Irrfan Khan’s next banned in Bangladesh

Ketna Mistry



Bangladesh has refused the release of ‘No Bed Of Roses’ produced by Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki and co-produced by Irrfan Khan, who also stars in the film.

According to Deccan Chronicles, there has been a lot of speculation in Bangladesh and India surrounding the film. It has been suggested that the film is loosely based on the biopic of a Bangladeshi writer who had divorced his wife of 27 years and then went on to marry an actress 33 years younger than him. Farooki has denied all talks.

In another report by Variety, the film does have a disclaimer at the beginning which states that film has no resemblance to any real life characters alive or dead. But strangely, Khan plays the character Javed Hasan, a filmmaker who leaves his wife and marries an actress who was in his daughter’s class.

Questioning the Bangladeshi government’s decision to ban the film, Khan speak out on the subject, “I am really surprised to know that the government of Bangladesh has blocked the film. This is a humane story that deals with complex male and female relationships in a subtle and balanced way. What harm will it cause to the society if seen?”

The Bangladesh Film Development Corporation’s (BFDC) Joint Venture Preview Committee approved the script on 8th March 2016 after which the film went into production.

Farooki who is determined to get the ban overturned said, “We have been blocked at the first gate. As the order does not explain any reason, I don’t know why they thought screening of the film would be inappropriate… “Yes, my film handles a so-called taboo subject but it doesn’t show anything explicit and hence doesn’t violate any censor code. This goes against the freedom of expression.”