An encounter with director Mostafa Sarwar Farooki
and writer Anisul Hoque
winning the small screen, the famous duo is now all set to hit
the big screen very soon. And it seems another great success
story is in the making. When writer Anisul Hoque and director
Mostafa Sarwar Farooki get together success is never far away.
The first feature film of the pair 'Bachelor', is expected to
be released in February, perhaps on Eid day.
the last few years the Farooki and Hoque combination has captured
the popular imagination with a number of dramas such as Prottyabartan,
Choribhati and the mega--serial Ekannobarti
are mentionable. However, the brilliant trail of the pair started
off with the drama Aaisha Mongol. Incidentally, around
the same time Ekushey Television had begun its journey. In its
two-and-half years run, one of Ekushey's greatest contributions
was to give the young and untested a scope to prove their worth
as well as the space to experiment. The result was the emergence
of a group of very talented and young dramatists and directors
who brought about a refreshing facelift by producing radical,
if not revolutionary, changes in the idea of television drama.
Young dramatists like Masum Reza, Giasuddin Selim and Anisul
Hoque (who was already established as a writer) and directors
like Mostafa Sarwar Farooki and Saidul Anam Tutul were some
of the major talents that made their names in the last four
virtually rescued television dramas from the confinement of
a strictly defined and rigidly followed pattern. The average
TV dramas were artificial, melodramatic, in which unrealistic
characters indulged in a ridiculous show of gestures and affectation.
The story line as well as the characters was of a bookish origin.
One significant change Farooki has introduced from the very
beginning was to discard the refined, often pretentious dialogues
the characters in TV dramas spoke in. Farooki made them talk
the way the characters would talk in real life. Thus jabe
is changed into jaba, korechhi is replaced
by korchhi etc. This new crop of directors and writers,
of which Farooki and Hoque are perhaps the most talked about,
sought to represent life truthfully, disdainfully throwing away
the fictitious life the characters lived in television dramas
by pruning off the ornate expressions . In the last few years
they have given TV dramas a new lease of life and now they are
ready to give the wayward and aimless Bangla filmdom at least
a healing touch, if not shaking Bangla film off its rotten parts.
has made about half-a-dozen 'video fictions' as he calls his
creations. He refuses to call them TV dramas as they are popularly
known. But, Farooki always wanted to make films. "On television,
viewers don't watch dramas very seriously, they chat, have tea
while watching TV. I want the full attention of the audience
and that is possible only in the theatre, where people have
to enter by taking tickets, lights are switched off and nothing
or no one intervenes during the time it is on."
Farooki is determined to make his first film get noticed. When
asked about the soon-to-be released film, Farooki is cautious
not to disclose too much: "This is a story of five bachelor
friends--some of whom are in love, some are trying to get into
relationship while the rest have declared war against women
and love. One in particular is desperate to hook-up with a rich
girl in order to improve his economic condition. Although they
live in Bharidhara, they are not financially solvent. The flat
belongs to 44-year old Mr. Abrar who is also a bachelor and
considers himself to be the president of the 'Bachelor's Forum'.
Apparently Abrar is a woman hater but deep inside…" Farooki
stops, asking to see the rest in the theatre. “It is basically
a story of mine and my friends, taken right from our experiences,"
Farooki reveals the source of his story.
Anisul Hoque is equally reticent, however he agrees to elaborate
on how the screen play was done. Unlike earlier occasions Hoque
didn't conceive of the story of Bachelor. "Farooki gave
me a five-page synopsis and an idea about how he wants the story
to go. I just worked on that line," he reveals. A couple
of major and some minor revisions both by Farooki and Hoque
followed before the script was finally ready for shooting.
it be what we call a parallel film? "Far from it. It will
be one crore miles away from parallel movie and ten crore miles
away from the mainstream ones, considering the popular notion
of parallel and mainstream films," Farooki says. "I,
in fact, don't believe in dividing films into parallel or art
and mainstream films. I believe films can be of just two kinds--good
and bad films," he hastens to add.
film will feature some very high profile and some literally
unknown actors and actresses. The big names include Humayun
Faridi, Ferdous and they have been joined by first timers like
Hasan Masud and Marjuk Rasel. Farooki refuses to single out
any one in particular and chooses to generously praise everybody's
performances. "Well, the only actor I want to talk separately
is Hasan Masod. I believe he has kind of added a new dimension
to the idea of film acting. He has been superb".
far as the writer and the director are concerned, they complement
each other extremely well. "He is an extremely talented
director. He has changed the course of the history of our audio
visual media. Besides, he is a very friendly and loveable kind
of person" says Anisul Hoque. But when pressed to identify
a problem with Farooki, Hoque pauses a little: " I think
he is not very disciplined. Sometimes he suffers from over confidence
and wouldn't pay heed to any suggestions at all. If he didn't
have these shortcomings I would give him 15 out of 10. Now he
gets only 12 out of 10."
laments the fact that Bangladeshi films have long distanced
themselves from the middle class. However, with the talented
young filmmakers like Farooki coming in the scene, better times
for Bangladeshi films might not be far away.
readers can visit the website www.bachelorbd.com to learn more
about the film)