Mostofa Sarwar Farooki

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Mostofa Sarwar Farooki
Mostofa Sarwar Farooki at Wikipedia 15 celebration in BSK (08).jpg
Farooki in 2016
Native name মোস্তফা সরোয়ার ফারুকী
Born Nakhalpara, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Occupation Filmmaker, producer, and script writer
Years active 1999 – present[1]

Mostofa Sarwar Farooki is a Bangladeshi film director, producer and screenwriter.[2] His 2012 feature Television was the closing film of Busan festival and won Grand Jury Prize in Asia Pacific Screen Award 2013. He founded filmmakers' movement called "Chabial".[citation needed]


Farooki has set a new trend in terms of presentation[3] and direction in the early 2000. His first two films were Bachelor (2003) and Made in Bangladesh (2007). 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. His fourth feature Television (2012) 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. He finished his sixth feature film Doob: No Bed of Roses.[4][5] It was an official project of Film Bazar India 2013. It won Dubai Film Market Award and Kommersant Jury Prize at Moscow International Film Festival 2017. [6]

Farooki was appointed as an international jury of Asia Pacific Screen Award 2015.[7]He was also appointed as an international jury of Busan International Film Festival 2017.[8]

Farooki also makes commercials for local and international brands. His first commercial for written by Ishtiaque Hossain and starred in by Iresh Zaker and Maria Nur.[9]

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."[10] "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".

Personal life[edit]

Tisha and Farooki in 2015

Farooki is married to the actress Nusrat Imrose Tisha since 16 July 2010.[11][12]


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[13]
  • 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 del Cinema Africano, d'Asia e d'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.[14]
  • 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[15]
  • 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[16]
2017 Doob: No Bed of Roses
  • Winner, Dubai film market award at Film Bazar India 2013
  • Winner Kommersant Weekend Prize in Moscow International Film Festival[19]
  • Shanghai International Film Festival, June 2017 - Competition[20]
  • Official Selection at Busan International film festival[21]
  • Official Selection El-Gouna film festival[22]
  • Official Selection, Vancouver International Film Festival, September 2017.[21]
  • Closing Film, South Asian Film Festival, Paris, October 2017.
  • Official selection, 48th International Film Festival of India, Goa, 20-28 November 2017.[23]
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.


  1. ^ ছবি বানাতে টাকার চেয়ে বেশি দরকার মেধা : মোস্তফা সরয়ার ফারুকী. (in Bengali). 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. ^ "Irrfan Khan's 'Doob: No Bed Of Roses' Is All Set For World Premiere At Shanghai Film Festival". 
  5. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (29 February 2016). "Irrfan Khan Climbs Into Mostofa Sarwar Farooki's 'No Bed of Roses'". Variety. 
  6. ^ "DOOB wins Kommersant Jury Prize at Moscow". 30 June 2017. 
  7. ^ Frater, Patrick (3 October 2015). "Busan's Kim Dong-ho to Head APSA Awards Jury". Variety. 
  8. ^ 업체명. "WWW.BIFF.KRㅣ12-21 October, 2017". 
  9. ^ Pritom, Nusrat Jahan (11 September 2016). "Versatile Maria Nur". Daily Sun. Dhaka. 
  10. ^ "Jury 2015". Asia Pacific Screen Awards. 
  11. ^ "Farooki and Tisha tying the knot". Archived from the original on 4 September 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Wedding bells for Farooki-Tisha". The Daily Star. Dhaka: Transcom Group. 18 July 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (21 September 2013). "Bangladesh Turns on "Television" for Oscar Race". Variety. 
  15. ^ "Farooki's Television wins NETPAC award at Kolkata Film Festival". 
  16. ^ "Farooki on fibbing, fantasy and box office". Archived from the original on 11 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "Eclectic mix of contenders for the Golden Goblet Award". Shanghai Daily. 9 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "Pipra Bidya in Golden Goblet contention". The Daily Star. Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  19. ^ "Farooki's Doob wins Kommersant Weekend Prize in Moscow". 
  20. ^ "Irrfan Khan's 'Doob: No Bed Of Roses' Is All Set For World Premiere At Shanghai Film Festival". 
  21. ^ a b Independent, The. "'Doob' to participate in two more int'l film festivals". 
  22. ^ "'Doob' selected for El Gouna Film Festival". 10 September 2017. 
  23. ^ "Cinema of the world". 10 November 2017. 
  24. ^ Frater, Patrick (12 December 2014). "Jafar Panahi, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki Among APSA-MPA Award Winners". Variety. 
  25. ^ "MPA APSA Fund awards $25,000". 12 December 2014. 
  26. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (24 November 2014). "'No Land's Man', 'Revolution' win India's Film Bazaar". Variety. 

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