Much to Jaya Ahsan’s amusement, she was unable to get hold of tickets at the premiere of her latest film Khacha. The film, which did not have a traditional invite-only premiere, opened on Friday, September 22, at Star Cineplex in Dhaka. Jaya found herself in an odd position as she failed to get tickets for herself and family members.
The theatre authority did book two tickets of the opening show for Jaya but they were forced to sell them due to massive pressure from the audience right before the show.
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According to a Facebook post by the actress, she was unfazed by the situation. Rather, she was amazed by the enthusiasm from the huge audience who came to watch the opening show. She also said the theatre authority did manage two seats for Jaya and her mother later on, even though she was willing to watch the film sitting on the hall’s stairs. She also mentioned how she faced a similar situation when her film Guerilla was released at Nandan in Kolkata. Hundreds of people were watching Guerilla in that hall and she watched the whole film sitting on the hall’s stairs.
Jaya is currently very busy working in Kolkata. But she secretly came to Dhaka to attend Khacha’s first show and returned back Friday afternoon.
Jaya told the press that the film has archival value and requested Impress Telefilms to release the film in India. Impress Telefilms is the main production organisation for this government funded film. She also said that audience in Assam, Tripura and West Bengal will also be able to relate to this film.
Banya Mirza, Deepa Khandaker, Jyotika Jyoti, Ashna Habib Bhabna, filmmaker Nurul Alam Atique, Animesh Aich, playwright Rumman Rashid, Jaya Ahsan’s mother Rehana Masud and others were present at the opening show.
Based on author Hasan Azizul Haque’s short story “Khacha,” the screenplay for the film was co-written by actor Azad Abul Kalam and the film’s director Akram Khan. The film was shot on locations like Narail, Dohar and Natore. Khacha stars Mamunur Rashid, Azad Abul Kalam, Chadni, Shahed Ali and others.