On a visit to Basundhara City with my friends, I suddenly decided to see the film ‘Amar Bondhu Rashed’. I had high expectations for this film since I’ve seen several films by the same director, Morshedul Islam, who is one of my favourite directors.
I learned that this movie was financed by the government. And, I also knew that ‘Amar Bondhu Rashed’ is a renowned novel by Md Zafar Iqbal. I never read the book.
When I watch a movie all I do is scrutinise the elements of the movie, trying to figure it out. Whether it feels real or not. ‘Amar Bondhu Rashed’ is a movie based on the Liberation War of Bangladesh. Correct historical information is important in this movie.
So, when the movie started, it went on like a bunch of flashing memories of a friend of Rashed, who is known as Ibu. He shares his wartime memories with his son Rashed (named after his martyred friend). Within the flashback of the Liberation War, director Morshedul Islam failed to show the incidents that took place in that time. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s speech on March 7 was telecast on radio. In the film, Rashed tells his friends, that this is Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s speech. I think this shot was completely irrelevant, because Sheikh Mujib’s speech was so significant at that time that it needed no recognition from someone.