Desha: The Leader

Desha: The Leader is a 2014 Bangladeshi political thriller film produced by Jaaz Multimedia. The film was scripted and directed by Saikat Nasir and features a cast that includes newcomer Shipon Mitra, Mahiya Mahi, and Tariq Anam Khan.[1] Desha: The Leader is a story about a political reality show that turns severe. The film was released on 26 December 2014. It won four National Film Awards.

Desha: The Leader
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySaikat Nasir
Produced byAbdul Aziz
Screenplay bySaikat Nasir
Story bySaikat Nasir
Music by
  • Chandan Roy Chowdhury
  • Saiful Shaheen
  • Sahil Rony
Edited byTawhid Hossain Chowdhury
Distributed byJaaz Multimedia
Release date
  • 26 December 2014 (2014-12-26)


Channel 99 arranges a reality show, to select the next leader by SMS voting of people all over the world. The elected leader will stay on the person's house for two days, who will vote for the maximum times by SMS.




The film opened in Bangladesh on Friday, 26 December 2014 in at least 60 theaters.[2][3]


The New Nation reported that audiences reacted positively to the pairing of Shipan and Mahi.[3]

Critical responseEdit

Abdullah Al Amin (Rubel) of The Daily Star gave the film two stars out of five. Although he found Tariq Anam Khan's performance "absolutely superb" and lauded the concept for its originality, the weak screenplay, direction, and cinematography "meant this movie just couldn't be the hit it could have been."[4]


At the 39th Bangladesh National Film Awards, Desha: The Leader won in four categories. Tariq Anam Khan won Best Actor in a Negative Role. James received his first National Award, Best Male Playback Singer, for the song "Ashche Desha Ashche". Nasir won Best Cinematography, and Towhid Hossain Chowdhury won Best Editing.[5][6]


Abdullah Al Amin (Rubel) of The Daily Star praised the one song by James, but considered the rest of the soundtrack lackluster.[4]

Desha: The Leader
Soundtrack album by
Dilshad Nahar Kona, Kishore Das, James, A I Raju
  • 26 December 2014 (2014-12-26)
1.""Koto Ronger Hatchani""Kishore Das, Dilshad Nahar Kona3:48
2.""Desha Asche""James3:15
3.""Eki Maya""A I Raju2:23
4.""Bangla Maaer Gaan""Shafiq Tuhin3:16


  1. ^ "Shipon with Mahiya Mahi in three movies". New Nation. Retrieved 17 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Desha: The Leader hit the cinemas". Dhaka Tribune. 27 December 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Shipon stepping forward by Mahiya Mahi". The New Nation. 29 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b Abdullah Al Amin (Rubel) (7 February 2015). "Movie Review". The Daily Star. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  5. ^ "'Brihonnola' nabs Best Picture, ZR Anjan Best Director". The Daily Star. 21 February 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  6. ^ "39th National Film Awards ceremony held". Dhaka Tribune. 12 May 2016. Archived from the original on 15 September 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2017.