A literary masterpiece by famed Bangladeshi author Ahmed Sofa, “Alatchakra” is set to have its silver screen debut. The 1985 novel depicts the love story between Bangladeshi writer Daniel and his ailing lover Tayeba who suffers from cancer.
The film, starring Jaya Ahsan as Tayeba and Ahmed Rubel as Daniel, is being shot using a 3D camera with the technological support from an Indian company.
The film will showcase the undying affection between Daniel and Tayeba, and how the trauma of the 1971 Liberation War creates a whirlwind of emotions between the lovers.
Director Habibur Rahman began shooting on June 22, with funding provided in part by a by Bangladesh government grant of Tk60 lakh.
Scenes featuring Jaya Ahsan has already been shot, owing to her busy schedule.
The director said “Alatchakra” is the first Bangla film being shot with a 3D camera. The shooting is proceeding on schedule, but the editing and post-production will take some time, he added.
He hopes that the movie will be ready for theatrical release by December this year.
The rest of the cast includes veteran actor Mamunur Rashid, Azad Abul Kalam, Shilpi Shorker Opu, Shafiul Alam Babu, Nusrat Jahan Zeri and Syed Musharraf.
Ahmed Sofa was a radiant star in the history of Bangladesh literature with more than 30 published books. His pen masterfully created hundreds of stories, songs, novels, poems, essays, history and travelogue.
His famous novel “Alatchakra” is an auto-biographical novel that depicts the struggles of refugee intellectuals.