Rubaiyat makes ‘Made in Bangladesh’

Published: 16:04, Jun 04,2018


A shooting scene of ‘Made in Bangladesh’.

Filmmaker Rubaiyat Hossain, who in her previous two films presented well-known stories with new dimensions, in her third feature has taken yet another challenge.

She has just finished filming of ‘Made in Bangladesh’ to glorify the strength and success of the working women in apparel industry, which is branding Bangladesh across the globe and is also the main export product of the country.

The script of the film was awarded Arte International cash prize at Switzerland-based Locarno Film Festival’s Open Door’s Hub in 2017, said a press release.

‘As a woman, I want to tell women's stories in my cinema, especially about those women who struggle like me in a patriarchal society,’ said Rubaiyat in a written statement.

Following filming for 36 days in different locations in Dhaka and Gazipur, the post production works of ‘Made in Bangladesh’ begins today.

She had earlier made war film ‘Meherjaan’ (2011) and the urban narrative ‘Under Construction’ (2015), for which she earned both praise and criticism at home and abroad.

Like her previous films, she has selected many new actors in ‘Made in Bangladesh’.  

The main cast of the film includes Rikita Nandini Shimu, Deepanwita Martin, Mayabe Rahman, Novera Rahman and Parvin Paru. The casting also includes Mostafa Monwar, Shatabdi Wadud, Jayraj, Momena Chowdhury, Wahida Mallik Joly and Samina Lutfa.

Actress Mita Chowdhury and Indian actress Shahana Goswami, who played main roles in ‘Under Construction’, will have guest appearances in ‘Made in Bangladesh’.

Jointly produced by France, Denmark, Portugal and Bangladesh, the film raised the main financing from international grants such as CNC, Eurimages, Sørfond+ and Danish Film Institute fund.

Other than the grants, the film has been financed by Pyramid Films and Pyramid International, respectively the French distributor and the international sales agent of the film.

‘Made in Bangladesh’ is expected to hit the cinemas next year, the release said.

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