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The Unparalleled (Work-in-progress version)

Two men, look alike RITWIK GHATAK (renowned Indian filmmaker) and ADWAITA MALLABARMAN (renowned Bengali novelist), meet in a dry riverbed affected by global warming. Adwaita, born in fishermen community, loses his parents at his childhood. The fishermen give him support for his education and all. When they cannot continue anymore, he finds a few jobs at various newspaper offices at Calcutta. He writes a novel there in order to help his poor fishermen villagers by selling it. But, he loses the manuscript in a bus. Notable filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak has been struggling to make his next film for the last 13 years. Finally, he gets an idea for a film while visiting his sister in Bangladesh. As soon as he finishes reading the book given by his sister, decides to make a film on that. The book Ritwik wants to make a film on is the book whose manuscript Adwaita lost once – TITASH EKTI NADIR NAAM [A River Called Titas (1973)].

  • Md Ashraful Alam (Ashraf Shishir)
    Director
    The Cart, The Inner Sound
  • Md Ashraful Alam (Ashraf Shishir)
    Writer
    The Cart, The Inner Sound
  • Md Ashraful Alam (Ashraf Shishir)
    Producer
    The Cart, The Inner Sound
  • Film Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    58 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 31, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    Bangladesh
  • Country of Filming:
    Bangladesh
  • Film Language:
    Bengali
  • Shooting Format:
    2K HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Md Ashraful Alam (Ashraf Shishir)

Md Ashraful Alam, whose penname/nickname is Ashraf Shishir, is a National Award Winning Independent Motion Pictures and Film Professional, Script Writer, Poet, Story Writer, Human Rights Activists from Bangladesh. Educated in IT and law, he is the pioneer of the AECB film movement, a platform for the filmmakers to establish alternative show-case for better cinema with more than 20,000 members. He is the founder and festival director of International Open Film Festival (IOFF) , which is one of the top reviewed festival surveyed by filmfreeway.com. He is the jury of several international film festivals like Houston Cinemania Film Festival (Texas,USA),Red Rock Film Festival(Utah, USA), Widescreen Film & Music Festival (Florida, USA), Walur Lake International Film Festival (Kashmir, India). Published four books on literature and film.

Filmography of the Director:

Ashraf Shishir`s debut work includes THE CART [Gaariwala] 2015 (Script and direction, Recipient of prestigious Grant from the Govt. of Bangladesh and selected in more than 86 International Film Festivals in 30 Countries and won 26 International Awards from India, Chile, Italy, Spain and USA and 1 National Award), His 3rd feature film titled "THE INNOCENCE [Amra Ekta Cinema Banabo]" which is one of the longest fiction feature film (21 hours long) in the world film history is already in post-production stage and 2nd feature film titled “THE INNER SOUND [ Gopon ]” is awaiting for it`s worldwide release in December 2018. Featurate (Mid-length Feature) fiction film titled THE UNSUNG [Judhdhata Chilo Shadhinotar], Short film titled THE F.I.F.O and feature film titled THE UNPARALLELED [Adwaita] is in work-in-progress stage. His documentary film titled THE CAGE BIRD 2012 has been screened in 16 International Film Festivals in 12 countries and won 1 award from USA).

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Director Statement

My tribute to Ritwik Ghatak and Adwaita Mallabarman. Ritwik Ghatak, a notable filmmaker, never accepts the partition of India of 1947 which divided Bengal into two countries. In 1973, he returned to his birth place to make his new film, but couldn't make it for the post-war effects like famine. His sister found a novel and he started to write it as a script in a sari. It was the only novel written by Adwaita, who has lost the manuscript forever, rewrote again but died before publishing the book. Ritwik and Adwaita, who never met in the history, meet in this film and realize that both of them have the same pains and sufferings and their ultimate goal is almost same , Titas Ekti Nadir Naam [A River Called Titas (1973)]., which becomes one of the notable films in the history. It is the story of a refugee filmmaker, a novelist and a river.