Morshed awarded as best director in SAARC festival

Bangladeshi film mker Morshedul Islam received the best director award for his film ‘Khelaghar’ at the SAARC Film Festival-2012  held  in Sri-Lanka last month.

Sri-Lankan Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs WDJ Seneviratne conferred the award to Morshedul Islam at the concluding ceremony of the 5-day festival held at National Film Corporation Cinema Hall in Colombo from May 16 to 20.

Khelaghar was  filmed  in 2006 on  the backdrop  of  the  Bangladesh war  of Liberation.  The  story  is  about  a  young  girl  whose  dreams  were  shattered  in  the  war. Yong  actress Shohana Saba  played  the  main character  of  the film.

“I was  definitely happy  to  get  the regional  film award  for  my film  produced  six  years  ago. It was  one of  my favourite  production  although  two more  productions  were released  after  that”,  Morshed  told  the Holiday.

Morshed  took  this  particular  film Khelaghar ( child’s play house)  to  many  international  film festival  and  was amazed  to find that  the serious  viewers  admired  the  film.

He  feels  it  an  honour for  him   that  “Khelaghar”  film  was  studied  as  a text  in  the academic  syllabus  of  the  Hawaii University department of film study.
 
Organised by SAARC Cultural Centre, the five-day festival, which began on My 16, featured ten feature films and nine documentaries from five member countries of India, Bangladesh, Sri-Lanka, Pakistan and Maldives.

Sri Lankan film Akasa Kusum directed by Prasanna Vithanage won the best movie award. Pakistani film ‘Ramchandra Pakistani’ and Indian film ‘Biyari respectively’ bagged the first and second runner up trophies at the festival. 

Pakistani film ‘Saving Face’ won the best documentary award while Sri-Lankan ‘The Great School’ won the first runner up trophy in the documentary category.

Well known filmmakers including Sri-Lankan film director Philip Chiahoo, Iranian director Mohammad Reza Arab and Russian director Mary Nazari were the judges at the festival.

On his current business Morshedul Islam said, ‘I am working on the script for my next movie , which will be released soon. And it will be completely different one from my previous works.’

Morshedul Islam emerged as a film director in 1984 with the short film ‘Agami’. ‘Nouka O Jibon’, ‘Shuchona’, ‘Chaka’, ‘Dipu Number Two’, ‘Dukai’, ‘Brishty’, ‘Shorot 71’, ‘Durotto’, ‘Khelaghor’ are some of the famous films made by him. He and his films took part in more than 40 international film festivals in different countries of Asia, Europe and America. <Bangladesh>

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