“Doob-No bed of roses”, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki's much-anticipated film, has been chosen as Bangladesh's entry to the 91st Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
Bangladesh Federation Film Societies Chairman Habibur Rahman Khan announced the news in a press briefing today.
The Bangladesh-India joint production movie opened at nearly 40 cinemas in Bangladesh while 33 cinemas in India last year.
Besides, the film was screened at a number of cinema halls in Australia, USA, France, Malaysia, and Singapore.
Prominent Indian actor Irrfan Khan plays the lead role in the film, with Nusrat Imroz Tisha opposite him. The other members of the central cast are--Rokeya Prachi and Kolkata’s Parno Mitra.
The film went into production in March 2016 and in November a Kolkata-based newspaper reported that it was based on Bangladeshi novelist Humayun Ahmed's life.
Soon after the news was published, Humayun Ahmed's wife Meher Afroz Shaon expressed deep concern over the matter, saying that it may affect the image of the noted writer.
However, it was issued no-objection certificate by Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) on February 15 while the BFDC suspended it on February 16 after receiving a letter from Shaon, asking the censor board to review it for such instances and take action.
After a long wait, the film finally got censor clearance in Bangladesh on August 8 this year.
Despite various hurdles, the film got international recognition after it was premiered at the Shanghai International Film Festival 2017.
The India-Bangladesh co-production movie won the Kommersant Jury Prize at the 39th Moscow International Film Festival.