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Meherjaan film poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed byRubaiyat Hossain
Produced byAshique Mostafa
Written byRubaiyat Hossain
Screenplay byRubaiyat Hossain
Ebadur Rahman
StarringJaya Bachchan
Victor Banerjee
Humayun Faridi
Music byNeil Mukherjee
CinematographySamiran Datta
Edited bySujan Mahmud
Mita Chakraborty
Distributed byHabibur Rahman Khan
Release date
  • January 21, 2011 (2011-01-21)
Running time
119 minutes

Meherjaan (Bengali: মেহেরজান) is the feature-length début film of Bangladeshi director Rubaiyat Hossain. The film was pulled from theatres due to the hostile response of some segments of the audience after its release in January 2011. Meherjaan claims to be a women's "feminine" re-visiting of the Bangladesh Independence War with Pakistan in 1971, while many feel discomfort with the deconstructive representation of the '71 conflict.


Festivals and awards[edit]

Meherjaan has been participated in many film festivals including Kolkata Film Festival,[1] Festival International de Films de Fribourg,[2] Festival de Cine de Bogotá,[3] 31 º Festival Cinematográfico Internacional del Uruguay,[4] London Asian Film Festival,[5] Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian & Arab Cinema.[6]

Meherjaan wins a handful of awards at International film festivals and competitions including Best Critic Award (Jaipur International Film Festival),[7] Jury Award and Audience Award (Northampton International Film Festival), Orson Welles Award (Tiburon International Film Festival)[8]


The film was withdrawn from movie theatres in Bangladesh due to the objections of different groups of people. "The film Meherjaan, which was released in Dhaka in January 2011, was quickly pulled out of theatres after it created a furore among audiences. The hostile responses to the film from across generations highlight the discomfort about the portrayal of a raped woman, and its depiction of female and multiple sexualities during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. The film's stance against Bangladeshi nationalism also created a stir among audiences."[9]

On 3 November 2011, there was a special film event and a panel discussion at Harvard University sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Boston, South Asia Initiative at Harvard University, Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights at UMass, and the CARR Center for Human Rights, Harvard Kennedy School. The film was screened in advance of a panel discussion by Cambridge/Boston academics.[10][11]


Meherjaan has received mixed reviews.[12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20]


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  2. ^ "Meherjaan". Fribourg International Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2012-05-02.
  3. ^ "30 Festival de Cine de Bogotá 2012 – Pagina Oficial | 30 Festival de Cine de Bogotá 2012 – Pagina Oficial". Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  4. ^ "Cinemateca Uruguaya". Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  5. ^ "Meherjaan". London Asian Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2012-03-11.
  6. ^ "Meherjaan". Osian's Cinefan. Archived from the original on 2012-08-01.
  7. ^ "JIFF 2012 Award Winners". Jaipur International Film Festival. Archived from the original (DOC) on 2012-12-15.
  8. ^ "Tiburon International Film Festival". 2012-04-22. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  9. ^ Nayanika Mukherjee, Economic and Political Weekly, VOL 46 No. 12 19–25 March 2011
  10. ^ "Special Film Event: Meherjaan, directed by Rubaiyat Hossain" (PDF). Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Harvard Kennedy School. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-02-03. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  11. ^ Jonathan Richmond (2011-11-16). "Meherjaan on tour". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  12. ^ "1971 love story wins city's heart". 2011-11-13. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  13. ^ "Love in the Time of 1971: The Furore over Meherjaan". Economical & Political Weekly. 19 March 2011. (Subscription required (help)). Cite uses deprecated parameter |subscription= (help)
  14. ^ "The Pakistani Patient". Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  15. ^ Karim, Elita (6 November 2009). "Meeting Jaya Bhaduri-Bachchan". Star Weekend. The Daily Star.
  16. ^ "Bangladesh liberation film opens old wounds – The Express Tribune". Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  17. ^ Ethirajan, Anbarasan (2011-04-19). "BBC News - Bangladeshi war film Meherjaan rekindles old enmities". Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  18. ^ Naeem Mohaiemen (2011-01-23). "Meherjaan's women on the verge". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  19. ^ Subir Bhaumik. "Book, film greeted with fury among Bengalis - Features". Al Jazeera English. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  20. ^ "A world without borders". 2011-02-06. Archived from the original on 2011-02-08. Retrieved 2013-08-16.

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