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“I want people to know Chandrabati through my film”, says Dilruba Doyel

Biopic ‘Chandrabati Kotha’ set for release on Friday
Antara Raisa
14 Oct 2021 00:00:00 | Update: 14 Oct 2021 02:20:19
“I want people to know Chandrabati through my film”, says Dilruba Doyel
– Photo: Shamsul Haque Ripon

Actress Dilruba Doyel is all set to release her second film ‘Chandrabati Kotha’ on Friday. She will be seen playing the role of Bengal’s first female poet Chandrabati in the biographical drama film ‘Chandrabati Kotha’ directed by N Rashid Chowdhury.

A special premiere of the film was held at the Shimanto Square branch of Star Cineplex on Tuesday night.

State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Murad Hasan, Bangladesh Film Directors Association President Sohanur Rahman Sohan, noted thespian Nasir Uddin Yousuff Bachchu, filmmaker Masud Hasan Ujjal and many others were present at the event.

Talking to The Business Post on Wednesday, Dilruba Doyel said, “It is a huge honour for me to portray the iconic character of Bengal’s first female poet Chandrabati. This type of historic film set against the backdrop of the mid-16th century has never been made before. As artistes, it is our responsibility to show and preserve the Bengali culture. I want people to know the life of Chandrabati through my film.”

Director N Rashid Chowdhury said, “We received a huge response at the premiere show because this type of film has never been made in this country before.

“We have tried to pay tribute to the ballad performing style of ‘Pala Gan’ in ‘Chandrabati Kotha’,” he said.

“‘Chandrabati Kotha’ is adapted from the ballads found in the ‘Mymensingh Geetika’. So, I am very hopeful that the audience will like it,” he added.

Rashid said lauding the film Nasiruddin Yusuff told him that the film was ‘largely poetic’.

The story of the film revolves around the veteran poet Dwijabangshi Das’s little daughter, Chandrabati who falls in love with another poet, Jayananda. Life takes its own course on the eve of their wedding, as Jayananda betrays Chandrabati and marries another woman. Grief-stricken Chandrabati isolates herself in a Shiva Temple and embarks on an ambitious quest to rewrite the epic Ramayana.

Besides Dilruba Doyel, actor Imtiaz Borshon has played the character of Jayananda in the film. The biopic also stars Jayanta Chattopadhyay, Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed and Gazi Rakayet, among others.

On the work front, Dilruba Doyel has Shabnam Ferdousi’s ‘Ajob Karkhana’ and Saikat Nasir’s ‘Casino’ in the pipeline.