Marking International Surfing Day, multiplex company Star Cineplex yesterday announced its first venture into film production with a unique feature film, based on the life of a surfer in Cox’s Bazar.
Speakers at the press conference at Bashundhara City Mall said “Naw Dorai” (English title “Dare to Surf”) -- produced by Mahboob Rahman under the banner of Star Cineplex -- is the first of its kind in Bangladesh.
Directed by popular small-screen helmer Taneem Rahman Angshu, the film stars Sunerah Binte Kamal and Sariful Razz in central roles. The cast and crew of the film were present at the event.
“I have noticed in the recent past that Hollywood films have been dominating our market. Despite Bangladeshis having great potential, very few local films make it big,” said Mahboob Rahman, also chairman of Star Cineplex. “Therefore, I have ventured into films in order to comprehend the market better and help produce and uphold local talent in the international arena.”
While surfing in Cox’s Bazar, Mahboob came across a real-life story of a surfer girl and a tragic story behind her passion. Inspired by it, he decided to tell a cinematic story for audiences -- local and international.
Later in the evening, attendees were invited to watch the trailer on the big screen, followed by the premiere of latest Hollywood release “Men in Black: International”.