Magazine article Variety

Director Chowdhury Sets ‘Rickshaw Girl’ Shoot

Magazine article Variety

Director Chowdhury Sets ‘Rickshaw Girl’ Shoot

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BANGLADESHI FILMMAKER Amitabh Reza Chowdhury ("Aynabaji") will go into production on Bengali-language film "Rickshaw Girl" in March.

Chowdhury is part of the Bangladeshi contingent attending the Busan Platform program.

The film is based on Mitali Perkins' bestselling 2007 young adult novel that was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the 100 great children's books of the last 100 years.

"Rickshaw Girl" is a female empowerment story about Naima, a young Bangladeshi girl who tries to help her struggling family by disguising herself as a boy and operating her ailing father's prized rickshaw for much-needed extra money. When she crashes the rickshaw, Naima uses her ingenuity and determination to find a way to repair the damage.

"She is also a painter, so she tries rickshaw painting," says Chowdhury. "I will explore rickshaw painting in Dhaka and the idea of rickshaw painting in general. …

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