Humayun Ahmed holds a special place in the heart of every discerning Bangalee, and the magic of his appeal has transcended the pages of his books on to the big and small screen.
Last year, Humayun's widow Meher Afroz Shaon took up the challenge of making the first film since his demise, and created a moving film with “Krishnopokkho”. Riding on the success of that, Shaon is now gearing up to bring another of Humayun's novels, “Nokkhotrer Raat”, to life.
Produced by Fair & Lovely, the film will tell the story of Rebeka, a young girl who goes abroad to study on a scholarship and things start to happen in her life.
Mahi, who surprised everyone with her mature, sensitive acting in “Krishnopokkho”, will join forces with Shaon again in the leading role, while she will be joined on screen by the winner of this year's “Fair & Handsome” pageant, Badhon, playing a character named Pasha.
Although the novel is set in USA, the film will be set either in France or Switzerland, and principal photography will begin in December, Shaon told The Daily Star.
Krishnopokkho was the story of the middle class. After it, I wanted to make either a modern-setting film or one set in a rural area. While working with the reality show for Channel i (Fair & Handsome), I got the offer to make it,” Shaon informed.
'Nokkhotrer Raat' is a favourite book of mine. I hope to do it justice; let's see how far I can go with it,” the actress-turned-filmmaker added.
About casting a newcomer for a lead role, Shaon said, “All five finalists are talented. I spoke to all of them, and felt like Badhon was fit for the role of Pasha.”
The process of getting other characters on board for the film is currently underway, she added.