"These films are a part of a bigger project which involves architecture, music, films, and social work"
After a long hiatus, architect turned film-maker Enamul Karim Nirjhar will return with nine films by 2021, portraying various contemporary issues of our society.
The films will be made under the banner of Nine Steps.
Nirjhar made the announcement at an event on his 57th birthday. At the event he launched a book containing details of his projects and ideas, which the acclaimed director wants to execute by 2021.
Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune's Showtime, Nirjhar said: "My reason for making 9 films is that I am older than Bangladesh by 9 years, and we also fought for our independence for 9 months.
"These films are a part of a bigger project which involves architecture, music, films, and social work.
"I was born in 1962 and Bangladesh was born in 1971, so I have some responsibility towards my country. This is why I am trying to include youngsters in my projects.
"From our architecture firm, we have plans to build 6 experience houses or museums which will have a positive impact on human psychology. We have submitted the primary plans of this project to our honourable prime minister.”
Nirjhar further informed us that he is planning to collaborate with Jaago foundation for two projects.
Nirjhar has initiated these projects while keeping the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh in mind. The nine feature length films will highlight contemporary reality and pertinent issues of our society.
The trailer of the first film of the series, Byapaar, is already available on YouTube.
The name of each film begins with the alphabet B, such as Byapaar, Bibaho, Bishey Bish, Bakbakum, to name a few.
"We want everybody’s support in depicting various aspects of our society through our projects, and we want to give our younger generation a platform,” added a hopeful Nirjhar.
Nirjhar was born in Rajshahi on November 29, 1962. He has directed a number of short documentary films on social issues, including The Shadow Gap (2003), Tini (The Architect), (2005) and others. He is also the director of the two feature films Aha! (2007) and Nomuna (2009).
In 2007, Aha! won four awards at the Bangladesh National Film Awards.