No Bed of Roses
|No Bed of Roses|
No Bed Of Roses poster
|Directed by||Mostofa Sarwar Farooki|
|Written by||Mostofa Sarwar Farooki|
|Cinematography||Sheikh Rajibul Islam|
|Edited by||Momin Biswas|
June 25, 2017 (World Premiere) |
October 27, 2017 (Bangladesh & India) 
85 min (International cut)
No Bed of Roses(Doob in Bengali) is a 2017 Bangladesh-India co-production drama film written and directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki. It was produced by Abdul Aziz, Himanshu Dhanuka and Irrfan Khan under the banner of Jaaz Multimedia and Eskay Movies along with Irrfan Khan Films. It stars Irrfan Khan, Nusrat Imrose Tisha, Rokeya Prachy and Parno Mittra. The story builds up around the members of two families discovering the finer fabric of love when the headman of a family dies. The theme is that death doesn't always take things away: Sometimes it gives back. It was selected as the Bangladeshi entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.
- Irrfan Khan as Javed Hasan
- Nusrat Imrose Tisha as Saberi
- Rokeya Prachy as Maya
- Parno Mittra as Nitu
- Rashad Hossain as Ahir
- Nader Chowdhury
- Ashok Dhanuka as Aynal
- Mujib Pardeshi
Principal photography began in March 2016 in Dhaka. Filming locations include Chittagong Hill Tracts, Sylhet, and Dhaka. On March 17, 2016, Irrfan Khan arrived in Dhaka, Bangladesh to scout for filming locations.
Internationally acclaimed director Farooki describes No Bed of Roses as a family story of loss and regain. Regarding the film Khan said, "When I saw his first film 'Ant Story', it immediately got me interested. I was impressed with his approach, style, and the way he unravels the story ... His works carry a strong humane angle, which is why his characters are multi layered."
No Bed of Roses had its world premiere at the Shanghai International Film Festival on June 25, 2017. After months of waiting for clearance, the film was finally announced to be released on 27 October 2017 in Bangladesh and India. Talks were on with distributors of respective countries whether the it can be released in Australia and Singapore on October 27.
- Film Bazaar 2013 - Winner - Dubai Film Market Award
- Shanghai International Film Festival, June 2017 - Competition
- Moscow International Film Festival, June 2017 - Winner - Kommersant Jury Prize
- In competition, El Gouna Film Festival, September 2017
- Official selection, Vancouver International Film Festival, September 2017
- Official selection, Busan International Film festival, October 2017
- Closing film, South Asian Film Festival, Paris, October 2017
- In competition, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, November 2017
- Official selection, 48th International Film Festival of India, Goa, 20–28 November 2017.
- Official Selection, IFFI GOA 2017.
- Official Selection, IFFK Kerala 2017.
- Official Selection, Munich IFF 2018.
- Official Selection, SIFF 2018.
“Thoroughly modern and unlike Farooki's previous work, this is a sobering, engrossing separation drama... It takes an actor of Irrfan Khan's stature and magnetism to turn an intimate separation drama into something special, and a writer-director like Bangladesh's happy maverick Mostofa Sarwar Farooki to layer on subtleties and shades of meaning with realistic detachment that never slips into melodrama... Its visual style and pacing make as much of an impression as the head-shaking story.” — Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
"Directed with an assured and graceful touch that evokes the elegiac tone of a requiem, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki proves he’s a singular voice in Bangladeshi cinema. With Irrfan Khan delivering another sublime lead performance (while being billed as co-producer), the film should bloom at festivals and secure a limited release in India, despite some censorship issues back home…..Other actors in the mixed cast of Bangladeshis and Indians are equally absorbing, especially Tisha.” — Maggie Lee, Chief Asia Film Critic, Variety]
“The latest work from Mostofa Sawar Farooki No Bed Of Roses (Doob) is an intimate family drama which eschews the usual melodramatic trappings of such fare to explore the quietly devastating impact of a husband’s infidelity on those closest to him... Boasting an excellent central performance from acclaimed Indian actor Irrfan Khan... Khan is characteristically magnetic and surprisingly empathetic... While the story is salacious, Farooki’s nuanced screenplay avoids cliche — sex scenes are notably absent — to instead focus on the very real pain of the situation... Alongside Khan, who will be familiar to Western audiences, the cast is universally strong... the evolving relationship between mother and daughter in the wake of Javed’s seismic betrayal provides the emotional heart of the narrative, along with Saberi’s feelings towards her father, and it’s refreshing to see this age-old story told from the equal perspective of the women involved. Farooki handles the piece with grace and sensitivity; an approach augmented by Pavel Arin’s evocative score, which mixes the traditional and the contemporary, and debut cinematographer Sheikh Rajibul Islam’s arresting, contemplative visuals. — Nikki Baughan, Screen International
“Farooqi never quite ventures to spoon-feed us with an explanation of exactly why and how Javed Hasan reached the tipping point of leaving his family and marrying the girl who had broken his home. The human mind, with all its complexities, is simply left to itself here, the viewer encouraged to make his or her own interpretation with ample hints that could mean more things than one."
On February 16, 2017, the Ministry of Information halted the film's "no-objection" certificate. Earlier, writer Humayun Ahmed's wife Meher Afroz Shaon had brought to the government's notice that part of the film resembles a period of her deceased husband's life.
|Doob (No Bed of Roses)|
|Soundtrack album by Chirkutt|
The soundtrack music composed by Chirkutt.
|1.||"Ahare Jibon" (Composed by Chirkutt)||Sharmin Sultana Sumi||Chirkutt||Sharmin Sultana Sumi||4:15|
|2018||Filmfare Awards East||Irrfan Khan||Critics’ Award for Best Actor (Male)||Nominated|||
|Sharmin Sultana Sumi (Chirkutt) for "Ahare Jibon"||Best Lyrics||Nominated|
|Sharmin Sultana Sumi (Chirkutt) for "Ahare Jibon"||Best Lyrics||Nominated|
|Sheikh Rajibul Islam||Best Cinematography||Nominated|
|Pavel Areen||Best Background Score||Nominated|
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