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Jaya Ahsan's Khacha set to be released in Kolkata

  • Published at 09:52 pm November 1st, 2019
Jaya Ahsan in Khacha
Jaya Ahsan in a scene from Khacha | IMDb

The government funded film follows Sharajini (Jaya Ahsan) and her family after the partition of 1947. The story is set in Jessore in the year 1948

Directed by Akram Khan, feature film Khacha, starring Jaya Ahsan, is set to be released in Kolkata under the Safta agreement. Impress Telefilm will distribute the Bangladeshi film in Kolkata. On the other hand, Indian film Konttho, also starring Jaya, is being released in Bangladesh under the same agreement as well. 

Produced by Impress Telefilm, Khacha is based on writer Hassan Azizul Haque’s novel of the same name. The screenplay of the film is jointly written by actor Azad Abul Kalam, and director of the film Akram Khan.

Speaking about the film's Indian release, director Akra Khan told the Dhaka Tribune's Showtime: "Usually commercial films don't get much box office success in Kolkata nor in Bangladesh, but Khacha is based on the partition, and was screened at various film festivals in Kolkata, and I heard audiences watched the film multiple times in Kolkata as the story of the film can connect to people of both countries.

"And the story by Hasan Azizul Haque is very different, and touchy. Usually, on the silver screen or in literature, we have articulated the pain of people who left the country during the partition, but we never portrayed the pains of those who got stuck here. The story is different from that angle, and a reason for Kolkata audiences to be interested in the film," he added.

The government funded film follows Sharajini (Jaya Ahsan) and her family after the partition of 1947. The story is set in Jessore in the year 1948. Ombujakkho Chokroborty (Azad Abul Kalam), a high caste Hindu Brahmin desperately searches for a suitable barter to exchange his home in Muslim-majority East Bengal, and move to Hindu-majority West Bengal. Many prospects for house exchanges arise, and fall through. Years go by, and his wife Sharajini becomes fidgety. Their children skip school in hopes of starting anew after they move to India. But 16 years after independence from the British, Ombujakkho finally gives up.

Konttho will be released in Bangladesh on November 8, however, released date of Khacha has not been finalized yet.