Nuhash wrote the screenplay and also directed the film. The plot of the film concerns a part-time pizza delivery boy, Partho, who only works nights. He struggles to make ends meet just like any ordinary person. A certain incident causes Partho to get involved in the drug-peddling business. In the upper class areas of Dhaka, Partho delivers pizza as well as narcotics. Eventually the delivery man slowly starts losing himself in the darkness of drugs, which is the crux of the story
Nuhash Humayun’s new short film “Pizza Bhai” will be released on Bioscope on Saturday.
Nuhash wrote the screenplay and also directed the film. The plot of the film concerns a part-time pizza delivery boy, Partho, who only works nights. He struggles to make ends meet just like any ordinary person. A certain incident causes Partho to get involved in the drug-peddling business. In the upper class areas of Dhaka, Partho delivers pizza as well as narcotics. Eventually the delivery man slowly starts losing himself in the darkness of drugs, which is the crux of the story.
Regarding the film, Nuhash told Dhaka Tribune Showtime: “The film was conceived from the rise in popularity of pizzas in Dhaka’s night-life. I once ordered a pizza and fell asleep. The poor delivery man waited patiently in front of my door for half an hour before I opened it, and this lead me to become curious about their grueling life. I wondered what adventures they have on each and every delivery. So I put a spin on their story and connected it with Dhaka’s night-life. The key questions I ask through the film are: Why do people use drugs? Where do they get them? What parties do they have? Etc. I also tried to give a glimpse of Dhaka nightlife from an outsider’s perspective.”
Rahat Rahman, from Buttfixx fame, plays the titular role of “Pizza Bhai.” Regarding his casting, Nuhash said: “He and I both worked for the anthology film ‘Sincerely Yours, Dhaka,’ which was screened recently at the Busan International Film Festival. We both went to attend the screening and on our way back we were stuck for a while without any internet due to a raging typhoon. At that juncture we really bonded, and had long discussions on online content. When I wrote ‘Pizza Bhai’ I had him in mind while writing the script, and he agreed to play the part, so it worked out well.”
In response to whether he prefers the shorter format of films, Nuhash said: “Technically I just do not make short films per se. ‘Pizza Bhai’ has a runtime length between 30 to 40 minutes. The reason I am doing these mostly, even if I am getting offers to make features, is that I am currently interested in the on-demand-video platforms in Bangladesh. My last film was ‘700 Taka’ for iflix, and this one is coming out on Bioscope. On both platforms, people have to pay to watch them. I have enough confidence in my work to screen them on these platforms.
“Another big reason I am making films in this format, is because the themes I want to touch upon are very sensitive. Even in ‘Pizza Bhai’ the story demands the mention of drug names, but we cannot do that. We had a lot of fun coming up with our own names to refer to these things. But the point is, it is hard to touch upon these issues in feature films, as the mainstream audience is still not ready for such things. A shorter format of films and these online platforms give room to experiment and explore these themes. That is what I am doing currently. I am exploring and experimenting with online video content. My family is very supportive and encouraging about my current work. I do have a lot of new work coming out soon, such as more films like this, and music videos. I will probably work on a feature film next year.”
Pritom Hassan composed a song for “Pizza Bhai” which will be released tonight.
“Pizza Bhai” also stars Missouri Rashid Khan, Junaina Francis Kabir, Bayezid Haque Zoarder, and many others.
Shahriar Shakil worked as a producer on the film, which was produced under the banner of Alpha-I Media Productions Ltd. The film can be found under the category Bioscope Originals, on the video streaming platform of GP Bioscope.