The first film on prominent playwright Humayun Ahmed’s iconic character Misir Ali is set to hit theatres on October 19. It is expected that the film would be released on at least eighteen cinema halls in the capital city. Ahead of the film’s release a final promotional campaign was organised on October 15 at Dhaka Club. It was primarily a press meet where Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu, the film’s director Anam Biswas, producer Joya Ahsan, lead actor Chanchal Chowdhury were present along with other noted actors Shabnam Faria, Iresh Zaker and Animesh Aich.
At the press meet Chanchal Chowdhury said that Anam Biswas, the screenwriter of box-office hit Aynabazi, is the boldest director of the time. Chancing a shot with Humayun Ahmed’s most popular character is indeed daring. To clarify his statement Chanchal said that along with novels and dramas Humayun Ahmed also gave us many successful films, but he never brought up Misir Ali onscreen. According to him Cultural Minister Asaduzzaman Noor personally asserted that he asked Humayun Ahmed to make a film on Misir Ali with him playing the character. But that never happened.
Chanchal further added that maybe Humayun Ahmed would have tried it, were he alive, we might never know that, but that Anam Biswas has indeed shown his courage by taking on the character is unquestionable.
He also said that he had to change his entire psychological framework to blend into the character of Misir Ali. He is now facing immense pressure waiting for the film’s release and for audience’s reception.
Debi has been produced by C-te Cinema with financial support from the government.