight's featured star is actress Srabonti.Silvana Sadia is the producer of the programme.

বুধবার, ৩০ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Yasmine Kabir wins top award at Film South Asia Festival ‘09

Two documentaries by Bangladeshi filmmakers Yasmine Kabir and Tanvir Mokammel have won top awards at the Film South Asia Festival 2009 held in Kathmandu, Nepal. The festival concluded on September 21.
While Kabir's documentary "The Last Rites," a moving story about ship-breaking yards in Chittagong and the lives of people associated with the trade, was adjudged the best film and won the prestigious Ram Bahadur Trophy, Mokammel's "Swapnabhumi" (The Promised Land), a film about Urdu-speaking 'Biharis' in Bangladesh, was one of the two films which bagged the second-best awards.
The best debut film award went to India's Faiza Ahmad Khan's "The Supermen of Malegaon" which is the story of people of a small power-loom town in the western Indian town.
The three-member festival jury headed by Sadanand Menon and comprising Lalsawmliani Tochhawng and Isa Daudpota heaped praise on Yasmine Kabir's documentary that beat off competition from a package of 35 films.
The jury in a statement said that "at the end of viewing the package of 35 films it was unanimous in its assessment that one of the shortest films eminently qualifies for the biggest award. We name Yasmine Kabir's 'The Last Rites' for the prestigious Ram Bahadur Trophy."
"This gem of a film," said the jury, "fully satisfies the demands of what could be described as a 'complete' film. There is the superb tandem of camera and sound. It is sharply etched and tightly edited. It connects the 'death rituals' of ship-breaking with the struggles for life of a community of people. It treats its extended silence as its strength."
The film reminded the jury of legendary American filmmaker Robert Flaherty's memorable documentary "The Man of Aran" (1934) and, in that sense, connects the origins of the documentary genre with its contemporary practice. The film made us feel proud to be part of Film South Asia 2009."
In selecting Mokammel's "Swapnabhumi" for the second-best film award, the jury was equally effusive describing it as "a very well crafted" film that "deftly captures the festering sore of 'stateless citizens' or 'stranded citizens' in so many regions of our extended sub-continent."
"It powerfully draws our attention to the issue of identities that have become a bane of post-colonial South Asia -- the question 'Who Am I' becomes one of the trickiest questions of our times, as many segments of our population become playthings of current history. The film tells this story with grace," said the jury.
Mokammel, the film's director who is now on a four-week tour of Japan, was understandably happy at his documentary being chosen for the award. In an e-mail response from Japan to The Daily Star, he expressed his happiness

মঙ্গলবার, ২৯ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Chalachitra Mela on Oct 2

To explore Bengali movies and raising these films to all, Channel i is going to organise a day-long film fair titled 'Chalachitra Mela' on October 2 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre at Sher-e-Banglanagar in the city. It will be the second consecutive arrangement by the channel authority.All classes of personalities including film stars, musicians and others will take part in the fair.This was disclosed at a press conference at Channel i Siddeshwari office in the city yesterday.Managing Director of Faridur Reza Sagar, among others, were present at the conference. A total of 16 stalls will be set up in the fair featuring documentary screening, dance, music, acting and other performances will be presented in the day-long event. The fair will be aired live on Channel i from 11:05am to 5:30pm.

Shahabuddin’s “Jai Bangla” opens at Bengal Gallery

Evocative paintings move Shabana Azmi to tears

A visibly moved Shabana Azmi said about internationally acclaimed Bangladeshi artist Shahabuddin's works, "Words cannot adequately express the overwhelming emotions surfacing when I saw his works."The actress par excellence, who has earned considerable repute as a social activist throughout the sub-continent, was a vision of grace and sophistication in a saree, with a flower in her hair. As a horde of cameras blocked her from the view, Azmi moved to the other side of the podium, so that the seated guests could see her. She had flown in from Durban, South Africa. Speaking as a special guest at the opening of Shahabuddin's latest solo exhibition "Jai Bangla" on September 27 at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, the Indian actress who has avid fans in Dhaka, said, "When Luva (Nahid Chowdhury) invited me, I was a little apprehensive, as my schedule was pretty tight, but I believe it's my good fortune that I decided to come here."The actress demonstrated her formidable oratory skills and compassion for arts as she continued, "We, South Asians, have to work together if we intend to make our presence felt on the global stage. No, we're not talking about homogeneity. This is not a melting pot where individual identities get submerged. The sub-continent is a colourful mosaic, and this diversity is our strength.""I was looking at Shahabuddin's works, and I wasn't alone. This was not the best setting to fully appreciate art, but these images stopped me in my tracks. I was immersed in the world of his paintings. When you can give even one viewer this feeling, as an artist you have earned your greatest honour," Azmi said as her voice choked up momentarily and her eyes glistened with tears. Shahabuddin fondly recalled watching "Ankur" (Azmi's debut film) in Oxford and being an ardent admirer of the thespian ever since. The artist is clearly not a man of words, but his paintings speak volumes and beyond to articulate the bedlam, the fire within. Finance Minister AMA Muhith, who was the chief guest, called Shahabuddin "the Jai Bangla artist." According to the minister, "Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin is known for his works on 'manwantar' (the great famine of 1943 in Bengal), and Shahabuddin's muse is the Liberation War. This freedom fighter's experiences during the war continue to stir his artistic senses."Luva Nahid Chowdhury, director general of Bengal Foundation, thanked the CEO of HSBC, Bangladesh, Sanjay Prakash, and the French Ambassador to Bangladesh Charley Causeret who expressed their deep interest in arranging the exhibition. "This is the 153rd exhibition hosted by Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts," informed Luva Nahid Chowdhury.Sumona Hassan, daughter of master artist 'Patua' Quamrul Hassan, presented paintings by her father to Shahabuddin, Shabana Azmi and the French Ambassador as gifts at the event.

সোমবার, ২৮ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Tit Bits , The celebrity name game

How important is one's name? In fact, William Shakespeare in his timeless love tragedy Romeo and Juliet questioned, "What's in a name?" None in Tinseltown, however, believes in that notion. For them, it is a name that creates as well as tarnishes one's image.In the early days of Hollywood or Bollywood, it was common for actors and singers to change their names to boost the image, often to avoid social issues, or just because the name was a 'tongue-twister'.The tradition of aspiring actors and actresses taking on new names is evident in our cinema as well. For instance, does anyone recognise Ratna or Idris? One is sure to be taken by surprise to learn these are the real names of their favourite heroine and hero Shabana and Illias Kanchan.This tradition of changing names kicked off with the first feature film of the Film Development Corporation (FDC), Aasia by Fateh Lohani, which introduced a powerful actress Sumita Devi. Her real name--Hena Bhattacharya--however remained insignificant even beyond the illusory boundary of the filmdom.Aasia also introduced Nandita Basak Jharna, who in her next film--famous filmmaker Ehtesham's movie Chanda, appeared as Shabnam and regaled cine goers with her unique charm.Shabana's career began at the age of nine as a child artiste with the film Notun Sur, credited with her real name Afroza Sultana Ratna. Later, it was Ehtesham again, who gave the young girl a completely romantic and glamorous image in his blockbuster Chakori with the name Shabana. Apparently Ehtesham's magical spell of names beginning with "Shab" was also becoming a trend.When one talks about Dhaka's successful film actresses, another name springs to mind -- Kabori. She also metamorphosed from Meena Pal at the age of 13 in her first movie Shutorang by Soovas Dutt.Kohinoor Akhter, a girl from Jessore, entered the showbiz through a documentary film by Kazi Khaleque. The name changed when she was cast in Soovas Dutt's feature film Kagojer Nouka in 1966 and turned out into the soon-to-be-famous Suchanda.Suchanda's younger sister, Farida Akhter Poppy also discarded her parental name after acting in Ehtesham's movie Peech Dhala Path. She became Babita.Azim-Sujata is well known as one of the legendary pairs of Dhakai films. What very few know is that a small town girl from Kushtia, Tandra Majumder, stepped into the FDC as Sujata.A child artiste--a girl, who played the role of a boy in the film Bablu, under the name Baby Helen, later became popular as Sucharita.Farhana Amin Ratna, a dancer from Kishoreganj, took the name Nutan in the film Nutan Prabhat, while Ifte Ara Dalia of Bikrampur became famous as Doel in Chashi Nazrul Islam's film Chandranath. Another popular artiste of the small and big screen, Sharmilee Ahmed's original name is Majeda Mullick.Not actresses alone, actors are also well into this phenomenon. Through H Akbar's movie Jalchhobi, Farooq stepped into the Dhakai filmdom in 1971. And thus Akbar Hossain Pathan, a young man from Gazipur, metamorphosed into today's Farooq.Soovas Dutt's famous film Binimoy introduced a new hero Ujjal in 1970, whose original name is Ashraf Uddin Ahmed. Mesbah Uddin Ahmed from Comilla came into film as an assistant director of the film Chhando Hariye Gelo and later turned into an actor himself in the movie Rater Por Din eventually changing the name to Wasim.Producer-director Masud Parvez took the name Sohel Rana while doing the movie on the famous secret agent Masud Rana. Tabarruk Ahmed from Dhaka became famous as Bulbul Ahmed.A famous comedian Tele Samad's original name was Abdus Samad, while silverscreen villain Jumbo's real name was Babul Gomes.Among the new age actresses, Shabnaz stepped from her actual name Sabrina Tania into the celluloid name with the film Chandni by Ehtesham. Arifa Zaman from Khulna is the artiste with immense screen appeal, Moushumi.The FDC's search for new faces in 1984 brought Aslam Talukder into the film arena with a brand new name, Manna. With the Bangla remake of a Hindi blockbuster -- Keyamat Thekey Keyamat in 1993, the film industry welcomed another popular actor Salman Shah. However, his original name was Chowdhury Mohammad Shahriar Imon.The top-notch actress of Bangladeshi filmdom Shabnoor's original name was Nupur. She was also christened by Ehtesham.In 1997, through the film Coolie, Sadika Parveen started her film career with the name Poppy. Another popular actress of today Purnima, who was introduced in the movie Ei Jibon Tomar Amar in 1997, bears the parental name Rita Hanif.These name changers have achieved considerable success. So, if you want to follow suit, make sure you have the talent to back it up with, of course, a catchy name.

রবিবার, ২৭ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Life in Bangla filmdom

Shahjahan Chowdhury is a noted film director, scriptwriter and dialogue writer. His highly selective writings delineate our social, economic and political conditions, as well as the Liberation War.Shahjahan is a journalist by profession. During the pre-Liberation period, he worked with the newspaper Khobor. After Independence, he began working with Bichitra. Later, he went on to publish a monthly, Nipun. Its subjects are cinema, literature, poetry, essays and drama. Now he is the editor and publisher of the Weekly Nipun. At the start of Shahjahan's career, he got a chance to work as a co-director with the legendary Pakistani filmmaker Saroor Barabankvi who was then working on “Akhri Station”. As he says, “I learned many things from this veteran filmmaker. In Bangladesh, I was always encouraged by Khan Ataur Rahman and Soovas Dutt. 'Ata bhai' (Khan Ataur Rahman) was my idol in Bangladesh. As a budding filmmaker, I felt confident, thanks to his loving and considerate approach. I learned scriptwriting, editing and various aspects of production from him.”“At one point, I also started writing lyrics. Some of my lyrics earned acclaim. Song writing completely depends on my mood. When I am in a pensive mood, Allah permits me to write,” says Shahjahan. He doesn't write songs frequently though. He believes that lyrics should be significant and insightful. “I was also closely associated with legendary musicians like Salil Chowdhury, Gauri Prasanna Majumdar and Naushad Ali. They persuaded me to write,” he asserts.So far Shahjahan Chowdhury has made four movies: “Pinjar” (1975), “Shatru” (1985), “Uttarer Khep” (2004) and “Ek Khando Jami” (2004). “Uttarer Khep” and “Ek Khando Jami” won several awards in different categories.“Uttarer Khep” is based on Shawkat Ali's novel with the same title. Renowned actress Champa bagged the National Award for her moving performance as the central character in the film. The film received a government grant. “Ek Khando Jami” is based on a poem written by Shahabuddin Nagri. It is an Impress Tele-film production. Champa and Raisul Islam Asad don the main roles in the film. Shahjahan's first movie “Pinjor” was a commercial hit. Besides making films, he has directed many TV plays. Shahjahan is now busy with his upcoming film. The film, “Atmadaan,” is adapted from Imdadul Haque Milon's “Suto-e Badha Projapoti”. The film is based on the Liberation War. As the director says, “During the Liberation War, the Pakistani army tortured the masses. Husbands lost wives, parents lost children... I want to present a complete picture of the war”. Fuji Colour has already provided a grant for the film.

শনিবার, ২৬ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Priyotomeshu to be released soon

Full length Bengali feature film (digital format) titled 'Priyotomeshu,' directed by Morshedul Islam based on the story of the novel of Humayun Ahmed, recently got permission from the Bangladesh Film Sensor Board (BFSB) to release across the country . The film is produced by Laser Vision.This will be the first movie in the country, which has got censorship from the BFSB. After receiving this permission from the government, digital movie has entered into a new era. As a result, from now moviemakers will be encouraged to make a film in low cost, which is a praiseworthy matter for the film industry in the country. While mentioning about the film Managing Director of Laser Vision Mazharul Islam said, "After getting permission from the censor board the film 'Priyotomeshu' is waiting to release. It will be released during the Eid-ul-Azha festival."

শুক্রবার, ২৫ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Zahir Raihan - One of the most gifted Bengali filmmakers

In January 1971, Zahir Raihan, one of the most gifted Bengali filmmakers, went to look for his elder brother and mentor, Shahidullah Kaiser, who was last seen in December 1971. Raihan was never seen again.
Raihan is considered one of the most gifted Bengali filmmakers. Apart from carving a niche in the mainstream with his films that represented the contemporary reality like “Jibon Thekey Neya” (addressing the Language Movement on 1952: a campaign for Bangla to be accepted as a national language that was violently suppressed by the Pakistani regime).
Among Raihan’s films “Stop Genocide,” an 18-minute documentary on the atrocities by Pakistani army during the Liberation War, is remarkable. The film highlights a parallel, drawn in the narration, between the genocides in Vietnam, Algeria and Bangladesh (during the Liberation War).
James Leahy, a film historian and screenwriter, goes over the inspiration and making of this documentary. Excerpts:
“…The Pakistani military actions quickly became a genocidal assault on the people of East Bengal. In all about 10 million refugees fled across the border into India, West Bengal…peasants, intellectuals, professional people, writers, filmmakers, politicians. Amongst the latter were the leaders of the Awami League, who proclaimed a provisional Revolutionary Government on the 17th of April. The government, whose headquarters was in Calcutta, set up a Department of Films and Publications. However there was only one among the refugee filmmakers who possessed the political vision required to work effectively at a time of revolutionary war. This was Zahir Raihan, a director of prize-winning features.
“Though a born filmmaker who could visualise a whole film without having to write a word on paper, Zahir Raihan had no experience outside the feature film. Thus he lacked the know how needed in these desperate wartime conditions. Fortunately in Calcutta his eyes were opened to new kinds of practice by exposure to films from Eastern Europe and Cuba, including those of Santiago Alvarez. The latter were clearly the major influence on his passionate and moving protest about what was happening in Bangladesh, ‘Stop Genocide.’
“Its similarity to some of Alvarez’s most powerful work is immediately apparent. It was made ‘virtually on the editing table,’ largely from stock, newsreel or found footage, and despite the fact that very little filmic material was available. One is reminded of Alvarez’s ‘Hasta la Victoria Siempre!’ (1967), made in 48 hours for the public meeting at which Fidel Castro announced the death of Che Guevara.
“Stop Genocide was financed by Indian friends of Bangladesh, and was not supported by the exiled politicians and their Film Department. However the acting Prime Minister Tajuddin Ahmed saw its importance, whilst the Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was visibly moved by it. She ordered her Films Division to buy it and circulate it internationally. The fact that the film’s commentary was in English, not Bengali, increased the chances of its message, ‘100 My Lais took place in Bangladesh,’ spreading worldwide.
“Nobody knows what happened to him…With him disappeared all hopes for the nationalised film industry, echoing Cuba’s ICAIC, which he and some colleagues had planned in exile, and of which he was the most prominent advocate.”

বৃহস্পতিবার, ২৪ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Lights dim over film industry

The cinema industry seems to best resemble its oldest cinema hall, the Picture House, later known as Shabistan, which was established in Armanitola of Old Dhaka in 1913.The place where the cinema hall had once stood with pride and dignity for over 90 years is now a quiet area with eight to nine residential buildings, standing face to face, with an ailing passage that fades after a few yards.At the end of the road stands a wall with a signboard of Islahul Ummah Madrasa and School that is located in one of those buildings. Nothing in the area carries the mark of the long-standing cinema projection house, except for in the minds of people.“I always felt passionate about watching a movie at Shabistan as I knew that it was the oldest cinema hall in the country,” said Rafiqual Islam, an Old Dhaka resident.“The last cinema I watched there was The Mummy Returns but soon afterwards, I learnt that the hall was being replaced by buildings.”The tale of Shabistan is the same as hundreds of other cinema halls around the country, which were shut for being in the red for prolonged periods.Hall owners blame thinning audiences for the losses, which led a number of cinema halls to pull down the shutters in the past few years.“Around 10 years ago, we received around 600 to 800 people per show. But now, one show attracts only 200 viewers,” says Paresh Chandra Ghosh, an accountant of Purabi Cinema Hall in Mirpur.He said good films still pull in large audiences, but such films are rarely produced.Sector people and cinema critics said it was the low quality of cinemas, an absence of creativity, a stagnant market and sheer government negligence that almost guillotined the industry. It is the only available source of recreation for a chunk of people in the country, mainly for the low and middle classes.In recent years, the poor turnout has also affected the production of cinemas by the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC), popularly known as Dhaliwood, which was established in 1957.In 2009, 41 films were produced in Dhaka — until February. The industry saw 74 films in 2008 and 84 in 2007, according to BFDC statistics.The notion is that the satellite culture, obscenity and piracy have made investment in the industry highly vulnerable.“If I invest Tk 1 crore on a film, I will not be at ease because it could be stolen. Pirated CDs and VCDs of the film could be distributed overnight across the country,” cinema producer Ustad Jahangir Alam told The Daily Star. He has been trying to put an end to piracy for long.But cinema critic Dr Gitiara Nasreen has a different view. “It would have been a blessing for us if a cinema produced in Dhaka had been so popular that it was worth being pirated,” she said.Nasreen also rejected the view that an availability of satellite channels has largely reduced the appeal for cinemas.Putting forward an argument, Nasreen, who teaches in the department of Mass Communication and Journalism at Dhaka University, said, “Nowadays every sports match is aired on television, but still people battle to buy tickets to watch the match at the stadium.”“Similarly, satellite channels are very popular in the US and simultaneously, cinema halls also do good business over there.”She said cinema halls have a different appeal and people would definitely go there if films were entertaining.The sector people said skilled filmmakers were left with no other option but to quit because of a low level of government support and poor infrastructure and technology. This left a vacuum that was later filled with people who had low filmmaking skills.These people latter increased violence and obscenity in films to attract audience and the film industry suffered as a result.They believe coordinated government efforts, including bank facilities and good film institutes, are required to pick the industry from shambles and make it profitable and competitive.Filmmaker Tareq Masud said: “Bangladeshi cinemas were at its peak in the 1960s, when it competed with films made in Bombay, Hollywood and in Urdu. Viewer turnout was also impressive then.”“Bangladeshi cinemas were doing well at that time and the famous Uttam-Suchitra pair was highly acclaimed among Bangalee cinema viewers,” said Masud.He said the government should allow private investment in BFDC to set up new studios and modern equipment as the present infrastructure is in a shabby state.He suggested the government should privatise BFDC or relax government control, just like Bangladesh Telecom Company Limited and Biman.“In the 1960s, the film industry was among the top industries, boasting huge revenue generation,” said Masud. He urged the government to provide loans for high quality film production, which is followed in many countries, including India.If a conservative country like Iran could receive global acclaim through the film industry, why not Bangladesh,” questioned Masud, urging a bold government policy.Emdad Hossain, acting managing director of BFDC, identified satellite channels, obsolete technology and obscenity as the main reasons behind the present state of the cinema industry.But he is optimistic about the future of the film industry. The government has recently undertaken a project to modernise it, he said.

Actor Razzaq - The king of Bangla Cinema

Bangla Movies Actor Razzak ruled the film industry in Bangladesh from the 1960s all the way to the 1990s. He was the king of the heroes of Bangladeshi cinema, his good looks and powerful acting making him arguably the most famous and most popular actor our country has yet seen.
At his prime, he was a real heart-throb; women loved him and men wanted to be more like him. Even today, though his days of being featured in starring roles are behind him, he has lost none of his star quality. His ability to mesmerise those around him, whether through his acting or through the force of his personality, remains unblemished by age.
However, the story of Razzak’s becoming a famous movie hero is an unlikely one. Growing up in Kolkata, his ambitions didn’t lie in cinema but rather on the playing field. ‘I never intended to become an actor; I was rather into sports during my student life,’ he begins by saying. It was a rather random incident that placed him on the track that carried him to stardom. One year, his school was putting on a play at a function to celebrate Saraswati Puja and his sports teacher asked him to take part in it. Razzak, apparently not so willingly, acted for the first time in his life and enjoyed his first taste of joy of acting. After that, he voluntarily took part in many other plays at school and a time came when he decided to take up acting seriously.
But, like most great actors, he had to struggle to make it. First, he faced resistance from his family. His father Akbar Hossain and two brothers were businessmen and hence, he was expected to go into business as well. He did, however, receive support and encouragement from one if his brothers, Abdur Gaffar, and that made it much easier for him to chase his dream. ‘I come from a conservative family and it was not easy for me to go for my dreams to become an actor, but Mejho Bhai (Abdul Gaffar) helped me a lot,’ he says, ‘without him it would not have been possible for me to be where I am today.’
He started doing plays with senior artists after passing his secondary school examinations. He obviously had immense talent and he started getting more and more roles and gradually, he became a renowned drama artist in Kolkata.
The actor recalls his time in Kolkata with great nostalgia. ‘That is where I was born, where I started my acting career and got married.’ He talks about the amazing opportunities he got to see many famous artists of that time, actors like Uttam Kumar and Tapan Sinha who, like Razzak, also lived in the city’s Kaliganj area.
Razzak also mentions the name of Pijush Bose, a film director in Kolkata who had a great influence in his life. Had it not been for Pijush Bose, Razzak might not have come to Dhaka to become a film actor because it was Bose who told Razzak to migrate to Dhaka and start a career in films.
‘I migrated to Dhaka actually to pursue my dream to act in movies. I wanted to start with small characters in the movies in Kolkata but Pijush Bose did not let me, he told me to try for better roles and said that Dhaka would be a good place for me to start.’
Razzak migrated to Dhaka in 1964 with his his wife and 6 month old son Bapparaj. After settling down, he started acting in theatres and also worked as an assistant director for a while. He then continued his acting in television for two years. He had a role in a television drama serial named ‘Gharoa’. Meanwhile he acted in some small roles in different movies as well; at that time he had no idea that one day, roles would be created just for him.
Finally, in 1966, the famous film director Jahir Raihan offered him a role in the film ‘Behula’, the first movie where Razzak was cast as the hero. This was the result of his efforts to become a film actor, a dream which he carried with him from Kolkata. ‘I kept on trying for a chance to work in a movie. One day, I went to Jahir Raihan and told him about my interest and experience. He listened to me and offered me the role in Behula.’ It was just the beginning. Razzak’s second film was a classic, ‘Anwara’, and by the time of his third ‘Agun Niye Khela’, he had almost reached superstar status.
Razzak has acted in so many movies that he finds it difficult to pick out one or two favorites. He names quite a few, including ‘Jibon Theke Neya’, ‘Maynamati’, ‘Obujh Mon’, ‘Beimaan’, ‘Neel Akasher Niche’, ‘Oshikkhito’, ‘Chhutir Ghonta’ and ‘Baadi Theke Begum’. He says he played some of his most favourite characters in ‘Baadi Theke Begum’, ‘Oshikkhito’ and ‘Beimaan’.
The first actress to be paired with Razzak’s as the heroine was Shuchanda, though he is better known for his work alongside Kobori and Shabana. ‘I had a romantic pair with kobori, but I got paired with Shabana more times than with any other heroine. I had a good understanding with all of them.’
When asked how a star like him avoided rumours of relationships with the heroines, Razzak says, ‘my passion was acting and my love was my family, there was always a mutual understanding at work with my family and the support of my wife, Lakshmi, made it possible for me to avoid such rumours.’
Razzak played his last role as a hero in the 1994 movie ‘Ondho Bishwash’. Then, after a five year hiatus, he returned to the silver screen for a role in ‘Baba Kano Chakor’. Apparently, he needed that time to adapt to a new life which did not require the routines of his old one. Also, the break underlined his commitment to work in suitable roles. ‘I did not want to work in characters that no longer suited me or characters that were being imposed on me, so I took a break and came back to act in roles that suit me’.
His comeback film, ‘Baba Kano Chakor’, was a huge hit and he was asked to star in the Kolkata remake of the movie which also became a huge success. The famous actor of our country now acts in at least two movies in Kolkata every year in addition to his work here. His famous movies in Kolkata include ‘Sharthopor’ and ‘Onnodata’.
The once prolific actor is now very selective as most of the scripts do not have the same kind of appeal as they did before. He thinks it is the result of the change in the society and culture of our country. However, he is very happy that our film industry is fighting vulgarity quite successfully and feels that the industry has immense potential.
The quintessential hero of Bangladeshi cinema also feels proud as a father as his sons have willingly taken up acting as their profession. His elder son, Rezaul Karim Bapparaj, and younger son, Sajid Hossain, are both working in movies. ‘My family has always looked up to acting, my wife Lokkhi has had a huge contribution in my success and I have always inspired my sons to act in films and today when I see them working in this field, I feel really good.’

বুধবার, ২৩ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Film Star Moushumi

Her first add was in Meril Springrain Shampoo directed by Afzal Hossain. This add became very famous which opened her scope in film industry. Sohanur Rahman Sohan called her in 1991 for her first film Keamot Theke Keyamot. It was a breakthrough for her. Her first film made her know to all. But still she remains as a favorite to us through her presence in media. Her sincerity and quality made her a super star, which is after all the star of our all types of audience.

Profile:Name: Arifa Akhter Zaman
Nick name: Moushumi
Birthday: 3rd November
Birthplace: Khulna
Father: Nazmuzzaman Moni
Mother: Shamim Akhter Zaman
Siblings: Three sisters, among them Moushumi is the eldest, Snigdha is the second one the Erin is the youngest one.
Education: her first school was Khulna Residential Model School where she studied up to class three. After that she came Dhaka and got admitted in Willes Little Flower School where she studied up to class eight.
She passed her SSC from Shiddhashshary Girls’ School in 1988. She passed HCS for Women’s fedaration College in 1990.
Then she got admitted in Lalmatia mohila College but could not sit for BA exam as she came to the cinema.
Marriage day: 2 August 1996
Husband: Omar Sani
First add: Meril Spring Rain shampoo
First drama: Aral
First film: Keyamot Theke Keyamot directed by Sohanur Rahman Sohan
First tour in abroad: India
She judges herself: As a very simple person. She likes to see things straight and trusts people a lot.

মঙ্গলবার, ২২ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Bangladesh cultural team goes to Delhi

A 15-member cultural team from Bangladesh led by noted dance artiste Lubna Marium and Warda Rihab is going to Delhi to attend programmes on the occasion of Durga Puja festival. Shadhona - Centre for Advancement of South Asian Dance & Music, and Dhriti are jointly organising the Bangladeshi team. Besides Lubna Marium and Warda Rihab, other dancers are - Samina Husein Prema, Nishita, Shammi, Tahmina Anwar Anika, Amit Chowdhury, Mithun Mahbub Reza, Arefin, MR Waseq and Nayeem. Two singers are - Anima Roy and Bijon Chandra Mistri. The team is accompanied by make-up artiste Jyoti. There is a cultural platform of Bangalees named 'Bikolpa' in Delhi. Avery Chauri, Purnendu Chakraborty, Badal Chakraborty, among others, are involved to organise this gala event on the occasion of Durga Puja. The team will leave for Delhi on September 21. The troupe will arrive in Delhi on September 22 and will be there till September 30. The performances are at Hauz Khas (Sashti on September 24),Gurgaon (Saptami), Kashmiri Gate (Ashtami ) and Greater Kailash (Nabami ) followed by a performance at the Bangladesh High Commission on September 28 and a show at the India International Centre on September 29.All the performances will be a mix of Rabindra-Nazrul songs and dances, except for the IIC show which is pure classical dance - Manipuri by Warda Rihab and Samina Hossain Prema, Bharatanatyam by Arpita Shome and Amit Chowdhury; Kathak by Tahmina Anwar Anika.

সোমবার, ২১ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯


Mamunur Rashid


What are you wearing this Eid?

The usual panjabi and pajama, but I have not started Eid shopping yet.

What is a ‘must cuisine’ for you on Eid day?

For me, hotchpotch (khichdi) with a delicious beef curry does wonders in the morning of Eid. And then there is the shemai of course.

Any special plans for Eid?

I have actually celebrated the last few Eids abroad - Shilong, Meghalaya with my near and dear ones, but this Eid I am planning on visiting my mother and father in Tangail with my family members. This is special to me.

Anyone special you will miss this Eid?

In the past, I loved spending the Eid day with my team, the boys and girls from ‘Arannyak’ and I would like to take this opportunity to wish them a prosperous Eid and a message for them and all- ‘Even amidst this celebration and happiness, don’t forget those who are poor and needy and cannot celebrate this holy occasion like you do and be generous to them.

What is your fondest memory of Eid?

The Eid days of my childhood, undoubtedly! I grew up in a village. I still remember how we used to wait for the month of Ramadan to end, with great enthusiasm, for the Eid day to come, and as the occasion would come to an end, it left behind a mark of agony.

Which was the best gift you have received on Eid?

Well I still haven’t received anything yet for this Eid but in all Eids I get a very nice pair of panjabi and fatua from my beyain.

রবিবার, ২০ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Eid Treats

Highlights of special programmesThis Eid-ul-Fitr, TV viewers are in for a treat. BTV, ATN Bangla, Channel i, ntv, Banglavision, Desh TV and others are offering an array of special TV plays, feature films, tele-films, musical and variety shows on the occasion of Eid. The programmes will be aired throughout the week and will feature noted and popular artistes. Here are the highlights of the Eid-special programmes.BTV"Ityadi”The Eid special episode of popular entertainment show "Ityadi" will be aired on the second day after BTV's eight o'clock news.Like every Eid episode, the programme will commence with the popular Nazrul Sangeet "O mon ramjaner oi rojar sheshey." Five hundred people will feature in the song. A duet song, featuring renowned singers Sabina Yasmin and Andrew Kishor, is the highlight of the programme. Popular film heroes from the 1970s-80s of Bangla filmdom, Faruk, Bulbul Ahmed and Wasim, will take part in a special skit. Contemporary models and actors Nobel, Shimul, Pallab, Monalisa, Bindu and Momo will perform a group dance. "Ityadi" has been planed, compiled and hosted by Hanif Sanket.

শনিবার, ১৯ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Eid Interview 5



What will you be wearing for Eid?

I will wear a comfortable panjabi that will suit me.

What is a ‘must cuisine’ for you on Eid day?

I prefer spicy food to sweet dishes. On Eid day my mother cooks ‘pilaf’ and ‘chicken roast’. These are a must for me.

Any special plans for Eid?

Not really. I will go to offer the morning prayers where I will meet friends. I may go out with my family and friends later in the evening.

Any one in particular you will miss during Eid?

My mother-in-law who is in Canada as she won’t be here with us this Eid What is your fondest memory of Eid?

This is from the time when I was still in school. I used to enjoy Eid a lot. Jewel, my cousin or rather friend and I used to have a sort of competition about who has a better dress. Jewel would always win. Once I got a really cool outfit and I was sure that I would beat him but later I found out that we had similar outfits. Now we look back and laugh about all these.

What is the best gift you ever received on Eid?

I don’t get gifts on Eid any more. Well, I haven’t received a gift that I would consider as the best gift, but after our marriage my wife gave me a panjabi for Eid which I really like.

শুক্রবার, ১৮ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Kushum-er Chhobi: A depiction of rural life

Written by Imdadul Haq Milan and directed by Shamsuddin Khan Hiru, "Kushum-er Chhobi" is a serious drama that intertwines around and portrays the village life. The play stars Abul Hayat, Shirin Bokul, Zakia Bari Mamo, Arman Parvez Murad, Shubhechcha Haq Lekha and others.The story follows a schoolteacher, Moti Master. A well-rounded man, Moti Master loses his sanity after his daughter dies in an accident. There is no one to look after him. One day an artist comes to the village. Miraculously he sees the dead girl in his dreams and goes about to draw her in his picture. The frenetic father finds peace looking at his daughter's image.“Pubali, Hotapara and Gazipur were the locations where we shot the play,” said the art director, Md. Rasheduzzaman Khan Shubho. “Our intention was to bring out the rustic beauty in this touching story,” he added."Kushum-er Chhobi" will be aired on the sixth day of Eid at 7:50 pm on Channel i.

বৃহস্পতিবার, ১৭ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Sisimpur steps into fifth year

'Sisimpur', the popular household show on Fridays, has stepped into its fifth year. To celebrate the occasion, Nayantara Communications arranged a 'Utshob' at Bongobondhu International Conference Centre on September 15.Young children, the main attraction of the event, attended the programme to spend a few hours with ‘Tuktuki' and 'Halum', two popular Muppet characters in the show. Other characters in Sisimpur are -- 'Ikri Mikri', 'Shiku' and 'Aby Kadabi'. The programmme, an adaptation of nonprofit educational children's TV show Sesame Street and produced by sesameworkshop and Noyontara Communications in Bangladesh. The project is funded by USAID.Singer Mehrin and popular writer Zafar Iqbal joined the children at the celebration. Abul Kalam Azad, minister for Information attended the event as chief guest. James F. Moriarty, ambassador, United States of America to Bangladesh; Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury, state minister for ministry of women and children affairs; Don Donohue, country director, sesameworkshop; Asaduzzaman Noor MP; Aly Zaker and Sara Zaker, project head, Nayantara Communications; Dr. Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, secretary, ministry of information and others were also present at the programme.Abul Kamal Azad congratulated Sisimpur and hoped that in future the programme will keep contributing in providing education for the young children.James F. Moriarty said "Sesame Street, the inspiration for Sisimpur, originated in the US 40 years ago. It has grown by leaps and bounds and become popular with children and adults all over the world. Sesame Street's unique brand of programming combines entertainment and humor with education reaching millions of children worldwide. Utilizing a highly effective approach in improving the basic education and social skills, Sisimpur has successfully embraced and adapted this very special approach." "One of the main reasons for its extraordinary popularity is that Sisimpur makes learning fun for children. With characters like Halum, Ikri-Mikri, Tuktuki and Shiku -- the programme uses a combination of Muppets, animation and live actors to teach children the fundamentals of literacy, numeracy, colours and concept of time -- helping the young develop critical thinking abilities " he pointed out. Speaking on Sisimpur, Sara Zaker said "The programme aims at providing children with many critical basic information through entertainment. Such programmes are very helpful to the development of the young and we hope to run the show on a regular basis for the many more years to come." Sisimpur is aired on BTV on Fridays.

Wrishiz in homage to Shah Abdul Karim

Cultural organisation Wrishiz Shilpi Goshthi arranged a programme to pay homage to 'Baul Samrat' Shah Abdul Karim on September 15 in collaboration with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). The programme was held at the National Music and Dance Centre, BSA. Director General of BSA Kamal Lohani, noted folklorist and director general of Bangla Academy, Dr. Shamsuzzaman Khan; Professor Mridul Kanti Chakrobarty of Department of Music, Dhaka University and general secretary of Shammilita Shanskritik Jote, Golam Kuddus spoke on the life and works of Abdul Karim at the programme.In his speech Professor Mridul Kanti said, "Shah Abdul Karim was a bard of the masses. He inspired people through his highly-rated songs."In his remarks, Golam Kuddus urged the authorities, such as the Bangla Academy, and the Shilpakala Academy, to uphold and promote Karim's songs in authentic manner.Noted ganosangeet artiste and head of Wrishiz, Fakir Alamgir presided over the programme.Members of Wrishiz also performed songs at the programme. The performance included Karim's ever-familiar number "Agey ki shundor din kataitam" and Hemanga Biswas' "Ei shamadhi taley."Among others, ganosangeet artiste Fakir Shahabuddin and lyrist Shahidullah Farazi paid tributes to the bard at the programme.Shah Abdul Karim passed away on September 12 at the age of 93.

বুধবার, ১৬ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Loosening up on this festive occasion

Eid for Munmun and Tamanna

Munmun Ahmed and Tamanna Rahman are two of the leading Bangladeshi classical dancers. The Daily Star talked to them to get an update on their Eid plans."Eid is such a festive day for all! I enjoy the day with my family and relatives -- my brothers, sisters, cousins and others," said Munmun, who enjoys chatting with loved ones, visiting them, receiving guests and having good food.Tamanna, on the other hand, has different plans. She enjoys the day with her husband and her mother-in-law and gives them quality time. "Of course Eid means happiness and there is a lot of exchange of greetings with friends and relatives. But my Eid is mainly centred around my mother-in-law who cooks a special meal this day. We all watch as she prepares delicious dishes one after another. Eid is a special excuse to spend a beautiful time with the people I love the most."This Eid, Munmun will be going to Cox's Bazar with the whole family. "There will be two jeeps and we have booked a circuit house. There is also a cook but the other ladies and I have decided to cook for all of us. The kids are already excited and geared up. This year we have a lot more shopping for the trip than for Eid itself. We will be taking ludo, cards, etc. It's going to be fun!"Tamanna Rahman will be busy on the remaining days of Eid in rehearsals for Durga Puja. "This is very unusual," said Tamanna. "But I am thrilled with the idea."And of course the culture of salami goes on for these two artistes as well. "I meet my students and even on the second day of Eid, they will be coming with their big smiles and greetings and we would bestow them with a handsome salami," said Munmun. "I keep brand new notes of Tk 100, Tk 50, Tk 20, Tk 10 and even Tk 5 and Tk 2 for this special day. And as a tradition my students wait eagerly for salami from their guru,” she said.

Eid Interview 4

Farzana Shakil


What will you be wearing this Eid?

Haven’t decided yet. I prefer cotton so may be I will pick up something in cotton or handloom and go for a simple look with a touch of kajal and lipstick.

What is a ‘must cuisine’ for you on Eid Day?

Shemai and zarda.

Any special plans for eid?

I want to spend my time with my family, they are special to me.

Anyone special you will miss this Eid?

My daughter is here with me this Eid. But I will miss my husband and my son. I will miss my father, my siblings and my nephews and nieces, whom I love very much!

What is your fondest memory of Eid?

Every Eid brings special moments. All my Eid memories are ones to cherish for a long time.

What is the best gift you have received on Eid?

Every gift is special to me.

মঙ্গলবার, ১৫ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Eid Interview 3

Habibul Bashar

What will you be wearing for Eid?

On Eid I will wear a panjabi. In the evening I may change into jeans but I will wear a panjabi with it.

What is a ‘must cuisine’ for you on Eid day?

My mother cooks hotchpotch and a chicken or beef dish for breakfast. This is a family tradition and for me it’s a must on Eid mornings.

Any special plans for Eid?

Eid day is very short. I don’t exactly have any special plans. I think I will spend the day visiting relatives. In the evening I may hang out with friends.

Any one in particular you will miss during Eid?

I will miss my brother and little sister who are in New York .

What is your fondest memory of Eid?

This isn’t exactly a fond memory since we do it every Eid but it’s a part of Eid that I am very fond of. When my family and I go to the Eid prayers in the morning we always go together in a big group. It’s really fun and I love that moment.

What is the best gift you ever received on Eid?

I didn’t exactly receive anything that unique.

সোমবার, ১৪ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Dinat Jahan: An artiste of many dimensions

An early starter in the world of music, Dinat Jahan Munni has crossed many a milestone in her professional and personal life and can clearly be said to have arrived in the media world. Today she is a Programme Producer of ABC Radio, mother of two adorable kids, wife of renowned lyricist Kabir Bokul and a versatile singer in her own right. “Sometimes it gets a bit hectic, but thanks to the love and support of my family and my colleagues, producers et al, I'm usually able to get things done well. I'm quite happy with the way things are,” says Dinat.Dinat first received accolades way back when she was a child and won two national children's awards, one in 1985 and the other a decade later. She has done several live shows; one memorable performance was with the diva Runa Laila at an USAID programme. She has worked with composers Shawkat Ali Imon, Alauddin Ali, S.I. Tutul, Imon Saha, Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul and others.Her first album was “Ami Opar Hoye Boshe Achhi,” a collection of Lalon songs. Dinat's next album, released in February this year, was a duet with Asif -- “Phirbo Na Aaj Baari”. Besides these, she had been quite prolific in her contribution to the film industry and does two/three playbacks on a regular weekly basis.“Although in Bangladesh, playback is considered as the advanced stage of a singer, interestingly I started my musical career doing that. It has also been a challenge because of the diversity I found in this form of music. Here, while singing, I have to put myself in the part of the actress and reflect the various emotions that go through the scene at that particular instant of the song. It is challenging and I thoroughly enjoy it.”Currently, viewers can find Dinat in “Priyo Shilpi Shera Gaan” on Baishakhi Channel. This Eid, she will be appearing on a show about couples, with her husband Kabir Bokul. She will be anchoring an Eid special programme on classic songs on BTV. Listeners will also find her on ABC Radio on an Eid special programme with Momtaj, Tamim, Tutul and others.Dinat is an active social worker and has been involved with Prothom Alo's campaigns against acid violence and substance abuse.So how does Dinat manage so many roles at the same time? “Life is like a test. There are so many dimensions to an individual -- mother, daughter, wife, working woman, musician and so on. None of these can be neglected.”“One aspect of me is that I take my own time and patiently wait for what's to come, instead of adapting myself to a particular situation or time. I retain my style, and so acknowledge the fact that I have got endless things to learn. I had only brought out two solo albums in last 13 years and that is again because of my 'taking it slow-and-easy' trait. I get things done gradually. I am doing jingles, playbacks, songs, duets, etc but when I get to do an album it is an expression of my love for my fans and well wishers, so it has to be perfect.”Dinat's peers are full of praise for this versatile personality. “Dinat is an amazing character, easy to the ear like a melodious song,” said RJ Sammy from ABC Radio. “She never asks for her songs to be played on the radio but we are compelled to air them on demands from fans.”

রবিবার, ১৩ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Rang Mistiri Show

An encouragement for promising directors

With an aim to provide quality entertainment, Desh TV is introducing a new programme, titled "Rang Mistiri Show," scheduled to begin from the fifth day of Eid-ul-Fitr. The programme will feature single-episode TV plays directed by talented, up and coming directors. 'Rang Mistiri' is an organisation of emerging film and TV play directors, most of whom are or have been students of the Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), Dhaka University. The organisation was founded in 2007. Animesh Aich, Matia Banu Shuku, Mezbaur Rahman Sumon, Tokon Thakur, Shibu Kumar Shil and Shah Newaz Kakoli are among the founding members of the group."In 2007 we arranged a four day festival, titled 'Rangmistiri Utshob' at FFA premises. At the event, 12 productions by upcoming directors were screened," said director Animesh Aich, one of the founding members. Aich has attained much acclaim for his works, in particular the tele-film "Garam Bhat Othoba Nichhak Bhut-er Galpo". "The event received a positive response; the turnout was surprising. It was basically the success of that event which inspired us to move forward," Aich added. "Six months ago we were contacted by Desh TV to make single-episode plays for the channel," he said.The premiere of the "Rang Mistiri Show" was held at Star Cineplex, Bashundhara City Mall recently. At the show, the play "Agantuk" was screened. The play, directed by Junaid Mustafa Chowdhury, features Aupi Karim, Agun and Monowar Kabir in lead roles. "Under the current agreement with Desh TV, members of 'Rang Mistiri' will be making a total of 26 single episode plays," said Aich. So far, seven plays are ready to air: "Agantuk," "Taal Mistri" directed by Shafiul Faruk Ujjal, "Gugli" directed by Khairul Huda Khan, "Shangshar" directed by Matia Banu Shuku, "Era Ora O Jadukar" directed by Mahmudul Hassan Babu, "Dhonesh Pakhir Thot" directed by Habib and "Football" directed by Animesh Aich.Animesh Aich and Mezbaur Rahman Sumon are the executive producers of the show.

Bangla folk music loses a true son of the soil

Baul Samrat’ Shah Abdul Karim no more

Known nationwide as 'Baul Samrat,' mystic bard Shah Abdul Karim died of age related ailments at a Sylhet hospital yesterday morning. He was 93.Nurjahan General Hospital authorities confirmed that Karim breathed his last at 7:58am.The coffin of the 'Baul Samrat' was taken to the Sylhet Shaheed Minar at 1:00pm yesterday. People from all walks of life paid homage to the bard.The legendary poet-lyricist was kept on life-support at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital after his condition deteriorated on Friday. Karim was taken to the hospital from his village home in Ujandhol, under Derai upazila of Sunamganj district on September 3.Abdul Karim was born nearly hundred years ago. Karim never had a chance to attend school. But the gifted rhymester learnt from and was inspired by his surroundings, the people and nature and in time turned into a living legend.The river Kalni, which flows very near to Karim's home, was a muse to the bard. Many of his songs articulate the riverine lifestyle. His songs metaphorically speak of the unsolved riddle of creation.Some of his popular numbers are, "Agey ki shundor din kataitam," "Kon mestori nau banaisey," "Bashonto batashey," "Ami tomar koler gari," "Bondhey maya lagaisey," "Tomra kunjo shajao go" and "Gari choley na".Karim's songs were published in six books: "Aftab Sangeet," "Gano Sangeet," "Kalnir Dheu," "Dholmela," "Bhatir Chithi" and "Kalnir Kooley." Bangla Academy translated ten of his songs into English.The life and works of Karim have been featured in Shakur Majid's documentary "Bhatir Purush". Journalist Faruk Mehedy also made a documentary on the legend, titled "Shikor".The late Ruhi Thakur and Ranesh Thakur are widely known as Karim's direct disciples. Karim's only son, Shah Nur Jalal, is also a folk singer.The band Dolchhut and singer-composer Habib Wahid have widely popularised Karim's songs among the young urban music enthusiasts.Habib, who is currently in London, couldn't be contacted. His father, renowned singer Ferdaus Wahid, said, "With the demise of Shah Abul Karim, we have lost a legend who could be considered a pillar of Bangla folk music. The divine bond between the creator and his creation has been defined in an uncomplicated, yet profound way in his compositions." "Habib is what he is today, thanks to Shah Abdul Karim's incomparable songs," Ferdaus Wahid added. It was in 2003, when Habib, a student of London University, came across the Shah Abdul Karim song, "Bondhey maya lagaisey". The song had an indelible impact on the young musician. For the next one and half years, Habib researched on Shah Abdul Karim's music. The result was Habib's debut album "Krishno". Seasoned folk artiste Kiran Chandra Roy said, "If the contemporary Bangla folk music is compared to the solar system, Shah Abdul Karim was definitely at the centre. We have lost one of the greatest artistes and our folk music has lost a true 'son of the soil'.”"We had performed together at several programmes. In 1997/'98, he asked me to tune one of his songs 'Pran kandey mon kandey'. It was a great honour for me," reminisced Roy. Karim was awarded the 'Ekushey Padak' in 2001. In 2005, he received the 'Meril-Prothom Alo' Lifetime Achievement Award. The 'Baul Samrat' will be buried next to his wife Sarala in his yard today.

শনিবার, ১২ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Fashion.com on Channel i

Special Eid fashion programme "Fashion.com" will be aired this afternoon at 4:05pm on channel i. This episode of the programme will highlight attire collections of fashion house Rong, footwear of Gallerie Apex and hairstyle and make up by Ban Thai.The programme is hosted by Samia Afrin and directed by Shanto. Sayeduzzaman Mithu and Samia Afrin are the producers of "fashion.com".

Mehreen experimenting with new sound

Upcoming album to feature compositions by bands

Pop star Mehreen's next album will offer something novel to music lovers. Mehreen's upcoming album will feature music by rock bands. Several bands have already sent their demos to Mehreen, and come September 15 the best songs will be selected. The selected songs will be covered by Mehreen, along with bands. The album, which is likely to have 10/12 tracks, will be released by Eid-ul-Azha.“It's a new concept, and I must acknowledge the help of Saif Ishtiaque, from the band Oblique,” says Mehreen. “Usually we have a composer, and are guided by the composer/producer, but that is not the case this time.”The singer adds, “I am tired of technologically manipulated sounds. I want individual musicians playing drums, or flute, or other instruments. The feel is completely different.”A band can turn in one or more entries for selection. Saif and Shahriar, from Radioactive (winner of the DRockstar contest) are coordinating the process. Ovik came up with the concept.“It will be a thrilling and learning experience for me, as I've been doing mostly pop up until now, and rock is a completely different genre. Not only rock, the album will also have R&B, soul and other sounds,” Mehreen says.Mehreen's breakthrough was her debut album “Anari” (2000). With her classically trained voice, which can readily switch to a stylish pop mix, Mehreen is poised to shine in other modes of music too.

শুক্রবার, ১১ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

A focus on the marginalised

World premier of Diamond’s new film “Gongajatra” on Channel i

Ferdous and Popy in a scene from “Gongajatra”. Photo: STAR
Syed Ohiduzzaman Diamond, a film director and playwright, began his career as an anchor of a programme titled “Kollol” on Bangladesh Television in 1992. “The single episode TV play Chandni Ghore Koyekdin, aired on BTV, directed by me, received much acclaim. The play focused on varied archaeological and heritage sites in our country. After that I made Shashaner Golpo and Smritir Rekha. Diamond's first feature film Nacholer Rani was released in 2006. The film highlighted the Santal rebellion and the role of noted social activist and reformer Ila Mitra.According to Diamond, he has so far made 40 single TV plays for various channels. Some of his prominent plays are Nisheethey Nongor, Golabari Station, Shankho Bish, Lodia and Antodha. “My subjects are varied and I feel comfortable to work with marginalised people in varied professions. Prostitutes, barbers, domars, blacksmiths, potters and other manual labourers' way of life are the theme of my TV plays and films. Santals and their difficult way of life also feature in my works. I specially want to focus on the underprivileged people in our society,” stated Diamond.Diamond's feature film “Gongajatra” will be aired on Channel i at 2:20pm on Eid Day. The cast includes Popy, Ferdous, Simla, Shahidul Islam Sacchu and Sabrina. In the film, Rupa is a beautiful girl. She is consigned to a brothel, being a victim of circumstances. She gives birth to a girl, and names her Nipa. Though she lives in such dire conditions, she wants to educate her child and often dreams of being rescued from her hell along with her daughter. Ratan is a shrewd man of the locality. He often visits Rupa and develops a warm relationship with her. Ratan promises to marry her and rescue her from the brothel. The gullible Rupa hands over all her savings to the devious Ratan.Haripad is another interesting character in the film. He is an influential man in the Hindu community and visits Rupa as a customer regularly. Prakash, a dome in the locality, is another frequent visitor to Rupa. A silent competition often ensues as to who will ultimately rescue Rupa.

বৃহস্পতিবার, ১০ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

FDC: TV play highlighting Bangladeshi filmdom

TV serial "FDC" will be aired on Rtv tonight at 10:10pm. The serial is written and directed by Kochi Khondakar.The story follows Liakat Ali Liku who is an avid fan of Bangla films. To Liku, each film is an experience. He is so into films that he can throw dialogues from his favourite films at the drop of a hat. He meets Swapan Nandi, a cine-journalist, who introduces Liku to the behind-the-scene action at FDC where films are shot.The cast includes Zahid Hasan, Mosharraf Karim, Fazlur Rahman Babu, Anisur Rahman Milon, Hasan Masud, Marjuk Rasel, Tinni, Tisha, Momo and others.

Abbasi and Ferdausi sharetheir love for music on Desh TV

Celebrity talk show "Ek-i Brintey" will be aired tonight on Desh TV at 8:30pm.Artiste duos -- father/mother and son/daughter, siblings, guru and disciple -- are usually featured on the show.Seasoned singers Mustafa Zaman Abbasi and Ferdausi Rahman are guests on tonight's episode of the show. The brother and sister duo -- son and daughter of the legendary singer Abbasuddin -- will share their experiences, passion for music and more on the show.Hosted by Tanvin Sweety, the programme is produced by Ushnish Chakraborti.

বুধবার, ৯ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Amitabh Reza contemplating making a film

Though Amitabh Reza is one of the pioneers who changed the face of Bangladeshi TV commercials, he considers himself a "fiction (TV plays, films) director". TVCs directed by Reza for Grameenphone, Banglalink, Citycell, Labaid and more have gone on become hugely popular. The Banglalink commercial with the catch phrase "Oi din ki aar asey" was nominated for the Global Mobile Award 2007 in 'Making Difference in People's Life' category. Reza's latest works include ads for the cell phone sets recently launched by Grameenphone, Warid and a drama serial titled "Ichchhe Holo" on Desh TV. The Daily Star recently caught up with the busy director."I prefer fiction, yes, but when you take ad making seriously, you're not left with time for much else," says Reza. "However, my heart is with filmmaking."Reza won a Meril-Prothom Alo Award (2008) for best TV director for the play "Ekti Phone Kora Jabe Please?". "I like urban settings, stories and characters and this reflects in my works," he says.Major changes in the medium -- TV play -- over the years, according to the director: "The plays and serial aired on BTV back in the day had powerful stories and bold concepts. Cinematography was one of the decisive factors then. "Now cinematography or the 'language' is stronger. Besides, the viewers have way more options now. Several TV channels, countless shows and serials...This takes away the impact of individual programmes."On changes in ad making: "Concepts are much better and polished. Entrepreneurs are getting smarter. They want to communicate with the consumers intelligently. Obviously, the output, commercials appear slick."Reza has been contemplating making a film. He has shortlisted three stories (all by Reza) and hopes to start filming next year. The filmmaker has decided to call the project "Nitu".

Eid Interview 2

Fahmida Chowdhury

What will you be wearing for Eid?
I don’t buy anything special or new for myself for Eid. It is a time when I relax so I will wear something comfortable, perhaps a shalwar-kameez. What is a ‘must cuisine’ for you on Eid day?
Zarda-shemai as well as the one made with milk.
Any special plans for Eid?
I don’t have anything specially planned. I like hanging out. I will invite friends and family over and I might even cook on Eid. Like I said, Eid is leisure time and I would like to spend it relaxing and doing whatever I want.
Any one in particular you will miss during Eid?
I can’t really say whom I will miss. This is something natural, unconditional and unintended.
What is your fondest memory of Eid?
Stealing flowers to decorate the house for Eid!
What is the best gift you ever received on Eid?
The best gift is the gift I get everyday, everyone’s love and expectations. You may ask how this is related to Eid. Well, for me every day is like Eid and Eid itself is a casual day for slowing down. So, the gift I receive everyday is the gift I actually receive for Eid and the best gift of all is everyone’s love and expectations.

সোমবার, ৭ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Eid Interview

Aruna Biswas
What will you be wearing for Eid?

I usually wear shalwar-kameezes at home. I think I’ll wear a kaptan shalwar-kameez on Eid.
What is a ‘must cuisine’ for you on Eid day?

Shemai of course. Besides that, another dish that is a must for me is pilaf.
Any special plans for Eid?

I may not be here in Bangladesh this Eid. I might go to India with my son and my mother. I want my mother to see Agra. If I stay in Dhaka for Eid then I will probably relax at home. Relatives and friends will come over to visit. I might cook on Eid day. It all depends on whether I will visit India or not.
Any one in particular you will miss during Eid?

Well if I go to India then I will miss my brother, sister-in-law and my nephew a lot.
What is your fondest memory of Eid?

When I was young, a school-goer, Dhaka wasn’t so crowded. I used to hangout with friends on Eid; we used to dress up, hang out at Ramna Park and sometimes even check guys out! I miss those days a lot.
What is the best gift you ever received on Eid?

I grew up in a Hindu culture so I didn’t get any gifts for Eid. But I did learn a lesson from my parents and I consider that as the best gift I ever received for Eid. They taught me that Eid is not just for Muslims or Pujas only for Hindus. These festivals are for everyone to enjoy.

রবিবার, ৬ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Eid 2009

Dilara Zaman
I have been a part of many Eids in my 67-year life, but I am grieved to see how Eid has devolved over the decades into becoming a matter of showing off for people. It is now almost completely centered on shopping for expensive clothes by the dozen. There are people in our country who are starving – how can someone buy lehengas worth well over Tk 100,000 while knowing that? In my childhood, I used to be content with only one set of new clothes for Eid, but that age seems to be long past. The holy simplicity of Eid is gone.

Shormili Ahmed
Eid used to be so much different when I was a child – I had no responsibilities aside from being happy and enjoying the festive atmosphere. Later, after I got married, I discovered that now I had to make others happy as well. But that’s all right – seeing their happiness brings happiness to me as well.
Falguni Hamid
Eid used to be so much different when I was a child – I had no responsibilities aside from being happy and enjoying the festive atmosphere. Later, after I got married, I discovered that now I had to make others happy as well. But that’s all right – seeing their happiness brings happiness to me as well.
Sharmin Shila
I was always very fond of Eid shopping, and I enjoy it very much even now. On Eid, I spend a lot of time with my family, and buy gifts for everyone. It makes me feel really happy when my gifts brighten up someone’s face.
Tania Ahmed
During my childhood, I always used to get a lot of new clothes for every Eid from my five maternal uncles. My father, being a school headmaster, had a more limited budget, but even then he did his best to bring a smile to my face with a gift. At that time, parents used to be very conscious about studies, upbringing and values, but were not very aware of fashion, presentation etc. I always refrain from spending much on myself on Eid, but I always make sure that none of the wishes of my children go unfulfilled. What I enjoy even more than Eid is the time spent with my family and friends on the night before Eid.

Salman Shah’s 13th death anniversary

Special programme on Rtv

With Sohanur Rahman Sohan's "Keyamat Thekey Keyamat," Bangladeshi filmdom got a new lease of life. Through this blockbuster, two stars were born -- Salman Shah and Moushumi.

Shahriar Chowdhury Imon aka Salman Shah (his stage name) changed the typical image of a Bangladeshi film actor. In the early 1990s when the country's film industry remained stagnant, Salman Shah took the film industry by storm with his spirited performance and irresistible charm. The ailing film industry witnessed a real romantic hero and welcomed a new era in the romantic film genre with his appearance. Soon he turned into a heartthrob of the young moviegoers.

This charismatic actor's career and life were cut short when he passed away on September 6, 1996. In his short span of film career he acted in 18 hit films.

On the occasion of his 13th death anniversary, Rtv will air a special episode of "Tarokalap" tonight. Filmmaker Sohanur Rahman Sohan will reminisce discovering the charismatic actor and his experiences of working with him.

Produced by Sohel Rana and hosted by Shammi Nahar Shopna, the show will be aired today at 10:45am

শনিবার, ৫ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Laila Hasan and Tapan Mahmud on Rtv tonight

Noted danseuse and actor Laila Hasan along with Tagore singer Tapan Mahmud feature as guests in tonight's episode of entertainment talk show "Dhrupadi." The show will be aired on Rtv at 9:25pm.
"Dhrupadi" features stories behind the success of celebrities through an entertaining conversation between the guests and the host. Apart from their success as artistes, both Hasan and Mahmud are well- known organisers who have gone a long way in promoting their respective cultural fields. In the course of the programme, both Hasan and Mahmud will share the factors behind their success with viewers.
The weekly programme has been compiled, directed and hosted by Shanta Islam.

TV play Banolota Sen on ntv

Single episode TV play "Banolota Sen" will be aired on ntv tonight at 9:00pm. Written by Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, the play has been directed by popular small screen actor Mahfuz Ahmed.
The play follows the story of a man named Jalal who works at an advertising firm. Sumi works at the office as an executive. One day, while checking a billboard of the company being set at a railway station, Sumi spots a young man about to jump in front of a rushing train. She stops the man. Jalal plans to use the incident for an advertisement. He makes an agreement with the young man, named Masud, offering him Tk 10 lakh. Sumi cannot accept this deal and resigns from the company.
Richi Solaiman, Mosharraf Karim and Hasan Masud play the lead roles.

Fuad and Mila on Amar Ami tonight

Banglavision's weekly celebrity talk show “Lizan Mehedi Amar Ami" will feature Mila and Fuad as guests tonight. The programme will be aired at 9:05 pm.
Mila is one of the top pop singers of our time. Fuad, on the other hand, is a leading music composer and has done most of the compositions for Mila's albums including her latest solo "Redefined", released recently for Eid. In the programme the duo will talk about their musical career, share experiences of working together, future projects and snippets from their personal lives. They will be joined by Nawshin as host in the programme. Anonto Zahid is producer of the show

Nobel’s reflections on Ramadan

Most people know of the aristocratic, glamorous Nobel. It may be his boyish smile or twinkle in the eyes that suggest a carefree, accomplished young person. Whichever facet you know of the model, this Ramadan The Daily Star brings to you his spiritual side.
Nobel is religious at heart. He says, “We have to remember Almighty who created us. From our birth till our death, whatever we may be, no matter how successful we are, we cannot forget God.” He also said, “Your work, the networking-these are all habitual and part of life. But you should also have a bit of time for your self. The chaotic city life can pull one apart.”
Nobel tries to spend most of his Iftar's with his family, his wife, mother, father and his two adorable kids. “It's a magical moment when we do Iftar together at home.” About Ramadan, he says, “It's a little hard this time of the year. For one thing, we can barely sleep in Ramadan. In the full length of the night we go for Ibadat, like Tarabi, Telwat, etc. Then we catch a wink of sleep say around 3 am. But again we have to be up at 4.30 for Sehri. However, I like this time of year and never miss a fast.”
When Nobel was young, he dreamt of being a doctor, engineer, professor or pilot. He ended up as a supermodel. How does he feel about that? “I feel content and thrilled. People respect us, they open their doors to us. For my accomplishment, I must thank all my friends.”
This Eid although Nobel won't be appearing much as he plans to give most of that day to his friends and family, however he will come on the popular TV show “Ittadi”.
“Eid is now different only in the sense that in the childhood it was more interesting. We had to compete for our dresses and our uncles used to shower us with gifts. It's not the same now as now it means more responsibilities. We are always focused on as well.”
In the end Nobel says, “On many occasions we are going out of track. We don't think much about our metaphysical existence. When we are in trouble, only then do we remember God. But this does not and cannot last. At one point, no matter where we go, what ever depths, we still come around to our spiritual side

শুক্রবার, ৪ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Mousomi “Well-fare” foundation

Mousomi “Well-fare” foundation :- Hot favorite film actress Mousumi take initiative to establish a charity hospital for the destitudes & poor pregnant mother. All-star artists of cultural field came enthustically for the implementation of that project. Kumar Bishawjit, Tapan Chowdhury, Aiyb Bachhu, Shuvro Dev, Shakila Zafar, Baby Naznin, Roby Chowdhury, Dolly Sayentony, Rigia Parvin, Palash, Magician Jewel Ich, Lutfor Rahaman Riton (Ricitor), Introducer Abdun Noor Tushar, Film actor Manna, Rubel, Riaz Nayeem, Shabnaz, Shabnoor, Purnima, Shanaz, Tamanna, Amin Khan, Shimla, & famous model and Dancer Sadia Islam Mou were agreed to attain that Mega Show.

Farhana Mili

Up and coming actress Farhana Mili’s latest projects

Her evocative acting in the movie "Monpura" has popularised her as 'Pori' and made her a household name. Besides "Monpura" she has also made her mark in the entertainment industry with TV plays, theatre performances, commercials and more. In an interview with The Daily Star, Farhana Mili talked about her upcoming TV plays that would be aired this Eid.

Eid-special Ityadi

Four TV stars feature in Eid-special Ityadi
(From left) Richi Solaiman, Dilara Zaman, Mahfuz Ahmed and Shahiduzzaman Selim in the Eid-special "Ityadi".

Four popular TV actors -- Dilara Zaman, Shahiduzzaman Selim, Mahfuz Ahmed and Richi Solaiman -- have taken part in a segment involving the audience in the upcoming episode of "Ityadi," to be aired this Eid-ul-Fitr.
The stars have performed in a skit featuring different regional dialects of Bangladesh. The audience have to answer questions based on their performances. Five contestants chosen from the audience have taken part in the segment.

Biplob’s latest film

Biplob’s latest film Britter Bairey to be premiered at Toronto Film Fest

Jayanto Chattopadhyay (left) plays the protagonist of the film.

"Britter Bairey," Golam Robbani Biplob's latest film is going to have its premiere at the 34th Toronto International Film Festival, scheduled to start from September 10. Produced by Impress Telefilm Ltd, the film will be screened as part of the 'Contemporary World Cinema' section. "Britter Bairey" is Biplob's second feature film. His debut film "Swapno-danay" (released in 2007) was acclaimed by critics and movie enthusiasts alike, and won a total of 32 international awards including the Best New Asian Director at the Shanghai International Film Festival in 2007.Talking about his latest work, Biplob said, "'Britter Bairey' tries to zoom in on the present corporate culture and its impact on our people and values."The plot: The protagonist of the film is Haripada (played by Jayanto Chattopadhyay). Haripada is Hindu, but has adopted a Muslim boy named Moqbul (played by Firoz Kabir). A potter by profession, Haripada is also a talented musician, and indulges in playing flute in leisure. His first encounter with urban elements happens when a reporter from the city comes to his village and interviews him. After the interview gets published, Haripada is invited to Dhaka. Eager to experience city life, Haripada and his son come to Dhaka for the first time. Here he is contacted by a music company, which sees his musical talent as a lucrative product, and the organisation tries to exploit it. Haripada and his flute are promoted through media -- newspapers, press conferences et al. This system of branding and merchandising everything starts to get under Haripada's skin, and he finds it very difficult to cope with the corporate culture. Each time he tries to escape to his village, the music company somehow finds him and drags him back. The film chronicles a rural man's troubles, holding on to his values and identity."Playing flute was something which Haripada did in his own time, at will, to satisfy his creative urges. But in the city, he is being forced to do it. He despises this, and desperately tries to find his way out of this system," explained Biplob.The cast also includes Fazlur Rahman Babu, Shahidul Alam Sachchu, Rasheda Rawnak, Azharul Islam Khan and others. Bappa Majumder is the music director of the film.Biplob is optimistic that "Britter Bairey" can recreate the kind of success his last film attained."Britter Bairey" is scheduled to be released in Bangladesh later this month