“Celebrating Life" is a year-long competition, inviting films, photographs and lyrics entries that showcase the heart and soul of Bangladesh. Organized jointly by The Daily Star and Standard Chartered Bank, this initiative is an attempt to provide participants with the perfect platform for creative expression. Celebrating Life organizes a weekly television show on 71 TV (Ekattor TV) titled “Odommo Bangladesh” (every Monday at 9:30PM) where the works of the participants are showcased and celebrity guests provide helpful inputs. Many who watch the show are under the impression that this is a nicely produced live show. However, what occurs behind the scenes is a different story altogether and today Star Showbiz gives a peek behind the scenes of one such shooting day.
27th August 2015
11:30AM to 12:30PM: Two guests (Abdur Rahman and Chandra Chowdhury) arrives 20min earlier than their 12PM appointment. The studio had the guests wait at the station's reception while the organizers were still on their way there. After they arrived at 12:20PM, the set was prepared but things were crazy at the online editing and switching room. The in-charge of the room, Farashat Rezoan, was a little cranky as the content was not prepared. Meanwhile, the anchor of the show arrives and the shoot for the first episode of the day starts at 12:25PM while a guest for the fourth episode shoot, Jyotika Jyoti arrives earlier onset just before the shoot begins and proceeds to the makeup room.
12:30PM to 1:30PM: The shoot is rolling and guests for the second episode start to arrive. Raihana Parvin, another guest for the fourth episode, arrives early. The shoot for the first episode ends at 1:10PM and the anchor is seen on the phone with Lubna Marium assuring her that the second shoot will start as soon as she comes. She arrives soon after, in her usual elegance, ready to shoot, but asks for a few minutes to freshen up, which turns into a 20minute make up session. Naila Azad Nupur, a guest for the third episode, enters the makeup room after Lubna Marium leaves.
1:30PM to 2:30PM: FINALLY, the second episode starts after Lubna Marium's preparation. The talkback stops functioning just as the shoot starts, breaking down communications, recreating a ruckus all over. In the meantime, Lubna Marium takes up her usual matriarchal role as senior celebrity and provides useful career advice to Hasan Nazmul, one of the lyricists aspiring to pursue two passions together. In the midst of all this commotion, the other guests are enjoying their lunch except Jyotika Jyoti, saying that she wishes to avoid khichuri for lunch.
2:30PM to 3:30PM: Jyotika Jyoti and Naila Azad Nupur are still in the makeup room with Raihana Parvin, waiting, keen on her turn for “freshening up”. Alternate arrangements are made for Jyoti and she leaves the makeup room. The shoot for the second episode ends and the guests for the third episode are all ready to start the shoot when Jyotika tries to fit into the third, asking if she could leave early. She grows restless and tries several futile attempts. The third episode finally starts after much fuss by Naila Azad Nupur, fixing her saree so that it looks impeccable.
4:30PM to 5:30PM: Everyone gets set for the final shoot of the day and the eager Jyoti finally gets her chance, and asks that her left profile be highlighted as she had a special hairstyle done that day. Another guest, Jakirul Majed Konok, had to switch places to meet her requirement and finally the shoot for the fourth episode starts and ends without any more delays.
Funny anecdotes everywhere on set like the “little makeup” sessions turning to lengthy ordeals or just making allowances for a guest's unlikely requests are just part of what happens behind the scenes of every shoot for ODOMMO BANGLADESH.
By Showbiz Desk