Vol. 5 Num 64 Fri. July 30, 2004  

Joyjatra: Tauquir behind the lens

Come December and Tauquir Ahmed's film titled Joyjatra (Journey to victory) will hit the silver screen. Though well known as an actor and playwright, this is his first directorial venture. After shooting in Bangladesh, the film crew is to shortly head for Chennai, India for editing and putting the final touches on the film.

Recalling his shooting experiences, Tauquir's says,' I have a few keywords to describe the shooting of Joyjatra: hectic, nerve racking, and thrilling. The boat shooting is one of the toughest shooting experiences in the world.'

The story revolves around a happy village. The villagers' idyllic existence changes forever when the military troops launch an attack, forcing them to flee their ancestral homes. The struggle begins from this point. The setting is April 1971 and the film is based on Amjad Hossain's novel Obelay Osomoy.

With a plethora of Liberation War films already, is there a room for yet another cinematic venture on the theme? Tauquir gives an answer in the affirmative. 'The movie is different from other movies because it is authentic. The army costumes, vehicles and arms are original and appropriate. We have used the FT6 jet fighter planes and picturised some bombing sequences with explosives minus the splinters .'

Tauquir also terms the film as 'entertaining', since it has the elements of humour, tension, suspence and thrills. In his words,'It is a different kind of entertainment movie but not the conventional type with songs and dances.'

The film also differs from the run-of-the-mill works in its use of state-of- the- art technology. The format is cinemascope and this is coupled with the superior Dolby sound system which make for a better film experience. There may also be other such films, according to Tauquir, as the Bangladesh Government is thinking of acquiring a cinemascope facility for the Film Development Corporation (FDC).

There was good teamwork in the course of shooting, says Tauquir. As examples he points to the rapport that developed between artistes such as Abul Hayat, Humayun Faridee, Tarik Anam, Bipasha and Shams Suman. 'The crew comprises of some outstanding actors, many of them like my mentors. Often the stars, who were in one boat, needed delicate handling,' maintains Tauquir.

Tauquir in action behind the cemera