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Monpura (Bengali: মনপুরা, released 2009), is a Bangladeshi Bengali film, directed by Giasuddin Selim[2] Monpura is a romantic tragedy film set in rural Bangladesh. As Selim's large-screen debut, and contemporary-folk soundtrack released ahead of screening which were an instant hit, it received a huge media hype even before its release. The shooting started in June 2007 and took place in a number of places, including Dhunat (Bogra), Kushtia and Dhaka.

Monpura
Monpura Poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byGiasuddin Selim
Produced byAnjan Chowdhury Pintu
Written byGiasuddin Selim
Starring
Music byIqbal E. Kabir
CinematographyKamrul Hasan Khasru
Edited byIqbal E. Kabir
Distributed byMaasranga Production
Release date
  • 13 February 2009 (2009-02-13)
[1]
Running time
138 minutes
CountryBangladesh
LanguageBengali

Chanchal Chowdhury plays the role of Shonai. Farhana Mili plays her debut role as Pori, the daughter of a fisherman. The young couple are supported by veteran actors Mamunur Rashid and Fazlur Rahman Babu.

CastsEdit

CrewEdit

 
Giasuddin Selim, the director of the film
  • Producer: Anjan Chowdhury Pintu
  • Director: Giasuddin Selim
  • Writer: Giasuddin Selim
  • Script: Giasuddin Selim
  • Dialogue: Giasuddin Selim
  • Music: Iqbal E. Kabirhh
  • Cinematography: Kamrul Hasan Khasru
  • Editing: Iqbal E. Kabir
  • Music composition: Arnob
  • Sound: Ripon Nath
  • Assistant music director: Adit
  • Distributor: Machranga Production
  • Art Director: Mohammad Shahabuddin

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

Monpura made a huge media hype before its release. "A heart breaking story," as called by popular actor and director Afjal Hossain, its unusual songs and rural setting set the background of an artistic romance film. Monpura, unlike many other popular Bangla films, uses the rural settings of Bangladesh, something Selim says audiences have a strong attachment to.[16]

But the picturisation, the setting of the island named Monpura is what has made the movie unique. Moreover, it is not only a love story; there is a hidden satire in it.[17]

— Jackie Kabir, Star Weekend Magazine

ShootingEdit

The shooting started in June 2007. The shooting unit faced problems due to Bangladesh's rainy season and demands to shoot through such weather; several outdoor sequences were shot in the rain.[18]

ReceptionEdit

Monpura initially released in four theaters in Dhaka and Rajshahi, but it quickly opened in theaters in Chittagong, Mymensingh, Bogra, Rangpur, and Sirajganj.[19]

Within three weeks of its release, Monpura broke the 45-year record of ticket sales in the Dhaka box office with over 50,000 tickets sold, surpassing the first Bangla language film made in Bangladesh, Mukh O Mukhosh (1956).[20]

On May 22, 2009, Monpura completed its 100 days of glory in the box office. Star Cineplex and Bolaka (Bolaka-1 & Bolaka-2), the busiest theaters in the capital, ran this film for 100 days consecutively. After 100 days, the movie kept running in about 50 theaters across the country.

The film ran at Star Cineplex for nine months, Bolaka for six months, and Monihar for eight weeks. Theaters in Pabna, Khulna, and other districts in Bangladesh ran the film for six to seven weeks. Outside Bangladesh, the film was first released in Sydney on August 8, 2009,[21] and then in other cities, including New York City, Toronto, Montreal, and Brussels.[22]

RemakeEdit

West Bengal filmmaker Anjan Das made the Indian Bengali film, Achin Pakhi (2010), based on Monpura.[23]

AwardsEdit

National Film AwardsEdit

Monpura won in five categories at the National Film Awards, including Best Film.[24]

Meril-Prothom Alo AwardsEdit

  • Winner Best Film Actor: Mamunur Rashid[25]

MusicEdit

Monpura
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedJanuary 13, 2009
RecordedLaser Studios
GenreFilm soundtrack
LabelLaser Vision
ProducerArnob and Osman Khan

Bangla films rarely come under the spotlight by their music. It was thought that the music from Monpura was collected from Bangladeshi folk music, but almost all are original songs. The album has been noted for its depth, creative thought, and trend-breaking effort.[26]

"Shonai Hai Haire," written by director Giasuddin Selim, tells the story of a daughter's death, whose funeral is attended by her father and father-in-law. "Aage Jodi Jantam," lyrics and music by Krishnokoli Islam, also tells the story of a broken heart - leaving the house of a girl and her life of regret. "Shonar Moyna Pakhi," lyrics and music by Osman Khan and sung by Arnob, expresses the desire to see a loved one at any cost, even if it comes before one's death.

TracksEdit

No.TitleArtist(s)Length
1."Nithuaa Pathare I"Fazlur Rahman Babu3:51
2."Jao Phakhi Bolo Tare I"Chandana Mazumdar3:12
3."Shonar Moyna Pakhi"Shayan Chowdhury Arnob4:33
4."Nithuaa Pathare II"Chanchal Chowdhury and Krishnokoli Islam3:02
5."Shonai Hai Haire"Fazlur Rahman Babu2:54
6."Jao Pakhi Bolo Tare II"Krishnokoli Islam3:28
7."Nithuaa Pathare III"Fazlur Rahman Babu3:08
8."Aage Jodi Jantam"Momtaj3:17
9."Monpura Instrumental"Instrumental4:43

MarketingEdit

The rhythmic music helped the film gain a lot of publicity before its release. It was heavily advertised in cable and satellite television networks.

Home mediaEdit

The DVD and VCD of the film were released in December 2009 by the major label Laser Vision.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Daily Star, 4 February 2009 'Monpura' to be released Feb 13 Cultural Correspondent, accessed: 12 May 2011
  2. ^ The Daily Star, 20 July 2010 “Kajol Rekha”: Giasuddin Selim delves into folklore with his new film Buzz, accessed: 12 May 2011
  3. ^ "Chanchal Chy in Nepal for Eid projects". Chanchal Chy in Nepal for Eid projects | The Independent. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  4. ^ "PM warns of action against 'negative' films". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  5. ^ "'Monpura' actors Chanchal & Mili now pair up in a TV commercial". Daily Sun. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  6. ^ ""Monpura": An uncomplicated love story in an idyllic setting". The Daily Star. 2008-02-08. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  7. ^ "Monpura stars reunite for TV play". Dhaka Tribune. 2017-08-27. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  8. ^ Nation, The New. "Farhana Mili in TVC after a break". The New Nation. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  9. ^ "Fazlur Rahman Babu working on "Indubala 3"". The Daily Star. 2018-04-30. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  10. ^ "DIVERGING PASSIONS BROUGHT TOGETHER". The Daily Star. 2017-06-09. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  11. ^ "Fazlur Babu sings for Mosharraf Karim - Madhuri Dixit film". Dhaka Tribune. 2017-08-20. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  12. ^ "Mamunur Rashid and Mili in "Baksho-Bondi"". The Daily Star. 2015-04-22. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  13. ^ "Mili works with Mamunur Rashid after seven years". The New Nation. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  14. ^ "Three notable films to be screened today | Independent". www.theindependentbd.com. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  15. ^ "Mamunur Rashid on film career, TV industry". New Age | The Most Popular Outspoken Daily English Newpaper in Bangladesh. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  16. ^ Blogs.com.bd, 24 September 2011 Giasuddin Selim How to bring about a revolution in Bangladeshi filmdom Accessed: 31 October 2011
  17. ^ The Daily Star, 27 March 2009 Film Review a Heartwarming Film, written by Jackie Kabir Accessed: 12 May 2011
  18. ^ The Daily Star, 8 February 2008 "Monpura": An uncomplicated love story in an idyllic setting, written by Jamil Mahmud Accessed: 31 October 2011
  19. ^ Monpura Movie of Bangladesh, 20 February 2009 One Week Away From a 'Blockbuster' Accessed: 31 October 2011
  20. ^ BanglaMovies.com, 12 March 2009 Monpura Bangla Movie breaks 45 year old records Accessed: 31 October 2011
  21. ^ Monpura Movie of Bangladesh, 1 August 2009 Piracy, Worldwide Release & 6 Months in Box Office Accessed: 31 October 2011
  22. ^ The Daily Star, 20 July 2010 "Kajol Rekha": Giasuddin Selim delves into folklore with his new film Accessed: 31 October 2011
  23. ^ The News International, 25 May 2010 A film that does not focus on glamour but on acting Accessed: 31 October 2011
  24. ^ www.BangladeshGiftShop.com, 20 August 2011 National film award of Bangladesh winners of 2009 Accessed: 31 October 2011
  25. ^ BDTalks, 2009 Winners of Meril-Prothom Alo Award 2009, Bangladesh Archived 2012-07-07 at Archive.today Accessed: 31 October 2011
  26. ^ ""Monpura": Rustic soul wrapped in urban sensitivity". The Daily Star. 15 August 2008. Retrieved 16 September 2018.

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