Mukh O Mukhosh

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Mukh O Mukhosh
DVD Cover of first Bengali language movie Mukh O Mukhosh.jpg
Mukh O Mukhosh DVD Cover
Directed by Abdul Jabbar Khan
Produced by Nuruzzaman
Shahidul Alam
Written by Abdul Jabbar Khan
Starring Inam Ahmed
Zahrat Azra
Ali Mansoor
Abdul Jabbar Khan
Kazi Khaliq
Purnima
Saifuddin
Music by Samar Das
Distributed by Iqbal Films
Release date(s) August 3, 1956
Running time 99 minutes
Country East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)
Language Bengali
Budget Rs. 64,000

Mukh O Mukhosh (Bengali: মুখ ও মুখোশ) (The Face and the Mask) (1956) was the first Bengali language feature film to be made in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). It was produced by Iqbal Films and directed by Abdul Jabbar Khan. The movie was released in East Pakistan on 3 August 1956. It was released in Dhaka, Chittagong, Narayanganj, and Khulna. The movie was a great success as viewers thronged to watch the first movie to be made in the region. It earned a total of Rs. 48,000 during its initial run.[1][dead link]

Background[edit]

Mukh O Mukhosh screenshot

The story of the movie was based on Abdul Jabbar Khan's play, Dakaat (Robbers).[1] Khan started working on the movie from 1953. At that time, the film industry in erstwhile East Pakistan was virtually non-existent, and local film theatres screened movies from Kolkata, or Lahore. Jabbar Khan was reportedly incensed by the remarks of a Calcutta movie producer, F. Dossani, who claimed the local climate was not suitable for movie production.[2] Khan worked on the movie for two years. Local actors, who had no prior experience of acting in films, performed for the movie for free.[1] In the absence of any local film production studios, the negatives of the film had to be taken to Lahore for developing. [2] Playback singers for the two songs in the film were Abdul Alim and Mahbuba Hasnat (Rahman), wife of Khan Ataur Rahman. However, the song by Abdul Alim is lost, as the film of that part of the movie has deteriorated completely. Mahbuba Rahman sang the other song in the movie - Moner Boney Dola Laage Hashlo Dokhin Hawa. All songs of this movie had written by M. A. Gafur (Sharathee) and music by Samar Das.

Cast[edit]

  • Inam Ahmed
  • Ali Mansoor
  • Zahrat Ara
  • Abdul Jabbar Khan
  • Kazi Khaliq
  • Purnima
  • Saifuddin
  • Golam Mostafa

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mukh O Mukhosh, from Pakistani films.
  2. ^ a b Waheed, Karim, Celebrating 50 years of our cinema: Remembering Mukh O Mukhosh and Abdul Jabbar Khan, The Daily Star, 12 August, 2005.

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