Feature Narrative Competition | 86 min | 2017 | 1st Edition - 2017

No Bed of Roses

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Directed By: Mostofa Sarwar Farooki

Mostofa Sarwar Farooki is a modern Bangladeshi film director, screenwriter and producer widely considered as the leader of the Bangladeshi new wave. His films have been invited and acclaimed at festivals in Asia, Europe and in the U.S.A. Television (2012) was the closing film at the Busan International Film Festival and the winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. This film along with Third Person Singular (2009) were Bangladeshi entries for the Foreign language Oscar nominations. Farooki has created a new genre of Bangladeshi films, which are casual, down-to-earth, humorous, poetic, and completely different from traditional drama.

About the Film

Successful movie director Javed Hasan finds himself in a midlife crisis, questioning whether marriage and career have demanded too much from him. A tryst with Nitu, his daughter's childhood friend, turns into a national scandal. Javed's loving family is tornapart. He eventually divorces his wife Maya and is estranged from daughter Saberi and son Ahir. Javed and Nitu marry, but it's no bed of roses for the couple as they receive the wrath of judgmental Bangladeshi society.
The sixth feature by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki seems to be based on true events. Farooki very cleverly steers away from melodrama and focuses instead on the emotional turmoil caused by the separation of what appeared to be a well settled happy family. Farooki deliberately, remarkably and perhaps rightly so, does not put the blame for the situation on any one particular door, clearly he wants the audience to reach thir own conclusions.
This modern urban drama about choices and their impact on consequences marks a departure from Farooki’s previous acclaimed and awarded work satirical comedies such as Television and Ant Story. His nuanced scripting, skillful direction and perfect casting together with the elegant and subtle performances delivered by the leads Irrfan Khan
(also credited as producer of the film), Nusrat Imrose Tischa and Parno Mittra and indeed all the members of the cast have won the film praise and awards at the film festival outings in Moscow and Shanghai.

Film Info

Section Feature Narrative Competition
Year 2017
Length 86 min
Language Bengali, English with Arabic and English subtitles
Country Bangladesh, India
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Film Credits

Director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki
Screenplay Mostofa Sarwar Farooki
Cinematography Sheikh Rajibul Islam
Music Pavel Arin
Editing Momin Biswas
Producer Abdul Aziz, Ashok Dhanuka, Himanshu Dhanuka
Cast Irfan Khan, Nusrat Imrose Tischa, Parno Mittra.

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