Bangladeshi actor turned filmmaker Tauquir Ahmed’s “Haldaa” won four awards, including the Best Feature Film award, at the competition segment of the 8th Saarc Film Festival which concluded in Sri Lanka’s Colombo on Sunday.
The film also bagged the awards for Best Original Score, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.
Saarc Cultural Centre’s Documentation Officer Mahindra Sumansera confirmed these in a statement to Monjurul Islam Megh, Bangladesh’s communication coordinator for the festival.
Monjurul said that senior officials of the Saarc Cultural Centre, Ambassadors of the Saarc states and many government officials of Sri Lanka were present during the prize giving ceremony at the closing ceremony of the festival at Colombo’s Saarc Cultural Centre
The awards won by Tauquir are: Best Feature Film – “Haldaa” (Bangladesh)
(Tauquir Ahmed - Director), Best Cinematographer – Enamul Haque Sohel (Bangladesh) for “Haldaa,” Best Editing – Amit Debnath (Bangladesh) for “Haldaa,” and Best Original Score – Tauquir Ahmed, Pinto Ghosh, Sanzida Mahmood Nandita (Bangladesh) for “Haldaa.”
The river Haldaa and the life of people living near it has been featured in this film. Issues like the struggles of river-dwelling people, land erosion are the focus of the story.
The three main leads of Haldaa are played by actors Zahid Hasan, Mosharraf Karim and Nusrat Imrose Tisha. Mosharraf Karim portrays the character of a fisherman. Zahid Hasan is seen as the antagonist. Dilara Zaman, Fazlur Rahman Babu, Shahed Ali, Runa Khan and many others are also seen in other characters.