April 10, 2013
Based on what I saw, Iâd definitely want to go to the theatre, buy a ticket and watch this film. âRunâ is a big budget (around Tk 10 crore) film â evident from the presentation; I noticed the art direction team constructing a whole building.
What is it called? âRunâ, says Mimi.
Why âRunâ? Mimi: âItâs about cricket. More specifically, a young cricket team called âBengal Tigersâ. Hence, âRunâ.â
What is it about? âItâs an adaptation of Dr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbalâs âCampâ. I wanted to make a TV play/serial on it, but when I approached Zafar Sir, he suggested that the story was better suited for the big screen. Those who have read âCampâ know that itâs a story of a freedom fighter. When we decided to make a film, we wanted to see it from another angle. Azad Abul Kalam adapted the story and connected the spirit of Liberation War to the nationâs love for cricket. Both are sources of national pride and both represent the indomitable youth of Bangladesh,â she says.
âWe were location scouting, and could not find any school that looked like it was built in the â70s. Those fitting the description had other buildings around it, so that didnât work. Eventually, we found a location in Sylhet that we liked and decided to build the school from scratch. That wasnât enough though; we had to fix the road to the school. Ranjan Rabbani, our art director, is a miracle worker,â Mimi informs.
She adds: âWe are all newbies; we have been working in the TV industry. This is also a learning process for us. We held workshops â covering acting, cricket, Liberation War, Bangladeshi films â conducted by Raisul Islam Asad, Khaled Mahmud Sujon and Suborna Mustafa.â
Highlights (without giving away much):
âRunâ is a commercial film without a âheroineâ or lead female role.
The cast includes seasoned actors Afzal Hossain, Suborna Mustafa, Azizul Hakim, Dolly Zahur and Meghna.
Renowned Indian actor Sabyasachi Chakraborty is playing a Pakistani Army major.
Internationally acclaimed photographer Anwar Hossain is the director of photography.
Tanveer Hossain Probal is the music director. The OST will feature songs by Pratul Mukhopadhyay and Shayan Chowdhury Arnob; the team is hopeful that James will record a track as well. Arnob is working on the background score.
The film will have English subtitles. Mimi intends to release a dubbed (English) version as well.
âRunâ is being produced by Cinema House Ltd and will likely be released in December this year.