Brisbane-based film director Zayed Rizwan dreams to provide the Bangladeshi audience with Hollywood standard films. The former creative director of Channel Seven Australia, as well as the line producer and assistant director of the renowned TV series Underbelly-The Golden Mile, Zayed Rizwan just wrapped things up for his first action film, named Mrittupuri.
How did you start off as a director?
I studied Master of Film and TV in Australia and specialised in directing action/thriller movies. During my internship at Warner Bros Studios, I had the opportunity to learn more from numerous distinguished personalities, which slowly refined my directing skills and here I am now.
Why go for action films?
I have always been a hardcore fan of action thriller movies, specially the Michael Bay films where action meets emotions. So when I had a chance to direct a Bangladeshi movie, I decided to work in this genre. In addition, I find this sector very challenging as well.
When is Mrittupuri being released?
The release date hasn’t been finalised yet, but it will be announced within the next few months. Our aim is to release the movie worldwide on a particular day, and that’s why it is taking a bit longer.
Without giving away too much, could you please tell us what to look forward to most in your upcoming film?
The story is original. It’s shot in beautiful locations, has an unique look, includes top-notch action choreography (by Hollywood action film director Igor Breakenback), boasts excellent songs (by Nagib Hawk) and most importantly, involves the mind-blowing acting of Arifin Shuvoo, Prosun Azad, Taskeen Rahman, Saifullah Sadi and Zico.
How do you think the Sydney-based audience will react to Mrittupuri?
The Sydney-based Bangladeshis have been very helpful and encouraging, so as an audience, I believe they will accept the new and improved side of Dhallywood.
Is it a challenge for Bangladeshi directors to mark their footprints on a foreign land?
Yes, it is a big challenge, specially in a country like Australia where you have millions of rules and regulations with regard to making an action film. Thankfully, my producer Buddy Safi and co-producer Arijit Barua Shawon have been very co-operative, and to some extent, they made things easier for me.
Baz Films is all about bringing a revolution within the industry. We all know that it is not an easy task, but we are up for the challenge.
Have you ever considered releasing your movies for the Bangladeshi audience? If so, how will your action flicks stand out amongst the ones of the same genre in the industry?
Mrittupuri doesn’t belong to the formula-based categories that we often see in Dhallywood; the strength of my movie is the storyline. I believe if I can keep my audiences engaged with the interesting plot, it will stand out automatically.
Where do you think the Bangladeshi film industry is headed in the next five years?
I am very confident about the progress of the Dhallywood industry, owing to directors such as Mostafa Sarwar Faruki, Iftakar Chowdhury and Ashiqur Rahman. They are known for thinking out of the box and helping the industry jump to the next level.
What other projects/movies do you have in the pipeline?
We do have some more projects coming up, but at the moment, nothing has been finalised. As everyone has realised by now, I always keep details about my upcoming projects very confidential. When the time comes, they will be announced.