Jalaler Golpo (Jalal’s Story)
Director: Abu Shahed Emon Starring: Mohammod Emon, Arafat Rahman, Mosharraf Karim. Run time: 121 mins | Recommended Certificate: 15 Language: Bangla with English subtitles | Year: 2014 | Country: Bangladesh
This entrancing film follows three chapters in the life of an infant, a child and teen named Jalal. Abandoned as a baby in the river, he is rescued and raised by Miraj. After a series of misfortunes, the villagers consider the baby to be a curse on their village and Miraj has to abandon the baby back in the river. Karim, a landowner, is bringing up Jalal, now nine. Bizarrely, Jalal is considered the cause of Karim’s wife’s infertility and he is cast back into the river. The 19-year-old Jalal now works for a gang leader and aspiring politician Sajib. This time, a different baby is to be thrown into the river, ahead of the upcoming elections, thanks to Sajib’s nefarious antics. Abu Shahed Emon tackles several social issues in Bangladesh including superstition, politically motivated corruption and women’s rights.
Abu Shahed Emon