One of the standalone episodes of the series, a psychological thriller titled Bhoy (Fear), will feature Misir Ali
London based Bangladeshi author Nafee Muhammad Anam is developing an anthology web series titled Uncanny Episodes for Amazon Prime Video, a popular internet video on demand (VOD) service. One of the standalone episodes of the series, a psychological thriller titled Bhoy (Fear) will feature Misir Ali, a fictional character in a series of novels written by popular Bangladeshi author Humayun Ahmed, according to the series creator.
Nafee, editor of the first Bangla horror magazine on Amazon titled Horror Potrika, told Dhaka Tribune’s Showtime: “This is a very personal dream project of mine and I think it took so long to start because only Allah knows best when something needs to start.
“I took permission for this from Humayun Ahmed a very long time ago, but I stopped working on it and left it behind after he passed away. While working on other stories for my Uncanny Episodes project recently, I suddenly remembered that I have permission to produce Misir Ali. And now I want to bring this to life no matter what.”
When asked about the anthology series, Nafee said: “I want to bring well known Bangladeshi stories within this title to a global audience, especially on Amazon Prime.”
While talking about the cast, the series creator said: “I have had quite a few conversations with well known senior Bangladeshi artists for Misir Ali’s role, but haven’t finalized anyone yet. If possible, I want to keep the role a secret until it is released online.”
“The series will be shot in Bangla with English subtitles. It will be dubbed in English later on if needed. All of it depends on the reaction of foreign audiences,” added Nafee.
Uncanny Episodes will be produced by London based production company Cup of Tea Studio. The series is not an Amazon Prime original content but will be jointly released on Amazon Prime Video (as video on demand) and YouTube (for Bangladeshi audience).
The project also completed a fundraising campaign in May on JustGiving, a global online social platform for fundraising.
Nafee Muhammad Anam, 34, currently resides in London and has written numerous horror and thriller fiction in Bangla which have been published by popular publishers in Bangladesh. His first book titled The Miracle Hours was published in 2005. He became the editor of Horror Potrika, the first international Bangla horror magazine printed and distributed by Amazon. Some of his stories have been adapted into TV dramas and aired on television channels of Bangladesh.