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Poramon 2 (2018)
A tribute to Salman Shah and a nice work
Salman Shah, the late actor, was and still is a fashion icon in Bangladesh. 1990s generation adopts his fashion and style nowadays. However, this movie 'Poramon 2' shows this aspects in the first part of the movie through the protagonist who took the last name of the late actor as Sujan 'Shah'. The craze and popularity of Salman Shah is presented as the villagers are shown to stop their works while Sujan performs Salman Shah in every weekend.
All the villagers loved the show of Sujan as well as Pori, who loves Sujan from her childhood. But Sujan does not like her, eventually hates her because of an incident from childhood. Meanwhile, Sujan learns the truth of that past and fell in love with her. Sujan starts working hard to settle a life with Pori but her father and brother impede at this that changes the environment of the show.
The movie is inspired or key plot has been taken from Tamil-language movie 'paruthiveeran'. But the newcomer Raihan Rafi made this in his way and in Bangladeshi context. He showed his mastery in making. But several unnecessary scene should be deleted, such as the peeing scene of Bapparaz; as this scene importunate the tragedy of suicide of Jasmine. The length of the first show from 'Keyamat Thekey Keyamat' can be reduced.
Siam Ahmed as Sujan Shah was amazing, though this was his debut movie. As a fan of Salman Shah, he started his film career as a tragic hero. Puja Cherry was also praiseworthy. Her acting, dance and dialogue delivery tells how competent she is. From other supporting characters, Saeed Babu and Fazlur Rahman Babu played their role well, but Bapparaz was disappointing.
Cinematography of Saiful Shaheen shows several drone shot, extreme wide view that was eye-soothing. He took the scene of suicide of Jasmine, huffy separation scene of Sujan and Pori on the bridge, some beautiful picture of the village in a great way. Background music of Raj Narayan Babu and songs pleased the audience.
Overall, this one may not be a great one, but still it shows some beauty of filmmaking and nice work from the cast. Raihan Rafi should keep it up for his later ventures.
Jibon Thekey Neya (1970)
One of the Best Film Made in Bangladesh, a Metaphor of Dictatorship.
"Jibon Theke Neya" is political satire on the dictatorship of Ayub Khan in then East Pakistan. This film portrays Bengali Language Movement of 1952 and tribute to the Martyrs of the movement. The story presents dominating image of a woman in a family consisting her husband, two brother and the servants. This symbolizes the dictatorship of Ayub Khan in the country then. It also represents mass uprising of 1969 and arresting the political workers. Protest both outside in the road and inside in the house goes on. Meanwhile, the family members acquire courage to get rid of the dictatorship but another circumstance arises to gain control over the family and possession of a bunch of keys.
Prominent Director of Bangladeshi film, Zahir Raihan symbolizes the family as the country, and possession of the bunch of keys as the political movement in the film. The story was written with great care to portray the incidents of political movement metaphorically. All of the cast of the film have done tremendous acting. In this film, several prominent songs such as "Amar Bhaiyer Rokte Rangano", song based on Language Movement, "Karar Oi Louho Kopat", song written by rebel poet Kazi Nazrul Islam and "Amar Sonar Bangla" which was later taken as the National Anthem of Bangladesh was used. It is said that this film inspires Liberation War in 1971 and the songs were inspiration for the freedom fighters.
For all type of audience, this can be a worth watching film. Audience can have knowledge about 1952's Language Movement, 1969's mass uprising from this classical one of Zahir Raihan.