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Weekly movie night begins with ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

  • Published at 08:08 pm January 20th, 2019
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Poster of "Crazy Rich Asians"

This movie specifically addresses Chinese plutocrats, but often I saw resonances with our own Bangladeshi cultural hang-ups of today, and some of the wealthy young men and women airheads portrayed in the film could have come straight out of the drawing rooms and wedding halls of Dhaka! And no doubt Delhi, Mumbai, Karachi and other South Asian cities too

Film lovers have a new weekly event to look forward to at the Junction, an arts space founded by Jatrik, producers of the Dhaka Lit Fest. Those who mourned the closing of Red Shift Café and its events can rejoice in the launch of its film screenings, which began on Sunday with the recent blockbuster "Crazy Rich Asians.”

The Red Shift Cinema Club (at The Junction) will show movies covering a range of offerings, from the latest Oscar award contenders to classics from all over the world. Movie evenings will be further enlivened by discussions, interviews with filmmakers, informative quizzes and other film-related activities. The team behind this initiative includes: Sal Imam, Sadaf Saaz, Rumana Habib, Naila Azad, Mehreen Rahman, Parthe Sarkar, Razef Khan, and other friends.

About the film

“Crazy Rich Asians” stars Michelle Yeoh, Constance Wu, Henry Golding and is directed by Jon M Chu.

What a crazy rich assortment of intricate stories and scene-setting sequences have gone into this fabulous film. I was expecting a largely satirical look at the habits of Asia’s billion-dollar tycoons, but the movie began with what seemed to be an unabashed celebration of obscene wealth, which was a bit disconcerting. As the film went on though, more and more layers were deftly introduced to probe the traditional mindsets and cultural quirks that lie behind the glitter of even the most outwardly modern Asian families.

This movie specifically addresses Chinese plutocrats, but often I saw resonances with our own Bangladeshi cultural hang-ups of today, and some of the wealthy young men and women airheads portrayed in the film could have come straight out of the drawing rooms and wedding halls of Dhaka! And no doubt Delhi, Mumbai, Karachi and other South Asian cities too.

However, despite all the surface hedonism, Crazy Rich Asians pulls off a complex and deeply emotional ending – so complex that fellow moviegoers have been known to happily spend an hour afterwards analyzing the significance of "the ring," and so emotional was the movie that even my eyes teared up (but only for an instant mind you!).

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