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Third Person Singular Number (2009)

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A woman breaks with traditional Muslim culture by living with her boyfriend before getting married, but when the relationship ends, she must face the harsh consequences of being an outcast in her community.


Mostofa Sarwar Farooki (screenplay), Anisul Haque (screenplay)
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nusrat Imrose Tisha ... Ruba Haque (as Nusrat Imroz Tisha)
Mosharraf Karim ... Munna
Rashed Uddin Ahmed Topu Rashed Uddin Ahmed Topu ... Topu
Abul Hayat ... Mr. Rahman (The Old Man)
Shuveecha Haque Shuveecha Haque
Esha Esha ... Esha
Aparna Ghose ... (as Aporna Ghosh)
Rani Sarkar Rani Sarkar
Shahir Huda Rumi Shahir Huda Rumi
Dikon Noor Dikon Noor
D.H. Khan D.H. Khan
Kamal Hossain Babor Kamal Hossain Babor
Chabi Chabi
Tarek Mahmud Tarek Mahmud
Ashish Chakrabarti Ashish Chakrabarti ... (as Dr. Ashish Chakrabarti)


A woman breaks with traditional Muslim culture by living with her boyfriend before getting married, but when the relationship ends, she must face the harsh consequences of being an outcast in her community.

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Release Date:

10 December 2009 (Bangladesh) See more »

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Третье лицо в единственном числе See more »

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Impress Telefilm See more »
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Official submission of Bangladesh for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011. See more »

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Bangladesh is coming up in a big way
17 February 2010 | by bedesh69See all my reviews

I've always felt apathetic whenever it comes to Bangladeshi cinema except Tareque Masud's The Clay Bird (Cannes 2002, FIPRESCI winner for script). After a long wait,I've got something to cheer about. That's Mostofa Sarwar Farooki's Third Person Singular Number. The first thing that I like about this film is the multidimensional approach perfectly applied by the director in creating sequences and building characters. All the character seemed so fresh, alive, and multi-dimensional. There was no black and white. The story has a number of layers. From one angle, the film looks 'okay that's what you wanted to say'. From another angle, it's just completely different. It handled a kind of feminist issue! That's why I was always scared if the film gets to stereotypical. But the director truthfully avoided the trap of being stereotypically feminist. In typical feminist works in Bangladesh, you rarely get to see any woman to be bad or wrong. Women are always right! Men are always wrong! But in this film, no one is bad or good forever. Everyone is a human with good and bad intentions. Sometimes Ruba is the victim. Sometimes she victimizes the others. Sometimes she is victimized by men, sometimes by women. I want to give a special thank to the director for creating such a wonderful character called Ruba. It reminded me of one of our old friend. Ruba resembles her so much! Like Ruba, she was wilful and emotionally fragile at the same time. Like Ruba, she had a wings to fly but a middle-class backbone didn't allow her to fly. Ruba perfectly portrays the contradictions and energy of a typical middle-class girl from a broken family.

Now let me talk about acting. It was just so natural as if I was watching something through a door-hole! Tisha, Mosharof Karim, and Topu played their characters so truthfully that it was hard to single out who did the best!

At the end, I want to talk about the ending. The whole film was done in such a fresh style that I was wondering where the director would end the film. In most of the Bangladeshi movies, no matter mainstream or art-house one, directors end a film with a conclusion. The audience leave the auditorium with an answer. But here Farooki leaves the audience without giving any conclusion. Instead of coming out of theaters with an answer, they come out with a question! Cheers!

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