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Poster of Irrfan Khan’s banned Bangladeshi film Doob released

The film is an Indo-Bangladesh venture. 

Keyur Seta

The first poster of Irrfan Khan’s Indo-Bangladesh film Doob has just released today and was shared by one of the producers of the film, Eskay Movies, on their Twitter page. The film, whose English title is No Bed Of Roses, is a joint venture betweenEskay Movies and Bangladeshi producers, Jaaz Multimedia. 

The creative poster features Irrfan and it has a sketched effect. The actor’s face seems to be emerging from the top of a mountain, giving the inanimate object a human feel. However, there is no clarity about its relevance with the film since the story is about a filmmaker who leaves his wife for a younger actress. 

Although the makers have released the poster today, the film is banned in Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Film Development Corporation’s (BFDC) Joint Venture Committee had cleared the film by giving it a No Objection Certificate (NOC) on 12 February.

However, surprisingly, the certificate was withdrawn because it appears that Doob is based on the life of the latee Bangladeshi film personality, Humayun Ahmed. He was an author, screenwriter, filmmaker with a PhD in Polymer Chemistry from North Dakota State University in the United States. Ahmed was also the special senior advisor for the Bangladesh Mission to the United Nations. 

Director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki has denied the allegations to Ahmed's life, saying that it is a work of fiction. He has challenged the BFDC’s decision in court and is hopeful that the film will be released. Doob also stars Nusrat Imrose Tisha and Bengali actress Parno Mittra.