You Can’t Comment on a Movie Seeing Only the Trailer, Says Shyam Benegal


“You cannot comment on a movie by seeing a 90 second trailer. You can only comment on the trailer,” said Shyam Benegal


May 22, 2022, 5:00 p.m.

Last modification: May 22, 2022, 5:18 PM

Mujib: The creation of a nation. Photo: Collected


Mujib: The creation of a nation. Photo: Collected

Apparently responding to criticism on social media, acclaimed Indian director Shyam Benegal said it was very difficult for him to guess why some people were upset and noted that you can’t comment on a movie just seeing its soundtrack. announcement.

“You can’t comment on a movie seeing a 90 second trailer. You can only comment on the trailer,” he told the Telegraph, adding that he had just received a message that he there were comments.

The trailer for “Mujib – The Making of a Nation” was released Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival. The film should be ready by the end of 2022.

The filmmaker said the presentation at Cannes (where the trailer was launched) went very well.

When Benegal made a film about another Bengal icon, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, titled Bose: The Forgotten Hero, he landed in court because the film showed Bose getting married (with Emily Schenkl) ¸ what some people had taken as incorrect. and disrespectful.

But in Mujib’s case, Benegal said he did not foresee any controversy ahead. The trailer for the film describes him as a “devoted family man” and features a few scenes of him interacting with members of his family.

“Bose had left Bengal and become estranged from his original family. But Mujib was not alienated from his family. He was really there except during the period when he was imprisoned and taken to West Pakistan .That’s why I would like to know myself what it’s about (the backlash),” the director said.

Benegal said he was in Dhaka to shoot the film and all the cast were from Bangladesh. “Their pronunciation of certain words is different from the Bengali spoken in West Bengal and they are proud of their Bengali. It’s all there in the film. That’s why I had only taken actors from Bangladesh because they would feel much more close to Mujib,” he said.

In Cannes, the Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Dr Hasan Mahmud, said the Bangabandhu feature film was about the struggle, pain and suffering of Bangabandhu Nation Father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the liberation of a nation.

“People all over the world will know how he stood steadfast in the face of the gallows and how he turned an unarmed nation into an armed nation and waged the war of liberation. It is not easy to capture the whole life of a so big people in 3 hours but the team that made the movie did a great job,” he said when talking about the movie “Mujib – The Making of a Nation”.

The co-production agreement for the film “Bangabandhu” was signed on January 14, 2020 between two executive producers – NFDC and Film Development Corporation (FDC), Bangladesh.

The film’s total budget is over US$10 million (INR 75 Crores) shared in a ratio of 40:60 by India and Bangladesh respectively.

The release is delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The entire filming of the film “Bangabandhu” has been successfully completed, divided into four programs in India and Bangladesh.

The actors in the lead roles Arifin Shuvoo and Nusrat Imrose Tisha, for the love of the nation and the emotion named Mujib, worked for free and only took one Bangladeshi taka as a token amount.

Arifin Shuvoo played the role of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his life journey from the early days to the founding of a nation has been portrayed in the film.

Tisha plays the role of Sheikh Fazilatunnesa (Renu), the better half of Mujib. The film showcases his family, their struggles, their strength, and their role in Mujib’s success as one of the world’s greatest leaders.

Delivering his remarks in a recorded message, Benegal said, “The trailer is out and I hope audiences enjoy it.”

“It was an absolutely wonderful trip to work for this film as I had the opportunity to work with artists and technicians from both countries. And thank you to the ministries of India and Bangladesh for their overwhelming support,” said he added.


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