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Kingdom of clay subjects

Kingdom of clay subjects

Bangladeshi movies often pick stories centered on urban scenarios thus marginalising life tales of a large population living in rural areas. Kingdom of Clay Subject (2016) tells the tale of a rural Bangladeshi society and its struggle. Underneath the story, there are burning issues like child marriage, dowry as well as eternal mother-son relationship, childhood friendship. Mahfuz Mizan reviews the […]

June 3, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Art Culture
Her:  a postmodern movie

Her: a postmodern movie

There is no grand narrative in Her (2013), instead it is open to individual interpretation. Her is a movie which portrays an unusual love story between a human and an artificial intelligence. The film deconstructs the idea of romantic love between two unmatched entities and chisels out the intimidating indifference of post-modernity Nakib Abdullah Zia dissects the film under post-modern […]

May 27, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Art Culture
I’m leaving my heart behind

I’m leaving my heart behind

After a decade of Monpura, Giasuddin Selim is back with another heart wrenching love story, Swapnajaal. This film, set in the 90s communal violence and aftermath of Bangladesh, however, has a strong parallel story. Swapnajaal has already seen critical appreciation as well as solid turnover. Shaikha Shuhada Panzeree reviews the film.    Set in the 1990s, against the backdrop of […]

May 20, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Art Culture
The Alchemist: chemistry of motivation

The Alchemist: chemistry of motivation

Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist (1998) has been received alike by the readers and the critiques. This masterpiece intricately explores the meaninglessness of life as well as gives cure to it. Dreams are what makes us human and perusing own dream is what keeps us alive. Jabir Misbah reviews the classic. Finding the purpose of life is considered to be one […]

May 13, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Art Culture
Let’s hunt some minds

Let’s hunt some minds

Netflix has released yet another mind-boggling television series- Mindhunter. A team of FBI agents interviews serial killers in order to understand their psyche, to psychologically profile them and to prevent future such crimes. Riasat Raihan reviews the series.    Netflix original ‘Mindhunter’ is a new series created by Joe Penhall based on the book ‘Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s elite serial […]

April 29, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Art Culture
The ‘Sun’ rising

The ‘Sun’ rising

Revolution and poetry are two strong traits of Bengali people. No surprise, armed revolution against the oppression of the British Empire started here, in Bengal. Led by Surya Sen, the Chittagong uprising of April 1930 was the first strong armed resistance against the empire. To commemorate the revolution, Istiaque Ahmed Nahian reviews Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010), a film […]

April 22, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Art Culture
Roots: seven generations of a slave

Roots: seven generations of a slave

Slave trading is arguably one of the darkest practices in the entire human history. Tradition of enslaving people has ruptured the gamut of consciousness, history, language and culture of the entire African continent. Alex Haley’s Roots (1976) is an epic tale of a person abducted as slave from his native land of today’s Gambia during 18th century, his perilous voyage […]

April 8, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Art Culture
Dan Brown’s Origin

Dan Brown’s Origin

Dan Brown’s character Robert Langdon, a professor of symbology at Harvard, is a quite popular figure in contemporary thriller novel genre. In Origin (2017), Langdon travels through cities of Spain with elaborate descriptions on history and art, to stop someone from exposing new revelations about god and hopes of a godless world. Hiya Islam reviews the book.   RELEASED in […]

April 1, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Art Culture
Nindito Nondon: the defamed domain

Nindito Nondon: the defamed domain

Ferdousi Priyabhashini has left this world earlier this month. Her autobiographical work Nindito Nondon (2014) opens a window to a time of turmoil and turbulence. Priyabhashini’s life, her fearless but humble narrative is a source of strength for women in Bangldesh, reviews Nahid Riyasad She is arguably one of the finest sculptors in Bangladesh, she is also the first women […]

March 25, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Art Culture
Women artists deconstructing patriarchal tradition

Women artists deconstructing patriarchal tradition

ART AND WOMEN IN BANGLADESH Breaking the shackle of the millennia-old male dominance, women artists of Bangladesh asserted themselves as the protagonist in the art history of Bangladesh. Dipa Mahbuba Yasmin, reflecting on this history writes about the way women have deconstructed the portrayal of women in stereotypical roles, devoid of their lived experience. The discussion about ‘women and art’ […]

March 11, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Art Culture