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Bangladesh Cinema and Television Institute’s film wins big in Prague

  • Published at 11:19 pm June 14th, 2021
“Niruddesh Jatra”| Courtesy

Produced by Bangladesh Cinema & Television Institute, Debashis Doob's short film 'Niruddesh Jatra' was inspired by Akhteruzzaman Elias’ short story of the same name

Director Debashis Doob’s short film “Niruddesh Jatra” received the honourable mention in the Best Student Director category at the Prague International Indie Film Festival.

Produced by Bangladesh Cinema & Television Institute, the short film was inspired by author Akhteruzzaman Elias’ short story of the same name.

“Ranju resides in an old house with his elderly parents in a small town. It is as if the past memories of  his ancestors were trapped in his body. He feels as though he were reincarnated. He thus seeks escape from this troubled, hectic, suffocating modern world, and sets out on a journey into the void,” reads the official synopsis. 

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The cast features ML Rumi, Arindam Sarkar, Samarjit Vowmik, Meshkatul Masabey Sanchary, Shankori and others.

Shot and edited by Debashis Doob, the experimental short film was the director’s diploma cinema, produced by his alma mater. 

“Bangladesh Cinema & Television Institute is the only film school in Bangladesh where students can learn and receive training on filmmaking for two years. At the end of the final semester, students have to make a diploma cinema. ‘Niruddesh Jatra’ was the short film that I made in my final year,” the director said.

"Niruddesh Jatra"| Courtesy

Doob’s short film “Niruddesh Jatra” premiered on January 19 at the spiritual section of the 19th Dhaka International Film Festival, where it received critical acclaim. Akhteruzzaman Elias’ son Andalib Elias attended the screening and sang its praises. 

“Niruddesh Jatra” will be screened at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy’s 3rd Bangladesh Short and Documentary Film Festival, which will be held on 18-25 June. 

Doob had previously won the Zahir Raihan Best Short Award at the 5th International Inter University Film Festival for “Known,” and the Best Screenplay and Sound Design awards in 2020 for “The Ballad of a Geek.”

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