Bongo, the premiere OTT platform in Bangladesh, continues to dazzle audiences globally with one success after another, with the latest “Osomoy” directed by Kajal Arefin Ome. Recently, Ome's debut web film, 'Osomoy,' has garnered an impressive audience of over 300,000 paid unique viewers from over 100+ countries, 33 percent higher than Hotel Relax. The film has achieved more than 35 million paid watch time minutes in 8.5 days surpassing the previous record of 30 million minutes of Hotel Relax, a web series also directed by Kajal Arefin Ome. Wrestling icon Vince McMahon resigns from WWE parent company after ex-employee files sex abuse suit "Osomoy" presents a compelling narrative, delving into the life of Urbi, a young girl from a lower-middle-class family navigating university life. Director Kajal Arefin Ome, known for his diverse portfolio, departs from his usual works to offer a poignant portrayal of contemporary society. The film resonates with audiences, combining a serious storyline with Ome's signature humor. Expressing his thoughts on the record-breaking success, Director Kajal Arefin Ome stated, "We had high expectations for the content, and the immediate positive response exceeded our predictions. The audience's love for 'Osomoy' has been overwhelming. Their support encourages me to strive for excellence in future projects." Farooki in ICU, writes Tisha Tasnia Farin, a talented actress of the time, delivers a stellar performance as Urbi, supported by Tariq Anam Khan and Monira Mithu, who portray Urbi's parents with emotional depth. The on-screen chemistry between Saraf Ahmed Zibon and Iresh Zaker, playing a journalist and police officer, adds a delightful touch, inducing laughter. Runa Khan's portrayal of a lawyer and her compelling scenes with Intekhab Dinar has garnered attention. The ensemble cast, including Shahed Ali, Shaswata Datta, Shimul Sharma, Lamima Lam, Israt Zaheen Ahmed, Scuman Patwary, and Ziaul Haque Polash, contributes to the film's success with their outstanding performances. Netizens hail "Osomoy" as Kajal Arefin Ome's masterpiece, praising its superb cinematography, excellent dialogues, outstanding color grading, and captivating ambient music. Mushfiqur Rahman Manzu, the producer of "Osomoy" and Chief Content Officer of Bongo, expressed delight, saying, "We are thrilled with the overwhelming response to 'Osomoy,' surpassing the success of 'Hotel Relax.' We extend our gratitude to the audience for their continued support." Showcasing 252 films from 74 nations, 22nd Dhaka International Film Festival begins This time, Bongo saw a huge growth of users watching from Apple, Samsung, Redmi, Realme, and OPPO device brands, including tremendous growth from Chittagong, Comilla, Khulna, Sylhet and Rajshahi. “We launched Pre-booking this time which was a huge success, we had over 10,000 paid users book early and win a chance to watch on the opening day of the Premiere with the Ome and the exciting cast! We also enabled gifting where thousands of fans showed their appreciation for the film. We are constantly working on new ways to be ahead of the curve with our technology and tools, said COO & Co-Founder of Bongo, Fayaz Taher. “Last year we beta-tested a lot with new advertising tools such as clickable Digital screen ads including L-shaped, we plan to do a full roll in Q1 this year to enable new ways for advertisers to also connect with content in meaningful ways.”
The prolific drama director Kajal Arefin Ome’s much-anticipated web film, 'Osomoy,' premiered on Bongo, an OTT platform in Bangladesh. The film, featuring an ensemble cast led by popular actress Tasnia Farin, delves into a contemporary real-life story, captivating audiences with its intricate plot and stellar performances. The star-studded cast includes talents such as Runa Khan, Tariq Anam Khan, Iresh Zaker, Saraf Ahmed Zibon, Intekhab Dinar, Monira Mithu, Shashwta Datta, Schumonn Patwary, Shimul Sharma, Lamima Lam, Ishrat Zaheen Ahmed, and a special appearance by popular actor Ziaul Haque Polash. It's official: Orsha and Imran are a married couple 'Osomoy' unfolds the narrative around Urbee, a university student unwittingly entangled in a murder case. The film weaves multiple small stories into a cohesive ensemble, building suspense and engaging audiences throughout. Ome shared his thoughts on 'Osomoy,' stating, "It is not a story of a specific person but a reflection of our time. We aimed to capture the essence of the era, and I am delighted with the positive response. I hope those yet to see it will find the film intriguing." ‘The Beekeeper’ Review: Jason Statham has more than a bee in his bonnet Tasnia Farin, the lead actress of the film, conveyed her heartfelt appreciation for director Kajal Arefin Ome. Recognising Ome as the catalyst for her inaugural venture into the industry, Farin expressed profound joy in collaborating with him. "Ome bhai gave me my first opportunity in the industry, and working with him has been an absolute delight. The entire team devoted themselves to the production of 'Osomoy,' and I sincerely hope that audiences will derive immense pleasure from the film," Farin remarked. “Kingba Tomar Keu Na”: Joy Shahriar releases latest single Mushfiqur Rahman Manzu, the producer of 'Osomoy' and Chief Content Officer of Bongo, expressed admiration for Ome's directorial prowess, saying, "The film is truly beautiful, and despite being Ome's first, he has expertly used all the elements to captivate the audience. We anticipate that viewers will enjoy 'Osomoy' as much as our previous hit web series, 'Hotel Relax.'"
"Din-The Day," the highly anticipated action film starring Ananta Jalil and Barsha, has made its debut on the popular OTT platform Bongo, drawing a phenomenal response from audiences worldwide. The collaborative production with Iran, directed by renowned Iranian filmmaker Mortaza Atash Zamzam, brings an adrenaline-fueled narrative that follows Ananta Jalil as a fearless police officer engaged in international anti-terrorism operations. What's streaming now: 'Oppenheimer,' Adam Sandler as a lizard and celebs dancing to Taylor Swift In "Din-The Day," Ananta Jalil embodies the role of a valiant police officer representing an international organization, actively engaging in operations against various terrorist groups. The narrative unfolds as he embarks on a perilous mission to Afghanistan, confronting the formidable terrorist figure Abu Khalid in a gripping battle for survival. Farooki’s ‘Shonibar Bikel’ to be released on Indian OTT platform Sony LIV The film's captivating storyline is complemented by its global production, with shooting locations spanning Bangladesh, Iran, Türkiye, and Afghanistan. The cinematic spectacle was initially released on Eid ul Azha 2022 in 40 countries worldwide, showcasing the film's universal appeal. Expressing gratitude to the enthusiastic viewers, Bongo’s authority said, "Getting a good amount of response in just 3 days is a big thing for us in the world of OTT. 'Din-The Day' is not only one of Ananta Jalil's big-budget endeavors but also a testament to the global appreciation for high-quality cinema." Top Hyped Hollywood Films of 2024: The Blockbuster Bonanza Despite its success, "Din-The Day" has sparked discussions and criticisms since its release. Ananta Jalil, who plays a pivotal role in the film, has become a focal point of these conversations. The film's ability to captivate audiences and stimulate diverse opinions further underscores its impact on the cinematic landscape.
Startup Bangladesh Limited, the pioneering venture capital company under the ICT Division, has announced a strategic investment in Bongo, one of the leading digital entertainment platforms in Bangladesh. This collaborative endeavor aims to increase the landscape of online entertainment and content consumption in the country. An agreement was signed between the two entities, for an investment of Tk 5 crore in Bongo's growth and expansion plans. Read: How to Make Money with Amazon Kindle Publishing: A Step by Step Guide The signing ceremony took place in Dhaka where State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Md. Shamsul Arefin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Startup Bangladesh and Senior Secretary of ICT Division, Sami Ahmed, Managing Director of Startup Bangladesh and representatives from Bongo were present as distinguished guests. Read: Banglalink wins Ookla Award for the 7th consecutive time The State Minister said that this partnership with Bongo exemplifies Startup Bangladesh's commitment to fostering innovation and supporting homegrown startups that cater to the diverse needs of our population. “Bongo's success story resonates with the vision of a Smart Bangladesh, and we are excited to play a role in amplifying their impact of home-grown solutions," he added. Read: BGMEA President expresses condolence over death of SB Knitting employees "We are embarking on a transformative journey, driven by innovation and collaboration, as we partner with Bongo to reshape the digital entertainment landscape of Bangladesh. This strategic investment underscores our commitment to nurturing homegrown startups and fostering technological excellence, aligning with our vision of a Smart Bangladesh that thrives on cutting-edge solutions and enriching experiences for all." said Md Shamsul Arefin, secretary of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division. "We believe that Bongo's innovative approach to entertainment delivery has the potential to redefine how Bangladeshi audiences consume content. Through this partnership, we aim to provide Bongo with the resources and support needed to further innovate and revolutionize the entertainment industry," emphasized Sami Ahmed, Managing Director of Startup Bangladesh Limited.
On the occasion of Eid al-Adha, popular streaming platform Bongo is bringing "Live", a psycho-thriller movie loosely based on a true event. The movie was released in theaters across the country in September last year. Now viewers will be able to enjoy the movie online through the Bongo app. After Poramon and Jannat, the popular duo Symon-Mahi are back on the screen with the movie "Live". Read: Father's Day 2023: Entertainment stars on social media, in reminiscence of loving fathers Directed by Shamim Ahamed Roni the movie is produced by Shapla Media. It also stars Adar Azad, Khairul Bashar, Shiba Shanu, Amin Sarkar and Saberi Alam. Someone gets killed in the family of Milon (Symon) and Joya (Mahi). Who killed him and what was his motive? This murder mystery is the central theme of the movie "Live". Moreover there are some pleasant twists and turns for the audience. Mahiya Mahi's performance in the movie "Live" has already won cinema-goers' praise. Symon Sadik's exceptional performance impressed the audience as well. Shiva Shanu, a famous actor for negative roles in Bengali cinema, this time broke free from his typecast and portrayed the role of a DB officer. The movie also starred Adar Azad, a young star of this time. He surprised the audience with his sharp performance. Read: Alliance Française de Dhaka celebrates ‘Fête de la Musique 2023’ To know the details you have to watch the movie "Live" on the Bongo App.
Video streaming platform Bongo has launched short video clips for online media publishers to embed on their websites or mobile applications. Online media publishers are finding it hard to retain users as many have now moved away from reading to watching short videos and clips in this age of TikTok, Instagram reels and YouTube shorts. Producing videos daily or even writing articles is not an easy task. Bongo wants to make life easier for online media publishers by providing entertaining short clips which they can embed on their website or mobile app just as easily as embedded YouTube videos. Grameenphone's self-service solution MyGP app and Brac Bank's Astha app already adopted this solution to showcase video content to their users. Read: ‘Hoyto-Noyto': A satire on the times From Bongo, online media partners can choose from more than 15,000 hours of content and a partner network of content creators that have more than 30,000 hours of content. They can choose the categories of content they want to showcase to their users. Bongo's library of content is already being used by other platforms such as Binge, Bioscope and other OTT platforms.
Video streaming platform Bongo has released the Bangla dubbed version of animation film "Bilal" dubbed in Bangla. The film is based on the true story of how Bilal proved himself as a fearless warrior of the Islamic empire and became the first muezzin in the history of Islam. The main characters of the animated film are voiced by Adewale Ekinnuye-Agbaje, Ian McShane, China Anne McLain and others. Many of the crew members of this movie worked in famous Hollywood animation films like "Shrek" and "Monsters Inc." Read: Bongo brings 'The Groomsmen' as 'Bhai Brothers' The story's central characters Bilal and his sister Gufaira are the children of Princess Hamama of Abyssinia. A group of robbers ambush and kill Hamama and kidnap teenage Bilal and teenage Gufaira. They take them thousands of miles away in the desert, and later sell them as slaves to an idol merchant. Directed by Khurram H Alavi and Aiman Jamal, Bilal was nominated in the best animated feature film category at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Asia's most prestigious film award. The film was awarded in the best inspiring movie category at the Animation Day of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. It also won the best innovative movie award at the Broadcast Pro Middle East Awards.
Video streaming platform Bongo has released American comedy film "The Groomsmen," dubbed in Bangla as "Bhai Brothers." The story revolves around a groom and his four groomsmen. The Groomsmen stars Edward Burns, Jessica Capshaw, Spencer Fox, John Leguizamo, Matthew Lillard, Brittany Murphy, and Donal Logue. Read: Bongo brings Bangla dubbed 'Beauty and the Beast' The film's screenplay was written and directed by the film's protagonist Edward. And it was said the inspiration for the film comes from the real life of Edward and her then-girlfriend, supermodel Christy Turlington. Paulie (Edward), a writer by profession, is getting ready to marry her long-term girlfriend Sue (Brittany), who is five months pregnant. He feels a little bit frightened of this greater responsibility of being both husband and father. When Paulie is fighting with greater confusion, his childless envious big brother Jimbo influences him not to get married. But the story does not end here. Read Bongo brings Bangla dubbed 'Kaalidas' Bongo's Bangla dubbed film 'Bhai Brothers' is expected to get good response from the movie enthusiast.
Video streaming platform Bongo has released the Bangla dubbed version of South Indian film "Kaalidas," a true mass suicide story-based action, crime, mystery-thriller starring Bharath Srinivasan and Ann Sheetal. The story is about Kaalidas (Bharath), a dedicated policeman who is tasked with investigating a series of apparent suicides in his city. However, it puts a strain on his marriage with Vidyaa (Ann Seethal), who soon seeks solace in their new tenant Aarav. The film opens with an aerial shot of a multi-storey apartment. A girl falls from the terrace and dies on the spot. A small police team, headed by Kaalidas, examines the body and assumes it to be a suicide case. Read: Bongo brings Bangla dubbed 'Beauty and the Beast' The case turns interesting when several other such incidents happen that leave Kaalidas perplexed. His superior, ACP George (Suresh Menon), also assists Kaalidas in solving these mass suicide mysteries. But unknown to Kaalidas, his wife Vidya parts with him as she feels her husband does not spend enough time with her. Also, Vidya falls for Aarav who is not only their tenant but also seems to have connections with the murder traces that Kaalidas follows. Written and directed by Sri Senthil, storyline for the South Indian crime mystery thriller film "Kaalidas" was developed over five months, from October 2017 to February 2018. In March 2018, the shooting started. Finally, it was released on December 13, 2019, and became a box office success. Read Best South Indian Movies Releasing in August 2022
There is a famous saying that Matches are made in Heaven. But what will happen if, between the couple, one strikes under a spell of romanticism where the other feels himself a victim of castaway? So why not enjoy the bittersweet scenario rather than drowning in loneliness and confusion? Arjun (Ashok Selvan), the story's protagonist, thought so. He is a confused carefree young man who has a close friendship with Anu (Ritika Singh) & Mani (Sha Ra). One Day in a friendly drinking session Anu out of the blue, asks for the hand of Arjun & that's the start of a rocky road of marriage. At first, Arjun feels nothing wrong with being hitched to Anu. But then suddenly realize that he has no romantic feelings for Anu by heart. Now how will he resolve the tangled relationship? When Arjun struggled with Anu, his childhood crush Meera entered their life. He knew what would come in his bittersweet life of loveless marriage! If you want to know what happened, How God came to rescue Arjun, or for Anu, you have to watch the movie of the week, "Oh My Kadavule," dubbed in Bangla 'Oh My God! “On Bongo, July 29, 2022. Famous director Ashwath Marimuthu directed the film, and the story was written by him too. Ashwath said, "Half of life's troubles start with getting married. And the other Half is trouble after marriage. So, this time, our story is about the dilemma of an unclued young man getting accidentally married and looking for a second chance to back out of the mistakes. And his urge for a second chance in life is responded to by God Himself (God's role played by Vijay Sethupati). What will happen next? Watch Bongo to enjoy the hilarious, fun-packed romantic comedy with a pinch of fantasy 'Oh My Kadavule aka Oh My God." Read: Bongo brings Bangla dubbed 'Beauty and the Beast' The film was first released on the Day of Valentine's on February 14, 2020. Korean Web Series "Operation Proposal Loosely Inspires this Movie." The film was also selected for official screening at the International Indian Film Festival in Toronto, held in August 2020. The film won South Indian International Movie Awards-SIIMA (Tamil) for Best Actor Critics (Ashok Selvan) in 2021. Also got five nominations for SIIMA Awards 2021: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Film, Best Cinematographer, Best Actress in a Supporting Role & Best Music Director. Bongo's Head of Licensing and Distribution, Karoline Hoeppner, said, "Bongo is pleased to publish South Indian romantic comedy with a fantastic vibe for our entertainment-seeking audience. We believe our audience will love it wholeheartedly. Now they can see numerous English & South blockbusters across genres of their choice. Bongo is thrilled to enrich its content library with more enjoyable international titles, and Bongo aims to cater to the most diverse content portfolio in the country. We cannot wait to release more global content in Bangla and see how our country's audience perceives the titles."