Published: December 1, 2023, 10:19 AM
Popular Bangladeshi OTT platform Chorki’s much-anticipated film series ‘Ministry of Love’ premiered its first film, acclaimed filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s ‘Something Like an Autobiography’ on Thursday night.
The star-studded premiere of the film was held at the Star Cineplex, SKS Tower, Mohakhali in the capital.
This marks the acting debut of Mostofa Sarwar Farooki on the silver screen, alongside his wife and prominent actress Nusrat Imrose Tisha. The film is also Farooki’s first showcased on the country’s silver screen in six years.
Celebrities and cultural personalities including eminent actor Afzal Hossain, National Award-winning actor Chanchal Chowdhury, Bangladeshi conglomerate and producer Anjan Chowdhury, Daily Prothom Alo Associate Editor Anisul Hoque, singer Elita Karim, young directors Adnan Al Rajeev and Syed Ahmed Shawki, popular actresses Mehazabien Chowdhury, Tasnia Farin, Sarika Sabrin, Shabnam Faria and others joined the cast and crew of the film including Iresh Zaker, Sharaf Ahmed Jibon and others.
Besides, several directors of Chorki’s ‘Ministry of Love’ project including National Award-winning filmmaker Raihan Rafi, popular director Ashfaque Nipun, Shihab Shaheen, Abu Shaheed Emon, Arifur Rahman and Redoan Rony, also the CEO of Chorki, joined the premiere alongside the film’s lead duo, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki and Nusrat Imrose Tisha, who joined their only daughter Ilham.
The 82-minute film, also simultaneously premiered on the Chorki app, showcases the eventful journey of a couple towards their parenthood, through which they had to face unwanted circumstances and tackle several roadblocks. Alongside the lead casts, eminent actors Dolly Zahoor and Monowar Hossain Dipjol also appeared in the film in special roles.
“There is a vulnerability involved in creating stories based on personal experiences, but it is our responsibility as artists to get into the core of a person`s feelings and pull out the suffering. I have worked in several facets of the film industry; however, I never saw myself as an actor. Grateful to Chorki for letting me tell this special story of parenthood,” Farooki said a the premiere.
‘Something Like an Autobiography’ is actress Nusrat Imrose Tisha`s debut work as a screenplay writer, alongside her husband Farooki. “Not only that, this was my daughter Ilham’s first appearance in media as she appeared in the film’s music video; this is also my first on-screen work alongside Farooki. With all these firsts, this particular film became something forever special to me, and this film will remain as a token of love from the parent to all the children," she said at the event.
“Although this is the first time the mass audience will be watching Farooki bhai’s performance as an actor, this is not the first for us, as we have seen his acting during our time as part of his ‘Chabial’ team. However, the most important part is that this film marks his silver-screen comeback after six years, and we are excited about this film,” ‘Mohanagar’-famed popular director Ashfaque Nipun told UNB.
Chorki CEO Redoan Rony said, “Today is a significant day in my life as Farooki bhai was my first producer, and now I am standing here as the producer of Farooki bhai’s film in which he debuts as an actor. The ‘Ministry of Love’ will also bring another film soon under his direction, and we believe that all our 12 film projects will enthral our audiences.”
Back in August this year, Chorki announced the ‘Ministry of Love’ projects with 12 filmmakers, who are set to bring 12 films throughout the years 2023-2024.