“Ghetu Putra Kamola” Get Nomination For Oscars By Bangladesh Oscars Committee
“Ghetu Putra Kamola” is the most viewed move in recent that has been nominated by Bangladesh to fulfill ready at the Oscars in the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category. Directed by the late writer-filmmaker Humayun Ahmed, the movie has been selected by the Oscar Bangladesh Committee to compete at the 85th Annual Academy Awards.
Oscar Bangladesh Committee Chairman Habibur Rahman Khan announced with delight the nomination at a press conference arranged on September 18 at a hotel in Dhaka. Other members of the committee — Mohommod Hannan, Abdul Latif Bachchu, Abu Musa Debu, Abdus Selim, Rokeya Prachi and Golam Rabbani Biplob — were attend at the press conference.
“I am elated. Before flying to the US, Humayun Ahmed told me if Bangladesh selects this movie for the Oscars, it would be an absolute dream come true,” said Faridur Reza Sagar, managing director of Impress Telefilm Limited which produced the movie.
The story of “Ghetu Putro Kamola” dates back almost 150 years ago, when a musical trend swept through the haor area of Habiganj. Ghetu songs were known for their traditional tunes, but what set them apart was the supplementary dance by the performers — adolescent boys dressed as girls. The dance of these young performers was responsible for Ghetu songs’ sexual overtones. This distortion in the name of music is no more. With it, a rather strange ritual is now lost.
This year another movie, “Bhul”, directed by Raju Ahmed, was also submitted for the selection round in the country but “Ghetu Putra Kamola” got the farther ticket.
Earlier in 2002, “Matir Moina”, a movie directed by the late Tareque Masud and Catherine Masud, participated at the Oscars. Produced by Impress Tele-film Limited, six films — “Shyamol Chhaya”, “Nirontor”, “Swapnodanaye”, “Aha!”, “Britter Bairey” and “Third Person Singular Number” — have so far vied for the Oscar in the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category.