A free extravaganza of film on Victory Day

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People can enjoy and drive deeper into the history of 1971s war in Bangladesh as cinema halls across the country will screen liberation war films on December 16 marking Victory Day. Four films have been selected for this free extravaganza- Chashi Nazrul Islam’s Ora Egaro Jon, Humayun Ahmded’s Aguner Poroshmoni, Nasiruddin Yousuff’s Guerrilla and Tauquir Ahmed’s Joyjatra.

“Information ministry has requested all local cinemas to run a matinee show of any liberation war film on the victory day,” said Mia Alauddin, vice-president of Bangladesh Film Exhibitors’ Association. ‘We have sent letters to every cinema hall in the country asking the halls to screen one liberation war film for free on Victory Day’, added Alauddin.

Chashi Nazrul Islam’s Ora Egaro Jon was the first film after independence where Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s legendary speech of March 7 was featured. The film starred some actual freedom fighters like Khosru, Murad, Helal and Nantu. The movie narrates the story of 11 valiant freedom fighters and their struggles against the Pakistani occupation forces.

Aguner Poroshmoni was a 1994 film based on the novel of the same name written and directed by Humayun Ahmed. Humayun Ahmed made his debut as a film-maker by releasing the film. The film won National Film Award in eight categories including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Plot.

Guerrilla was a 2011 Bangladeshi film based on the events of the Bangladesh Liberation War. An adaptation of the novel Nishiddho Loban by Syed Shamsul Huq, it was released on 14 April 2011. The film tells about how civil people stood against the Pakistan Army and fought in the guerrilla format.

Joyjatra, directed by Tauquir Ahmed tells about some helpless people’s story who come across a boat to flee towards the safe border.

Cinemas in the country have been running such free shows on Victory Day since the ’70s. Students are encouraged to watch films on liberation war at such shows.

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