Eid films attracting filmgoers

Cultural Correspondent
Eid films

A frontal view of Balaka Cinema Hall. Three films were released in cinemas across the country on the Eid day.— Ali Hossain Mintu 

Cinemas in Dhaka have become vibrant again on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha with the filmgoers scurrying to watch their favourite actors and actresses on the big screen.
Three films were released simultaneously on the first day of Eid. Two of them feature superstar Shakib Khan while one features newcomer Roshon with Dhallywood heartthrob Porimoni playing a major role in it.
Interestingly, both Shakib and Porimoni have paired up with newcomers this Eid. In Raju Chowdhury’s Shooter and Ahmed Rony’s Bossgiri, Shakib Khan paired up with newcomer Shabnam Bubli, who made her silver-screen debut through these films. The films were released in 75 and 125 cinemas across the country, respectively.
In Rokto, an India-Bangladesh co-production directed by Wajed Ali Sumon, Porimoni has paired up with Roshon. The film was released in around 100 cinemas. Although it is too early to make predictions, given the attendance rate at several cinemas of the capital in the first few days, the producers can expect to make a sizeable profit with large crowds turning up to watch the films.
In Dhaka, Rokto and Bossgiri are running at most of the cinemas. Cinemas like Purnima and Abhisar are screening Bossgiri while Balaka, Shyamoli, and Ananda are screening Rokto.
Razmoni is screening Shooter. Among the multiplexes, Star Cineplex is showing Rokto and Bossgiri while Jamuna Blockbuster is showing all three Eid releases.
Officials at Shyamoli Cinema said that they are running four shows of Rokto every day, among which the evening shows are getting most of the crowd. People of all age-groups are turning up to watch the film, they said.
Officials at Purnima Hall in Karwan Bazar also reported similar feedback. ‘This week we are showing Bossgiri in four shows daily. The Eid day was dull but things started to turn around from the second day,’ said Jahangir, the hall manager. ‘It’s not like the shows are going houseful but we are counting good numbers,’ he added.
While talking to New Age, several filmgoers shared their satisfaction with the film and the performance of the newcomers. ‘I am a great fan of Porimoni and I never miss any of her films. I liked Roshon; he performed well in Rokto,’ said Johnny Minhaz, a student of a private university, who watched the film at Shyamoli Cinema on Friday.
‘We have come to watch Bossgiri to see the chemistry between Shakib Khan and Bubli, who looked great on the film’s trailer,’ said Saina Ahmed, a college student, who watched Bossgiri at the Star Cineplex.

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