For the first time in her career, actor and singer Rafiath Rashid Mithila is stepping into the world of silver screen. Directed by Anonno Mamun, the film, "Omanush" will feature Rafiath Rashid Mithila alongside popular actor Nirob.
The shooting for the film started on April 1 in various locations including Bandarban, Gazipur and certain locations in Dhaka. Due to the ongoing lockdown, the shooting was postponed.
"This was the first time I had the experience to work on a big canvas and the experience was good, it's a different experience working for a film," shares Mithila. "In a film every little element is important and all the small details have to be considered."
The film is an action thriller, with the initial shoot done in a jungle, in a natural setting. According to Mithila, it took three days to shoot one action scene.
Besides working in the media, she is the Head of the Early Childhood Development Programme at BRAC International. "I have a full-time job which requires me to travel a lot and film is a long time commitment, thus, I never had the time to invest in a film before," expresses Mithila. "Now I'm working from home and from my experiences of working on web series, I realised I can break my schedule and make time for this commitment without any conflict."
Mithila will be portraying the character, Nudrat, a Bangladeshi girl, raised abroad. In the film, Nudrat comes back to visit Bangladesh after many years and plans to shoot a documentary. The story then follows Nudrat into a thrilling adventure.
"It will be an entertaining experience for the audience, I think they will enjoy the film as it tells a thrilling and an adventurous story," shares Mithila.
Shooting amid a pandemic has been the new normal for quite some time. Mithila has worked on several projects since last year, maintaining health and safety protocols.
"This is the new normal we have to deal with, wearing masks all the time except for shooting scenes, sanitising intermittently and following safety protocols are a must during a shoot," says Mithila. "This time, the situation worsened very fast and so we postponed after the first lockdown."
Film productions involve a large number of people, depending on it for their livelihood. Postponing a film production suddenly impacts a lot of people and the cast and crew are yet to figure out what their next course of action will be.
"This is my first film and I'm not quite sure if the timing is right or not, as the possibility of a hall release is very low, given the situation," expresses Mithila. "We don't yet know how and when the film will be released."