Roya is a middle-class Muslim woman that struggles to find herself in the sprawl of urban Bangladesh. When she discovers that she will be replaced by a younger actor for the role of Nandini —a central character of Rabindranath Tagore’s political play Red Oleanders —she battles to reconstruct the part, reclaiming her identity and sexuality in the process. As she sets the play in a modern day ready-made garment factory in Dhaka, her journey to establish her individuality is juxtaposed with the journey of her housemaid Moyna, who later joins the industrial workforce.
Sometime in the early years of the century, a boy, Apu, is born to a poor Brahmin family in a village in Bengal. The father, a poet and priest, cannot earn enough to keep his family going. Apu’s sister, Durga, is forever stealing guavas from the neighbour’s orchards. All these add to the daily struggles of the mother’s life, notwithstanding her constant bickering with old aunt who lives with the family.
Shyamal Uncle, an eighty-year old retiree living with his wife in Paikpara (an old Kolkata neighborhood), notices one day that the street lights near his house are left on even during the day. He finds it unconscionable to let this waste go and decides to take action. He talks to a number of people – from the local vendor to the local political leader; from the electricity officer to the police officer. But no one even bothers to listen to him and he is given the runaround. Even his wife is skeptical of his endeavor. Drawing a contrast with the mundane existence of his personal life, the film is a story of Shyamal Uncle’s journey as he fights the brush offs, insults, and skepticism with one single goal – turn off the lights.
This is a satire film that announced the arrival of a new Bangladeshi cinema. The story of the film unfolds in humorous and sharp manners, touching on issues such as religious view, generation gap, tradition and modernization, and family love all at the same time. Amin Patowary was an extreme Islamist and ‘Imam’. One day, Kumar, an elementary school teacher, buys a television set, which draws large numbers of villagers to his house. Although Kumar is Hindu, Amin forces him to get rid of the television set. However, the villagers who now aware of the charm of television react against Amin. The only hope left for Amin in dispair is to go on Haji (pilgrimage to Mecca). But then, his pilgrimage gets into trouble and, unexpectedly, he is saved by the television, which he regards as the biggest taboo. Amin stubbornly refuses to embrace modern civilization as his thinking is based on radical Islamism.
Bonsai People is a feature length documentary film that explores the work of Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus and his vision from microcredit to social business