Bachelor (2004 film)

Bachelor (alternative title Bachelor: The Circle, Bengali: ব্যাচেলর) is a 2004 Bangladeshi comedy-drama-romance film directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, in his feature directorial debut. It stars Humayun Faridi, Ahmed Rubel, Ferdous Ahmed, and Hasan Masood. The film was released on January 31, 2004 in Bangladesh. Aupee Karim's performance, in her feature film debut, won the Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Actress.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byMostofa Sarwar Farooki
Screenplay byAnisul Haque
CinematographySaiful Islam Badal
Edited byJunaid Halim
Music by
Distributed byImpress Telefilm Ltd.
Release date
  • 31 January 2004 (2004-01-31) (Bangladesh)
Running time
148 mins



Mostofa Sarwar Farooki and screenwriter Anisul Haque had previously collaborated on a number of television serials such as Ekannaborti. Given a five-page synopsis by Farooki, Haque wrote approximately three drafts of the script, not counting minor revisions.[1]

Farooki cast several actors from Ekannaborti, including Arman Parvez Murad, Aupee Karim, Moutushi, and Dilara Zaman.[2] Journalist Hasan Masood was hired despite having no previous acting experience. In addition to Masood, Bachelor was the feature film debut of Murad, Karim, Moutushi, Marzuk Russel, Jaya Masood, and Sumaiya Shimu.[3]

Bachelor was also television director Farooki's feature film directorial debut. He had neither formal training in film nor practical experience with it. Reflecting on the filming four films later, in 2012, he said, "At that time I had no video monitor, and couldn't really see anything, so it was difficult for me to understand the medium."[4] "I had a hard time crafting my images."[5] It was an opportunity for him to make mistakes and learn from them.[5]


Bachelor was released at Balaka cinema hall in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 31 January 2004.[6] Two days later, on Eid al-Adha, it was broadcast on Bangladeshi television network Channel i, a sister firm of production company Impress Telefilm.[3] It did not receive a wide theatrical distribution outside Bangladesh, but was shown at two festivals, Asiatica Film Mediale in Rome and the Third Eye Asian Film Festival in Mumbai.[7]

The film was widely watched by the Bangladeshi middle class, according to professor in media and communication Zakir Hossain Raju.[7] The story of romantic relationships among urban youths resonated with the young generation.[4] Harun ur Rashid, writing in The Daily Star, said it marked a "'Good-bye' to the cliché melodramatic dhishoom-dhishoom movies" audiences were accustomed to.[3] Matthew Scott, summarizing Farooki's output for Agence France Presse a decade later, wrote, "What makes Farooki's work different is its contemporary take on the lives and troubles of young Bangladeshis."[8]

For her performance as Fahim's girlfriend, Karim won Best Actress at the 29th Bangladesh National Film Awards.[9]


Bachelor - The Circle
Soundtrack album
GenreFeature film soundtrack
1."69 (Ami To Preme Porini)"Ayub Bachchu4:25
2."Keu Prem Kore"S I Tutul5:02
3."Pagla Ghora"Asif Akbar4:26
4."Gollay Niye Jacche"Pantho Kanai3:38
5."Bhaj Kholo"Sanjeeb Chowdhury4:29
6."Pakhi Shastro"Pothik Nobi4:30
7."Ajke Nahoy Bhalobasho"Hasan Masood4:23




  1. ^ "Bachelor's Progress". Star Magazine. The Daily Star. 9 January 2004.
  2. ^ "Ekanno Borti on Channel i again". Daily Sun. 9 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Harun ur Rashid (1 February 2004). "Bachelor promises of high time in Bangla film". The Daily Star.
  4. ^ a b Liz Shackleton (17 October 2012). "Mostofa S. Farooki". Screen International. I made my first film Bachelor in 2002. I regard my first two films as an education process, as I'd never been to any university or assisted any director.
  5. ^ a b Elita Karim (2 November 2012). "Farooki's Classroom Secrets". Star Weekend Magazine. The Daily Star.
  6. ^ "Celebrating Mostofa Sawar Farooki's cinematic brilliance on his birthday". The Daily Star. 2 May 2020.
  7. ^ a b Zakir Hossain Raju (2014) [First published 2008]. Bangladesh Cinema and National Identity: In Search of the Modern?. Routledge. p. 193. ISBN 978-1-317-60180-7.
  8. ^ Matthew Scott (12 October 2012). "Bangladeshi director beams into Busan with 'Television'". Yahoo! News. Agence France Presse.
  9. ^ "National Film Awards for the last fours years announced". The Daily Star. 1 September 2008.
  10. ^ "Music". Bachelor. Archived from the original on 16 January 2004. Retrieved 31 December 2020.

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