Shyamol Chhaya (Bengali: শ্যামল ছায়া; English: The Green Shade) is a 2004 Bangladeshi Bengali-language film. It was written and directed by Humayun Ahmed. Stars Humayun Faridi, Challenger, Riaz, Monir Khan Shimul, Ahmed Rubel, Tania Ahmed, Meher Afroz Shaon, Dr.Ezazul Islam, Faruque Ahmed, Shadhin Khosru, Shamima Nazneen, Hosne Ara Putul, Rahmat Ali and many more. It reflects a story of the Bangladesh War of Independence, 1971.

Shyamol Chhaya
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Directed byHumayun Ahmed
Written byHumayun Ahmed
Produced byImpress Telefilm Ltd.
CinematographyAnwar Hossain
Edited byAtiqur Rahman Mollick
Music byMaksud Jamil Mintu
Distributed byImpress Telefilm Ltd.
Release date
  • 16 December 2004 (2004-12-16)
Running time
110 minutes

Shyamol Chhaya was Bangladesh's submission to the 78th Academy Awards in the 'Foreign Language Film' category. It was not nominated.[citation needed]

This is the story of a group of people leaving their homes to escape the tyrannical Pakistani military during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation war. The story focuses on the diverse group of characters as they make their way by boat, with the shadow of war constantly present in the background. As the journey progresses alongside the war, we see the character development of the passengers, as the war and their journey pushes them to their most extreme selves.

Cast edit

Release edit

Festivals edit

  • 6th Bangladesh Film Festival 2005. London
  • 11th Kolkata Film Festival 2005. India
  • International Palm Spring Film Festival 2006. USA
  • The 32nd Seattle International Film Festival 2006. USA
  • FIBOFEST Film Festival, Prague, 2006. Czech Republic[3]
  • East End Film Festival 2006. London
  • East London Film Festival 2006. London
  • South Asian Film Festival 2009. GOA, India.
  • Film Festival Featuring Liberation War Kolkata 2010. India[4]

Critical response edit

Robert Koehler of Variety gave the film a negative review, calling it "symbolic to a fault", and saying Humayun Ahmed didn't have the directorial skills to enliven the story.[5]

Awards and achievement edit

The Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) chose Shyamol Chhaya as the Bangladeshi submission to the 78th Academy Awards in the 'Foreign Language Film' category.[6] The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences did not select it as one of the five nominees in 2006.[citation needed]

6th Bangladesh Film Festival edit

Bachosach Film Awards edit

Home media edit

Shyamol Chhaya film's VCD and DVD copy rights were taken by G-Series.[citation needed]

References edit

  1. ^ "Shyamol Chhaya on Channel i today". The Daily Star. 17 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Popular TV and film actor Challenger passes away". The Daily Star. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Shyamal Chhaya goes to Prague Film Festival". The Daily Star. 15 February 2006. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Film festival featuring Liberation War in Kolkata". The Daily Star. 27 March 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  5. ^ Koehler, Robert (11 January 2006). "Review: 'The Green Shade'". Variety. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  6. ^ Kamol, Ershad (15 September 2005). "Honours Shyamol Chhaya going to the Oscars". The Daily Star. Retrieved 23 April 2011.

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