Shohorer Shorts, an initiative by iflix has brought together some of the most talented and varied artistes in the industry- Imran Mahmudul, Xefer, Salma and Black Zang for some of the most chilling tunes heard in Bangladeshi short films.
The project, which will see the release of four short films supervised by Adnan Al Rajeev, have been releasing the music videos prior to their release on this Eid-ul-Fitr.
Dhrubo Music Station (DMS) has partnered up with iflix to provide music for the project, coordinated by Zooel Morshed. The Daily Star is the media partner of this initiative.
“When I was approached to compose music for these films, I was given the synopses of the stories first,” says Amzad Hossain, the composer of all the tracks in the films. “It was an amazing experience, to say the least.” The lyrics of the four songs were written by Mahi Flora, a relative newcomer in the field.
Black Zang, whose track Tilottoma Dhaka was released recently with much fanfare, was astounded by the talent of the lyricist, “These are some of the most hard-hitting verses that I have ever sung!” he says. Mahi has also written the lyrics for Xefer's Makorsha, Imran's Aangti, and Salma's Niyoti and is deemed to be a bright prospect for the industry.
Salma, who is famous for her powerful folk renditions, exclaimed that this was the first time she was doing such a 'bluesy' track. “I was about to walk out of the recording studio!” jokes Salma, “Niyoti is a hotchpotch of blues and folk, and it was very daunting for me to sing it.”
Imran, however had no trouble putting his melodious voice on display for Aangti, as the singer commented that this song was romantic and quite up his alley. Imran is having a busy season like always, lending his voice to films including Sultan and Poramon 2.
Xefer, who is known for singing English numbers, is exhilarated for Makorsha, “I can just say that this song is perfectly suited for me. It is dark and gritty, and it just goes with my personality.”
“We are glad to have been partnered up with iflix on this one, and it is a win-win situation for everyone, and we are not doing this project for profit” says Dhruba Guha, the Managing Director of DMS. “I believe that we are behind on apps, and this was an opportunity for us to help our country's digital platform find a market.”
Imrul Karim Emil, the Country Manager of iflix commented that they would come up with more projects in the future, as they looked to be the definitive digital entertainment platform in Bangladesh.
iflix is already a major player across 25 territories throughout Asia, Middle East and Africa.