Eid films drawing huge crowd

Cultural Correspondent
Film lovers wait to get tickets of the Eid films Shikari

Film lovers wait to get tickets of the Eid films Shikari

Cinemas in the capital city have become vibrant again with the filmgoers scurrying to watch their favourite actors and actresses on the big screen.
Four big-budget films were released simultaneously on the first day of this year’s Eid-ul-Fitr, three of them featuring Dhallywood superstar Shakib Khan in the lead role while one featuring Tollywood hunk Jeet.
‘Shikari,’ an Indo-Bangla co-production, has been jointly directed by Zakir Hossain Simanta from Bangladesh and Joydip Mukherjee from India. ‘Samrat’ is directed by Mostafa Kamal Raj while ‘Mental’ is directed by Shamim Ahmed Rony.
Shakib appeared in all three films, pairing up with Tollywood star Srabanti, local actresses Apu Biswas and Nusrat Imroz Tisha respectively.
The second co-production released during the holiday weekend is ‘Badshah,’ directed by Abdul Aziz from Bangladesh and Baba Yadav from India. Jeet appeared opposite latest Dhallywood sensation Nusrat Faria in the film.
In the capital, most of the cinemas were occupied by Shikari and Badshah, which pitted Shakib and Jeet up against one another for the first time and have already proved to be the main box-office contenders.
This correspondent has visited a number of halls to find that people were turning up in good numbers to watch their shows.

Badshah at two cinemas in the capital

Badshah at two cinemas in the capital

Officials at the Shyamoli Cinema said that they are running five shows of Shikari each day, with the evening shows going houseful.
However, the situation did not look so rosy at Purnima Hall in Karwan Bazar area where turnout was ‘not very encouraging,’ said the officials.
‘We released Shikari but we have yet to get a houseful show. The problem is not with the film. Our hall is not air-conditioned, which can be one reason behind the not-very-high turnout,’ said Mohammad Younus, a supervisor of the cinema.
A different scenario was seen at the Balaka Cine World which is running four shows of Badshah each day. Each of the shows was reported to have gone houseful as of late Sunday, with people seen waiting in long queues to buy tickets.
‘I have come with my family to watch the film. I was encouraged by its trailer, which was really good, and decided to watch it,’ said Golam Rosul, a businessman from Azimpur, adding that he had already watched Shikari and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Shakib Khan appeared with a trimmer figure and a hitherto-unseen haircut in Shikari – a combination that attracted many of his fans.
‘Generally, I don’t watch Bangla films but Shakib’s new look in Shikari inspired me to come and watch the film,’ said Laila Afroza, who came to the Shyamoli hall along with a bunch of her friends, all students of a private university.
The resurgence of general interest in commercial films was in large part due to weeks of pre-release hype created tactfully by the producers and the artistes involved. Since the films’ release on Eid day, several actors and actresses were found to be making regular rounds of cinemas and multiplexes in the city in a bid to provoke interest.
According to sources at Bangladesh Film Exhibitors’ Association, the four films were released in nearly 400 cinemas in total and are enjoying moderate to good business.

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