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Aguner Poroshmoni: The first film directed by Humayun Ahmed

  • Published at 07:55 pm July 18th, 2019
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The film won National Film Award in eight categories including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Plot

Friday marks  the 7th death anniversary of playwright, writer and film-maker Humayun Ahmed, whose contributions have enriched every sector of our culture, and literature.  

Humayun Ahmed was born in Netrakona’s Mohanganj to Foyzur Rahman Ahmed and Ayesha Foyez on November 13, 1948.

The writer died of cancer at a hospital in New York on July 19, 2012. 

One of Bangladesh’s best-selling authors, Humayun was idealized by men and women who grew up reading his books, and watching his shows in the 1980s and 1990s. His works are equally popular even today. Humayun was very bold in depicting the Liberation War in his films, and dramas. 

Talking about Humayun Ahmed’s brilliance, seasoned actor, Asaduzzaman Noor, who frequently collaborated with Humayun Ahmed, told the Dhaka Tribune’s Showtime: “Humayun bhai was the first person who mentioned ‘Tui rajakar’ in BTV’s drama Bohubrihi back in the days.”

On Humayun’s death anniversary we are highlighting his debut film, Aguner Poroshmoni. Humayun Ahmed directed the film based on the novel of the same name, written by him. The film won National Film Award in eight categories including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Plot.

 A scene from the film Depiction of genocide

The Pakistani military launched brutal genocide to suppress the Bangladeshis in March, 1971. This film depicts the atrocity of that genocide, and the struggles with authenticity. In the film we see, in the midst of this terrible situation, one family in Dhaka is trying to live life as normally as possible. But then the father (Abul Hayat) brings home a man, a stranger that the family has never met before. They soon discover that he's a member of the Mukti Bahini. As the plot of the film unfolds, we discover how brutally people were killed on the streets of Dhaka, and pretty much everywhere in Bangladesh. 

The film demonstrates the struggles of people- regardless of their religion and race, and the murders and isolation the Bangladeshis suffered for 9 months. 

Bravery of Mukti Bahini

Humayun Ahmed didn’t hold back, from representing the true state of affairs in Bangladesh during the Liberation War, in the film.  The movie depicts the atrocities inflicted on the Bangladeshis by the Pakistani military. At the same time, the horrors of the war are generally implied, instead of being shown in graphic details. Asaduzzaman Noor played the role of Bodi, a young man, who is a freedom fighter. His character is very brave, and determined to bring freedom for the country. Bodi and his friends represent the bravery of the Mukti Bahini whose sacrifices gave us Bangladesh. 

Love in the midst of violence

Besides depicting the violence during the Liberation War, Aguner Poroshmoni is also a great love story, which also features an amazing soundtrack. My favorite part of this movie is the love story between the family's older daughter, Ratri (Bipasha Hayat), and the freedom fighter.

She truly believes in the cause that he's fighting for, and she idolizes him because of that. But she also falls in love with him. Her struggles to support Bodi in his quest, and also wanting to save him from harm at the same time, is very emotional, and genuine. 

End scene of the film implies independence, hope, and the beginning of a new Bangladesh.