Netflix’s ‘Persuasion’ misunderstands Jane Austen’s novel entirely

The problem with Netflix’s adaptation of Persuasion is that it doesn't know what it wants to be.

Films, flashing lights, and stars: Cannes Film Festival concludes today

The Cannes Film Festival geared up for a bumper 75th anniversary edition with a selection of big Hollywood names, buzzy newcomers and previous Palme d’Or winners from May 17– a splashy return even as the conflict in Ukraine looms over festivities.

Sri Lankan lives in turmoil: A riotous rendition of “Funny Boy”

Selvadurai’s book, set against the backdrop of escalating political tension in Sri Lanka prior to the 1983 riots, portrays the effect of the Tamil-Sinhalese clash on the personal lives of his characters, before giving a glimpse of the riots in the very last chapter.

Keeping hope alive through storytelling: Why ‘The Breadwinner’ is a timely watch

War is always the hardest on women and children. Setting all the geopolitical discussions aside, it is not brand new information that the Taliban rule proved to be the worst for the women of Afghanistan in particular.

Behind the meteoric rise of Turkish and Iranian content dubbed in Bangla

In recent times, Bangladesh has seen a surge in production of Bangla dubbed productions of foreign films and series. These contents have carved a place into the hearts of audiences through its quality production and power-packed star casts.

Arifin Shuvoo’s co-artiste in 'Noor' revealed

Raihan Rafi directorial film 'Noor' had already confirmed Arifin Shuvoo's presence in it. Now, Jannatul Ferdous Oishee has paired up with Shuvoo in this film.

September 9, 2021
September 9, 2021

Why did Nusraat Faria leave Gias Uddin Selim's 'Gunin'?

Nusraat Faria Mazhar is one of the busiest actors in the film fraternity. She signed noted filmmaker Gias Uddin Selim's upcoming feature film, “Gunin” last month (August 28).

September 4, 2021
September 4, 2021

5 fantasy novel adaptations that deserve your attention

This is a Japanese animated film, directed by Hayao Miyazaki and partly based on the 1986 novel by the British writer, Diana Wynne Jones.

August 31, 2021
August 31, 2021

Ministry of Information calls out for film submissions for National Film Awards 2020

The Ministry of Information has requested filmmakers to submit their projects from last year for the National Film Awards 2020.  The National Film Awards is biggest cinematic award in Bangladesh and the makers are asked to submit their projects every year prior to the prize giving ceremony.

August 24, 2021
August 24, 2021

Cholochitro Shilpi Samiti’s initiative to name a shooting floor at BFDC after Nayak Raj Razzak halted

August 21, 2021, marked the fourth death anniversary of Nayak Raj Razzak. Since his demise, many from the film industry have been demanding for an initiative in Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) to commemorate his legacy.

August 23, 2021
August 23, 2021

Will bringing in Indian films save our movie theatres?

With every passing day, more and more of our movie theatres have been shutting down due to the lack of quality local content. In October last year, the leaders from the country's three film-related organisations, Bangladesh Film Exhibitors, Producers and Directors Association, agreed to screen Indian Hindi films to keep the cinema hall afloat.

August 14, 2021
August 14, 2021

Exploring claustrophobia in cinema

Many filmmakers have grasped the idea of plausible horror stories, opening doors to numerous subgenres to explore. For nearly two years, we have faced one form of horror in our real lives with the advent of the global pandemic. It is the horror of being locked indoors for an undefined period of time.

July 11, 2021
July 11, 2021

Leesa Gazi’s ‘Baarir Naam Shahana’ sheds light on a woman’s courage

British-Bangladeshi writer, director, actor and playwright, Leesa Gazi has dedicated her career to presenting powerful stories told from a woman's perspective via theatre and film. Her documentary film, "Rising Silence", memorialising accounts of Birangona women of the 1971 Liberation War, won several accolades across the world, including Best Feature Documentary at Moondance International Film Festival (USA), Asian Media Award for Best Investigation 2019 (UK), Best Feature Documentary at the PSVI Film Competition by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, UK. Since 2017, Gazi started working with Global Survivors Network, SEMA, established by Nobel Laureate Dr Denis Mukegwege's Foundation. The first-ever International public address by two Birangona women...

July 11, 2021
July 11, 2021

Happy birthday, Purnima!

Today marks the birthday of Purnima, who  started her film career in 1998, with director Zakir Hossain Raju’s “E Jibon Tomar Amar.” Since then, she has gone from strength to strength, mesmerising audiences with her versatility on the silver screen. The National Film Award-winning artiste gave a standout performance as the protagonist in Chashi Nazrul Islam’s “Shubha”, opposite Shakib Khan. The film is based on a story by Rabindranath Tagore.

July 10, 2021
July 10, 2021

Team ‘Rehana Maryam Noor’ walks the Cannes red carpet with style

The team of 'Rehana Maryam Noor' walked the red carpet at the 74th Cannes Film Festival yesterday. The Abdullah Mohammad Saad directorial is the first Bangladeshi film in history to be officially selected for the Cannes Festival, in the Un Certain Regard section. The film is rightfully receiving one honour after another from the appreciative Cannes audience.

July 4, 2021
July 4, 2021

A new shooting paradise for Bangladeshi filmmakers

Film Valley, one of the largest private film cities in the country, was inaugurated recently. Located in Dhamrai, Savar, this shooting location extends on three and a half acres of land. It is built in honour of showbiz legends loved by audiences in Bangladesh.