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Udhao (Runaway)

A drama-thriller about men who hide in the shadows of Dhaka city, and a rickshaw-puller turned bounty-hunter named Babu hellbent on finding these runaways and forcing them to face their past. His life's mission comes to an ultimate crossroad when he meets his biggest prey: a corrupt politician named Akbar. Convinced an evil spirit possesses him, Babu captures Akbar and forces him to retrace the winding path that led him to the city. Little does Babu know the dark secrets that haunt Akbar are about to be unleashed...

  • Amit Ashraf
    Apartment 5D, Master of the Broken House
  • Amit Ashraf
    Apartment 5D, Master of the Broken House
  • Sumon Arefin
  • Shahed Ali
    Key Cast
  • Monir Ahmed
    Key Cast
  • Nawshaba Ahmed
    Key Cast
  • Animesh Aich
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller, Action
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 45 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 12, 2012
  • Production Budget:
    95,000 USD
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  • Goteborg International Film Festival
    Goteborg, Sweden
    February 4, 2012
    World Premiere
    Goteborg Int'l Film Festival Post-production Grant
  • Portugal Underground Film Festival
    Portimão, Portugal
    June 5, 2012
    Best Feature Award
  • Action On Film International Film Festival
    Monrovia, LA, USA
    September 12, 2012
    Best Cinematography
  • Logan Film Festival
    Logan, Utah
    September 12, 2012
    Best Narrative Feature
  • Fingal Film Festival
    Dublin, Ireland
    September 30, 2012
  • Riverside International Film Festival
    Riverside, CA, USA
    May 4, 2012
  • Os International Film Festival
    Os, Norway
    August 5, 2012
  • Salento International Film Festival
    Tricase, Italy
    July 6, 2012
  • Chicago South Asian Film Festival
    Chicago, USA
    September 5, 2012
  • 3rd I South Asian Film Festival
    San Fransisco, USA
    September 23, 2012
  • Toronto South Asian Film Festival
    Toronto, Canada
    September 28, 2012
  • Paris South Asian Film Festival
    Paris, France
    January 24, 2013
  • Kolkata International Film Festival
    Kolkata, India
    August 4, 2013
  • Dhaka International Film Festival
    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    January 15, 2014
  • Laughlin International Film Festival
    Laughlin, USA
    May 4, 2012
Director Biography - Amit Ashraf

Born in Boston and raised in Philadelphia, Amit is a graduate of NYU’s film and dramatic writing program. He is an award-winning film director, animator and writer. He has been making movies for over ten years. Currently he is working between Bangladesh and US. He is developing an animation firm in Bangladesh to support larger projects designed for the international market.

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Director Statement

Since I was a child, I've been visiting my mother country of Bangladesh every summer. I was always intrigued by the stunning locations, interesting characters and wild stories of the land. After graduating NYU, I was adamant to leave the US for a few months to work on a film project in Bangladesh. After talking to real women whose husbands left them, I began to develop a script, at first out of anger and revenge. I wanted to do something, but the only power I had was filmmaking. So I used it, and developed Udhao. In a roller-coaster of a ride, we managed to enlist a great cinematographer, partner with investors from Sweden, cast wonderful actors and begin production. After many months, and countless sleepless hours of postproduction, we were finished. I am proud to call Udhao my first feature film. After doing most of the post-production in LA including live orchestra recording and sound mixing, I am eager to bridge the gap between Bangladesh and Hollywood.