Bongo, the first and largest video streaming platform in the country, is set to release popular Turkish series 'Sohosro Ek Rojoni'.
It will also be aired on the private television channel 'Nagorik TV'.
Fan-favourite Turkish drama series 'Sultan Suleiman' famed noted Turkish actor 'Halit Ergenç’ who won the hearts of the Bangladeshi audience by playing the title character of the longest-reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, has also played a central role in the soon-to-be-released drama series 'Sohosro Ek Rojoni' on Bongo.
Based on the modern version of the ancient collection of Middle Eastern folk tales 'Arabian Nights', 'Sohosro Ek Rojoni' is the story of a widow named 'Sehrazat' and her struggle of life with her only sick child. The characters in this Turkish drama series gained popularities in some Latin American countries that many have named their children Sehrazat and Nur, according to Bongo.
Mushfiqur Rahman, Chief Content Officer of Bongo, said, "Although it is a Turkish drama series, we hope it will win the hearts of Bangladeshi viewers because of the consistency of the story and the fact that we broadcast it in Bangla."
"We are optimistic about 'Sohosro Ek Rojoni' series," said Kamruzzaman Babu, Head of Entertainment Program & Events at Nagorik TV.
“Sohosro Ek Rojoni”, there is a kind of fascination in the name itself. We have already seen many foreign serials on different TV channels in our country, where “Sohosro Ek Rojoni” is a serial in a very different context. Here it reflects how the lower circles see the real life of the upper circles in their lives, how the people of the lower circles surrender to the upper circles in the throes of life," he added.
"We are displaying it with the permission of the government. Thanks to the Bongo authorities, they have brought the series for us. Hopefully, in the future, they will come up with more series for us,” Babu said on the broadcasting partnership.
The fully Bengali-dubbed series will be broadcast from March 1st ion the video streaming platform 'Bongo', scheduled to air 6 episodes every week. Viewers can enjoy this drama series from Bongo Android/iOS app and website (www.bongobd.com). This will be aired on the private television channel 'Nagorik TV' from the same date.
Bongo, Bangladesh’s first homegrown and largest video streaming platform, will air three romantic dramas on private RTV.
The dramas are scheduled to be aired at 10:30pm on February 13, 14 and 15.
“Nothing is more exciting than spending the [Valentine’s] day with your loved ones, however, it can be a little more exciting when you have something to binge watch with your loved ones,” Bongo said in a press release announcing the three dramas.
The first of the three dramas, '90 Days', will be aired on February 13. Starring popular actors Tahsan Khan and Tasnia Farin, the drama is centred around a married couple who decides to get divorced, and the story revolves around their impending separation.
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'90 Days' is written by Rajiv Hasan and directed by Rubel Hasan.
The second one to air marking the Valentine's Day and Pahela Falgun on February 14 is 'Dekha-Dekhi'. It will tell the story of protagonist Fahmi. He expects everything in his life to be perfect, and he has never been in love with anyone because of this search for perfection. But then, he meets an angry and moody girl, Turni.
Hasan Rezaul has directed the drama written by Muntaha Circle. The drama, starring Irfan Sajjad and Tanjin Tisha, will be available on Bongo app, website, and Youtube Channel on February 14.
The last of the three, 'Bikal Belar Chad', centres a wonderful family story which narrates the love story of a middle-class girl with the son of an aristocratic family. The Jovan and Safa Kabir starrer is directed by Panir Ahmed.
This drama will be available on the Bongo Youtube Channel on February 15.
"We’ve a special initiative on the upcoming Valentine's Day. Keeping in mind the needs of the audience, this time the dramas have been given priority to romance as well as comedy. Besides, we’ve also given importance to the ability and potential of popular young directors," said Mushfiqur Rahman, Chief Content Officer of Bongo.
Visitors from any country of the world can enjoy these programmes and other quality Bangla contents from Bongo’s Android and iOS app and at bongobd.com and also on BongoBD's YouTube channel.
Mostofa Sarwar Farooki's last international film "Doob" (No Bed of Roses) has become the most viewed content from Bangladesh on popular streaming platform Netflix.
The much-talked-about 2017 film – starring Irrfan Khan, Parno Mittra, Nusrat Imrose Tisha, Rokeya Prachy in key roles – entered the streaming platform on February 5.
But it did not take long for the film to secure the first spot on Netflix's top 10 most-watched movies and shows list in Bangladesh.
And Farooki on Sunday shared his excitement on Facebook saying, "Thank you for making 'Doob' (No Bed of Roses) today's most viewed content on Netflix from Bangladesh!"
"Every film is a labour of love. Some are just more than that. This film is very close to my heart for many reasons! Someday I might be able to write why!"
The collaborative joint-venture – produced by Bangladesh's Jaaz Multimedia, India's Eskay Movies, and Irrfan – "Doob" was released in Dhaka on October 27, 2017.
The film is about a filmmaker, his extramarital affair with his daughter's classmate, and complicated relationship with his wife.
It achieved critical acclaim around the world and also received an independent jury award at the 39th Moscow International Film Festival and was nominated for Golden Goblet Awards at Shanghai International Film Festival just before its theatrical release.
Later the film was screened at many festivals including at the Moscow International Film Festival, South Asian Film Festival in Paris, Vancouver International Film Festival and Busan International Film Festival.
The film was initially banned in Bangladesh based on the allegation that it was loosely based on late eminent Bangladeshi writer and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed's life.
However, Farooki had denied the claim and later received a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC).
Bongo, the first and largest video streaming platform of the country, on Friday released its new horror series "2 Mad Men."
The new series portrays a horror story with a narrative saying: "Have you ever been in an empty office and felt like someone was watching you? For some that horrific sensation is never-ending."
"At this haunted office, no one will dare stay after it gets dark. Only the '2 Mad Men' can explain this persistent haunting."
Starring Manoj Kumar Pramanik, Arosh Khan and Sumaiya Afrin Ahona in the lead roles, and directed by Sameer Ahmed, "2 Mad Men" has been powered by e-commerce outlet Buy Here Now.
Bongo Chief Operating Officer Fayaz Taher said, "We always try to provide the best entertainment possible. And we previously released genres of action, thriller, romantic, comedy, and much more."
"I believe people will love this newly added genre – horror."
Viewers can watch the series on Bongo through Bongo's iOS or Android app, website and Android TV app.
Whether anyone will attend the Golden Globes in person remains uncertain and improbable. But nominations to the 78th Globes will be announced Wednesday, nevertheless.
Hollywood’s strange and largely virtual awards season lacks the usual kind of buzz and red-carpet glamour that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association annually feasts on. More than perhaps any other award show, the Globes depend on a cavalcade of stars — something that won’t materialize when the awards are handed out Feb. 28 in a ceremony hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
On Tuesday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association said the Globes — typically a bubbly dinner gathering with flowing drinks — will be held bi-coastally for the first time. Fey will host live from New York’s Rainbow Room and Poehler will host from the awards’ normal home, the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. It’s expected that nominees will be appear from locations around the world.
Nominations will be announced virtually at 8:35 a.m. ET Wednesday by presenters Sarah Jessica Parker and Taraji P. Henson. They will reveal 12 categories on NBC’s “Today” show, with full nominees announced live on E! digital channels and the Golden Globes’ website.
Without any in-person screenings or photo ops with stars, little is known about how the roughly 90 member press association — a notoriously unpredictable group, in normal times — is swaying this year. But one thing may be a lock: Netflix will land a whole lot of nominations.
Several of the streaming service’s films — including Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods,” David Fincher’ “Mank” and Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” — are considered frontrunners, as are Netflix TV series “The Crown” and “Ozark.” At last year’s Globes, Netflix also led all studios with 34 nominations.
Also widely expected to be nominated Wednesday are Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland,” with Frances McDormand; Regina King’s directorial debut “One Night in Miami”; and George C. Wolfe’s August Wilson adaptation “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” with Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman all but assured of nods.
The Globes’ splitting of nominees between drama and comedy/musical could also mean one wildcard of the season — “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” — may emerge. The film could be nominated for best feature, comedy or musical, along with acting nods for Sacha Baron Cohen (also a contender for his supporting performance in “The Trial of the Chicago 7”) and Maria Bakalova. Also of note in the category: the “Hamilton” film, ineligible for the Academy Awards, is a likely nominee at the Globes.
In the television categories, expect “The Mandalorian,” “The Queen’s Gambit,” “The Flight Attendant,” “Ted Lasso” and the final season of “Schitt’s Creek” to be in the mix.
In August, Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s president, Lorenzo Soria, died at age 68. He was replaced by Ali Sar.
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This year’s Globes were postponed nearly two months because of the pandemic and to adjust to the delayed Oscars. Those are set for April 25. Last year’s Golden Globes culminated in awards for “1917” and “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood.” The telecast, hosted by Ricky Gervais, couldn’t buck the overall ratings trend for awards shows, drawing an average of 18.3 million viewers, down 2% from the previous year.