Magazine article Screen International

'No Bed of Roses' ('Doob'): Shanghai Review

Magazine article Screen International

'No Bed of Roses' ('Doob'): Shanghai Review

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Irrfan Khan takes the lead in this nuanced film from Bangladesh about a husband’s infidelity

Dir/scr: Mostofa Sawar Farooki. India/Bangladesh. 2017. 85mins

An India/Bangladesh co-production, the latest work from Mostofa Sawar Farooki No Bed Of Roses (Doob) is an intimate family drama which eschews the usual melodramatic trappings of such fare to explore the quietly devastating impact of a husband’s infidelity on those closest to him.

While the story is salacious, Farooki’s nuanced screenplay avoids cliche

Boasting an excellent central performance from acclaimed Indian actor Irrfan Khan, and with its nuanced cultural approach to a familiar subject, Doob should enjoy further festival attention following its June premiere in Shanghai and subsequent play in Moscow. While the film is struggling to find a release in its native Bangladesh due to controversy surrounding its alleged similarities to the life of the country’s late filmmaker Humayun Ahmed, the presence of Khan and strong word of mouth should help it find traction with international fans of cinema from the subcontinent.

In his first collaboration with award-winning Bangladeshi writer/director Farooki (Television, Piprabidya), Khan is characteristically magnetic and surprisingly empathetic as Javed Hasan, a famous movie director who causes consternation both private and public when he divorces his wife in order to marry his far younger lead actress, Nitu (Parno Mittra). It’s a situation further complicated by the fact that Nitu is a former classmate of Javed’s daughter Saberi (Nusrat Imrose Tisha); as established in an early flashback, the pair were hugely competitive in school and this theme of one-upmanship carries neatly through to a battle for Javed’s attention and loyalty. …

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