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Two new versions bring the big screen to life

After months of closure and two months of lukewarm attendance, the Star Cineplex in Bashundhara City experienced some turmoil yesterday. Officials assure that social distancing and other health protocols are strictly followed. Photo: Sheikh Mehedi Morshed

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After months of closure and two months of lukewarm attendance, the Star Cineplex in Bashundhara City experienced some turmoil yesterday. Officials assure that social distancing and other health protocols are strictly followed. Photo: Sheikh Mehedi Morshed

After weeks of a lull in releases, theaters across the city were buzzing with two new releases, also on the same day.

This Friday marked the release of acclaimed television director Chayanika Chowdhury’s debut film ‘Bishwoshundori’ and Ekushey Padak winner Tanvir Mokammel’s seventh feature ‘Rupsha Nodir Baanke’ (Quiet Flows the River Rupsha).

Every other year, two new movies released on the same day, that too on a weekend, would draw large crowds. But in 2020, these films are not only a test of cinematic achievement, but also their ability to get the industry back on track.

After remaining closed in the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, several movie theaters have reopened since October 16. However, about two months later, turnout is still low. But that should change when these new movies come out.

“Cinema theaters are adhering to safety rules and are only selling 40% of tickets to their capacity. I hope people will come and see the movies on the big screen, following proper safety protocols,” Chayanika Chowdhury told The Daily Mail. DailyStar. “The public’s involvement and interest will inspire other directors to release their films.”

Inside the halls, moviegoers are required to wear protective masks at all times and are seated in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

“People hardly go out these days. I don’t know how many will venture out to come and see our films. However, we have been waiting a long time since February,” director Tanvir Mokammel shared in a previous interview with The Daily Star. , regarding his expectations regarding the release of “Rupsha Nodir Baanke” during the pandemic.

When asked, audience members at STAR Cineplex in Bashundhara City shared that they came to see Siam Ahmed and Pori Moni with “Bishwoshundori.”

Several “Bishwoshundori” shows sold out at STAR Cineplex – a strong showing, given the pandemic.

“The turnout at Bishwoshundori has been tremendous so far,” said Mesbah Uddin Ahmed, Star Cineplex’s Senior Director, Media and Marketing.

“However, we don’t expect a big turnout for Rupsha Nodir Baanke, as it is not presented as a commercial film,” he told this newspaper.

Similar sentiments were echoed by insiders at Jamuna Future Park’s Blockbuster Cinemas.

“The response to Bishwoshundori has been largely positive, with people showing up in decent numbers. However, the same cannot be said for Rupsha Nodir Baanke,” Blockbuster Cinemas staffer Shanto said. “We expect more people in the next few days for the two new releases.”

With a story, screenplay and dialogues by Rumman Rashid Khan, “Bishwoshundori” is produced by Sun Music and Motion Pictures Limited and distributed by Jaaz Multimedia. It airs in 25 theaters nationwide, including STAR Cineplex, Blockbuster Cinema, Shyamoli Cinema, Ananda Cinema Hall, Chitramahal Cinema, and Monihar, among others. After months of inactivity, the Shyamoli cinema has reopened its doors with this film.

Produced by Kino-eye Films, the government-subsidized film, “Rupsha Nodir Baanke” is showing at STAR Cineplex and Blockbuster cinemas in the capital. It is also screened at Shahbagh Public Library Auditorium (3pm, 5.30pm and 8pm), until December 16. The film stars Zahid Hossain Shovon, Naziba Basher, Khairul Alam Sabuj, Chitralekha Guha and Ramendu Majumdar in leading roles.

“Rupsha Nodir Baanke” premiered at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on December 10. The film will have its world premiere at the 51st Goa International Film Festival, scheduled for January 16-24, 2021.

Several well-known directors and actors sent their best wishes to both films online. Siam Ahmed praised the cast and crew of “Rupsha Nodir Baanke” on social media.