Aynabaji (Bengali: আয়নাবাজি pronounced [äɪ̯naːbäd͡ʒi]) is a 2016 Bangladeshi crime thriller film directed by Amitabh Reza Chowdhury and produced by Gousul Alam under the banner of Content Matters Production. The film stars Chanchal Chowdhury, Masuma Rahman Nabila and Partha Barua in lead roles. It is the director Amitabh Reza's first feature film. It was released on 30 September 2016. It is considered a milestone of Bangladeshi films in recent times.

Theatrical release poster
Directed byAmitabh Reza Chowdhury
Produced byGousul Alam
Screenplay by
Story byGousul Alam
Music byIndradip Dasgupta
CinematographyRashed Zaman
Edited byIqbal Ahsanul Kabir
  • Content Matters
  • Half Stop Down
Distributed byHalf Stop Down
Release date
  • 30 September 2016 (2016-09-30)
Running time
146 minutes
Budget4.5 cr
Box office18cr

it was so popular that it was remade in Telugu industry under the Banner Sree Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures, which was released in 2018 as Gayatri directed by Mohan Babu, Starring Mohan Babu , Vishnu Manchu, Shriya Saran, Nikhila Vimal & Anasuya Bharadwaj.


The story is about Ayna, a struggling actor who gets to live his profession in real life after failing in his career. Gifted with the natural talents of acting, he is a man with a versatile character and can morph into anybody he wants. For this, he faces different circumstances in his life and thus the story evolves. It is also a story about the dark side of metro city Dhaka, depicting the constant combat between the ruling class and mass people living the city.


Brindabon Das plays a prison officer while Arifin Shuvoo,[2] and Bijori Barkatullah makes guest appearances as AC Sajjad and Saber's separated wife respectively. Producer Gousul Alam and director Amitabh Reza Chowdhury have special appearances.


Gousul Alam Shaon had written the story for the film, while Anam Biswas adapted into a screenplay. Esha Yousuf was the executive producer of the film while Amitabh Reza is the director of the movie.[1] The entire film was shot in Dhaka. Shooting of the film officially began in February 2015 and ended in August 2015. The film was released on 30 September 2016.[3]


The music for Aynabaji is composed by Arnob, Fuad, Habib & Chirkut Band. Songs have been well praised by critics.

1."Alu Piyaj er Kabbo"Shaan1:31
2."Dhire Dhire Jaw Na Somoy"Habib Wahid, Anweshaa3:58
3."Duniya"Chirkut Band3:44
4."Ei Shohor Amar"Arnob3:29
5."Lag Velki Lag"Fuad, Johan Alamgir, Sheikh Istiaq2:02


The film was released on 30 September 2016 in Dhaka and later in Chittagong and other cities. It was screened at Marché du Film at 69th annual Cannes Film Festival, where it scored well.[4] Aynabaji has won the award of the best film at United States's 11th Seattle South Asian Film Festival.[5] The movie was pirated after it was released on Robi online TV.[6] The film had a limited release in theaters in the United States, France, Canada and Australia.[7][8]


Aynabaji received large positive reviews.[9] The movie has received a good response from both critics and audience.[10] Zahid Akbar from The Daily Star gave the film a 4 out of 5 star rating, saying "The film provides the viewers with an empathic view to its characters, which is coupled with brilliant storytelling making the audience wanting more." He praised the film for its story, cast, Chanchal Chowdhury's performance, and "impeccable" cinematography, but criticized the film for being too long.[11]

Box officeEdit

Rafi Hossain of The Daily Star described it as "an instant blockbuster hit". It did a record 91 shows in 10 days, the highest number for any Bangladeshi film. With an occupancy record of 98.89%, in eight weeks it collected BDT 20.3 million.[12]


Spin-off and remake/InfluenceEdit

Aynabaji has a spin-off TV series titled Aynabaji-Original series. Gayatri an official Indian Telugu remake of Aynabaji has been released on 9 February 2018.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Aynabaji: Against all odds". The Daily Star. 1 October 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Shuvo surprises 'Aynabaji' viewers". Prothom Alo. Archived from the original on 22 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  3. ^ টিজারেই চমকে দিল আয়নাবাজির আয়না! (ভিডিও) [Aynabaji, A Surprise Package]. Jago News 24 (in Bengali). Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Aynabaji scores well at Cannes Film Festival". The Daily Star. 18 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ ""Aynabaji" bags best film award at Seattle". The Daily Star. 25 October 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Internet service provider arrested over 'Aynabaji' movie piracy". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Aynabaji to begin world tour". New Age. Dhaka. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Aynabaji to be released in theatres overseas". Dhaka Tribune. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  9. ^ Ferdous, Fahmim (7 October 2016). "Aynabaji: A gripping story told well". The Daily Star. Retrieved 7 October 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Javed, Nadim (15 October 2016). "Aynabaji: A breath of fresh air". The Financial Express. Dhaka. Retrieved 15 October 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Akbar, Zahid (8 October 2016). "Aynabaji Review". The Daily Star. Retrieved 8 October 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Hossain, Rafi (22 October 2016). "Decoding aynabaji". The Daily Star. Retrieved 22 October 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "National Film Award winners announced". The Daily Star. 6 April 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2018.

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