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Discovering success

Filmmaker Adnan Al Rajeev talks to Rakibul Hasan

Courtesy: Adnan Al Rajeev Courtesy: Adnan Al Rajeev

I went to Rockvale Academy at Darjeeling, India. Whenever I think back to my school days, I get nostalgic about the beautiful city of Darjeeling. High above the hills, Darjeeling was full of wonders with so much to see. As a child, I was naturally nervous about the idea of living far away from my parents. However the warden of our hostel, whom we used to call Pavitra Miss, was so affectionate that I found a mother figure in her.
After getting into the 4h grade I shifted to Saint Augustine School. Previously, I was quite an introvert as I was very shy to share my feelings with other people. However, after moving into Saint Augustine, I made a lot of friends. Though it was a boarding school, I used to live as a paying guest with a Nepalese family who lived very close to the school. I still remember their hospitality and I made great friends with two of their boys who were in the same school as me. I played a lot of sports especially basketball when I was in school. In fact, once I won the title of District Runner-up during an Inter School Championship in Darjeeling. After graduating from school, I joined Bhawanipur College, Kolkata. Fortunately, many of my friends from school also got into the same college.
When I was in college, I used to go back and forth between Dhaka and Kolkata. That was when I felt the need to be self dependent and earn my own pocket money. It was my sister who suggested that I work with Farooki Bhai (noted filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki) to gather some experience in filmmaking and introduced me to him. Despite Farooki Bhai's warnings that 'it's going to be a tough job,' I expressed my interest to work as an assistant director with him. To work with Farooki Bhai and his 'Chabial' team of young directors was an exciting learning experience. Eventually, I was encouraged to discover my own feat and made three television commercials (TVC). Later on, I made a TV play 'Ucchatara Padartha Biggyan' for Desh TV, which was highly appreciated by many.
Currently, I am busy with making TVCs and recently made the telefilm @18 for ntv, and the response was really good. I enjoy making TVCs very much as here I can experiment with lots of different ideas and can also spread certain messages to a huge audience. However, my ultimate dream is to make a full-fledged movie. It's very encouraging that more and more young people are now interested to come to the field of filmmaking. It won't be an overstatement to say that these young filmmakers never fall short of brilliant ideas. So I would just like to say to them that just bring it on and discover your feat.

Quotation of the Week
'I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the
rest of your life as a champion.'
-- Muhammad Ali, former professional boxer, philanthropist and social activist.


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