November 30, 2023
Silver screens, year of abundance for OTT platforms

2022 has been a yr of discovery in a couple of means for Bangladesh’s high-end (OTT) platforms, a rising medium within the nation following within the footsteps of worldwide platforms comparable to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Apple TV+. Disney Star.

In the case of potential viewers base in Bangladesh, OTT platforms are simply getting began right here. However with the rising demand pushed by native content material and dwell sports activities, the long run seems to be promising.

The pandemic isn’t over this yr. However driving ahead the success of the pandemic-driven 2020-2021, native OTT platforms – particularly Chorki, HoiChoi, Bioscope and Binge – introduced a number of content material that might captivate the viewers.

On December 18, a file 15.5 million distinctive viewers watched the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 remaining between Argentina and France on Toffee, the one digital leisure app to live-stream the sporting occasion in Bangladesh, based on Banglalink, which operates the platform.

As well as, Toffee hit a brand new milestone by garnering almost 1 billion views on the “world’s biggest present.”

Soccer followers throughout the nation have returned to Toffee to take pleasure in each World Cup recreation from November 18 to December 18.

For the primary time in Bangladesh, tens of millions of viewers watched the event, which was broadcast solely on TV, on the digital platform.

Additionally, the rise of OTT platforms over the previous two years has not solely breathed new life into viewers, but additionally helped many fashionable actors and creators rediscover and redefine their performing expertise and uncover the magic of inventive independence.

Veteran and fashionable actors comparable to Intekhab Dinar, Afran Nisho, Chanchal Chowdhury, Mosharraf Karim, Apurba, Siam Ahmed, Ziaul Haque Polash, Pritom Ahmed, Mehazabien Chowdhury, Nazifa Tushi, Tasnia Farin and lots of others have appeared in several dramas and net sequence and achieved deep success with their performances. and acquired vital acclaim.

Content material producers and administrators comparable to Nuhash Humayun, Shihab Shaheen, Tanim Nur, Syed Ahmed Shawki, Ashfaq Nipun, Raihan Rafi, Vicky Zahed, Amitabh Reza and others wowed audiences with content material like “Kaiser”, “Pet Kata Shaw” all year long. ,” “Karagar”, “Syndicate”, “Bodh”, “Sabrina”, “Punorjonmo” and others.

“Shaaticup” by Chorki was a breakout content material of the yr directed by Mohammad Touqir Islam, that includes the native dialect of Rajshahi and against the law thriller with 137 actors for eight episodes.

Nonetheless, younger filmmaker Nuhash Humayun was the distinguished filmmaker on the web this yr for beautifying the horror style. Chorki’s net drama “Pett Kata Shaw”, starring Shohel Mondol, Shirin Akter Shila, Afzal Hossain, Chanchal Chowdhury, Pritom Hasan, Masuda Khan, Novera Rahman and extra, has acquired vital acclaim from viewers and critics. The spooky plots of conventional Bengali folks tales earned it an official choice for the 52nd version of the Rotterdam Worldwide Movie Competition (IFFR).

Representing the identical style, Nuhash’s different main undertaking “Moshari” in 2022 gained him two awards at two “Oscar worthy” movie festivals (HollyShorts Movie Competition and Melbourne Worldwide Movie Competition).

Earlier this yr, he signed a contract with Hollywood businesses Nameless Content material and Inventive Artists Company, and later made the black comedy “Foreigners Solely” for Halloween from world OTT platform Hulu as the primary Bangladeshi content material producer.

Additionally, 2022 was maybe essentially the most eventful yr for the massive display in comparison with current years.

In January, the seventeenth biennial of the Bangladesh Movie Artists Affiliation (BFAA) elections was held, culminating within the election of veteran display actor Ilias Kanchan as the brand new president for 2022-2024.

However the speak of the city was the responsibility of the secretary normal (GS) – in an in depth contest for this publish, actor Zayed Khan was declared the winner over actress Nipun Akter.

Nonetheless, Nipun rejected the end result and appealed to the BFAA’s Election Appeals Board. After that, the board declared Nipun as GS.

Zayed then filed a written petition with the Supreme Court docket of Appeals in opposition to the choice. In March, the court docket cleared the way in which for Zayed to function the BFFA’s GS after the affiliation overturned the choice of the Election Appeals Board.

Subsequently, Nipun filed a petition with the Supreme Court docket’s Appeals Division in opposition to the choice.

In November, after months of commuting between Nipun and Zayed, the Appeals Division lastly cleared the way in which for Nipun to function the GS.

Of all the films launched this yr, the 2 Dhallywood films – “Hawa” and “Poran” – have been essentially the most notable and profitable, breaking data in all places.

Raihan Rafi directed Poran, starring Sariful Razz, Bidya Sinha Mim and Yash Rohan, impressed by the Rifat homicide case in Barışal. He made the film “Faith – The Day”. -ul-Azha this yr.

Whereas Poran was applauded by audiences and multi-screen and single-screen homeowners alike, Ananta and director – Iranian filmmaker Morteza Atashzamzam threatened to take authorized motion in opposition to one another after exchanging a number of candy phrases concerning the movie’s precise price range and launch.

Nonetheless, the largest blockbuster of current years was the film “Hawa” directed by Mejbaur Rahman Sumon.

The film starring Chanchal Chowdhury-Nazifa Tushi-Shariful Razz, “Shada Shada Kala Kala” and “Shada Shada Kala Kala” and “Aat Ta Baje Deri Korish Na.”

“Shaan” and “Operation Sundarbans” starring Siam Ahmed, “Golui” and “Bidrohi” directed by Shakib Khan, “Damal” starring Sariful Razz-Bidya Sinha Mim and Siam, and different notable stars Jaya Ahsan films have been additionally watched by the cinema business this yr. “The Circus of Magnificence.”

Mim, Nazifa Tushi and Puja Cherry have been the gamers that made their debut within the business this yr. Shabnam Bubly, Apu Biswas, Pori Moni and Barsha continued to be concerned in controversies over their feedback and fights all through 2022.

Nonetheless, your entire movie fraternity seems to have united in help of famend filmmaker Mostafa Sarwar Farooki and his combat in opposition to the Censorship Board for the discharge of his extremely anticipated film “Shonibar Bikel” (Saturday Afternoon).

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