Docu-drama ‘Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale’, based on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was released for public in movie theatres on 16th November 2018. The premiere of the movie was held at Star Cineplex in Bashundhara City in three batches – two on the 15th evening and one on 16th morning. The premiere was attended by media personalities, journalists, script writers, sports personalities, representatives from the creative industry, youths and members of the civil society. The movie is currently being screened at movie theaters including Star Cineplex at Bashundhara City, Blockbusters Cinemas at Jamuna Future Park, Modhumita Cinema Hall in Dhaka and Silver Screen in Chattogram.
This film was a five-year collaboration initiated jointly by Centre for Research and Information(CRI) and Applebox Films, that focus on Sheikh Hasina and her life before and after August 15, 1975. Bangabandhu’s grandson and Centre for Research and Information (CRI) Trustee Radwan Mujib Siddiq and State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid produced the docu-drama directed by Piplu Khan of Apple Box Films. A team of international personalities have also collaborated including cinematography by Sadik Ahmed and edited by Navnita Sen. The film’s soundtrack and background music was by Debojyoti Mishra, an internationally acclaimed Indian music composer, has composed the musical score.
The documentary starts with off with the narration of Sheikh Rehana, the only living sibling of Sheikh Hasina who survived the 1975 mass murder of the entire family with her. The docudrama mostly shares very personal memories of the two sisters. The film progresses to show Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana’s accounts from their simple life, back in Gopalganj’s Tungipara to the difficulties they faced in Europe during the aftermath of the assassination of her father and family. This is followed by intimate detail of her return to Bangladesh in the 80s, her fight for democracy during Ershad’s presidency, her loss in the 1991 polls, constantly put under house arrest afterwards, her children sent away to boarding schools abroad for the sake of their education and security as well as the several assassination attempts on her life. The prime minister herself appears in interspersed segments, often adding to the stories.
‘Hasina-A Daughter’s Tale’ overall is not a story of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her political career, rather it is a documentary on Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina. It demonstrates a heartrending biopic of what the title of the film portrays, which is a fascinating account of a daughter’s perspective how the country’s darkest hours had changed her life forever. In the documentary, a daughter recalls rare memories and insights on the relationship with her father. The film, “In her own words, presents her transformation from a woman with a carefree, simple childhood changed into a leader determined to seek justice against those who conspired to assassinate her 20 family members. The film is dedicated to Renu, the nickname of Sheikh Hasina’s mother Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, who is also an important character of the two sisters’ recollection in the film.