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.
Film Valley is planned by Ismile Hossain Nayon and Nur Jaman Raja, Directors of Golpagar Entertainment, and funded by Engineer A S M Haider, Chairperson of Euro Group. It is executed under the guidance of A B M Nasimuzzaman from Golpagar Interior.
Childhood friends Nur Jaman Raja and Ismile Hossain Nayon always dreamt of creating a film city, and their common interest in art and filmmaking only contributed positively towards this ambition. "Working together in both Golpagar Entertainment and Golpagar Interior has been quite an experience, starting from the initial days to growing up together. Today, we are finally living the dream of establishing Film Valley," shares Nur Jaman Raja. "This success has come after a lot of rejections and hard work."
The demand for safe shooting spots has become a necessity for the entertainment industry. Bearing that in mind, Film Valley offers security and safety measures for its visiting shooting teams. "I have worked on a few projects myself. Proper film cities that offer all sorts of resources and comfort for actors, crew members and the filmmakers are very few in number. Thus, I came up with this plan, and it took us around four years to establish this city," adds Ismile Hossain Nayon.
Hiring shooting spots and establishing sets requires finance and time. "Here at Film valley, we provide all the support that a film production team requires. This not just avoids unnecessary expenses, but also saves a lot of time for the team," adds Nur Jaman Raja.
Film Valley looks to restore and treasure the heritage of the entertainment industry, alongside providing solutions for filmmakers who look for secured places to execute their creative productions. "As we combat the coronavirus pandemic, the audience's inclination towards media, especially the entertainment industry, has grown significantly," shares A S M Haider. "This need has given way to the emergence of video streaming platforms for South Asian audience, especially Bangla content, for Bangla speakers." Film Valley looks to arrange shoots in accordance with regulations of the government and other shooting houses.
It has five designated shooting floors and six independent studios. Four shooting floors are named after Nayak Raj Razzak, Abdullah Al Mamun, Jashim, and Humayun Faridee. The fifth floor is dedicated to renowned filmmaker Zahir Raihan. The studios are named after Salman Shah, Zafar Iqbal, Manna, Anwar Hossain, Dildar, and Kabori. In addition, Film Valley has a lakeside location called the Suchitra Sen Shorobor, the Humayun Ahmed Tennis Ground, and numerous outdoor sets.
The film city also offers uninterrupted electricity, water and gas supply, car parking, and overnight accommodation for visitors. "Designing a film city is never easy. It took a lot of team effort to finally come to this result," shares architect A B M Nasimuzzaman. "My heart fills with joy when I see months of discussion and designing physically present in front of my eyes."