Mostofa Sarwar Farooki's “Doob” (“No Bed of Roses”) may be still awaiting censor clearance at home, but the film has already gotten some international recognition. The Irrfan Khan-starrer India-Bangladesh coproduction won the Kommersant Jury Prize at the 39th Moscow International Film Festival, where it is also in the main competition.
Farooki informed The Daily Star yesterday that the Kommersant Jury Award is an official award recognized by the festival, handed out by an independent film jury. All the films in the main competition are also in contention for the award. The award is given by Kommersant, a leading Russian daily and the jury is headed by eminent Russian film critic and film historian Andrei Plakhov.
The film had its jury screening at the festival on July 27 and audience screening on July 28. When asked about the audience's reception of the film, Farooki said: “I was amazed by the emotional connect of the Russian audience to the film, especially with the women audience. Many members of the audience came up to me and Tisha (who plays the female lead in the film) and said they connected emotionally with it, and that was an amazing feeling.”
The film, which The Hollywood Reporter said is “the kind of indie destined to turn up at fests for the rest of the year … and could swing some commercial playdates thanks to [Irrfan] Khan's worldwide following,” premiered at the Shanghai International Film Festival last week in competition, before heading to Moscow. The film, however, is yet to be cleared by Bangladesh's censor board and thus has no release date as of now.