The five part miniseries on the Liberation War through the eyes of a 10 year old, “Meghnar Ekattor” began on Thursday. The show will air everyday at 10:00pm on Duranta TV up to March 26.
The story spans from March 1 to December 16, 1971. When Meghna’s father joins the Liberation War, the family is forced to leave Dhaka and go into hideout. They take shelter in a small abandoned house.
Writer/director Shameem Akhtar told Showtime she wanted a treatment for this show, that’s different from other TV shows about the war.
“I wanted to show how children see everything in a positive light and find reasons for celebration. I tried to explore how a war, our pride, impacts the child… It’s our pride,” she said.
When Meghna hears Yahya Khan’s speech on March 1 and hears of the “Oshohojog” movement, she doesn’t understand what it all means. Her school shuts down, suddenly providing her with all the time in the world to think, but she can’t make out the meaning of any of it.
“My intention was to tell the story in a way that’ll resonate with the children. It will make them think about the Liberation War and the euphoria of being liberated,” said the director.
Child actor Melita Mehjabin Arpa plays the titular role of Meghna. Bonna Mirza stars as her mother, who works as a school teacher. Alif Chowdhury plays the father, who is a public service holder. Shahid Bahadur and Mohammad Shamsuddoha portray other important roles in the series.