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KHOWAB: Castle in the Air

Looms are an apparatus for making fabric by weaving yarn or thread. In this era of digital transformation, handlooms are getting obsolete, power looms are getting the place instead. But for many weavers, handlooms were the source of income for them for generations. Those handlooms were a point of emotion and memory lane for them, those carry their ancestors’ signatures. They never want to sell those signs, but reality compels them. In this story, a weaver called Kanchan faces this confusion. He doesn’t want to sell his family handloom, on the other hand, his wife is expecting, and they need to produce more sarees which is only possible by using a power loom. Kanchan’s ancestors come in the dream and request him not to sell the handloom. Kanchan was making a red jamdani saree for his wife, which was expensive in the market and a sign of his love and affection towards his wife. But Kanchan couldn’t keep the red jamdani for his wife, Mahajan (the cloth businessman) takes the saree from him forcefully before their biggest religious festival, Durga puja. Kanchan keeps trying to dream that, in the next Puja, he will be able to make a Red Jamdani for his wife. Dreams, those keep people alive, what more!

  • Hemanta Sadeeq
    Director
  • Asma Akhter
    Writer
  • Shawon Koiri
    Writer
  • Dream Shadow
    Producer
  • Ashish Khandekar
    Key Cast
    "Kanchan"
  • Asma Akhter
    Key Cast
    "Mala"
  • Ruhul Rahman Sohaeel
    Key Cast
    "Mohajan"
  • Aadnan Chowdhury
    Key Cast
    "Owner of the Samity"
  • Mizan Rahman
    Key Cast
    "Shaju"
  • Lilon Khan
    Key Cast
    "Kamal"
  • Samar Dhali
    Director of Photography
  • Sankhajit Biswas
    Film Editor
  • Nahid Masud
    Location Sound
  • Sharmin Doza
    Location Sound
  • Amit Kumar Dutt
    Sound Designer
  • Shabbir Mahmood
    Production Designer
  • Amit Kumar
    Color
  • Aadnan Chowdhury
    Assistant Directors
  • Mizan Rahman
    Assistant Directors
  • Omi Ehsan
    Assistant Directors
  • Tanin Khan
    Assistant Directors
  • Sunayan Roy
    Publicity Design
  • Zaman Monir
    Art Director
  • Imranuzzaman Shohag
    Stills
  • S. Muit Razzak Partho
    Stills
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Bangladesh
  • Country of Filming:
    Bangladesh
  • Language:
    Bengali
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.78:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Hemanta Sadeeq

Hemanta Sadeeq is a filmmaker based in Dhaka. His film A Letter to God (2017) had its international premiere at the 58th Asia Pacific Film Festival (APFF 58). Hemanta made a film portraying the Covid situation in rural Bangladesh titled SHOLTE; The Lamp Wick (2022) which had its world premiere at the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2022. His recent short KHOWAB, Castle in the Air was a Film Bazaar Recommends (FBR) short in 2022. Currently, he is working on his debut feature film ‘RIGON: tale of a Father’ which is a Bangladesh-Italy co-production.
Hemanta studied Theater and Performance Studies at the University of Dhaka. This Bangladeshi filmmaker dreams of framing his ideas and thoughts throughout his life.

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Director Statement

We had a pond in front of our home, where I learned to swim. I always had the wish to preserve the pond forever, like preserving my childhood memories. But a few years ago, my father had to sell the pond, as we were having a financial crisis and we had no other options left. The incident shocked me a bit. I found that most of the time, we have to compromise tradition, dreams, history and pasts only to cope up with reality.
Later, I found the story so much similar to my experience. The story of a local weaver, who was quite happy with the amount of money he earns from the traditional handloom. His well-wishers advised him to sell the old handloom and buy a digital power loom to earn more. He
refuses to sell it. Because the handloom is a part of his family tradition. But one day, he got to know that his wife is pregnant. He was so happy with the news, but now, he needs to earn more money and he has only one option left. So, he is on the borderline of the decision now. Whether to sell the handloom or not? I believe that this conflict between tradition and reality is universal.