Lubaba Mahjabin Prima

Contributor for Arts & Entertainment and Star Showbiz.

Farooki’s ‘Last Defenders of Monogamy’ is lacklustre

Once musician Xefer took a turn and decided to debut as an actor while also adopting a new look with straightened hair, that too for Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s project, it left netizens mesmerised. Moreover, the awestruck people were also eagerly awaiting her on-screen pairing with seasoned actor Chanchal Chowdhury. However, the anticipation led to much disappointment when the greater bit of the audience did not find the movie appealing.

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‘Expats’: Of love and loss  

The show begins with the abrupt disappearance of Margaret’s youngest son while he was with Mercy. This incident triggers a series of events, also involving Margaret’s neighbour Hilary. As these women navigate their deep-rooted traumas and terrible sense of loss, the series highlights the role of the megastructures of patriarchy and capitalism in individual lives.

A reflection on the not-so-great kitchen of households

Kitchens constitute an essential part of our lives, a space whose power dynamics we often overlook. But if cinema reflects our lives, shouldn't it highlight even the most mundane aspects? "The Great Indian Kitchen", a 2021 Malayalam movie written and directed by Jeo Baby, prompts us to consider just that.

Contemplating unanswered echoes of ‘Mr and Mrs Iyer’

More often than not, a film leaves you marred with questions, and you ponder over all the ifs and buts of what will unfold next. The film “Mr and Mrs Iyer”, along with all the emotions it invokes, is one that forces us to wonder about the ‘what ifs’.

‘12th Fail’ finds resonance amongst Bangladeshi Youth

Once in a while, certain movies deeply touch us, showcasing the challenges in our lives while reminding us of the importance of struggling for what is right. "12th Fail”, written and directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, has become that kind of a movie for the youth in Bangladesh.

Young adults react to ‘Young Sheldon’

For any "The Big Bang Theory" fan, the curiosity about Sheldon's formative years has likely crossed your mind. "Young Sheldon" serves as an answer to that curiosity, offering a coming-of-age sitcom perfect for those interested in a life filled with knowledge and joy.

A look back at ‘Gohine Shobdo’

The 2010 movie “Gohine Shobdo”, directed by Khalid Mahmood Mithu, received widespread acclaim when it was released. Starring Mamnun Hasan Emon, Kusum Sikder, Masum Aziz, and Abul Hayat in lead roles, this movie narrates the relationship of a young couple in present-day Dhaka, with the country's Liberation War history and ongoing economic inequality impacting them. In my opinion, good storytelling, striking narration and apt metaphors make the movie a relevant watch to this day.

Dhak: A historic Bengali instrument on the cusp of being endangered

The Dhak is the epitome of quintessential Bengali music, but how are the Dhakis—the ones who have kept this art form alive for generations—actually doing?

April 15, 2024
April 15, 2024

Farooki’s ‘Last Defenders of Monogamy’ is lacklustre

Once musician Xefer took a turn and decided to debut as an actor while also adopting a new look with straightened hair, that too for Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s project, it left netizens mesmerised. Moreover, the awestruck people were also eagerly awaiting her on-screen pairing with seasoned actor Chanchal Chowdhury. However, the anticipation led to much disappointment when the greater bit of the audience did not find the movie appealing.

March 15, 2024
March 15, 2024

‘Expats’: Of love and loss  

The show begins with the abrupt disappearance of Margaret’s youngest son while he was with Mercy. This incident triggers a series of events, also involving Margaret’s neighbour Hilary. As these women navigate their deep-rooted traumas and terrible sense of loss, the series highlights the role of the megastructures of patriarchy and capitalism in individual lives.

March 2, 2024
March 2, 2024

A reflection on the not-so-great kitchen of households

Kitchens constitute an essential part of our lives, a space whose power dynamics we often overlook. But if cinema reflects our lives, shouldn't it highlight even the most mundane aspects? "The Great Indian Kitchen", a 2021 Malayalam movie written and directed by Jeo Baby, prompts us to consider just that.

January 14, 2024
January 14, 2024

Contemplating unanswered echoes of ‘Mr and Mrs Iyer’

More often than not, a film leaves you marred with questions, and you ponder over all the ifs and buts of what will unfold next. The film “Mr and Mrs Iyer”, along with all the emotions it invokes, is one that forces us to wonder about the ‘what ifs’.

January 4, 2024
January 4, 2024

‘12th Fail’ finds resonance amongst Bangladeshi Youth

Once in a while, certain movies deeply touch us, showcasing the challenges in our lives while reminding us of the importance of struggling for what is right. "12th Fail”, written and directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, has become that kind of a movie for the youth in Bangladesh.

December 9, 2023
December 9, 2023

Young adults react to ‘Young Sheldon’

For any "The Big Bang Theory" fan, the curiosity about Sheldon's formative years has likely crossed your mind. "Young Sheldon" serves as an answer to that curiosity, offering a coming-of-age sitcom perfect for those interested in a life filled with knowledge and joy.

December 2, 2023
December 2, 2023

A look back at ‘Gohine Shobdo’

The 2010 movie “Gohine Shobdo”, directed by Khalid Mahmood Mithu, received widespread acclaim when it was released. Starring Mamnun Hasan Emon, Kusum Sikder, Masum Aziz, and Abul Hayat in lead roles, this movie narrates the relationship of a young couple in present-day Dhaka, with the country's Liberation War history and ongoing economic inequality impacting them. In my opinion, good storytelling, striking narration and apt metaphors make the movie a relevant watch to this day.

October 20, 2023
October 20, 2023

Dhak: A historic Bengali instrument on the cusp of being endangered

The Dhak is the epitome of quintessential Bengali music, but how are the Dhakis—the ones who have kept this art form alive for generations—actually doing?

September 21, 2023
September 21, 2023

Weddings, women, and the weight of choices

Ultimately, these narratives raise profound questions about willpower, helplessness, and the authenticity of power dynamics. They underscore the ongoing need for women's stories to be told on-screen, with no straightforward answers but a pressing demand for exploration.

September 13, 2023
September 13, 2023

‘Abar Aranye’: A continuation you can't miss

The movie certainly hits all the right notes of nostalgia. Having Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Subhendu Chatterjee and Samit Bhanja in their previous characters is indeed a treat.

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