Filmmaker Amitabh Reza Chowdhury, who made a blast with 'Aynabaji', is coming up with his second film 'Rickshaw Girl' after five years. Meanwhile, the film was shown in July 2021 at the 42nd edition of the Durban International Film Festival, South Africa's oldest film festival. It was the international premiere of 'Rickshaw Girl.' Since then, the movie has been earning some fame in different film festivals. Most recently it has won the Best Feature Film Award at the Prescott International Film Festival.
The film is based on Indian descent American writer Mitali Perkins' book ‘Rickshaw Girl.'' Today we will discuss some unknown facts of the movie Rickshaw Girl.
What’s the film about?
A glimpse of the story is shown in the trailer which was released in July 2021. In the 2.15 minutes, the trailer portrayed the use of fantastic scenes and colors along with a fascinating storyline. The trailer started with the scene of Siam-Puja's Poramon 2 movie song and left the audience puzzled for a while. In the trailer, it is understood that the movie is about the art-minded teenage girl Naima who is the 'Rickshaw Girl.'
In this movie, the central character Naima used to love doing paintings. But everything changes when the only earner of the family, her father suddenly falls ill. Since the painting cannot earn any money for the family, Naima was forced to take a rickshaw out on the road to earn money for the family. That’s how the movie’s storyline will run, which will also show her complications as a rickshaw puller.
The story of the movie 'Rickshaw Girl' has been made with various dreams in the life of teenager Naima. Besides, the producers and the director aim to take the Bangladeshi rickshaw painting to an international level.
Sharbari Z. Ahmed and Naseef Faruque Amin, have written the screenplay of the movie based on the book 'Rickshaw Girl' written by Mitali Perkins, an American writer of Indian descent. The novel Rickshaw Girl, written by novelist Mitali Perkins, is widely acclaimed in North America.
As a result, audiences in that region have been waiting for a long time to see the film based on the novel. That is why the film is made in a Bangladeshi context but its dialogue is mostly in English. However, the Bangladeshi version of the movie will be different when the teaser or trailer is released for the country's theaters.
Major Cast and Producers
Novera Rahman has played the role of the main character Naima in this film. She also has a bright presence throughout the trailer. Momena Chowdhury is seen as her mother and Naresh Bhuiyan as her father. Champa and Allen Shuvbhro are also seen in the trailer.
The lead role Novera might not be a popular face as she is not regular in acting, but she is not an amateur either. Novera is known for her acting as a child artist in ‘Pakhi Shob Kore Rob’ and ‘Ekannoborti’. Further, she along with her mother appeared in two music videos of Nakul Kumar Biswas. Later, she also acted in the movie Khudiram. Previously Novera acted as a garment worker, Daliya in Rubaiyat Hossain's movie Made in Bangladesh.
The film is produced by Eric J. Adams, executive producers are Faridur Reza Sagar and Ziauddin Adil. Moreover, this is the first full-length film as the joint production of America and Bangladesh.
Although the movie is yet to be released in the country, 'Rickshaw Girl' is touring international film festivals. Producer Amitabh Reza Chowdhury was in the United States with 'Rickshaw Girl' in early October. The film was screened at the Mill Valley Film Festival and started the movie's tour of North America.