Future of Shonibar Bikel at home

Mostofa Sarwar Farooki directed ‘Shonibar Bikel’ has been stuck at the censor board for a long time but at the same time it has been receiving praises abroad. The main reason this has been stuck at the censor board is because of the concerns about the image of the nation portrayed in the film.

For the past few weeks ‘Shonibar Bikel’ has been getting much praise in the international arena. From Sydney to now Munich Film Festival, it has participated alongside other renowned international films. Not only that it has also been awarded two independent jury awards at Moscow Film Festival too. 

Regarding the state of the film which has been getting accreditation from abroad for the country the vice-chairman of Bangladesh Film Censor Board Nizamul Kabir says, “The film has taken part in a number of international film competitions which is good news. However, whether the film will pass censorship in Bangladesh cannot be said at the moment. We have had meetings over this issue a number of time but the situation is at a stalemate. More time is needed in order to come to a proper decision.”

Although, previously he had said that the government is willing to give censorship to the film or that it might pass censorship very soon he skips over the subject when he was reminded of it.

Jaaz Multimedia, Chhobial and Tandem Production have collaborated in the production of this film telling the tale of militant attacks. Various actors from home and abroad have played key roles in the film. From abroad there are Palestinian actor Yad Hurani, West Bengal's Parambrata Chattopadhyay. Apart from them local actors like Jahid Hassan, Nusrat Imroz Tisha, Mamunur Rashid, Iresh Zaker and many others have acted in the film.