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  • Dekha

    Romantic stories are dime a dozen in Bangla dramas and the desire for an exception constantly arises in regular viewers. While modern tales attempt to break the mold through unconventional plot twists and over-the-top story progressions, this serial in particular managed to be… Just about the same. The name of this telefilm has about nothing to do with the overall story, as viewers would fail to see how the
  • Aj Purobir Din

    The title of “Birangana” is something associated with respect and courage. Being termed as a “war heroine” for surviving unimaginably horrific torture during the tumultuous Independence War of Bangladesh, the title is attached with an aura of admiration and iron-will. Purobi, the titular character, is a “Birangana” who has come back to her country after 45 years, only to meet certain individuals who she has a
  • Khola Chithi

    As appalling as it may seem, the term “rape” has become exceedingly common nowadays. News of such physical and mental abuse is found everywhere, but very rarely do we get to hear of such cases from the ones who experienced it. Khola Chithi attempts to break the mold by portraying the story of a rape victim and vividly details her pain, struggles and eventual success in life. While it is, at the end of the day, a work of fiction, this drama doesn't fail to point out how “rape” is still a taboo in our society, and just how ignorant we choose to be towards such an alarming occurrence.
  • Initial Impressions on `Saat Bhai Champa’

    Big budget serials aren't usually made in Bangladesh, if ever. Thus, when a new adaptation of the classic tale of Saat Bhai Champa in the form of a “mega TV series” was announced by Channel i, it goes without saying that the attention of the nation was immediately grabbed. With the promise of spanning 300 episodes, consisting of over 200 cast members and shot in a set of size 11,000 sq. ft., Saat Bhai Champa is
  • Black Panther

    Whether you may want to admit it or not, we are currently living in the era of superhero movies. With the likes of Marvel Studios and DC Films churning out blockbuster hits such as Avengers, Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spiderman: Homecoming, Wonder Woman, Justice League, etc., it isn't difficult to see how the taste of the mainstream audience has changed over the years. While Black