Pak-Bangla love flick starring Jaya Bachchan ready for release

Jaya Bachchan

Debutante Bangladeshi director Rubaiyat Hossain is ready with his feature film "Meherjaan" starring versatile actors Jaya Bachchan and Victor Banerjee and based on a Bangaladesh-Pakistan love story.

The Rs one crore film funded by Era Productions is a story of Meherjaan (played by Jaya Bachchan), a Bangladeshi girl who falls in love with a young Pakistani army officer who refuses to join the war and saves her from being raped by other Pakistani troops who do not however spare her cousin Neela and kill her father.

"The young Pakistani officer and Meherjaan create a world of love and fantasy in the midst of war. However, this world collapses and Meherjaan loses most of her family in the devastation of the War", says Rubaiyat.

The director says "Meherjaan", which also features leading Bangladeshi actors like Humayun Faridi and Khairul Alam Sabuj, "looks at war from the women's point of view. It is looks at history through womens recollection of war.

"It talks about national politics also speaks about the very personal intimate emotions of women. It is also a film that tries to look at the canvas of war and find a flicker of hope in love and compassion that can reach across man made boundaries", according to Rubaiyat who has done her MA in South Asia Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

"Meherjaan", which is slated to hit cinema halls across Bangladesh on January 21, already boasts of a cast spanning across the subcontinent including Pakistani actor Omar Karim.

For a debutante director, to rope in actors like Banerjee, who plays grandfather to Meherjaan and Neela and Jaya Bachchan is a casting coup of sorts.

Both Banerjee and Bachchan, known for being choosy in selecting films, were impressed by the script and story of "Meherjaan" which looks at the Liberation War, according to the director, in a "different perspective" - from the point of view of a woman.

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