Cast and Crew of Monpura
|Director:||Gias Uddin Selim|
|Writer:||Gias Uddin Selim|
|Release Date:||13th February|
|Jao pakhi |
|Sonar Moina Pakhi |
|Age Jodi Jantam |
|Nithua Pathare |
|Fazlur Rahman Babu|
|Jao Pakhi Balo Tare |
|Chandona Majumder||Image not|
|Nithua Pathare |
Monday, December 22, 2008
Normally we see that the release of a movie is scheduled after two months of the release of the music album. It helps in many ways. It gives the audio album enough time to show its full potential before release of the movie. But most importantly, it creates a great interest among people about the movie. That’s why music plays such a vital role in sub continental movie. 'Super hit' or even 'semi-hit' music album also promises a substantial economic success for the movie.
But, what about Monpura? A movie with super hit music album, immense interest among people, everyone is asking where they can find the movie and the bottom line is, the movie will fail to prove the potential it promised. It was the second half of October when the whole nation was humming the songs of Monpura. It couldn't have a better time to release the movie. And there was not a single announcement about the release of the movie.
Mr. Gias Uddin Selim, we don’t know whether it’s you or your production house, who is responsible for this. But we just feel that this irresponsible attitude is going to hurt the final outcome of your long dreamed movie in a great way. Perhaps, somehow, we the mass people had started to dream of a successful commercial Bangla film that will make a huge impact on Bangla movie making. But like many other dreams, this one may also remain as a dream to be realized.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
We have stated before that there are some serious problems in the distribution policy of Monpura. We are yet to know the actual date of release of the movie. The official website www.monpura.com was completely unavailable over last three months. And now when it is there on the web, there is almost no content on the site. Every link finds its way to 'under construction' page. Perhaps, the makers of monpura have taken the marketing of the movie too lightly.
It seems as if the makers of Monpura have taken it for granted that people will find this movie for their own interest. Even the biggest movies of Hollywood need some severe campaign to reach to people. But the present status of Monpura is very similar to an orphan who might have many potentials but just don’t have anybody to take care of.
Monday, December 15, 2008
It must be said that the distribution policy of Monpura has simply failed to meet the hype which was created by its wonderful songs. There was no certain announcement about the release of the movie. Many people thought that it was another ‘Telefilm’ or ‘Natok’ that has already aired without much attention from the crowed. So the distribution policy of Monpura was just not suitable for a movie with so much promise.
But this time it seems to be the right decision. As there were some 9 movies in queue for eid-ul-azha, so it would not have a right decision to participate in the rat race when it is your debut film. And now the country is in the highway of national election. So the release of Monpura will come after the national election. But in order to create some eagerness among the viewers, the particular date of release should be announced right now.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The audio success of monpura is been so phenomenal that it has triggered a new trend in our audio industry. People are looking for the folk songs more than ever. The nation, which is often blamed for grasping foreign culture more than its own, is now looking for its root on own music. Perhaps, this is the biggest success of 'Monpura'.
'Matir sure' has already released. Another album by the singers of monpura will release soon. That will be a duet of Chanchal Chowdhury and Fazlur rahman babu. It will be released on the banner of 'Laser Vision'.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monpura- A heart breaking movie
Afjal Hossain ( Actor, director, painter)
A movie 'Monpura' is been made. It’s made by gias uddin selim and pictured by Kamrul hasan khoshru. The making and picturization created wonder in every moment during the show. People usually get speechless when he found himself in front of a great beauty. And now I’m in a similar condition. But how long he can keep speechless? Very soon words come in an even greater flow. And there are so many modern tools like phone, SMS, email to express the emotion. But still I feel that, nothing can be better than letter to express the emotion.
Dear Giasuddin Selim,
Say, I don’t know you. Also don’t know much about you. Say, I have seen Monpura on a sudden. What my reaction would be?
From a long since, you have made your own brand of direction and script writing in small screen. Now-a-days, anybody can be TV play director if he wishes. But you belong to the elite minority who has got the will as well as ability. You are very few in number, but still exist and that’s why still we can talk about the standard of TV play. I only know you that much.
But there are so many viewers in this country who know you better than I do. And all these thinking are coming after watching Monpura. You have shown your magic in small screen. But how much you will be able to do in big screen, that was in question. There might not have been any question if I had known you better.
Millions of applause for you. There was jaw dropping arrangement in Monpura. Wondered and speechless-I was both. Those who have seen Monpura or even heard the songs of Monpura- had the same experience. People, who have left Bangla cinema and cinema hall both, might get an opportunity to get their way back to cinema hall due to Monpura. Congratulations selim, for not thinking of 'kith and kin' during selecting performer. Congratulations for making the movie for mass not for your own aspirations.
Monpura has made me so optimistic. Though there are hundreds of obstacles, still people like you, are trying to make movies the way it should be- irrespective of what the trend is going on the market.
Selim, its not only ‘feeling good’ after watching a movie. So many things have come in my mind after watching the movie. Here, how many people think of film? So when a filmmaker dreams, there are so many obstacles to face to bring the dream to reality. He has to bear all the worries. He has to collect the money even taking the risk of getting bankrupt. But even after that, do we respect the person behind all these hard work? After doing all these, the film maker has to urge in this fashion 'Please, come to watch my movie. I’m begging of you.'
Selim, you must have dreamt of Monpura for a long time. After dreaming it comes to the realization. The combination of your dream and picturization of Kamrul hasan khoshru is just not all about 'feeling good' but feeling envious of you. And when 'feeling good' touches that limit, is there any way of not being envious? Monpura has achieved that respect that instead of addressing 'Tumi'(‘you'- to address someone intimate in Bengali), in this letter I addressed you 'Apni'(also 'you'- to address someone honored in Bengali). People normally come to 'tumi' from 'Apni'. Then this is an exception, breaking the trend.
Monpura is a heart breaking movie that truly touches the heart. May Allah give you the courage, strength and ability to make 10 more movies.
24th August 2008, Dhanmondi, Dhaka.
Translated from Bengali.
Courtesy : The daily Prothom-alo, 'Anando', 4th september, 2008.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
1.Monpura- Hope for Bangla Film.
are the two major groups with members around 3000 and 6500 respectively(till 19th February).
Monpura Groups in Facebook
Facebook is extremely popular in Bangladesh. According to alexa.com, people from Bangladesh visit Facebook more than Google, the leading search engine. Isn't it quite surprising? It also proves how popular Facebook is as far as social networking is concerned. Almost every youngster having an access to internet has got an account in Facebook. And due to Monpura songs, which is been accepted tremendously, the movie has created a craze among the young section of people. And the creation of so many groups in Facebook also reveals the fact.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Chanchal chowdhury in 'Monpura'
Chanchal chowdhury had the fascination for acting since his childhood. But his dream came true in 1996 when he joined 'Aranyak Natyadal'. He showed his brilliant performance in plays like Prakritojoner Kotha, Joyjoyonti, Ora Kodom Ali, Mayur Singhason, Songkranti, Rarang and Che-er Cycle. He resonates the slogan of 'Aranyak Natyadal'-'Theatre is not merely an entertainment tool but an active agent for social change'.
Fazlur Rahman Babu in 'Monpura'
Fazlur Rahman Babu came from Faridpur in 1983 and joined 'Aranyak Natyadal'. Till then, he has performed in every production of Aranyak, except some of the first shows of Shankranti.
Mamunur Rashid in 'Monpura'
And there is Mamunur Rashid. Well this man has become synonymous to 'Aranyak Natyadal'. His performance in 'Mayur Singhason' or Direction of 'Rarang' are good enough to cement his position in Bangla theater’s history.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
In the last over ICL Bangladesh needed 11 runs which was scored by sharier nafis in just 3 balls. He scored 4 runs in the very first ball in courtesy of miss field. but in the very next ball he simply smashed the ball over long off for 6 runs. so ICL bangladesh needed only one run for last 4 balls. and Sharier Nafis just finished things off in the very next ball.
Sharier Nafis(70 of 54 balls)- ICL Bangladesh
After Alok Kapali , Sharier nafis won a match for ICL Bangladesh single handedly. It seems as if ICL bangladesh is now grooming as a real side. now there are match winners and players who can support them.
Lyrics of 'sonai hay hayre'
সোনাই হায় হায়রে (মনপুরা)
কথা: গিয়াস উদ্দিন সেলিম
সুর : সংগ্রহ
কণ্ঠ : ফজলুর রহমান বাবু
কেহ লইলো আতর লোবান
কেহ লইলো জল
কেহ লইলো বরই পাতা
কেহ লইলো পরীরে
সোনাই হায় হায়রে
সোনাই হায় হায়রে ।।
ফুল কান্দে পাখি কান্দে
কান্দে গাঙের পাড়
কান্দিয়া কান্দিয়া সোনাই
হইলো জারে জার ।।
বাবায় দিলো কন্যারে কাঁধ
শ্বশুর দিলো মাটি
বৃষ্টি পড়ে টাপুর টুপুর
মাটি ছুঁয়ে খাঁটি
সোনাই হায় হায়রে
সোনাই হায় হায়রে ।।
Lyrics of Monpura Songs
Gias uddin selim is known for TV plays of different taste. He started with 'Biprotip'- which was a story of unknown world for TV play directors. It was about teenage problems. It instantly achieved huge popularity across the country. After that he made a number of TV plays focusing on health issue, Psychological problem and many different topics.
But in the movie Monpura, Rather looking for a different topic, he relied on the most used topic in sub continental movie- love. why he walked in the much used path?
“Love stories will never lose their appeal, hence for my debut film I wanted to depict one.”- explained Gias uddin Selim.
well the topic may not be different from other movies. But the story? there is a story of love in every humans' life but are the stories same? definitely not. so you can surely find a new story out of a 'common' topic. if you consider Giash uddin selim's previous work as a TV play director, then it wont be a bad idea to spend some two and half hours for Monpura.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Farhana Mili-Daughter of a Boatman
Thursday, November 20, 2008
But Chandona performed that song even without knowing its destination. She just sang it like many other songs she did. "Just after two times, the song was ok'd. If I had knew that the song will be there in a movie like 'Monpura' I might have tried to do better"- said Chandona with her artistic desire for perfection. And we all know that her 'Not so Good' performance in 'Jao pakhi' was good enough to create a bizarre across the nation. A nation addicted to Hindi songs , is now looking for songs of its own.
Lyrics of 'Jao Pakhi Balo Tare'
যাও পাখি বলো তারে (মনপুরা)
কণ্ঠ: চন্দনা মজুমদার ও কৃষ্ণকলি
সোনারও পালঙ্কের ঘরে
লিখে রেখে ছিলেম দ্বারে
যাও পাখি বলো তারে
সে যেন ভোলে না মোরে
সুখে থেক, ভালো থেক
মনে রেখ এ আমারে ।।
বুকের ভেতর নোনা ব্যাথা
চোখে আমার ঝরে কথা
এপার ওপার তোলপার একা
মেঘের ওপর আকাশ ওড়ে
নদীর ওপার পাখির বাসা
মনে বন্ধুবড়ো আশা ।।
যাও পাখি যারে উড়ে
তারে কয়ো আমার হয়ে
চোখ জ্বলে যায় দেখব তারে
মন চলে যায় অদূর দূরে
যাও পাখি বলো তারে
সে যেন ভোলে না মোরে
সুখে থেক, ভালো থেক
মনে রেখ এ আমারে ।।
Chaondona Mojumder's debut album was released from 'Concord Records'. " But it failed to get the attention due to lack of publicity"-Chandona said. Her album 'Vober Haat' was released on last summer in the banner of 'Bengal Foundation'.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
'Now there are some 6 TV plays going on air'-said Chanchal Chowdhury. who is also working on TV plays directed by popular director Salah uddin lavlu(Vober haat). but Chanchal is more busy due to the upcoming eid. 'There are some 12 TV plays I’m working on for the Eid-ul-Azha'- Chanchal said. He often found in charecters of simple village people. He believes that the life of village is simple and it expresses what life actually is. And that’s why he is more comfortable in such charecters.
Chanchal Chowdhury-'Sonai' in Monpura
He is also getting a number of proposal of TV commercial. 'But the products, banner and scripts are not up to the mark'-Chanchal said. so you may not find Chanchal shortly in TV commercial. But he really wants to perform in Movies in regular interval. After debut film 'Rup-kathar Galpo', he has acted in Gias Uddin Selim's 'Monpura'. 'Monpura is going to be released very soon. And I want to perform in one movie every year'-The protagonist of 'Monpura' said.
The songs of the movie 'Monpura' have already released and made a revolution in Bangla movie songs. After a long time people of all classes and ages are humming the songs of a Bangla movie. This huge success of Monpura audio album has inspired Chanchal Chowdhury and Fazlur Rahman Babu( Nithua Pathare) to go for their first duet audio album. The album will be released after Eid-ul-azha in the banner of 'Laser Vision'.
Monday, November 17, 2008
The recent commercial of Banglalink, titling 'Onuvuteer Network' is directed by celebrity director Amitav Reza. in the commercial, farhana mili is the sister of a little boy who just don’t want to lose her sister due to marriage. The emotion of a little boy is been pictured very nicely. Farhana also shines with her natural acting.
Farhana Mili in Monpura
click for Farhana Mili Photo GalleryFarhana mili seems to be the upcoming star in showbiz. Not very often, actress from small screen, becomes the star of big screen. but in case of farhana, it seems to be the inevitable case. If Monpura can secure the success of a hit movie, then you might find farhana as one of the biggest stars of big screen.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Shayan Chowdhury Arnob
Arnob is the nephew of another very prominent singer of Bangla songs- Tapon Chowdhury. But Arnob needs not that introduction to introduce himself, for sure. he has already made his own brand. There have been much talk about Bangla band songs and the addiction of youngsters to it. Very often band songs were labeled with 'Rough and Tough' musicians who had alleged relation with drug. There were efforts to prove drug as a complementary(!) element of music.
After that there is been a silent revolution in Bangla band songs. Tahsan, Arnob, Habib- all the singers of new generation have made a new brand of Bangla band songs. And now, Arnob, a singer from Shantinicatan- is one of the most popular band singer in Bangladesh. Youngsters are often blamed for not listening Tagore songs which simply seems depressing to most of them. But now they also hear songs of low beats, less instruments (Monpura songs) and melodious ones more than ever. Arnob- the music director of ‘Monpura’ has really proved that our young listeners have really changed dramatically and also, in the positive direction.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The shooting of Monpura started on June 2007 and finished successfully by February, 2008. Then it was expected to get release on April, 2008. But for some reason it was not released then. The first exhibition of this movie was held on august,2008- which was only for invited guests. so the making and post production tasks are already finished. then it was very expected to get release on Eid-ul-Fitr. Many people was actually looking for the theaters where they can see the movie. But unfortunately, wasn't able to find that.
After that, it was almost certain that the movie will be released on or before Eid-ul-Azha. But there is no sign of release of Monpura before Eid-Ul-Azha and industry insiders said that there are some 9 movies in queue for release on Eid-ul-Azha and Monpura in not on that list.
Though Monpura has made an unbelievable hype before release but its distribution was always been questionable. Even the official website of Monpura- www.monpura.com was not maintained the way it should have been. It is been unavailable for around 2 months( till 13th November, 2008). The distribution policy of 'Monpura' reminds us the fact that- 'its more difficult to meet the hype rather that creating it'. If Monpura fail to keep the promise that it has shown through its wonderful songs and attractive trailers then it would be really unfortunate for Bangla movie.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
The audio duet of chanchal and Babu is going to be on the basis of folk songs. The essence of Monpura Songs might be found on the new album of Chanchal and Babu. But as the both actors are busy with their TV play acting, so it might take a while to release their debut album. " We are really busy with our TV plays due to the eve of coming eid. so hopefully we will be able to work on our duet after the eid-ul-azha"- said chanchal chowdhury. All the preparation of this album has been completed. The album will be released on the banner of 'Laser Vision'.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Bangla cinema has experienced its golden era in 60's and 70's when we had directors like Johir Raihan, Khan Ata and others who really made movies that represent us the most. and in west Bengal, that was also the greatest time in film industry. Satyajit roy, Uttam Kumar, Suchitra sen, Shoumitra chaterjee, Chabi biswas, Robi Ghosh- all the perfect artist of this media, spell bounded the audience for decades. That was the period when the songs of bangla movie was enormously popular. Hemanta Mukhapadhya was the ultimate choice for any film, casting Uttam kumar. the combination of this two simply guaranteed success.
But as it is said, ‘Those Days are Gone'-is the right phrase for bangla cinema. now the middle class(Who are the majority) is hardly aware of bangla movie. the condition is almost the same in Bangladesh and west bengal.
After a long time a bangla movie has made the hype before release that you can expect from a blockbuster hit movie. if Monpura can keep the promise that it has shown through its trailer and songs, then it just might bring a revolution in this sector. There have been some significant works in this arena for last ten years. Morshedul Islam( Chaka), Tareq Masud( Matir Moyna), Humayun Ahmed( Srabon Megher Dine), Abu sayed( KirtonKhola) and other talented directors have made some significant contribution in bangla movie. But we are yet to see the large scale commercial success from a Bangla movie of this genre. And if Monpura can fill that gap then it just might invoke the much needed change that we are looking for. it will creat huge interest among the audience on bangla movie. Investors will feel safe to invest their money on good Bangla Movie. And the upcoming generation in film industry will find the right situation to produce some real good movie, that will truly represent our culture and turn bangla movie into a good form of entertainment.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Momotaj, the most popular singer of Bangla folk song, started her career in 1992 with the audio album 'Momotaj Bicched super'. Gradually, she has become the most popular singer of her genre. the number of her released album is unbelievable- 700!
it only shows how popular she is among the mass. she is definitely heading towards Guinness book record of highest album released by a singer.
Momotaj-folk queen of Bengal
Momotaj, Daughter of Madhu Boyati, took her earlier lesson to Matal Razzak Dewan- 'Guru'-as she recons. in her early days she had to face a lots of difficulties. Even after the success of her first album she signed for second album only for Tk 2000 and a condition of repay that money if the album fail to succeed.
In her long career, she has achieved a huge success in all aspects. she has a huge popularity in home and abroad. But the credit of introducing this fabulous singer to Urban people, is definitely due to Hanif sanket-the popular anchor of 'Ittade'. In these 16 years in audio industry, the most successful albums of Momotaj are Return Ticket, Ashol Boithoki, Bhaab Boithoki, Murshider Talim and Ronger Bazar and so on.
Momotaj, the singer from singair, Manikgonj- did a lot of charitable work in her own area including eye hospital and another hospital for child care.
Daily Prothom Alo- 6th october, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Here we present some of pictures of this talented director from the set of Monpura.
Gias uddin selim- in the set of Monpura
Gias uddin selim
Gias uddin selim- Director of Monpura
Photo courtesy: Facebook
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Farhana Mili in Monpura
click for Farhana Mili photo Gallery
‘Monpura’ is the most important venture for Farhana Mili in her short career. Perhaps it will set the tone for her rest of the career. A huge success( which is very much expected) will make Farhana a ‘Film Star’. Even the average success of ‘Monpura’ will make her the actress of choice for many movie directors. But only a ‘Flop’ will clear the way of her exit from film industry. Only then she has to get back to TV play( or megaaaaa serials) on a more regular interval.
But the present condition definitely suggest that farhana mili has come to stay. She has the look, ability to perform and lot of years in front of her ( as she is in 20’s now).
Monday, October 27, 2008
Fazlur Rahman Babu(R) and Chanchal Chowdhury
Friday, October 24, 2008
The songs of Monpura has come at a time when the young generation is used to with latest Hindi songs and movies. The youngsters are relentless to hear Hindi movie songs which awfully lack depth. And sometimes the lyrics of some of those songs are obscene. The message of most of those ‘popular’ Hindi songs is simple(like- “come, make love”). And what about present ‘bangla cinema’ songs? Well, it’s the complete copy of those ‘popular’ Hindi songs with less ability.
And at that point of time ‘Monpura’ has come to face the music. It was not all about grabbing the market but more about creating it. The present success of Monpura has revealed that it has won the battle in every possible direction. It has overcome the huge impact of Hindi movie songs and also did that in style. It completely depended on the resources that Bangladesh has. The lyrics and music of all the songs of Monpura, represents the real bangladesh. And that’s why, after a long time the country has gone crazy with its own music. After a long time the nation has looked back where its root is.
ARNOB- Music director of Monpura
The whole nation is humming with the songs of Monpura. It is now in everywhere- Audio shops, residence, tea stall, dormitory and even in mobile phone.
Will it bring the much needed change that we are looking for? Will the nation start humming its wonderful songs that represent us the most?
Photo- in courtesy of Facebook.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Actress Farhana Mili
Farhana Mili in Monpura
Farhana Mili- daughter of a boatman in Monpura
Farhana Mili- 'Pori' of Monpura
Click for Farhana Mili Interview
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Chanchal chowdhury and farhana mili
Chanchal chowdhury in Monpura
Chancal chowdhury in Monpura
Chanchol chowdhury and Mamunur rashid in monpura
Chanchal chowdhury in the film Monpura