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Runway (2010)

The story of the film centers around the youth Ruhul, who lives with his family in a small hut next to the runway of the international airport. His mother Rahima struggles to support the ... See full summary »

Director:

Tareque Masud

Writers:

Catherine Masud (screenplay), Tareque Masud (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fazlul Haque Fazlul Haque ... Ruhul (as Md. Fazlul Haque)
Rabeya Akter Moni Rabeya Akter Moni ... Rahima
Ali Ahsan Ali Ahsan ... Arif
Nazmul Huda Bachchu Nazmul Huda Bachchu ... Grandfather
Nasrin Akter Nasrin Akter ... Fatema
Rikita Nandini Shimu Rikita Nandini Shimu ... Sheuli
Md. Moslemuddin Md. Moslemuddin ... Urdu Vai (as Moslem Uddin)
Jayanto Chattopadhyay Jayanto Chattopadhyay ... Uncle
Nusrat Imroz Tisha ... Selina (as Nusrat Imroj Tisha)
Mehedi Hasan Saju Mehedi Hasan Saju ... Kuwait Returnee
Abdullah Rana Abdullah Rana ... Anonymous High Official
Khaled Anwar Khaled Anwar ... Clock Shop Owner
Nishok Nishok ... NGO Worker
Moin Uddin Moin Uddin ... Senior Cleric
Shamim Ahmed Shamim Ahmed ... Car Owner
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The story of the film centers around the youth Ruhul, who lives with his family in a small hut next to the runway of the international airport. His mother Rahima struggles to support the family by selling milk from a cow bought with a micro credit loan. His sister Fatima works long hours in a garments factory. There's been no word from their father for over a month, since he left for a job in the Middle East. A Madras dropout, Ruhul spends his days wandering under the shadow of the planes, aimless and frustrated in his futile efforts to find work. One day at a cyber-cafe; he meets Arif, a computer savvy young man who exudes confidence and a sense of purpose. The world Arif introduces him to seems inspiring and new, but eventually Ruhul's life spirals into a nefarious netherworld of intolerance, violence and ultimately, death... Written by Anonymous

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Bangladesh

Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

16 December 2010 (Bangladesh) See more »

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A brave story with excellent cinematography and direction
27 September 2012 | by Mahdy HasanSee all my reviews

I admire Tareq Masud's work as he always tried to tell some known stories in different style with his brave voice. This is the story what someone from Bangladesh would think twice to visualize.

The story of Runway starts with the protagonist, Ruhul, who studied in madrasah (Islamic institute) but didn't sit for final exam. He lives with his mother, sister and grandfather nearby an airport. The life of Ruhul passes with aimless and frustration due to finding no job. One day he meets a young guy named Arif in a cyber café. The story begins from here.

I appreciate the story as it conveys a strong message and relates to some real life incidents in Bangladesh. I also like the cinematography. What I like most is the metaphors. There's a shot where a small kid uses his small catapult to throw a stone to a flying aeroplane. At that point we see anger of being so small in this world than others; that shot visualize his helplessness. Like this shot, director tells his story with combination of many metaphors.

The music of this film is good too. Especially, some music reflects director's strong music sense.

I strongly recommend to watch this movie. If you are in Bangladesh, you should buy the original DVD and watch this film. I guarantee, your money will not waste.


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