Almost the entire month of July was in a holiday spirit. Even though Eid marked the end of the holiday season, the movie theatres were packed. There were plenty of people in front of the hall despite the fact that the streets weren’t particularly busy. People have come to attend movies and to purchase tickets in advance. Most of them travelled with friends or relatives. After Corona, there was a large audience for the first Eid-ul-Fitr movies. However, in the following weeks, fewer theatres were open due to the films. The Eid movie this year gave people their reason for optimism. Understandably, interest in Dhallywood films among the general public is rising. The number of movie showings is rising while taking the audience’s desire into consideration;
Crowded in the hall, post on Facebook
This year’s Eid social media is one of the most talked about ‘Dhallywood movies’. If you go to Facebook, you can see different types of reviews of Eid photos from the general audience.
For example, let’s say the story of Rafia, a student of North South University. He wrote on Facebook in the Bengali film group, “I have not seen Bengali movies for a long time. This time I took my family to see the film on Eid. Paran has won our hearts. Such a beautiful story, acting, enthusiasm of the audience, the crowd is very good.’ Mehdi Hasan wrote, ‘All the cineplexes in Dhaka press a lot of visitors to watch: The Day. Finally, I saw the movie at Bashundhara Cineplex, with a packed crowd. I like it. The list has tried to do something new out of a love story.
The name of the movie that is waiting for release gives hope
Three films—Din: The Day, Paraan and Psycho were released in 134 theatres on Eid. The movies starred Anant Jalil, Varsha, Shariful Raj, Vidya Sinha Mim, Yash Rohan, Ziaur Roshan and Pooja Cherry. According to theatre-related sources, people are flocking to watch movies in district-level theatres outside Dhaka. But there is not so much pressure in the halls outside the district city.
The Day and Paraan are attracting the most viewers. The audience is less psycho. Film director Sohanur Rahman Sohan thinks the house is full after a long time, and the audience is not getting tickets – this is hopeful news for Dhaliwood, he told Cinebuzz Times ‘I have seen all three movies. There were huge crowds to see the two films. It can be said that the audience is increasing. It is a good sign. If you can give good movies, the audience will come. But the government should come forward to make good movies. Commercial movies should be released that will make the audience return.
The exhibition is growing
The number of screenings of Eid movies increased before the end of the first week. The owners have shown interest in Parana. From the fourth day of Eid, Bashundhara City’s Star Cineplex has increased the number of screenings of the film to 12 shows. The film had only one show at Blockbuster Cinemas in Jamuna Future Park. Later it increased to four. Four new shows have been added to Lion Cinemas. In total, this number is more than double.
Although the audience is showing interest in the movie released on Eid, there is no less blaming each other on social media before and after the release. However, the results have been reversed. In fact, the audience has increased many controversies. A person named Fazle Elahi wrote on Facebook that he went to see the film after seeing the tears of Barsha. Discussions started mainly after the film was made on a budget of more than 100 crore taka. A director of a film released on Eid said that the makers and artists of other films had to be subjected to personal attacks regarding the budget.
Not only Din: The Day, but the three Eid movies were more or less at the centre of discussion and criticism. Claims of one film overtaking another house full, so-called threats on Facebook Live, countering Facebook statuses—these incidents have created new news about movies almost every day. Many people think that these negative events can also attract viewers.
Visitors are returning, when will the hall increase
Film-related people are hoping for a new presence of viewers around Eid movies. But many people think that the crisis is one of the biggest problems of Bangladeshi films. They demand that new halls should be opened while the audience is interested in Dhallywood movies. On the other hand, film artists feel that Dhaliwood will see a bright future only if the market for commercial films is created.
A scene in psycho movie
Ananta Jalil stared in Din The Day movie