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Simon’s Shikolbaha starts production with mystery cast member

  • Published at 08:20 pm August 15th, 2019
Bangladeshi filmmaker Kamar Ahmed Simon, left, with his producer Sara Afreen | Facebook

A famous actor, whose identity was undisclosed by the director, will play an important character in the film of a 94-years-old

Internationally acclaimed Bangladeshi filmmaker Kamar Ahmad Simon’s upcoming film Shikolbaha - Iron Stream has finally begun its shoot. A famous actor, whose identity was undisclosed by the director, will also play an important character of a 94-years-old, according to a recent press statement.

The production unit has just completed their four week long shooting camp which finished right before Eid-ul-Azha. Simon has finally started filming with a young eccentric team. It took more than two years to establish the set of the much talked about film outside Dhaka, by planting trees according its storyline. The main shooting camp began almost six months earlier in Dhaka in recluse. 

Three new faces were finalized as the film’s central cast after a two year long search by the film’s team.

Written and directed by Kamar Ahmad Simon, and produced by Sara Afreen, Shikolbaha is co-produced by Germany’s Weydemann Bros. Variety Magazine selected the German production company as one of the top ten producers to watch earlier this year in Cannes.

Shikolbaha came under the spotlight after it was selected as one of the ten screenplays in 2014 in the La Fabrique Cinéma du Mond, a platform for emerging filmmakers in Cannes. The film was initially titled Shongkhodhoni. The script was later awarded with the prestigious World Cinema Fund from Berlin International Film Festival for two consecutive years.

Wishing for the holy occasion of Eid, Kamar told Showtime: “Since cinema is an everyday thing to me, I can’t afford to be restless about it. I don’t start filming until I am satisfied with myself. Now, as I have started filming, I can’t leave the camp not even on Eid day.” 

The film’s producer Sara Afreen told Showtime: “We started shooting, kind of secretly, last month after Kamar returned from the editing of Onnodin... (Day After...) from IDFA Summer School. We have plans to shoot for the next two months as well, then it may take up to a year to complete the post production. But before all these, we are planning to release our unplanned new film Neel Mukut.”

Onnodin… is the second film in director Kamar’s Water Trilogy. The first film of the trilogy titled Shunte Ki Pao! - Are You Listening! was officially selected by IDFA in 2012.

Apart from winning the National Film Award in Bangladesh, Shunte Ki Pao! also won a number of international awards — including Golden Conch for best documentary film, and best cinematography in Mumbai International Film Festival, and Grand Prix in Cinema Du Reel in Paris in the best film category.