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Irrfan Khan’s Bangladeshi film banned in the country despite clearance

The Bangladesh information ministry cancelled the NOC after the film was cleared by the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation.

Our Correspondent

Pakistan has been in the news recently for banning films. According to reports, the Bangladeshi film Doob, whose English title is No Bed Of Roses, has been banned in Bangladesh as the film is said to be based on the life of the late Bangladeshi filmmaker, Humayun Ahmed. 

It stars Irrfan Khan, Nusrat Imrose Tisha and Bengali actress Parno Mitra. Khan plays a filmmaker called Javed Hasan, who divorces his wife and marries a beautiful actress. As Ahmed too left his wife for an actress, the news about the film being based on his life emerged. 

Ahmed, was a well-known Bangladeshi author, screenwriter, dramatist and filmmaker. He was also a PhD in Polymer Chemistry and was chosen as the special senior advisor for the Bangladesh Mission to the United Nations in January 2012. He passed away in July 2012 due to cancer. 

The decision to ban the film has come as a surprise since the film was earlier cleared by the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation’s (BFDC) Joint Venture Committee. The committee had approved the script in March last year and the completed film was given a No Objection Certificate (NOC) on 12 February this year. 

However, a day later the makers were given a letter stating that the NOC has been cancelled by the Bangladesh information ministry. 

Director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki and Irrfan have strongly denied the film to be a real story based on anyone. Talking to the tabloid, the actor said, “I am surprised by the decision. It is a story centred on human emotions, the relationship between a man and woman. How can a film cause any harm to society?” 

Farooki added, “I have never officially claimed it to be a biopic, as that would need more detailing. I don’t promise to show any truth. Doob is fictional and open to interpretation.” He has moved the court and is sure the film will release. He said, “I assure you that our film has not been permanently banned.” 

He has also claimed that there is nothing objectionable in the film. “It might deal with a taboo subject, but the treatment is subtle. There is nothing explicit in the movie. It also does not violate any censor regulations in my home country,” added Farooki.