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‘Saturday Afternoon’ should be released before India’s ‘Faraaz’: Farooki

Previously in 2019, Bangladesh Film Censor Board denied the release of the film, claiming that the film could damage the image of the country

Update : 10 Jan 2023, 09:16 PM

Eminent Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki expressed his frustration on Bangladesh Film Censor Board for restricting the release of his film “Shonibar Bikel” (Saturday Afternoon 2019) - which is based on the true events of 2016 terrorist attack in Dhaka – after the announcement of the release of “Faraaz,” an Indian film based on the same incident. “Faraaz” is slated to hit the theaters on February 3. 

Mostofa Sarwar Farooki's “Shonibar Bikel” (Saturday Afternoon 2019) has already been premiered at numerous international film fests and has received a number of accolades including “Kumamoto City Award” at Fukuoka International Film Festival. Cast of the film includes Parambrato Chatterjee, Nusrat Imroz Tisha and Zahid Hasan.

On the other hand, “Faraaz” directed by Hansal Mehta stars Zahan Kapoor, Aamir Ali and Aditya Rawal. The movie is scheduled to release on February 3.

“Previously they said that they do not want the miserable memories to appear before the world,” Farooki on his official Facebook account wrote. “Faraz is going to release on February 3, how are they planning to stop that?” 

Previously in 2019, Bangladesh Film Censor Board denied the release of the film, claiming that the film could damage the image of the country. Mostofa Sarwar Farooki regarding that wrote: “‘Shonibar Bikel' is already being shown abroad, I never heard of anything like defamation of the country.” 

The renowned filmmaker also raised questions about the filtering process of the censor board and demanded immediate release of his film.

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