Emon working on next project

Cultural Correspondent
Abu Shahed Emon

Abu Shahed Emon

Director Abu Shahed Emon, who got the Silver Crow Pheasant Award at the 20th edition of International Film Festival of Kerala in December 2015 for his debutant film Jalaler Golpo, is working on his next projects.
The young director said after the success of Jalaler Golpo, which went on an award winning spree since its release with laudatory reviews from critics, he needs to choose his next path carefully.
‘When your maiden film elicits as much response as Jalaler Golpo did, expectations are naturally high. You are under pressure to do better,’ Emon told New Age.
Currently, Emon is working on two projects and has already completed their scripts. The projects are titled Tale of a Policeman and A Tall Story (Ekta Ashare Golpo) – but he said he is still undecided which one of them to begin with. ‘I am not yet sure which one to begin with first. The decision will be made shortly. I am also considering a plan to make a trilogy out of these films,’ he said.
Emon further said he has plans to work with the young film enthusiasts and share with them the knowledge and experiences he had attained in his journey to become a filmmaker. ‘I expect our filmmakers to focus on recreating real-life stories, stories of the people.’
After graduating in psychology from Dhaka University, Abu Shahed Emon attended the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse for another graduate programme in communication. He also received a diploma in Screen and Media from the Sydney Film School and got an advanced diploma in the same subject from RMIT University. Recently, he completed another MA from Korea National University of Arts.
In Jalaler Golpo, Emon sought to break barriers by going beyond Dhallywood stereotypes of directing and storytelling. The film, released commercially on September 4 months after its world premiere, went on to win a number of awards after being shown in around 20 international film festivals. It won the best debutant director award in the 20th Kerala Film Festival, a best film award in the newcomer section at the 7th Jaypur International Film Festival in India, and bagged two awards – Best Film and Best Actor – at the 19th Avanca International Film Festival in Portugal.
The film is also representing Bangladesh at the ‘88th Academy Award 2016 in the foreign language category.

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