Original Story by
Leesa Gazi + Aanon Siddiqua
Director of Photography
Mohammad Rafi Sumon
Elizabeth D. Costa
Chief Assistant Director
Shihab Nurun Nabi
Head of Tech +
Amirul Haque Chowdhury Jayanto Chattopadhyay
Naila Azad Nupur
Lutfar Rahman George
Mugdhota Morshed Wriddhi
Nimur Rahman Apon
Ensemble actors from Kushtia
Laisa Ahmed Lisa
Shibu Kumar Shill
A HOUSE NAMED SHAHANA
Dipa is fierce. She is quirky. She is truthful. She is a 'menace'. She is a woman who takes control of her own life, defying social stigma and the burden of family honour. Is Dipa a total misfit? Who decides?
Shahana's daughter Dipa asks her tailor to stitch deep pockets on her burkha. The young waiter at the tea stall worships the ground she walks on; the maid at home revels in her affection; the widowed college teacher's heart is in turmoil. Yet her family considers her a disgrace and a menace to society.
"This girl's surrounded by water"
An enigmatic remark made by a random older woman portends disaster, but though Dipa sinks, she never drowns.
This is the story of Dipa, a divorced woman who lives in a small town in 90's Bangladesh. Raised by a weak and ineffectual father and stepmother, Dipa is strictly controlled by her uncle. Having committed a teenage indiscretion, she is forced to marry a widower in England, over a trunk call niqah. Dipa subsequently suffers abuse, escapes, and persuades her parents to let her study. Seven years later, she is a qualified physician. A transformed and confident Dipa creates a future on her own terms.
Director Leesa Gazi, on A House Named Shahana:
"Being a divorcée myself in '90s Bangladesh, I experienced enormous social stigma and observed how divorced women were outcasts in their own homes and society in general. Through this film, I want to tell Dipa's story. She does not accept what is decided for her by others and fights back. I know other women like Dipa too. Dipa's story emerges from actual events.
The premise of 'Baarir Naam Shahana' lies in its honest storytelling, every character in the film appears from our surroundings. We know them, find them in our homes, family, society. I want the camera to play a silent role in this film by capturing whatever unfolds before it without manipulating the storytelling. There will be no special effects or gimmickry. Through truthful performances, I aim to make the audience empathise, resonate with the characters, laugh and cry with them and be entertained. It will be a triumphant film."