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POST TIME: 24 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 23 September, 2018 10:07:29 PM
91ST ACADEMY AWARD
‘Doob’ to represent Bangladesh
DL reporter

‘Doob’
to represent Bangladesh

Eminent Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s much-talked-about film ‘Doob’ (No Bed of Roses) will represent Bangladesh in the upcoming edition of the Academy Award. The film has been selected from Bangladesh to compete in the category of Best Foreign Language Film at the ‘91st Academy Award’ (Oscar).

The announcement was made at a press conference held at a hotel in the capital yesterday. Bangladesh Federation of Film Society (BFFS) and Bangladesh Oscars Committee chairman Habibur Rahman Khan, film director Mostafa Sarwar Farooki, actress Nusrat Imroze Tisha, film director Mushfikur Rahman Gulzar, Abu Musa Debu, and chairman of Jaaz Multimedia Abdul Aziz, among others, were present at the programme.

Like the previous years, Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) had formed a nine-member Oscar Bangladesh Committee for selecting a Bangladeshi film to compete in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 91st Academy Award.

To participate in the selection process, interested film producers were requested to submit their films according to the rules set by committee by 5pm of September 20, 2018.

Two notable films of the recent times made in Bangla language by Bangladeshi filmmakers--which were released after October 1, 2017--were submitted for the selection process with English subtitle, informed Habibur Rahman Khan.

Among the two films submitted to the committee, Bangladeshi production house Jaaz Multimedia-produced ‘Doob’ has been chosen to participate in the ‘91st Academy Award’ (Oscar) earlier this Saturday.  

Starring celebrated Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan and popular actress Nusrat Imrose Tisha from Bangladesh in the lead roles, the film ‘Doob’  is said to be loosely based on late Bangladeshi writer and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed--- who divorced his wife of 27 years and married an actress 33 years junior to him who was also his daughter’s classmate in school. The filmmaker, however, has denied that it’s a biopic. He informs that the story builds up around the members of two families discovering the finer fabric of love when the headman of a family dies.

On the other hand, the other film submitted for the selection was ‘Komola Rocket’ produced by Impress Telefilm. The film is directed by Noor Imran Mithu based on the Bangla Academy Award-wining Shahaduzzaman’s stories ‘Moulik’ and ‘Saipras’. The film stars Tauquir Ahmed and Mosharraf Karim, among others.

To note, the 91st Oscar, organised by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will be held on February 28 in 2019 at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.