IfF you haven’t bumped into it already, you’re missing it. Khijir Hayat Khan’s recent video titled Bangladesh PSA went viral on Facebook and Twitter at the offset of our 43rd Independence Day. The underlying theme reminded us of our identity as Bangladeshis, and Star Campus met up with him for a sneak peek into what went behind the scenes in sending out this much needed message.
“I felt somehow after Shahbag, we were getting divided into smaller groups and it was important to remember we’re all, regardless our differences, are integrally Bangladeshi,” explained Khan during the interview. “I just felt I could do something simple to remind us of it, and help us reunite as a nation.”
Khan feels inspiration draws from a number of sources. From emotions to dreams, daily occurring to nocturnal thoughts, every experience builds towards a creative output. As someone in his mid 30s, he believes young people have tremendous potential and can be easily inspired by the multitudes of activities around them. “I understand that our opportunities are limited,” admits Khan. “However, if we want to move forward and stand tall as a nation, there is no alternative to the empowerment of youth. We need to overcome our limitations to achieve that.”
His video, Bangladesh PSA has been scripted by Sakib Raihan and edited by Manzu Rahman. In spite of the difficulties, Khan shares the good memories when of collaborating with a number of artists. He was touched by their candor and remains grateful to them for coming forward to create the video.
“I’m passionate about filmmaking,” shares Khan. “I want to make a Rock Star film, but I feel the art is a continuous learning process. I took a break from Jaago, and have decided to focus more on filmmaking and overcome my shortcomings before pursuing my next film.”
A man of his words, Khan is now busy shifting roles between scripting, shooting and teaching himself. Bangladesh PSA stands testament to his passion – and we look forward to seeing more of his work in coming future.