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Enamul Karim Nirjhar: Winner of National Film Award 2007

A scene from the film Aha.

Architect turned filmmaker Enamul Karim Nirjhar has won the National Award for his debut movie Aha in 2007. The movie, released in 2007, has earned appreciation through participating at foreign film festivals.

"The news of winning the national award was exciting to me in the sense that I've received the award for my first movie. It has inspired not only me but the total team of Aha. "

"I initiated making the movie with the money I saved from the profit of my profession, which is architecture. I consider it a recognition of my creativity. And the award will motivate me to make more quality movie," he added.

Enamul Karim Nirjhar thinks that national awards should be announced regularly and the award winning movies should be screened through government initiative.

However, Nirjhar considers that the selection process of the national awards should be transparent. He demands changes in the mechanism of selection. He said, "I don't understand the logic behind not receiving awards in respective years of releasing quality movies such as Nirantor and Swapnodanay, which got awards at foreign film festivals."

Nirjhar further stated that negotiations are going on to release playbacks of Aha from the Indian popular production company HMV.

Nirjhar is now busy making another feature film titled Namuna, which is supposed to be released at the end of this month. Nirjhar said, "It's one of the three movies that got government grants this year. I'm really glad at winning the government grant."

However, Nirjhar claims that he is facing hurdles in making the film. He said, "It's the system that a grant winning movie must be completed within a limited time frame, which is quite difficult in terms of maintaining quality."

"Bad weather sometimes creates problems. Moreover, the required technical facilities are not available in the country. So, I've to compromise with my plan to release the film in time according to the contract with the government, which is disappointing to me."

On the theme of Namuna Nirjhar informed that the movie symbolically satirises political turmoil.

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