Veteran director Tanvir Mokammel is a happy man as the crowd-funding of his latest documentary “Seemantorekha” (“The Borderline”) -- the first such venture in Bangladesh in film -making -- has turned out to be a success.
“The total budget of the film was Taka 18 lakh, and so far, we have spent Taka 12 lakh taken in the form of loans. We needed Taka six lakh more to complete the film. Our crowd-funding endeavor succeeded in generating around Taka 10 lakh,” Tanvir told The Daily Star.
“Simantarekha” chronicles the story of the Partition of the Indian sub-continent and the effects it had on the lives of millions of people on both sides of undivided Bengal.
Tanvir expressed his gratitude to a couple, Debasis Mridha and Chinu Mridha, who alone contributed Taka six lakh to help complete the film.
The rest of the money will be used to repay the loans, said Tanvir, who has made feature and documentary films like “Nodir Naam Modhumati”, “Rabeya”, “Chitra Nodir Parey”, “Jibondhuli”, “Karnaphulir Kanna” and “Bastra Balika”.
“This is the first time a crowd-funding effort became a success in Bangladesh,” said the director, adding “We hope our work will help the struggling and young film-makers in future to obtain fund through crowd-funding.”
According to the director, the film should be ready by April.
The director's documentary had run into a cash crunch, and he offered a slew of incentives to potential funds contributors for the crowd-funding.