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Screenwriters visit Gopalganj to prepare for Bangabandhu biopic

  • Published at 08:40 pm May 26th, 2019
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Indian screenwriters Atul Tiwari and Shama Zaidi visit mausoleum of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Gopalganj’s Tungipara on Friday, May 24, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

They also inquired about the condition of the rural environment and the condition of Bangabandhu's house in his childhood

Renowned Indian screenwriters Atul Tiwari and Shama Zaidi (“Umrao Jaan”) visited Gopalganj’s Tungipara on Friday to develop the screenplay forthe upcoming feature film on the life and work of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The screenwriters visited Bangabandhu’s birth place, native home, mausoleum, childhood playground, and other nearby places associated with memories of him, and talked with locals. 

Deputy Secretary of Information Ministry, Md Ishan Ali Raja, who accompaned the script writers on their trip, said: “The film will be produced on the Father of the Nation and its screenplay will be written by Atul Tiwari and Shama Zaidi. They came to Tungipara as preparation for the script. They visited the places tied to the memory of Bangabandhu and talked to locals. They also inquired about the rural atmosphere in Bangabandhu's time.”

Gopalganj Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Mokhlesur Rahman Sarker, Tungipara Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Md Nakib Hasan Tarafdar, Tungipara Awami League President Md Elias Hossain, Tungipara Municipality Awami League President Tozammel Haque Tutul, Curator of the Mausoleum Museum Md Nurul Islam, and many others were present during this visit.

Acting President of Tungipara Awami League, Md Elias Hossain, said: "A Bangabandhu biopic will be filmed. We have cooperated with the two writers as much as we could. After this film gets produced, the new generation will learn about the courage, patriotism, ideals, and philosophy of Bangabandhu. I believe the new generation will be inspired by the ideology of Bangabandhu with this film.” 

Md Nurul Islam, curator of the Bangabandhu mausoleum said: “The writers asked questions like: How did Bangabandhu go to school and how much time did it take? They themselves went and visit those places. 

They visited the launch and steamer terminals, the children's playground he played in, the ponds he bathed in, his favourite Hijal and Bakul trees, his paternal home, and his birth place. They also inquired about the condition of the rural environment and the condition of Bangabandhu's house in his childhood. The two writers looked at all issues concerning his life, from childhood to youth.”

The Bangladesh government chose eminent Indian film director and screenwriter Shyam Benegal to direct the Bangla biopic on the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, back in August 2018.

The film is scheduled to be released in March 2021.