Jalal's Story

SYNOPSIS

This is the story of an infant, a child and teen named Jalal. The first story begins with Miraj, who rescues an abandoned baby from the river and raises him, calling him Jalal. However, after a series of misfortunes the villagers considered the baby to be a curse on their village. Poor Miraj has to abandon the baby yet back in the river again.  The second story starts off with the nine-year-old Jalal who lives as a dependent of a large landowner, Karim, who desperately needs a baby to keep up his prestige informant of the villagers. As time passed by Karim’s Newly married wife was unable to conceive and eventually Jalal was bizarrely considered as a cause of the couple’s infertility problem, by the clever Shaman hired by Karim.  Jalal was thrown back in the river again. In the third story we see Nineteen-year-old Jalal works under a gang leader and budding politician named Sajib, who has kidnapped and impregnated Shila. He makes Jalal keep an eye on her, but Shila dies during childbirth. Afraid that this child would affect his reputation and influence the result of the upcoming election, Sajib orders Jalal to throw the baby in the river. These three stories strangely connect and flow together as one. Through these uniquely linked stories, Abu Shahed Emon tackles a lot of social issues in Bangladesh including superstition, politically motivated corruption and women’s rights.

ABOUT THE FILM

Genre: Drama

Country: Bangladesh

Year: 2014

Duration: 108 minutes

Director: Abu Shahed Emon

Language(s): Bangla

Subtitles: English

Producer: Faridur Reza and Ebne Hasan Khan

Screenplay: Abu Shahed Emon

Cinematographer: Md. Barkat Hossain

Editor: Abu Shahed Emon

Sound: Ripon Nath

Principal Cast:  (In order of Appearance) Nur A Alam Nayon as Miraj, Mitali Das as Marium, Akter Ahmed as Monir, Ahmed Gias as Amin,Tauquir Ahmed as Karim, Mohammod Emon as Jalal (9), Shormi Mala as Rahima, Fazlul Haque as Ruhul, Kazi Rakib as The Shaman, Mosharraf Karim as Sajib, Moushumi Hamid as Shila, Arafat Rahman as Jalal (20)