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Special screening of “Moner Manush” at Star Cineplex

Prosenjit as Lalon in the film.

A special screening of the yet to be released feature film “Moner Manush” was held on September 30 at the Star Cineplex, Dhaka. The screening was part of Channel i's 12th anniversary celebration programme. Renowned Indian filmmaker Gautam Ghosh directed the film based on a novel by Sunil Gangopadhyay that presents a portrait of Fakir Lalon Shai. The film has been jointly produced by Bangladesh and India. Impress Telefilm is the Bangladeshi producer of the film.
The director, producer and writer of the film were present at the screening.
“When communal riots broke out in India following the Babri Mosque demolition, I decided to make this film,” said Ghosh at the programme.
The film depicts the life of Lalon, starting from his early days. According to the film, Lalon was born to a Hindu family. Through a turn of events the young Lalon is separated from his blood relatives and is given shelter by a Muslim family. The development of his philosophies regarding secularism is initiated when his original family refuses to accept him, as they consider him to be an outcast now.
The incident shakes up Lalon and he chooses the path of Sufis, singing songs of love -- love for the being within. Lalon disseminates his philosophy through songs.
“I think it was a correct decision to make this film, as the world is now so chaotic. It's time to turn our attention to Lalon's philosophy,” Ghosh said.
Ghosh added that though he has always been fascinated by the philosophy of Lalon, the film did not happen till he came across Sunil Gangopadhyay's literary work.
“Ghosh's films and imagery always enthral me. I've been eagerly waiting to watch the film,” said Sunil Gangopadhyay at the programme.
Faridur Reza Sagar, managing director of Impress Telefilm Ltd, and one of the producers of the film, welcomed the audience. Among others, Information Secretary Dr Kamal Naser Chowdhury and cast members Rokeya Prachy and Sudeshna Swayamprabha spoke at the programme.
“Moner Manush” would be released this December. Indian actor Prosenjit plays the protagonist. Raisul Islam Asad, Hasan Imam, Laila Hasan and Chanchal Chowdhury have also acted in the film.

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