Irrfan Khan-starrer ‘Doob- No Bed of Roses’ is Bangladesh’s entry to Oscars 2019
Indian actor Irrfan Khan-starrer ‘Doob – No Bed of Roses’ has been chosen as Bangladesh’s entry for the Academy Awards 2019.
As per reports, the Bangladesh Oscar Committee chose the movie as the entry for the best foreign language film category.
Irrfan Khan, who is also a co-producer for the movie, plays the role of filmmaker who is facing a midlife crisis when he has a tryst with his daughter’s childhood friend, causing a national scandal.
The film is written and directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki. It features Rokeya Prachi as Khan’s wife, while Nusrat Imrose Tisha plays the daughter and Indian actress Parno Mittra plays her childhood friend.
Indiawest.com quoted Farooki saying that he took inspiration from a real-life incident ‘which shook the very foundation of Bangladesh’s judgmental Muslim society’ and ‘how women struggle in our society and find strength in despair’.
It was a difficult journey for the film as it was banned in Bangladesh on the grounds that it might be based on revered real-life author and filmmaker Ahmed, who divorced his wife of 27 years and married an actress 33 years his junior.
The ban was eventually lifted and the film released in October 2017 in Bangladesh, France, India and Australia.
Farooki had said in a statement that ‘Doob: No Bed of Roses’ would not have been possible without Indian actor Irrfan Khan. Irrfan Khan is currently undergoing treatment for cancer in London. His spokesperson told Indiawest, “It is an honor to be recognised by the jury and he is delighted that his film is getting the much-deserved acknowledgement at long last.”
Farooki was quoted by the website saying “I am happy because ‘No Bed of Roses’ is representing Bangladesh at the Oscars. I hope the film would find some love from the Academy voters. As for my collaboration with Irrfan, it would have been impossible to make this film without his involvement as an actor and co-producer. I share a wonderful relation with him, on and off the set. I call him ‘poet’ and he jokingly corrects me saying ‘I’m a poet with no words.’ In this film, he actually expressed so many things with very little help of words and I am glad to have collaborated with one of the finest actors of not just India, but the world.”