Palabi Kothay

Palabi Kothay (Bengali: পালাবি কোথায়) is a Bangladeshi feminist comedy film released in 1997. It is a finest example of Bangladeshi women-oriented film.[1] Humayun Faridi produced the film. Palabi Kothay is one of flop films in Bangladesh.[2] The film is a remake of Kamal Haasan's own Tamil hit, Magalir Mattum which itself was a remake of the 1980 American film 9 to 5.[citation needed]

Palabi Kothay
Directed byShahidul Islam Khokon
Written byKazi Morshed
Screenplay byShahidul Islam Khokon
Produced byCine Plus
Release date
  • February 9, 1997 (1997-02-09)
Running time
158 mins


The film tells the story of three female characters struggling in the office Shirin and Nuri were teased by the office boss. Millie teaches them to stand up against all these injustices. After many storms, problems and incidents, they are able to protest against the injustice.



Humayun Faridi was the main producer of the film. Shahidul Islam Khokon was filmmaker and director. He sold his house situated in Uttara to collect fund of this film[8]


Palabi Kothay shows a strong advocate for women's rights in a simple way. The film was well received by the audience after its release. It was highly acclaimed for its speeches and performances.[7]


Palabi Kothay
Soundtrack album by
GenreFilm music
Palabi Kothay Soundtrack – Track listing
1."Jadu re shona re o khukumoni re amake bhalobaso re"Milton KhondokarSyed Abdul Hadi, Runa Laila 


Award Title Category Awardee Result
Bachsas Awards Best supporting Actress Champa Won
Best screenplay writer Kazi Morshed Won
Special Jury Prize Shahidul Islam Khokon Won


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  2. ^ Mahmud, Rashel (16 February 2021). "Faridi said, "Bring them to me"". Prothom Alo.
  3. ^ "কিংবদন্তি অভিনেত্রী শাবানার জন্মদিন আজ". Somoy News (in Bengali). 15 June 2021.
  4. ^ Sheikh Arif Bulbon (2 December 2016). "Suborna to start shooting of new movie end of Dec". The News Nation.
  5. ^ Majid, Alauddin (11 June 2020). "চলচ্চিত্রে আসতে চাননি চম্পা". Bangladesh Pratidin (in Bengali).
  6. ^ "Remembering Humayun Faridi". The Business Standard. 29 May 2020.
  7. ^ a b Maria, Shanta (1 May 2016). "পালাবি কোথায়: নারী শ্রমিকের অধিকার আদায়ের চিত্র". (in Bengali).
  8. ^ "Shahidul Islam Khokon: A Dhallywood powerhouse bows out". The Daily Star. 5 April 2016.

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