The cast of the first anthology film of Bangladesh, titled ‘Iti, Tomari Dhaka’ gathered for a special screening at Blockbuster Cinemas, Jamuna Future Park, on Saturday, 30 November 2019. Alongside the notable stars and directors, were the group directors of Jamuna Group, Mehnaz Islam, and Dr Alamgir Alam, and D.G.M Jahid Hossain Chowdhury.
The anthology film by The Impress Telefilm hit local theatres on 15 November, 2019, and has made successful rounds at 25 different international film festivals across the globe. Executive producers Faridur Reza Shagor and Ebne Hasan Khan, and creative director Abu Shahed Emon, deserve a special shout-out for leading the line.
The production is an assortment of eleven short feature films by eleven exceptionally promising young filmmakers, including Golam Kibria Farooki, Krishnendu Chattopadhyay, Mahmudul Islam, Mir Mukarram Hossain, Nuhash Humayun, Rahat Rahman, Robiul Alam Robi, Syed Saleh Ahmed Sobhan, Syed Ahmed Shawki, Tanim noor and Tanvir Ahsan.
The top grade casting contributed further in making the film a huge success worldwide, including the likes of Fazlur Rahman Babu, Lutfur Rahman George, Nusrat Imrose Tisha, and Shatabdi Wadud, as well as other talented artistes of the industry.
The compilation of eleven short films, with Dhaka City being the central theme, have a minimalist approach, aiming to share a certain feeling associated with the narrative. Overall, the film presents an engaging collage of people struggling to survive in this city.
The film had its world premiere at the 23rd Busan International Film Festival last year, held in South Korea, and won two awards under the category of Best Original Screenplay at the 11th Jaipur Film Festival, and the prize of the Guild of Film Critics of Russia at Kazan International Muslim Film Festival.
Jamuna Group Director Mehnaz Islam, stated, “Blockbuster Cinemas always puts the portrayal of our local culture and tradition as a priority through screenings of local films. Besides, Impress Telefilm has a huge contribution in making films that shine a light on Bangladeshi culture.”
And guess what? This movie is coming to Netflix this month. Yes, you read that right. The big announcement came from creative director Abu Shahed Emon during the special screening at Blockbuster Cinemas.
After ‘Komola Rocket’ by Noor Imran Mithu, ‘Iti, Tomari Dhaka’ is going to be the second Bangladeshi film to be available on Netflix.
Although the exact release date is yet to be confirmed, Emon stated that they are aiming for a 16 December release date on Netflix, as the date marks Bangladesh’s Victory Day.