It's official: “Swapnajaal”, Giasuddin Selim's return to the big screen game nine years after the blockbuster “Monpura”, is all set to bow in 30 theatres across the country on the first weekend of April. The makers made the announcement in a press conference at the capital's Dhaka Club on Wednesday evening.
Baked confectionary brand All Time was also unveiled to be the sponsor of the film at the event, which was attended by the cast and crew of the film, including Selim, lead stars Pori Moni and Yash Rohan, executive producer Aung Rakhine, and representatives from the sponsors including Monirul Islam, head of marketing at All Time.
Speaking at the press conference, Giasuddin Selim recounted the journey of the film -- from its 18 months of script development to shooting, and thanked everyone who put in their hard work and commitment to make it a reality. He also said the audience will discover the actors newly in the film.
The film's theatrical poster was also revealed at the ceremony.
Yash Rohan, a fresh face who is making his debut in the film, said “'Swapnajaal' is not a film for me. It's a feeling, one I have not been able to get out of. And I hope it will be the same for the audience as well.”
Pori Moni, an established actor of commercial Dhallywood who rather shocked everyone with her de-glam, sensitive role, said “Through 'Swapnajaal' I have discovered myself as an artiste, and I will always be grateful to Selim bhai for it.”
The joint production, by Bengal Creations of Bangladesh and Bengal Sambhar from India, is written by Giasuddin Selim as well. Aside from Yash and Pori, boasts a formidable supporting cast from both Bangladesh and India, including Fazlur Rahman Babu, Misha Sawdagar, Iresh Zaker, Shahidul Alam Sacchu, Farhana Mithu, Rajat Ganguly, Reshmi Sen and Ashish Chakrabarty.
Set in the '90s in suburbs of Bangladesh and India's West Bengal, “Swapnajaal” is billed as 'a love story between two young souls'. The film has so far only released one trailer, but it promises a touching drama set against the backdrop of communal conflicts. The film went into pre-production in November 2015, with principal photography commencing in February 2016 in Chandpur where the majority of the filming was done.