The filming of a biopic on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is set to begin from January 2021, which was previously postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The yet to be named Bangladesh-India joint venture, commemorating the birth centenary of Bangabandhu, is set to be directed by noted Indian filmmaker Shyam Benegal.
It was initially scheduled to begin filming in March this year in Bangladesh which was postponed due to COVID-19, the first phase of shooting has been re-scheduled and now all set to begin in January 2021 in Mumbai, India - according to Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) Managing Director Nuzhat Yasmin.
Artists who are nominated to play significant characters in the film have already received confirmation texts from the director and preparing to join the first phase of shooting on their respective due dates in Mumbai.
According to a list of the primarily selected cast for the biopic published by BFDC in March this year, the biopic will feature actor Arifin Shuvoo in the title role of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Nusrat Imrose Tisha and Dighi will respectively portray the elder and younger versions of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s wife Fazilatunnesa Mujib (Renu), while Nusrat Faria will play the role of a younger version of Sheikh Hasina and Jannatul Sumaiya will portray the role of elder Sheikh Hasina.
Eminent actress Dilara Jaman will play the role of Bangbandhu’s mother Sahera Khatun, actor Khairul Alam Sabuj will portray as Bangabandhu’s father Sheikh Lutfor Rahman, Shahidul Alam Sachchu as Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Huq, Ferdous Ahmed as Tajuddin Ahmed, Tauquir Ahmed as Hussain Shaheed Suhrawardy, Tushar Khan as Tofazzal Hossain Manik Miah, Fazlur Rahman Babu as Khandakar Moshtaq Ahmed and Misha Sawdagor as Aiyub Khan, among others.
Dilara Zaman will join the shooting on January 26, while Khairul Alam Sabuj is scheduled to attend the shooting on January 30. Other actors and associates will also join the filming following their respective schedules around that time.
The screenplay of this joint venture of Bangladesh and India will be written by Atul Tiwari and Shama Zaidi, while Shyam Benegal's daughter Piya Benegal and Indian art director Nitish Roy is being the costume and art director of the film.
Director and cinematographer Mohammad Hossain Jaimy is the line producer of the Bangladeshi unit and noted director Giasuddin Selim is associated with the film as the dialogue coach.
High intensity workouts have generally seen a significant rise in popularity over the years and things don’t look to slow down anytime soon. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has found mainstream success; with many fitness studios adopting this style of workout into their equipment list and classes. Crossfit has not been sitting on the sidelines either; having blown up in the fitness scene during the later half of the 2010s. With both sharing tons of similarities, many have frequently confused the two - so it’s time to look deeper into HIIT and Crossfit to know the differences.
Fast paced and intensive; It’s not surprising to see why people would mix the two up. One of the most glaring similarities between Crossfit and HIIT is their circuit-like regimes. Depending on the goal, many exercise plans between the two incorporate bodyweight exercises, cardio and short rest times to condition a higher level of endurance, strength and agility. With the style comes fast results of muscle definition and weight loss. Fitness aficionado or not, people love fast results and the aforementioned can be noticed in mere weeks!
Push ups, sit ups, squats, burpees are standard exercises you can expect in both of these archetypes - and are designed to work on almost all muscle groups. If you’re tight for time, committing to half an hour (or even less) of intense training every week is the way to go. Note that these exercises are commonly done via a time limit model, which means every 30 seconds for example, the person either moves on to the next exercises or takes a very short break. Because of this, many tend to abandon form for pure speed to squeeze in as many repetitions as possible to work up the most sweat possible during the run. The intentions are sound, but can cause serious injury; therefore it is advised that HIIT and CrossFit are done with the supervision of a trained instructor.
Short durations, similar results and even akin exercises can make you wonder whether differentiating Crossfit and HIIT even matters anymore. If you prefer to get a well-packed workout with the primary goal of burning calories, you’d much rather have HIIT classes than Crossfit. The latter does not stop at aerobic workouts and does implement gymnastics, dumbbells, ropes and kettlebells to name a few. The risk of injury comes in when newcomers or even careless experts focus on the speed required in Crossfit, especially when weights are involved. But if done correctly, the results are swift and effective.
HIIT sacrifices variation for sheer power and efficiency. Static aerobic exercises (or running outside of class) are the old faithful that have remained simple, yet relevant for decades. With more emphasis on routine and repetition, the primary method is approached with conditioning over hitting weight-lifiting milestones. Crossfit is relatively newer and has more options at the user’s disposal for creative workouts if things get stagnant, but if relying on smaller and safer programmes suits your fancy, pick HIIT.
Which Is Better?
Unlike HIIT, Crossfit has been under fire by some in the fitness community for its unsafe and unorthodox strategy for fast muscle definition and weight loss; but it certainly does make things more exciting if you and your teammates have developed a genuine passion for it. The crossfit community is always enthusiastic to encourage everyone to push their boundaries and even facilitates competitions to keep the masses energised.
HIIT has a far more lenient learning curve and is done quicker- perfect for those who can’t imagine ever falling in love with fitness ever. Garnering the same results, the factors you should consider are:
How much time do I have?
How long can I commit to this?
What are my fitness goals?
Regardless of your choice, picking either of the two will help you accomplish great feats with just a tiny amount of motivation and consistency.
Goethe-Institute Bangladesh, in cooperation with UNESCO, will host a webinar programme in the 2nd edition of Science Film Festival 2020 on Monday to highlight the role, contributions, as well as the potential of science education in Bangladesh.
The webinar, titled ‘Science Education: Thinking Out of the Box’, aims to initiate and expand the conversation with the stakeholders and experts on the issues central to the science education and raise awareness among the audiences on the significance of the science education to the SDGs, according to the German language school and cultural organization.
Renowned panelists including Choi Mee Young, Chief of Education, UNESCO Jakarta Office, Dr Safiqul Islam, Director, BRAC Education Programme, Faruq Ahmed Jewel, Head of Technology, i-Lab, Aspire to Innovate (A2i); German filmmaker Anja Von Kampen and Mohammad Tareque Rahman, PhD, Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Associate Professor, General Education Department, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB), will share their knowledge and viewpoints at the webinar.
Beatrice Kaldun, Head of Office and UNESCO Representative to Bangladesh and Dr Kirsten Hackenbroch, Director, Goethe-Institut Bangladesh will also join and share their opening and welcome remarks at the event.
The session will be conducted in English (with opportunities for discussions in Bangla) online over Zoom and will be live-streamed on the official Facebook pages of Goethe-Institut & UNESCO.
Details of the event and procedures regarding participation are available at Goethe-Institut Bangladesh Facebook page.
Goethe-Institut Bangladesh has launched the second edition of the Science Film Festival on October 01, virtually taking place in Bangladesh which has already earned its recognition as a celebration of science communication in Southeast Asia, South Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
The online edition of this year’s festival is aiming to present scientific issues accessibly and entertainingly in 30 countries with showcasing a total of 24 films to the audience of early learners to university students till December 20.
With this year’s theme of ‘Sustainable Development Goals’, the 2020 festival is in global partnership between the Goethe-Institut and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
As part of a global partnership between Goethe-Institut and the UN Environment Programme, the UN in Bangladesh are co-hosting the Festival with Goethe’s other Bangladesh-based partners including JAAGO Foundation, Teach for Bangladesh, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB), Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD at ULAB), PASCH-Schools: Partners for the Future, South Point School & College, Oxford International School (OIS), Maple Leaf International School, European Standard School (ESS) and Mastermind International School.
The "Curry Houses" from across the Great Britain have been given special recognition and named them as "Covid Curry Heroes" for their unprecedented offer of help and support to NHS, care workers and vulnerable people during the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown.
The special recognition was given by the UK-based Bangladeshi Restaurant trade magasine, Curry Life, known as the most authoritative voice of the curry industry in Great Britain.
There are over 12,000 curry houses in the UK, otherwise known as Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Nepalese and Sri Lankan Restaurants across Britain, said a media release on Saturday.
Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Syed Nahas Pasha said despite the unprecedented problems posed by the present pandemic, these curry houses have gone out of their way to be almost a fourth emergency service to vulnerable people.
“Their businesses and livelihoods have been severely impacted, but this has not stopped them from offering a helping hand to the most needy in our society at a time of crisis,” he said.
During Covid-19, Nahas Pasha said, many curry houses have just managed to keep their heads above the water -- absorbing the costs of closures, reduced capacity and Covid-19 compliance -- many often putting their own lives at risk, as they themselves come largely from vulnerable BAME communities.
“Their efforts really deserve to be recognised as truly heroic-and we’re delighted to be able to mark their magnificent contributions in this way," Pasha said.
Syed Belal Ahmed, Editor of Curry Life Media Group, said they have from the very beginning decided that this recognition will go to a business that has demonstrated determination and resilience throughout the pandemic and tackled challenges head-on.
"We’ve been totally overwhelmed to see the businesses and individuals who have gone above and beyond in their response to the Covid-19 crisis and their effort deserves to be recognised.
"Curry Life have sent a bespoke Covid Curry Hero Plaque and a letter of appreciation directly to those businesses have been recognised as no formal ceremony can be held due to Covid restrictions," he added.
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Who doesn’t get astonished watching at the sculptures? It is said that sculpture is the art of intelligence. Sculptures are wonderful symbolism of honor and representation. Dhaka city is glorified with several mind-blowing sculptures that symbolize different events of our history which we want to preserve. In this article, we are going to highlight the top sculptures in Dhaka city. Stay with us to know the specific symbolic events behind these mesmerizing sculptures.
Inaugurated on the 16th December 1979 at Dhaka University campus, the ‘Aparajeyo Bangla’ sculpture reflects the sheer determination of Bengali youths with timeless vigilance, care, and invincible aspiration for independence. Designed by the famous Bangladeshi painter and sculptor Syed Abdullah Khalid, the 18-feet high Aparajeyo Bangla sculpture is constructed with reinforced concrete.
The three dynamic figures of Aparajeyo Bangla depict three people from different aspects of society. The left side statue symbolizes a young woman devoted to nursing holding the first-aid box. The middle statue represents a brawny village youth carrying a rifle on his right shoulder and a grenade on the left palm. The right statue portrays an urban youth bearing a rifle with his hands. These three fascinating statues of Aparajeyo Bangla represent the combined strength of the entire Bengali nation during the liberation war of Bangladesh.
Shongshoptok is one of the popular sculptures in Bangladesh symbolizing an outstanding combination of sacrifice and determination of the freedom fighters during the independence war of Bangladesh in 1971. Designed by the renowned Bangladeshi sculptor Hamiduzzaman Khan, this sculpture was inaugurated in March 1990. Shongshoptok stands in front of the Central Library of Jahangirnagar University at Savar in Dhaka.
Shongshoptok sculpture symbolizes the bravery and devotion of an injured Bangladeshi freedom fighter. Even after losing one hand and one leg, the symbolic freedom fighter is holding a rifle and showing valor to fight against the Pakistani military forces until the last breath. This 15-foot high statue is made of steel armature and brass. Including the brick-built base, the whole Shongshoptok sculpture stands about 28 feet tall.
Shoparjito Shadhinota is built in the context of the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971. This sculpture symbolizes the horrendous genocide of general people, intellectuals, and freedom fighters. Besides depicting violence from diverse angles, this sculpture wonderfully portrays the united protest of the people of this country against the oppression of East Pakistani rulers.
Shoparjito Shadhinota is one of the best creations of the famous Bangladeshi sculptor Shamim Sikder. This sculpture is placed in Dhaka University at the intersection of TSC and Rokeya Hall. After the inauguration of this sculpture in 1990, the Islamic extremist groups threatened to demolish it.
Installed at the TSC intersection of Dhaka University, Raju Memorial is known as one of the best Sculptures in Bangladesh. The concrete sculpture was established in 1997 following the design of Bangladeshi sculptor Shaymol Chowdhury and Gopal Paul. This anti-terrorism sculpture is built with several statues depicting a group of marching students keeping their arms linked with one another.
Raju Memorial sculpture is dedicated to the memory of Moin Hossain Raju, a meritorious student of the Soil Science Department of Dhaka University and an activist of the Bangladesh Students Union. On the 13th March 1992, suddenly gunfire violence broke out and panic spread in the Dhaka University regarding the clash among some political activists over establishing influence on the campus area. At that moment, Raju fearlessly marched on the street and protested against campus violence. During this protest, Raju was shot dead. ‘Raju Memorial sculpture’ symbolizes the language of protest.
‘Swadhinata Sangram’ is the country’s first, and one of the biggest sculpture gardens. This masterpiece sculpture is designed by the reputed sculptor Shamim Sikder. Inaugurated in 1999, ‘Swadhinata Sangram’ is located at Fuller Road (between two halls: Jagannath Hall and SM Hall), in Dhaka University. The ‘Swadhinata Sangram’ sculpture represents the struggle and pride of the Bengali nation.
The main sculpture symbolizes the faces of some prominent historical persons and holds the National flag of Bangladesh on the top. The sculpture garden is enriched with one hundred and three miniature statues spread around the altar of the main statue. The small sculptures mostly represent the faces of pioneering leaders, poets, and renowned persons of Bengali culture and history.
The Amur Ekush sculpture is situated near the central cafeteria of Jahangirnagar University at Savar near Dhaka. Designed by prominent sculptor Jahanara Parvinin, ‘Amar Ekush’ sculpture was first inaugurated in 1991. The sculpture remained unfinished for many years and the repairing work was finally done in 2018. This sculpture is built in the memory of our glorious language movement in 1952.
Amur Ekush tells the story of the painful sacrifice of the Bengali youths in the language movement. This sculpture has three figures including a protesting male student, and a mother holding his deceased son – killed by the west Pakistani aristocrats during the protest. Besides representing the indomitable courage of Bengalis to preserve the honor of their mother tongue, this sculpture exhibits the violence against language martyrs including Salam, Barkat, Rafiq, Jabbar, Safiur, etc.