Principle photography on Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s upcoming hostage drama “Saturday Afternoon” has come to an end, reports Variety. After creating a stir around the nation with his much-discussed film “Doob: No Bed of Roses,” the acclaimed director is all set to subvert expectations once again.
Inspired by the ruthless terrorist attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, the film shot in a single take, is being called “a miniature of international hate politics” and also “an anatomy of terror” by the director.
Farooki “wanted to explore the roots of modern day terrorism through social, political, and gender implications through Saturday Afternoon,” he said in a statement to Variety. But why go for the single take challenge? According to the “Bachelor” director, he chose to shoot “Saturday Afternoon” in a single take to better focus on “the unity of the story.”
The lowkey shooting for the film kicked off on January 5 in Dhaka’s Coke Studio.
Earlier on October 18, Farooki disclosed some of the details of his new project in a Facebook post on his verified profile. Quoting a report titled “Saturday Afternoon” in Variety, the director stated that Nusrat Imroz Tisha has been confirmed as one of the leads of “Saturday Afternoon” and the production will use both Bangla and English languages.
Actor Eyad Hourani, who starred in the Palestinian film “Omar” (nominated as the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards) earlier told Variety: “I read the script and liked it. And I am happy that we are gradually moving closer to being on board with this really interesting project. The script dissects the world order in a very balanced way.”
As per the previous announcement, the budget of “Saturday Afternoon” is a whopping $500,000 and is a Bangladesh, India and Germany co-production. The film is being jointly produced by Abdul Aziz for Jaaz Multimedia, Bangladesh; Shyam Sundar Dey for Greentouch Entertainment, India; Farooki for Chhobial, Bangladesh alongside award-winning producer Anna Katchko of Tandem Production, Germany, who came on board as co-producer.
Tagging him as “a real talent,” Farooki also revealed that Aziz Zhambakiev, who won the “Berlin Silver Bear” for “Harmony Lessons” at the age of 26, is working as the Director of Photography for the project.
“Saturday Afternoon” will be the first film in a trilogy by Farooki titled “Identity.” The second instalment of the trilogy is tentatively titled “No Land’s Man,” which has earned grants from India’s Film Bazaar and the Asia Pacific Screen Academy-Motion Picture Association film fund. The third and final instalment of the trilogy will chronicle the lives of the distressed Rohingya refugees, who are currently facing ethnic cleansing in Myanmar.