Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, renowned Bangladeshi filmmaker, makes his acting debut with “Something Like An Autobiography”. The second teaser of the film elaborates more than the first one, and was released on November 5. Chorki shared the teaser from its Facebook page. Shortly after that, the director of the film posted it on his verified Facebook page. The first teaser was released on October 5. Since then, the film has generated discussions among fans as well as the media. Let's find out more about this film. Behind the Creation of "Something Like An Autobiography" Chorki, the popular OTT (over-the-top) platform in Bangladesh, is going to produce 12 films by 12 top filmmakers for its viewers. The project under the supervision of Mostofa Sarwar Farooki is named "Ministry of Love." Two films under the project have already been completed, which are directed by Farooki. One is "Last Defenders of Monogamy," starring Chanchal Chowdhury, and the other is "Something Like an Autobiography." Read more: Top 10 Bollywood Movies Being Released in November 2023 Story and Screenplay Director-actress couple Farhan and Tithi have been married for 10 years but have no children. They have to face various criticisms in a conservative patriarchal society. They decide to have children during the pandemic. More complications start to build up around them. With this plot, Farooki and noted actress Nusrat Imrose Tisha lead the movie's story. The story begins with Farhan (played by Farooki) and Tithi (played by Tisha) in love, then their marriage, and the challenges society throws at them. Read more: 12 Most Awaited South Indian Movies Releasing in November 2023: A Sneak Peek
The Dhallywood film industry has witnessed a compelling journey in the history of Bangladeshi cinema. The cinematic endeavors have resonated with the audiences and left an indelible mark on the Dhallywood box office. This article presents an exploration of the highest-earning Bangladeshi films to date. Let’s get a snapshot of Bangladeshi movies that have etched their names on the hearts of this film-loving nation. Top 10 Dhallywood Box Office Toppers of All Time Priyotoma | Tk 41.23 Crore Priyotoma', produced by Arshad Adnan under the banner of Versatile Media, has carved its name in the domestic romantic action genre. Directed by Himel Ashraf, the film tells a tragic love story that leaves an indelible mark on audiences. The narrative was penned by the late Faruk Hossain, with Himel Ashraf contributing to the screenplay and dialogues. The film features Shakib Khan, the highest-paid leading actor in Bangladesh, and Idhika Paul, a small-screen actress from Kolkata. Upon its release on June 29, 2023, 'Priyotoma' made a resounding impact by collecting BDT 10 crore in its first week, exceeding its budget of BDT 2.5 crore. Notably, this cinematic masterpiece holds several box office records, standing as the highest-grossing Bangladeshi film of 2023 and all time. The film's excellence is further underscored by its recognition at the 22nd BABISAS (Bangladesh Binodon Sangbadik Samity) Awards. There it received nine awards, including Best Actor and Best Actress in the Special Honors category. Read more: List of English Language Netflix Originals Coming in November 2023 Beder Meye Josna | Tk 20 Crore Directed and written by Tozammel Haque Bokul, this classic remains a shining example of storytelling that transcends generations. 'Beder Meye Josna' draws inspiration from a rural Bangla play of the same name, delving into a love story between a gypsy girl and a prince. Released on June 9, 1989, the film starred Ilias Kanchan and Anju Ghosh. Notably, the movie's budget stood at a humble BDT 20 lakh, a far cry from the blockbuster budgets of today. Nevertheless, 'Beder Meye Josna' emerged as a financial titan, becoming the highest-grossing Bangladeshi film until the year 2023. A survey conducted by the British Film Institute recognized this cinematic gem, ranking it among the top 10 films of Bangladesh. The audio cassette of the film's songs sold one lakh copies within a month of its release. Written by Hasan Motiur Rahman and sung by Mujeeb Pardes, the song 'Ami Bondi Karagare' remained on people's lips for the next few decades. Except for this, the rest of the songs were penned by the director, Tozammel Haque Bokul. The melodious tunes, including the title song 'Beder Meye Josna,' sung by Andrew Kishore and Runa Laila, cemented its immortality in the world of Bangladeshi cinema. Read more: Coke Studio Bangla concert to return with an ensemble line-up on Nov 10 at Army Stadium Shopner Thikana | Tk 19 Crore 'Shopner Thikana,' directed by MA Khalek, offers a window into the legacy of legendary hero Salman Shah. The film, which was scripted by Chatku Ahmed, takes its inspiration from a story by Nurul Islam Parvez. Released on May 11, 1995, 'Shopner Thikana' featured Shabnoor and Sonia as Salman Shah's lead co-artists. 'Shopner Thikana' presented a compelling narrative centered around the dynamics of rich-poor relationships and love triangles. Almost all of the cinema's songs, including 'Ae Din Se Din Koni Din,' acquired top positions of the radio charts. All thanks to the creative genius of renowned composer and music director Late Alam Khan. Hawa | Tk 16 Crore 'Hawa' stands as a unique mystery-drama film that weaves a tale based on a myth. The production company, Sun Music and Motion Pictures Limited released the cinema on July 29, 2022. Read more: ‘In time we will say more’: Friends stars say after Matthew Perry’s death There was an ensemble cast under the direction of Mejbaur Rahman Sumon. Chanchal Chowdhury, Nazifa Tushi, Sariful Razz, Sumon Anowar, Shohel Mondol, Nasir Uddin Khan, and Rizvi Rizu were among the main actors. The film portrays the intriguing journey of an all-men team aboard a fishing trawler. Their encounter with a beautiful yet mysterious young girl sets the stage for a series of inexplicable events. The film was selected as Bangladesh's entry for the 'Best International Feature Film' category at the 95th Academy Awards. The film also garnered a place on the shortlist for the 80th Golden Globe Awards. Read more: Shakib Khan set to star Pan-Indian film 'Dard' alongside Sonal Chauhan Priya Amar Priya | Tk 15 Crore This Badiul Alam Khokon-directed romantic action movie marked a turning point in Shakib Khan's career. Produced by Monir Hossain under the banner of Asha Production, this film was released on June 13, 2008. The film's story was crafted by Puri Jagannadh, with the screenplay penned by Sachin Nag. 'Priya Amar Priya' showcases the performances of Sahara along with Shakib in the lead roles. The movie established itself as the top-earning Bangladeshi film of 2008 and earned its place as one of the all-time highest-earners in Bangladesh. Furthermore, the movie stands as the pinnacle of Shakib's cinematic journey up to 2019. His exceptional performance earned him the Meril-Prothom Alo Awards for Best Actor, the Euro-CJFB Performance Awards, and the Channel I Performance Awards. Read more: Chirkutt’s Sumi to join global music conference in Norway
As a new month is approaching, fans of South Indian movies are waiting to watch a variety of films from the Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, and Kannada film industries. Like every month, in November 2023, the action, music, and drama are set to hit the screens. Now, get ready to be entranced, as this sneak peek unveils the 12 most anticipated South Indian movies releasing in November 2023. Top 12 Most Hyped South Indian Films Coming This November Maa Oori Polimera 2 | Telugu | November 2, 2023 Maa Oori Polimera, the enigmatic thriller that enthralled audiences back in 2021, is set to return with a highly anticipated sequel. The original film was steeped in mysticism, superstitions, and a series of perplexing deaths. This second part promises to venture even deeper into the world of ancient superstitions and sorcery. This time, the story follows a police officer who delves into the connection between a string of gruesome murders in Mahabubnagar and the domain of black magic. Accompanied by an archaeologist, they set out to unravel the mysteries surrounding the village temple. Read more: After death threats, Shah Rukh to get beefed up security Key cast members, including Satyam Rajesh, Kamakshi Bhaskarla, Getup Srinu, Baladitya, Chilam Sheenu, and Ravi Vermal, reprise their roles in this sequel. Dr. Anil Viswanath, who also directed the movie, penned the screenplay and dialogues. Adding an eerie and atmospheric dimension to the storyline, the music is composed by Gnani. Cinematography is handled by Kushedar Ramesh Reddy, while Sree Vara takes on the role of the editor. The film's producer is Gowr Kriesna under Shree Krishna Creations. Aadikeshava | Telugu | November 10, 2023 Directed by debutant director Srikanth N Reddy, Aadikeshava features a musical score by G V Prakash Kumar and cinematography by Dudly. Bankrolled by Sithara Entertainments, the cinema will be brought to life on the edit table by National Award-winning editor Navin Nooli. Aadikeshava will uncover the world of Rudra, portrayed by Panja Vaisshnav Tej, as he fearlessly takes on goons at a Shiva temple. With Sreeleela in the lead female role, Joju George and Aparna Das play supporting roles. Read more: Khufiya: All eyes on Badhon Mangalavaram | Telugu | November 17, 2023 Acclaimed director Ajay Bhupathi, known for hits like 'RX 100' and 'Maha Samudram,' is ready to captivate audiences again with Mangalavaram. This highly anticipated film features the talented Payal Rajput in the lead role. What sets this film apart is its versions in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, and Hindi. Described as a rustic action thriller, the cinema offers a unique rural backdrop for the storyline. Mangalavaram boasts an ensemble cast, including Payal Rajput, Shree Tej, Chaitanya Krishna, Ajay Ghosh, and Laxman. The cinematography is done by Dasarathi Shivendra, with music composed by B. Ajanish Loknath. Editing by Madhav Kumar Gullapally ensures a seamless flow of the story. Read more: English Language Netflix Originals Coming in October 2023 Jigarthanda DoubleX | Tamil | November 10, 2023 Also known as Jigarthanda 2, this action comedy film is directed by Karthik Subbaraj. The film is produced by Kaarthekeyen Santhanam, Alankar Pandian, and S. Kathiresan. A seqel to the 2014 hit Jigarthanda, it stars Raghava Lawrence and S. J. Suryah in lead roles. The plot centers around a filmmaker who collaborates with a dreaded gangster to make a western movies. Santhosh Narayanan has contributed for the soundtrack and background score. The cinematography and editing are handled by S. Thirunavukkarasu and Shafique Mohamed Ali respectively. This film will also be released in Telugu and Hindi versions. Read more: Bongo BD to release South Indian comedy movie 'F2: Fun and Frustration' with Bengali version this week Japan | Tamil | November 12, 2023 This crime comedy-thriller film was written and directed by Raju Murugan. Produced by S. R. Prabhu under Dream Warrior Pictures, the cinema stars Karthi and Anu Emmanuel in lead roles. Apart from Tamil, this film’s dubbed versions in Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada are also scheduled for release. Japan, a notorious maestro of theft, orchestrates the heist of jewels valued at ₹200 crore from an upscale jewelry store. Thus, it set the stage for a high-stakes cat-and-mouse pursuit by the relentless police force. G. V. Prakash Kumar is the music composer, with Ravi Varman handling the cinematography and Philomin Raj taking on the editing. Read more: Top 12 Most Anticipated South Indian Films Releasing in October 2023 Dhruva Natchathiram | Tamil | November 24, 2023 Dhruva Natchathiram: Chapter One – Yuddha Kaandam is an action spy film made under the direction of Gautham Vasudev Menon. The film features Vikram, Ritu Varma, Vinayakan, R. Parthiban, Simran, and Radhika Sarathkumar in prominent roles. The movie's music is composed by Harris Jayaraj, with editing by Praveen Antony. The cinematography section was jointly looked after by Manoj Paramahamsa, Jomon T. John, and Santhana Krishnan Ravichandran. The story revolves around a New York City-based undercover operative and his team on a secret mission to find their missing team leader. Read more: Bongo BD presents heartwarming love story of two nameless tourists in "Hello Stranger"
Samaresh Majumdar, the renowned Bengali novelist from West Bengal, India passed away on May 8, 2023. He was not only a prolific writer but also a source of inspiration for many filmmakers and TV drama producers. Majumdar's works were known for their realistic portrayal of social issues and human emotions. Some of his novels have been adapted into critically acclaimed films and TV dramas. From the Naxal movement in "Kalbela" to the character of detective Arjun in "Buno Haansh," Majumdar's works have taken the Bengali literary and cinematic world to a new height. Let’s explore some of the most memorable films and dramas based on Samaresh Majumdar's novels. 7 Films and TV Dramas based on Samaresh Majumdar’s Works to Watch Kaalbela Directed by Goutam Ghose the film "Kaalbela" was released on May 19, 2016. This film features a stellar cast including Soumitra Chatterjee, Santu Mukherjee, Parambrata Chatterjee, Rudranil Ghosh, Bratya Basu, Anandi Ghose, and others. The story, based on a novel by Majumdar, revolves around the disillusionment of young Bengali students who take up the cause of revolution, only to be left with unanswered questions regarding the conduct of those who change their tracks midway. The story is set against the backdrop of the political unrest in Kolkata during the 1960s, where we see Madhabilata fighting against societal norms as an unwed mother, while Animesh questions the ideology he once fought for. The film highlights the struggles faced by these young revolutionaries and the impact it has on their lives. The film manages to capture the essence of the novel and brings it to life on screen. Overall, "Kaalbela" is a compelling drama that is worth watching for its stellar performances and thought-provoking storyline. Read More: Netflix Originals in English Coming in June 2023 Buno Haansh “Buno Haansh” is a Bengali action thriller film directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, based on a novel by Samaresh Majumdar. The film was one of the high-budget films of Tollywood and was released on 15 August 2014. The main theme centres around Amal, who gets deeply involved in smuggling and eventually realises that he is a part of a dangerous game. The film features Srabanti Chatterjee and Tanusree Chakraborty as the female leads and Moon Moon Sen as the central character. “Buno Haansh” was produced by Bhushan Kumar and Arindam Sil served as the executive producer. The film was shot in various locations, including Mumbai, Bangladesh, and Thailand. Read More: ‘Deora’: Coke Studio Bangla’s latest featuring Pritom and Islamuddin Palakar is an instant hit Arjun – Kalimpong E Sitaharan Bengali thriller film titled "Arjun - Kalimpong E Sitaharan," directed by Prem Prakash Modi and produced by Mukul Sarkar, was released in 2013. The movie starred Om Prakash Sahani and Sabyasachi Chakraborty as the lead actors. Arjun is a famous Bengali fictional character created by the renowned novelist Samaresh Majumdar, primarily for a young audience. The film's storyline is based on two novels of Samaresh Majumdar, "Sitaharan Rahasya" and "Khunkharapi." The storyline revolves around Sita, a teenage girl on the brink of adulthood, born and raised in the United States, who is brought to Kalimpong by her father to keep her away from her boyfriend, whom he considers a bad influence. The situation gets complicated when everyone appears to be part of a conspiracy and deception. The climax reveals that Sita's father is the culprit, as disclosed by Amol Shome (played by Sabyasachi Chakraborty). Arjun (starring Om) helps his mentor Amol solve the case in Kalimpong. The film was shot in different locations in West Bengal and Sikkim, including the scenic spots of Kalimpong with misty mountains and dense jungles. Critics and reviewers gave the film mixed reviews, with some criticising the weak dialogues and loud background score. Nonetheless, Om's depiction of Arjun, a sleuth of the Gen X, received praise. Read More: May 2023 New Releases: Top 10 Upcoming South Indian Films Garbhodharini “Garbhodharini” is a TV adaptation of Samaresh Majumdar's novel that narrates the story of four friends who want to change the outlooks and values of their society.
A spokesman for Robert De Niro confirmed to CNN on Tuesday (May 09, 2023) that the actor has once again become a father. The Oscar winner broke the news in an interview with ET Canada on Monday, where he was promoting his new film, coincidentally titled “About My Father”. When the topic of paternity came up during the conversation, the 79-year-old gently corrected the interviewer when she said that De Niro had six children. “Seven, actually. I just had a baby,” the actor said. Read More: Netflix Originals in English Coming in June 2023
Netflix is a streaming giant known for its vast collection of TV shows and movies. Like every month, Netflix will be releasing several highly anticipated English language originals, including dramas, comedies, and documentaries in June 2023. English Language Originals Releasing on Netflix in June Black Mirror (Season 6) The popular dystopian anthology series "Black Mirror" is making a comeback, and fans won't have to wait long for it. The show's sixth season is set to premiere on Netflix in June of 2023. The season 6, helmed by director Charlie Brooker, features an impressive cast of actors, including Aaron Paul, Anjana Vasan, Annie Murphy, Auden Thornton, Ben Barnes, Clara Rugaard, Daniel Portman, and others. In typical "Black Mirror" fashion, the newest season is expected to deliver more dark and disturbing storylines. The show is produced by Brooker and Jones' new production company, Broke & Bones. Read More: Web series Hotel Relax hits a new record: Bongo Manifest (Season 4 – Part 2) Manifest, a popular supernatural drama series, is set to release its final 10 episodes on June 2. The storyline centers around a group of 191 passengers who went missing for five years and returned with supernatural abilities, including "callings" that guide them toward certain outcomes. The predicted Death Date of June 2, 2024, for these passengers, is significant in the show's lore, as it could also lead to the demise of humanity. Jeff Rake, the creator of this web series, has teased that the first calling in the final batch of episodes will change everything and that an unexpected character, Eagan, may hold the key to the passengers' salvation. Manifest stars Melissa Roxburgh and Josh Dallas, have also made their directorial debuts in the final season. Tour de France: Unchained (Season 1) The upcoming documentary series, Tour de France Unchained, is set to premiere on June 8, as announced in the first official trailer released on Le Tour de France’s YouTube channel. The series, which is based on the 2022 race, was first announced in March 2022 as a collaboration between Netflix and A.S.O., the organizer of the Tour de France. Read More: May 2023 New Releases: Top 10 Upcoming South Indian Films Produced by Quadbox, a joint venture between Quad and Box to Box Films, the sports film producer behind the popular Formula 1 series Drive to Survive on Netflix, Tour de France Unchained will focus on the trials and tribulations of eight teams participating in the race, including Jumbo-Visma, and the eventual victory of Jonas Vingegaard. Never Have I Ever (Season 4) Never Have I Ever has been created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher, and its fourth and final season is set to debut on June 8, 2023 on Netflix and will consist of ten episodes. The series is a coming-of-age comedy about a modern-day first-generation Indian American teenage girl named Devi Vishwakumar, played by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan. The fourth season will revolve around Devi and her gang's senior year at Sherman Oaks High School, including prom, college, and more romance. The series will have a returning cast, including Darren Barnet and Jaren Lewison, along with the new cast Michael Cimino. The drama series is known for its comedic and touching portrayal of Devi's life, including her family, friends, and love life, while also addressing issues such as grief and identity. Read More: May 2023 New Releases: Netflix Original English Movies, Series Human Resources (Season 2) The second season of this web series will be released on Netflix on June 9, 2023. The show is a spinoff of the popular adult animation "Big Mouth" and features the daily lives of creatures such as Hormone Monsters, Depression Kitties, Shame Wizards, and more, as they help humans navigate various stages of life. This Netflix original series is created and executive produced by Kelly Galuska, Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Jennifer Flackett, and Mark Levin. The main stars include Nick Kroll, Maya Rudolph, Aidy Bryant, David Thewlis, Randall Park, Keke Palmer, and Brandon Kyle Goodman, among others. The second season is said to be the final season of the series, and any remaining storylines will be wrapped up in "Big Mouth's" new episodes. The drama also features guest stars such as Florence Pugh, Miley Cyrus, Eugene Levy, Sam Richardson, Niecy Nash-Betts, Jason Mantzoukas, and Isabella Rossellini. Read More: 10 Netflix Originals Coming in April 2023
Popular Bollywood film actress Rani Mukerji returned to the big screen after two years with the film 'Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway.' At the same time, Anirban Bhattacharya, the heartthrob of Bengali films, made his Bollywood debut through this film. The film is based on a real-life story and plotted from Sagarika Chakraborty's 2022 book The Journey of a Mother. The film has been released on Friday, March 17, 2023, and appears to be a blockbuster. Details about the Film Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway Main Casts Rani Mukerji as Debika Chatterjee; Anirban Bhattacharya as Aniruddha Chatterjee, Debika's husband; Jim Sarbh as Daniel Singh Ciupek, lawyer of Norway; Neena Gupta as Vasudha Kamat, Indian External Affairs Minister (the character based on Sushma Swaraj). Plot Debika and her family - husband Aniruddha, son Shubha, and five-month-old daughter Shuchi - live in Stavanger. During their last visit, Sia and Matilda of Velfred, a child welfare service, take away Shubha and Shuchi, leaving the Chatterjees in shock. They are informed that they are not allowed to keep custody of their children as they are considered unfit. Read More: 10 Netflix Originals Coming in April 2023 Debika then decides to battle the government to regain her children. In the process, she discovers the shocking truth about the child custody system in Norway, prompting her to take drastic action. The rest of the story follows her journey. Director and Producers Ashima Chibber is an Indian film director who began her career as an assistant director for films such as “Rockstar” and "Chakde! India." Ashima's fame in Bollywood has been enhanced by her appearances in multiple blockbusters and collaborations with elite directors, allowing her career to flourish. Her entry into television was concurrent with a new phase in Indian TV. This Hyderabadi girl, who has studied in Delhi and the UK, made her cinematic debut under the direction of acclaimed filmmaker Shimit Amin. In 2013, she made her directorial debut with the romantic comedy "Mere Dad Ki Maruti." The film received positive reviews and was a box-office success. Now she is back with another sensation, “Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway.” The film is produced by Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani, and Nikkhil Advani. Read More: Top 10 Upcoming South Indian Movies in March 2023
Amitabh Bachchan said he was injured while shooting a film in southern India and is recovering at home. The 80-year-old Bollywood superstar posted on his blog Sunday (March 05, 2023) night that he sustained a rib injury while working in Hyderabad on the science-fiction film “Project K.” It’s being made in Hindi and Telugu languages and is slated for release in 2024. Bachchan wrote that he had broken rib cartilage and a muscle tear. He said the injury was “painful” and he consulted a doctor before he flew home to Mumbai, where he has been advised to rest. Read More: Registration now open for Joy Bangla Concert 2023 “I shall be unable to meet the well wishers at Jalsa Gate this evening.. so do not come,” the actor said to fans who often gather outside his home in Mumbai. “All else is well,” he wrote. He said his work on the film was suspended until he’s healed. Bachchan has acted in more than 200 Indian films. His breakthrough came in the 1973 film “Zanjeer,” or “The Chain,” and he rose to superstardom playing bold characters, inspiring fans to copy his hairstyle, clothes and deep voice. Read More: Top 10 Netflix Originals Shows, Movies Coming in March 2023 The hugely popular actor is also a former politician and a television host.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's intervention has been sought to recover footage of the government-funded full-length children's film 'Mike' based on Bangabandhu's historic March 7 speech. This request was made at a press conference organized at Sagar-Runi Auditorium of Dhaka Reporters Unity on Wednesday. In a written statement read out at the press conference, director and producer of the film FM Shaheen said, “Anytime between 10 pm on February 8 and 10 am on February 9, at the office of bbarta24net.com and Jagran TV on the 11th floor of Padma Islami Life Insurance Bhaban, miscreants stole the portable hard disk containing the latest edited footage of the film 'Mike' that was kept in my desk drawer. The estimated value of the footage is Tk 1 crore 25 lakh.” Shaheen also said, apart from this, Tk 5.35 lakh cash was taken from the drawer of bbarta24net.com editor. The media outlets have been operating since May 3, 2021, by renting a part of the 11th floor of this building as an office. They also claimed that police did not cooperate with them to find the culprits from the beginning. Read more: 'Golpo Bolar Swadhinata Chai': Artists place five-point demands
Films and television can be strong drivers of social change and can have a transformative effect on society, Dhaka University (DU) Vice-Chancellor Professor Md Akhtaruzzaman said Monday. He was speaking at the 11th-anniversary celebration of the Department of Television, Film, and Photography of DU. "This department not only provides professional training but also teaches the students to think critically. It helps them develop an innovative mindset too," Akhtaruzzaman said. "Also, there is an opportunity for this department to further strengthen the industry-academia relationship as the guest teachers of this department are directly connected with the media industry," he added. The daylong programme was held at the Teacher-Student Center (TSC) auditorium of the university. Akhtauzzaman inaugurated the event as the chief guest around 12.30pm. Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor ASM Maksud Kamal and the founding chairman of the Department of Television, Film, and Photography Professor AJM Shafiul Alam Bhuiyan were also present. Read more: Open master’s programs at DU to start from 2022-23 academic session