In a first for a feature film entirely made in Bangladesh, acclaimed director Tanvir Mokammel-directed "Jibondhuli" (The Drummer), based on the story of a low-caste Hindu whose family is butchered by Pakistani soldiers during the 1971 war is set to be released in India this August.
Aurora Films, the prestigious film distributor from Kolkata, who has distributed Satyajit Ray's films including "Pather Panchali" has been lined up to distribute Mokammel's film in India, says the director.
An Indian censor certificate is required for the release of the film in India and Mokammel says he would be visiting Kolkata later this month to obtain the certificate and firm up other details.
"This is for the first time a Bangladeshi film, totally made in Bangladesh, is going to be released in the distribution circuit of India. Earlier, late Tarek Masud's 'Matir Moyna'(The Clay Bird) was released in Nandan theatre in Kolkata for a week but the film was shown as a movie 'produced by France,'" says Mokammel.
Mokammel says Aurora Films owner Anjan Bose took a liking for "Jibondhuli" when it was screened in Kolkata in January this year and expressed keenness to distribute it in India.
Bose wants to commercially release "Jibondhuli" first in West Bengal and then plans to take it to other parts of the country.