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'Barir Naam Shahana' to premiere at the prestigious Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival

The film will have 5 public screenings and 1 jury screening at the Mumbai Film Festival. 'Barir Naam Shahana' was also invited to screen at the BFI London Indian Film Festival 2023, the largest South Asian Film Festival in Europe.

Update : 10 Oct 2023, 09:03 PM

Leesa Gazi’s debut “Barir Naam Shahana” (A House Named Shahana) will have its world premiere at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2023. 

The film festival unveiled a South Asia-focused revamp for its first in-person event since 2019, set to run from October 27 to November 5.

The film will have 5 public screenings and 1 jury screening at the Mumbai Film Festival. 

“Barir Naam Shahana” was also invited to screen at the BFI London Indian Film Festival 2023, the largest South Asian Film Festival in Europe. The festival beginning in October will continue until November 5th across London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Bradford. 

Produced by Komola Collective, “Barir Naam Shahana”, based on real events is the story of Dipa. A young divorcee “menace” in a rural town in '90s Bangladesh who defies social stigma and the burden of family honour to live on her own terms.

The films in the competition are from upcoming filmmakers from India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal, diaspora filmmakers from the UK and Germany. The 14 films will compete for the Golden Gateway and Silver Gateway awards, previously awarded in the international competition.

Leesa Gazi stated of her debut fiction film, “Being a divorcée myself in '90s Bangladesh, I experienced enormous social stigma and observed how divorced women were outcasts in their own homes and society. Yet, all my life, I have been awed by the courage of ordinary Bangladeshi women who face infamy and injustices but still dare to build their own paths. I have always wanted to tell their passionate, complex, burning stories. Dipa is one such woman. She does not accept what is decided for her by others and fights back. Dipa's story emerges from actual events.”

She expressed her vision for the film is to create “representation for women beyond the paradoxical definitions of morality, venturing into stories of real women that our audience will relate to.” 

The co-screenwriter and actor, Aanon Siddiqua stated, “The opportunity to explore the many shades of a woman who fights to remain true to herself was an empowering experience. A woman's journey is composed of transitory transforming phases, girl, daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother. This ever-changing nature is the permanence that their life's arc displays.”

“Dipa” is played by Siddiqua, while the other cast includes Lutfur Rahman George, Iresh Zaker, Kazi Ruma, Dilruba Kamrunnahar Munni, Mugdhota Morshed Wriddh, Amirul Haque Chowdhury, Naila Azad, Arif Islam, Naimur Rahman Apon, and Jayanto Chattopadhyay. 

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