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Jibandhuli: Tanvir Mokammel’s film on war

Ziaul Hasan

A still from Jibandhuli.A still from Jibandhuli.

Noted independent filmmaker Tanvir Mokammel’s latest venture Jibandhuli, based on the war of independence, is running at the Central Public Library auditorium following its premiere show on Friday.
The film features the sufferings of a minority man named Jiban, a traditional drummer, during the dreadful days of the war.
Jiban losses his wife, uncle, and children at frightful attack  by the Pakistani invading army and their local Bengali collaborators named Razakars while they were on their way to flee to India. 
The drummer, however, got arrested and detained at a razakar camp.
The film, based on Mokammel’s story and screenplay, reaches to its climax when the razakars forcefully employs Jiban to play dhol for the invading army to inspire them in war.   
The film authentically depicts the atrocities of the Pakistani army during the war, especially the portrayal of the killing scenes of innocent villagers and the bloodsheds deserve plaudit.
Satabdi Wadud in the role of the protagonist character performed well. In the last scene when the actor goes ‘crazy’ playing the triumphing beats of revenge and anger on dhol set against the backdrop of the freedom fighters’ attack on the razakar camp. 
The film also casts seasoned actors like Ramendu Majumdar, Wahida Mallick and Tabibul Islam Babu and new faces in the silver screen such as Pran Roy and Jotika Joti, and others along with a group of traditional dhuli.
The film has successfully engaged numerous actors who played the roles of common villagers.  
However, the film also has few flaws.  It does not make it clear why Jiban returns home following the death of his family members while crossing the border, rather arises several questions: has he returned to take revenge? to join the war? out of his patriotism? or to take his aunt whom he left behind?
The audience also could not understand why Jabandhuli’s drum is so important to inspire the Pakistani army belonging to a different cultural background?
Again the auxiliary razakar force gets prominence over the main Pakistani army in the war of independence based film. Even the little presence of the Pakistani army appears in a group engaged in fighting.




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