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‘Mujib’ the Bengali legend on screen by Shyam Benegal

‘Mujib’ the Bengali legend on screen by Shyam Benegal

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Mujib star Arifin Shuvoo

Explore the unforgettable special screening of ‘Mujib: The Making of a Nation,’ a film portraying Sheikh Mujibur Rahman‘s life and the birth of Bangladesh. Get insights into this cinematic marvel by Shyam Benegal, featuring a stellar cast and an emotional narrative. Discover how this co-production is marching to make history and all set to captivate audiences in India. A review will follow soon.

Remember that iconic moment from the film ‘Amar Akbar Antony’ when Amitabh Bachchan graciously took a seat on the floor, allowing Nirupa Roy to witness Rishi Kapoor’s mesmerizing Qawwali performance? While I’ve often heard about such instances happening on popular shows, it wasn’t until this past Thursday, during the special screening of ‘Mujib: The Making of a Nation’, that I personally witnessed a real-life embodiment of this phenomenon. No wonder they say, “Movies are often inspired by real-life events.”

It was on the 26th of October, a day before the official release of the movie, that a special screening was organized at the Cinepolis located in Acropolis Mall. This exclusive screening was intended for the members of the press and a select group of distinguished invitees. However, what transpired was beyond the expectations of the organizers. The turnout was so immense that the spacious hall looked too little for the throng. I even observed that some attendees resorted to sitting on the floor in their eagerness to view the movie. Here, a special mention of the efficient manager and staff of the Cinepolis who were prompt enough to organize a second hall for the guests.

Other cast along with delegates from Bangladesh
Other cast along with delegates from Bangladesh

I could clearly see the atmosphere was brimming with enthusiasm and outpouring of emotions, and understandably so. After all, the film is a portrayal of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and is based on the true events of the Basha Andolon, a cause that holds a special place in the hearts of all Bengalis.

After watching the film I can assure you that it is yet another directorial marvel of Shyam Benegal that not only delves into the life of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the towering political figure instrumental in the birth of Bangladesh but also uncovers an aspect of the great leader that remains largely unknown to the world. Being a student of history, I found the authenticity of the production truly remarkable, in stark contrast to many contemporary films that merely claim to be “inspired by real history.”

Shyam Benegal, the director of 'Mujib'
Shyam Benegal, the director of ‘Mujib’

While the film primarily encapsulates the pivotal role of Sheikh Mujib, known as the father of the nation in Bangladesh, in the struggle for Bangladesh’s independence, it seamlessly weaves together the narrative of his profound commitment to his family. The film’s narrative brilliantly captures the moments of joy, love, and warmth within Sheikh Mujib’s family, juxtaposed against the backdrop of a nation’s turbulent journey towards independence.

Another interesting facet that sets it apart from all other biopics is that this legendary politician is depicted on screen, as seen through the eyes of his wife Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, who was lovingly referred to as Renu by Bangabandhu. It is Renu who acts as the narrator of the film.

The stellar cast includes Arifin Shuvoo, Nusrat Imrose Tisha, Nusraat Faria, Chanchal Chowdhury, Riaz Ahmed, Fazlur Rahman Babu, Tauquir Ahmed, and a special appearance by Siam Ahmed. The screenplay was written by Shama Zaidi and Atul Tiwari, Akashdeep Pandey handled the cinematography, while Aseem Sinha expertly edited the film. With action sequences orchestrated by Sham Kaushal, art direction by Vishnu Nishad, production design by Nitish Roy, Costume designed by Pia Benegal, and soul-stirring music by Shantanu Moitra, the film has a brilliant technical team involved.

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Arifin Shuvoo, who played Mujib in the movie
Arifin Shuvoo, who played Mujib in the movie

“Mujib” is made under the first co-production treaty between the two countries, jointly produced by the National Film Development Corporation India and Bangladesh Film Development Corporation, released theatrically on 13th October 2023 in Bangladesh with a roaring response breaking all box office records of the country. Mujib’s daughter Sheikh Hasina, the current Prime Minister of Bangladesh saw the film during its release in her country and was overwhelmed with the way it has been made.

NFDC has tied up with Panorama Studios International for the theatrical release of the film in India and overseas. ‘Mujib: The Making of a Nation’ was released in India on 27th October 2023 in Hindi and Bengali language.

The release of “Mujib: The Making of a Nation” in India is a momentous occasion for film enthusiasts and history buffs alike. This co-production between India and Bangladesh has already received accolades and record-breaking success in its home country, and now it is set to captivate audiences in India.

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