After creating a stir around the nation with his much-discussed film “Doob: No Bed of Roses,” acclaimed director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki is all set to subvert expectations once again.
For his upcoming feature project, namely “Saturday Afternoon,” the “Chhobial” helmer has landed two of the most highly lauded actors in the region, Bangladesh's Zahid Hasan and India's Parambrata Chatterjee. Aside from the two known faces, Farooki also finalised the deal with Palestinian actor Eyad Hourani to portray a role in his coming thriller, “where the lives of several people collide on one fateful day” as Farooki describes it.
With the announcement of Parambrata joining on board, the mystery surrounding the 'Lion's mane' around Zahid Hasan's face has also been revealed. Jaaz Multimedia, one of the producers of the film, has recently informed that the full beard is a part of the actor's preparation for his role in “Saturday Afternoon/ Shonibaar Bikal.”
According to Abdul Aziz, the chairman of the production house, shooting for the film kicked off on January 5 in Dhaka's Coke Studio, while the film had its launching ceremony on December 30.
Aziz also informed that Farooki wants to finish the film in a lowkey manner and plans to provide details to the media after everything is finished.
However, Farooki disclosed some of the details of his new project earlier on October 18 in a Facebook post on his verified profile. Quoting a report titled “Saturday Afternoon” in Variety, the director stated that Nusrat Imroz Tisha has been confirmed as one of the leads of “Saturday Afternoon” and the production will use both Bangla and English languages.
Actor Eyad Hourani, who starred in the Palestinian film “Omar” (nominated as the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards) earlier told Variety: “I read the script and liked it. And I am happy that we are gradually moving closer to being on board with this really interesting project. The script dissects the world order in a very balanced way.”
As per the previous announcement, the budget of “Saturday Afternoon” is a whopping $500,000 and is a Bangladesh, India and Germany co-production. The film is being jointly produced by Abdul Aziz for Jaaz Multimedia, Bangladesh; Shyam Sundar Dey for Greentouch Entertainment, India; Farooki for Chhobial, Bangladesh alongside award-winning producer Anna Katchko of Tandem Production, Germany, who joined on board as co-producer.
Tagging him as “a real talent,” Farooki also revealed that Aziz Zhambakiev, who won the “Berlin Silver Bear” for “Harmony Lessons” at the age of 26, is working as the Director of Photography for the project.
“Saturday Afternoon” will be the first film in a trilogy by Farooki titled “Identity.” The second instalment of the trilogy is tentatively titled “No Land’s Man,” which has earned grants from India’s Film Bazaar and the Asia Pacific Screen Academy-Motion Picture Association film fund. The third and final instalment of the trilogy will chronicle the lives of the distressed Rohingya refugees, who are currently facing ethnic cleansing in Myanmar.