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Taskin Rahman

Film is a medium of expression. Undoubtedly. When a person wants to show the world his/her feelings and perception, art comes along. Film is an art. Art is a right of a person, living in any country. The constitution provides us with the right of "Freedom of Expression" on article ----.

A young boy from a rural village views the world differently than we the large city dwellers do. Views give us openings to thought. We deserve that.

But making a film is just as difficult as getting the fund. Does that mean that one can not make a cinema? No. Hunger for watching cinema and hunger for making cinema will not stay put.

We caught up with Mr.Nurul Alam Atique on his new digital film and light entered the mind like that of a camera, through the small pin hole.

Atique is coming up with a digital movie called Dubshatar. When asked about what the film is about, he answered "A face among many, a face that you pass by everyday on the street, a face that could be you, your sister, your brother, or anyone else's. Every face tells a story, they live a life, seemingly mundane, full of drudgery and monotony. Yet, even among these moments of dull drudgery, there are moments of pure poetry, excitement and enlightenment. The story the "In Too Deep" is just like that. Renu, once a tomboy, full of life and expectations, has entered the paradigm of "reality". She has been the eyes of her elder brother, born blind into this world. She has put color in his world, as her world turns grey. She has been taking on the world. Her dream and her reality are like two distant planets. Her escape becomes her passion, taken on, as a form of obsession, for the distant and aloof world of a recluse man. Her interaction with him bears a strange fruit. And she tries to find her answers around her, from her childhood to her dreams and beyond. Will the changing tides all around her bear her answer?"

However, this is not it. The idea of a film came to his mind ever since he was kid of 18 living in a serene environment of Kaula. He was an active member of the film soceity. Now at 38 years of age, he is yet to make a film. Making a cinema on a celuloid isnt as easy at sounds. He didnt suffer from lack of opportunities but he did suffer from what he wanted to make and what the producers were willing to pay for. The mismatch of demand and supply caused this artist from coming up with a film till date.

The man came up with the idea that it is not necessary that a cinema should be made from celluloid only, nor does the film need to be shown on television like many of the films being telecasted on TV. He as usual as he is has some other ideas.

To cut cost and make his thoughts into a motion picture, he found out a HDCam with a lense adapter. Its a new technology, allows you to focus and have the depth of feel while being cost effective. What this new technology does is that it allows you to fix the original lense and play with the adapted lenses. One might call it innovation, but if it turns out to be accepted by the mass, in that case you can say that its a revolution.

The cinematographer of Dubshatar is Rashed Zaman while in lead role is Joya Ahsan.

By Osama Rahman

It doesn't take a genius to declare that Gangster Flicks of the Crime genre, are the most intense and most seeable of all genres. There is always violence, power-packed dialogues, electrical performances, diabolical plots and memorable endings. Well, the best of this genre also provide an insight into this world, a world which we are terrified of and whose inhabitants have at times managed to change the course of history. The classics of this genre lets us explore the mind-set of the criminals and learn that crime doesn't pay, and even the criminals know that.

Scarface- The Greek Tragedy of a criminal, Scarface tells the tale of Tony Montana and his childhood chum, Manny, who both arrive in America from Cuba, on a refugee's boat. Tony (Al Pacino) aspires to go to the top, earn huge amounts and earn the respect, he feels he deserves. As we follow Tony's rise to the top, we see the rising levels of his arrogance, his unforgiving temper and his insatiable hunger for power, yet the sentimental side of his personality is also exposed, specially during his advances and attempts to woo the woman that he desires. As the movie goes on, Tony's personality develops and his apparent paranoia also surfaces. Dealing in cocaine, Tony does rise fast but his fall from grace is also inevitable. His vast empire is soon doomed to be destroyed. Al Pacino delivers a 5-star performances and the movie gains cult status in the years to follow. Violence and abusive language may have put off critics, but the box office records showed that Scarface had indeed 'Buried those cockroaches.' This is an instant classic and deserves to be watched at least once.

Goodfellas- Following the career of Henry Hill's (Ray Liotta) entrance into the blue-collar crime world in order to materialize his dream of becoming a gangster, the movie chronicles around how he starts from a petty thief, to a bigger thief and then to a coke-addicted dealer. Along with his mates, the brave Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) and the psychotic Tommy Devito (Joe Pesci), Henry climbs the ladders as fast as possible. The movie explores the intricacies of organized crime, the life of mobsters and mob-leaders and what the blue-collar mob actually means. As with most gangster flicks, when there is a rise, there definitely is a fall, and this movie delivers that superbly. The movie is heavy on the violence, but the language isn't as offensive as that in Scarface. Movie-goers have thoroughly enjoyed this film, as it moves in its very involving flow, making the true story of three such men immortal and timeless. With a star line up and directed by the Boss of Gangster Movies, Martin Scorsese, this movie lived up to its potential and managed to awe the masses.

The Godfather- Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo make you an offer that you can't refuse with this classic movie. Ranked as the second greatest movie in the history of cinema, The Godfather is a gripping tale of treachery, family values, murder and revenge. When Don Corleone (Marlon Brando) refuses to be involved in the dirty business of drugs with Sollozo, he is shot down by hired hitmen. After years of peace, this attempt on the Don's life signals the start of a brutal war, which brings about the death of the Don's eldest son, Santino. Micheal Corleone (Al Pacino), the youngest son is forced to jump to protect his family and take reigns over the business for good, even though he always refused against being involved. The movie follows Micheal's journey from a WWII hero to becoming the leader of the underworld. The movie travels at a quick pace and is littered with memorable dialogues and stand-out performances. This movie, though deals with organized crime of the highest level, doesn't require too much blood or violence to make its point. The fear of death permeates from every person in the movie and forgiveness is a word, unheard. Undoubtedly the greatest gangster movie ever made, The Godfather is a must fan for all movie-fans and even non-movie fans who just need a reason to become movie fans.

These 3 have defined and shaped gangster movies for years to come and have strengthened the belief that this genre, though violent and often controversial, may just be the most popular genre of all time.

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To many, the name Keri Hilson is a unfamiliar one, but name any one of the various tracks she has contributed to the music libraries of Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, Toni Braxton, Usher, and numerous others and not very little else is in need of being said.

Before she could utilize her talents for her own solo endeavors, R&B singer, vocal arranger, and songwriter Keri Lynn Hilson wrote a slew of songs, many of them chart-toppers, for several popular artists in the mid-2000s as part of the five-person production/songwriting team known as the Clutch. The dynamic songwriter was born in Decatur, GA, only a few miles outside of Atlanta. Addicted to TV talent shows like Star Search and Showtime at the Apollo, she was already plotting out her career in music at age 12. Even though her mother hired a piano teacher to encourage those talents, she mainly wanted to sing; therefore, Hilson converted those sessions into vocal lessons, accompanying the teacher on piano. In her mid- to late teens, her career jumped off as a songwriter and background vocalist, working under producer Anthony Dent (Destiny's Child, Diddy). Borne out of that relationship were two failed girl groups (named Pretty Toni and D'Sign) and, more importantly, a host of connections within the industry for whom she wrote or did backup vocals, including Usher, Ludacris, Kelly Rowland, Ciara, and up-and-coming Southern rap producer Polow da Don.

After Hilson graduated from high school, she managed to continue juggling all these tasks when she enrolled into Emory University in Atlanta. She eventually moved on from Dent and began working more with Polow da Don. Attending school while actively advancing her music career put a great demand on her, especially from being a member of the extremely versatile Clutch team. But as luck would have it, Polow introduced her to superproducer Timbaland, who wasted no time in signing the multi-talented songbird to his growing Mosley Music imprint in 2006. Over the next couple years, Hilson's songwriting was practically ubiquitous, responsible for numerous hit singles, including Mary J. Blige's "Take Me as I Am," Omarion's "Ice Box," the Pussycat Dolls' "Wait a Minute," and Ciara's "Like a Boy." With Timbaland and the Clutch in her corner, Hilson relied on the vast pool of recording artists and producers who needed (and wanted) to return the favor for her Mosley Music/Interscope debut.

Hilson has also made a name for herself as an arranger and background vocalists lending her talents on many of the songs she's written for. Keri had remained behind the scenes for the most part until 2004 when she was featured on Xzibit's first single, "Hey Now (Mean Muggin')", for his album Weapons of Mass Destruction. She made her performing debut at the 2004 MTV Europe Awards in which she performed the song with Xzibit.

n 2006 Keri reappeared on the music scene in the video for Nelly Furtado's single "Promiscuous". Since then Hilson has signed with Timbaland's new label Mosley Music Group which is in association with Interscope Records. The pair are currently working on the singer's debut album, which is expected to involve further production by Timbaland, Danja, Polow Da Don, The Underdogs, Organized Noize, Bangladesh, Tha Cornaboyz, Tony Dixon, Eric Dawkins, Tank and guest appearances by Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, and Justin Timberlake.

That same year, she was featured on Help, the second single from Lloyd Banks's Rotten Apple, as well as the track, "Ice Box" for Omarion's latest album, 21.

Keri started off 2007 with a bang with several appearances on Timbaland's solo effort Shock Value. She is featured on "The Way I Are", "Scream", and "Miscommunication". On international versions, she is also featured on a track titled "Hello".


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