20 Ground Breaking Films From Bangladesh On Last Decade (2011-2020)

Atanu Roy: About a decade ago, Bangladesh delivered around 100 films per year. However, the number dropped to around 60-70 at this point. But films from Bangladesh is rising their quality up as time passes. Liberation War is a pivotal moment in the national memory of Bangladesh. As anyone might expect, the Liberation War has figured noticeably as a subject in various films. Even though these films differ broadly considering uniqueness and quality, the creative motivation of '71 is the primary recognizable trademark that singles out films from Bangladesh as a national phenomenon. Heretofore 2000 and frontward, Bangladeshi cinema is aspiring to locate its voice internationally and no doubt Bangladeshi cinema has elevated a lot.

Here is the list of 20 groundbreaking films made in Bangladesh over the last decade (List appears alphabetically):

1) Amar Bondhu Rashed(2011): A milestone Morshedul Islam film based on the novel 'Amar Bondhu Rashed' by Muhammad Zafar Iqbal. The film has set during the Bangladesh Liberation War. The movie was screened at the 2012 South Asian Film Festival.

2) Anil Bagchir Ekdin(2015): Anil Bagchir Ekdin is a Morshedul Islam film based on a novel of the same name by Humayun Ahmed. It won six awards including Best Film and Best Director at the 40th Bangladesh National Film Awards.

3) Aynabaji(2016): Aynabaji, a thriller by Amitabh Reza Chowdhury, is about a battling actor who gets the opportunity to carry on with his calling, in actuality, after flopping in his career. The film has been screened at the 69th Cannes Film Festival. It has won the Best Film at the 11th Seattle South Asian Film Festival. Chanchal Chowdhury won the National Award for Best Actor

4) Bhuban Majhi(2017): Bhuban Majhi is a Fakhrul Arefeen Khan film set on the liberation war and revolves around a common man's struggle with his ideologies.

5) Brihonnola(2014): Brihonnola is a film by Murad Parvez based on a short story titled "Gaach-ta Bolechhilo" by Syed Mustafa Siraj. Brihonnola is a tale of the virtues rooted in human character persisting over ecclesiastical bias and racial dogmatism.

6) Debi(2018): Debi is a supernatural thriller by Anam Biswas. The film is based on 'Debi', a novel by Humayun Ahmed. It has been produced by Jaya Ahsan and the Government of Bangladesh. It is a story of a lonely housewife and her paranormal powers. Jaya Ahsan won the National Award for Best Actress.

7) Dhaka Attack(2017): Dhaka Attack is an action thriller film directed by Dipankar Dipon based on the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Elite Forces' fierce operation against a terrorist organization. Arifin Shuvoo won the National Award for Best Actor.

8) Fagun Haway(2019): Fagun Haway is a Tauquir Ahmed film based on the novel 'Bou Kotha Kao' by Tito Rahman. This film revolves around the story of the Bengali language movement.

9) Ghetuputro Komola(2012): Ghetuputro Komola is a very important film in Bangladesh. Legendary writer Humayun Ahmed was written as well as directed this film. It is also the last film of the legend. The film was selected as the official entry from Bangladesh for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards. Humayun Ahmed won the National Award for Best Director.

10) Guerrilla(2011): Guerrilla is a Nasiruddin Yousuff film based on the Bangladesh Liberation War. It is an adaptation of the novel 'Nishiddho Loban' by Syed Shamsul Haque. Yousuf has made the film with his own experience as a freedom fighter of 1971. Jaya Ahsan won the National Award for Best Actress.

11) Haldaa(2017): Haldaa is based on the struggling life of the fishermen of Halda River located in Chittagong, the only natural fish breeding centre in Asia. This Tauquir Ahmed film won The Best Film award at the 8th SAARC Film Festival, Srilanka. Nusrat Imrose Tisha won the National Award for Best Actress.

12) Iti, Tomari Dhaka(2018): Iti, Tomari Dhaka is the first anthology film made in Bangladesh, helmed by eleven directors. It is an array of gritty shorts centred on Dhaka city and the community living in its leeways. It was awarded 'Best Original Screenplay' at the 11th Jaipur International Film Festival (JIFF). It was selected as the Bangladeshi entry for Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards. 11 filmmakers love letters to the city of Dhaka representing their perspective of the lifestyle of the citizens and the periodic phenomena in the city.

13) Komola Rocket(2018): Komola Rocket is written and directed by Noor Imran Mithu. The film is based on two short stories written by Shahaduz Zaman.

14) Meghmallar(2014): Meghmallar is an adaption of the story 'Raincoat' by Akhtaruzzaman Elias. This Zahidur Rahim Anjan film has been set in the backdrop of the Liberation War of Bangladesh. The film has been screened at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

15) Mrittika Maya(2013): Mrittika Maya, a Gazi Rakayet film is about the life of a potter and his struggle for existence. It is indeed a heartwarming story of relationships and moral values. The film has been screened at SAARC Film Festival, Sri Lanka. Titas Zia and Shormi Mala won the National Award for the film.

16) Oggatonama(2016): Oggatonama by Tauquir Ahmed is a rollercoaster ride of emotions as the narrative takes one to the viewers down the dark, terrible course of immaterial passings and grieving. The film has been screened at the 69th Cannes Film Festival and was the official entry from Bangladesh for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.

17) Runway(2010): Runway is a story of a young boy, lives near an airport. The story deals with Islamic extremism in Bangladesh. It was the last film by Tareque Masud before he died in an accident in 2011.

18) Shonibar Bikel(2019): Shonibar Bikel is a Mostofa Sarwar Farooki film based on the Holey Artisan Bakery tragedy. Film Censor Board of Bangladesh banned the theatrical release of the film saying that the film could prompt strict religious intensity in Bangladesh. The film had its world premiere at the Moscow International Film Festival 2019. The film also was the official selection of Busan International Film Festival 2019.

19) Television(2013): Television is based on changing social values and the adoption of technology. The Mostofa Sarwar Farooki film has its world premiere at the 17th Busan International Film Festival. It won the NETPAC award at the 19th Kolkata International Film Festival. The film was the official entry from Bangladesh for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards.

20) Under Construction(2015): Under Construction is a film about women helmed by Rubayiat Hossain. It is also an exposition of concurrent Bangladesh culture.
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