Mostofa Sarwar Farooki

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Mostofa Sarwar Farooki
Native name মোস্তফা সারোয়ার ফারুকী
Born (1973-05-02) 2 May 1973 (age 43)
Nakhalpara, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Occupation Filmmaker, producer, and script writer
Years active 1999 – present[1]
Spouse(s) Nusrat Imrose Tisha

Mostofa Sarwar Farooki (Bengali: মোস্তফা সরয়ার ফারুকী; born 2 May 1973) is a Bangladeshi film director, screenwriter and film producer.[2] Farooki is considered one of the leading figures to bring modernism/realism in Bangladeshi cinema.[according to whom?] His works often switch between a real and quasi-real world. Mostofa Sarwar Farooki could be the next South-east Asian filmmaker to break out", The Hollywood Reporter wrote in the review of his film Television. Variety's Jay Weissberg wrote. "Mostofa Sarwar Farooki is a key exemplar of Bangladeshi new wave cinema movement". He is also the pioneer of an avant-garde filmmakers' movement called "Chabial". His 2012 feature Television was the closing film of Busan festival and won Grand Jury Prize in Asia Pacific Screen Award 2013 in addition to 5 more international awards from Dubai, Jogja-Indonesia, Asiatica-Roma, and Kolkata. He has just completed his fifth feature titled Ant Story.[when?]


He has set a new trend in terms of presentation[3] and direction in the early 2000. His first two films, which he considers to be an educational effort, were Bachelor (2003) and Made in Bangladesh (2007). Bachelor was a big hit among the youth and opened up a new road for young cinema. His third film Third Person Singular Number was premiered in Pusan International Film Festival (2009). It had its European premier in International Film Festival Rotterdam, It was also in the official competition 2009 Middle East International Film Festival (Abu Dhabi).

Farooki made quite a recognizable mark for him with his fourth feature Television (2012) which was the closing film of Busan International Film Festival and won the APSA Grand Jury Prize in 2013, as well as a further five international awards from Dubai, Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival, Rome’s Asiatica Film Mediale, and Kolkata Film Festival. His fifth feature film Ant Story (2013) was nominated for the Golden Goblet Awards and the Dubai International Film Festival’s Muhr Asia-Africa Awards. In 2014 it was also in competition for APSA and both the Singapore and Kerala International Film Festivals.

Farooki has been appointed as an international jury of Asia Pacific Screen Award 2015.[4]

Farooki is now working on his sixth feature film 'The Doob'.[5] Principal photography has began from March 20, 2016. The film starts Irrfan Khan, Nusrat Imrose Tisha, Parno Mitra and others. Doob (No Bed of Roses) was an official project of Film Bazar India 2013 and Won Dubai Film Market award there.

Farooki also makes commercials for various local and international brands.[6] Out of his many television commercials he is known best for his first TVC for written by Ishtiaque Hossain and starred in by Iresh Zaker and Maria Nur.[7]

Cinematic style[edit]

Farooki's body of work address such themes as middle class angst, urban youth romance, deception-hypocrisy and frailty of individual, frustration about the confines of one's culture and conservative Muslim concepts of guilt and redemption.[original research?]

Brisbane's Asia Pacific Screen Awards says of his work, "His films often deal with the way individuals free themselves from the limitations placed on them by their identity, economic circumstances and belief systems. To counter the deprivation they face in real life, his characters often seem to create a fantasy world around them, lending elements of magical realism to Farooki's signature style."[8]

Personal life[edit]

Farooki is married to Nusrat Imrose Tisha since 16 July 2010.[9][10]


Year Films Notes
2003 Bachelor - New Jersey Independent South Asian Cine Fest
- Third Eye IFF Mumbai
- Asiaticafilmmediale Rome
2007 Made In Bangladesh
2009 Third Person Singular Number[11]
  • Premiered in - Pusan International Film Festival (2009)
  • Official selection - International Film Festival Rotterdam (2010)
  • Official competition - Middle East International Film Festival (2009)
  • Winner Best Director - Dhaka International Film Festival (2010)
  • Official competition - Tiburon International (2010)
  • Official competition - Festival Cinema Africano,Asia,America,Latina,Milano,Italy (2010)
2012 Television
  • Closing film in Busan International Film Festival 2012 (world premiere)
  • Bangladesh’s submission to 86th Academy Award foreign language category.[12]
  • Winner, Jury Grand Prize Asia Pacific Screen Award, 2013.
  • Nominated, Best Film, Asia Pacific Screen Award, 2013.
  • Nominated, Best Screenplay, Asia Pacific Screen Award, 2013.
  • Winner, City of Rome award (jury) for best Asian Feature Film, Asiatica 2013, Rome-Italy.
  • Winner, Best Feature Film, Audience Award, Asiatica 2013, Rome-Italy.
  • Winner NETPAC award Kolkata International Film Festival, 2013[13]
  • Winner, Special mention award, Muhr AsiaAfrica Dubai International Film Festival 2012.
  • Nominated Best screenplay & best cinematography, Asia Pacific Film Festival Award, 2012
  • Nominated Lino Brocka Grand Prize, Cinemanila International Film Festival 2012
  • awarded Asian cinema fund for script development and Post-Production from Busan International Film Festival
  • awarded Gothenburg Film Festival fund 2010 for script development
  • Official Project, Asian Project Market 2010,
  • Busan International Film Festival
  • Official Project, Film Bazaar India, 2010.
2013 Ant Story[14]
2016 Doob:No Bed of Roses
  • Winner, Dubai film market award at Film Bazar India 2013.
2017 No Land's Man


Farooki is the founder of Chabial, a film makers club. These group of young film makers are used to be Farooki's assistant directors. They have then used local cable television networks as a platform to master their hands in story telling and created an audience for the stories they tell. Their works have managed to connect primarily with the youth in urban and suburban parts of the Bangladeshi society for the realism in story topics and realism in execution.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ছবি বানাতে টাকার চেয়ে বেশি দরকার মেধা : মোস্তফা সরয়ার ফারুকী. (in Bangla). Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Hoping for a revolution in films". theindependentdigital. Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Sattar, Maher (15 June 2014). "Bangladesh films try to shed Bollywood style". Al Jazeera. 
  4. ^ Frater, Patrick (3 October 2015). "Busan's Kim Dong-ho to Head APSA Awards Jury". Variety. 
  5. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (29 February 2016). "Irrfan Khan Climbs Into Mostofa Sarwar Farooki's 'No Bed of Roses'". Variety. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Pritom, Nusrat Jahan (11 September 2016). "Versatile Maria Nur". Daily Sun. Dhaka. 
  8. ^ "Jury 2015". Asia Pacific Screen Awards. 
  9. ^ "Farooki and Tisha tying the knot". Archived from the original on 4 September 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Wedding bells for Farooki-Tisha". The Daily Star. Dhaka: Transcom Group. 18 July 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  11. ^ Ershad Kamol (16 March 2009). "Mostofa Sarwar Farooki talks his style". The Daily Star. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  12. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (21 September 2013). "Bangladesh Turns on "Television" for Oscar Race". Variety. 
  13. ^ "Farooki's Television wins NETPAC award at Kolkata Film Festival". 
  14. ^ "Farooki on fibbing, fantasy and box office". 
  15. ^ "Eclectic mix of contenders for the Golden Goblet Award". Shanghai Daily. 9 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Pipra Bidya in Golden Goblet contention". The Daily Star. Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  17. ^ Frater, Patrick (12 December 2014). "Jafar Panahi, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki Among APSA-MPA Award Winners". Variety. 
  18. ^ "MPA APSA Fund awards $25,000". 12 December 2014. 
  19. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (24 November 2014). "'No Land's Man', 'Revolution' win India's Film Bazaar". Variety. 

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