8 successful films in the last 12 years
There was a period when Bangladeshi cinema seemed hopeless, both as an art form and as an industry but in recent times, the Bangladeshi film industry is experiencing a new wave as most of the films that are being released are doing well at the box office commercially.
Let us look at the films that did commercially well in the theatres from 2010 to 2022.
After the success of "Monpura" directed by Giasuddin Selim in 2009, there were no such films that can attract the audience in theatres. The scene changed when Zakir Hossain Raju directorial "Poramon" was released in the theatres in 2013. The film featured debutants Symon Sadik and Mahiya Mahi, in the lead roles. This film paved the way for Mahiya Mahi in Dhallywood.
Noted filmmaker Amitabh Reza Chowdhury directorial "Aynabaji" drew a fair amount of audience, particularly for its unique storyline, in the theatres in 2016.
Based on the story by Gousul Alam Shaon (who also has an acting role), the film casts Partha Barua alongside Masuma Rahman Nabila and Chanchal Chowdhury, and is the story of a gifted actor, who slips in and out of personas at will.
Bangladesh-India joint production "Shikari", which stars Dhallywood superstar Shakib Khan, did well at the box office, when it was released in 2016. Shakib's ragged look in this film has received raving appreciation from the audience.
Action film "Dhaka Attack", was the most profitable cinema in 2017. It drew throngs of viewers to the halls that year. The film was directed by Dipankar Dipon and casts Arifin Shuvoo, Mahiya Mahi, and Taskin Ahmed in the lead roles. Taskin emerged as a villain in the film industry through this film.
Raihan Rafi directorial "Poramon 2", the sequel of the film "Poramon" directed by Zakir Hossain Raju, garnered positive appreciation from the audience in 2018. Siam Ahmed debuted with this film on the silver screen. The film also casts Puja Chery in the lead role.
Humayun Ahmed's widely read novel 'Debi' got its film adaptation in the same year. In the film, Jaya Ahsan played the character Ranu and Chanchal Chowdhury played the character of Misir Ali. This cinema was a breath of fresh air in Dhallywood, which attracted a lot of audiences in the theatres.
Raihan Rafi directorial "Poran" won over audiences, as soon as it was released this year after the dry spell in theatres due to Covid-19. The film casts Bidya Sinha Mim, Sariful Razz, and Yash Rohan in the lead roles. This film is still going strong in theatres. After a long time, the audience came back to watch films in theatres with this film.
Mejbaur Rahman Sumon directorial "Hawa", which was released on July 29 this year, captured the audiences with its magic. Due to its unique plot and brilliant cinematography, it took over the country by storm. The song "Shada Shada Kala Kala" created hype amongst the audience. The film stars Chanchal Chowdhury, Sariful Razz, Nazifa Tushi, Shohel Mondol, Nasir Uddin Khan, and Sumon Anowar in the lead roles.
Both "Hawa" and "Poran" have helped to rejuvenate dead cinema halls across the country, as well as open new ones. Whether it's Jessore's Monihar Hall, which experienced record revenues, or Sylhet's Grand Cineplex, opening to optimistic responses, it seems that the surge is not over yet.