Irrfan Khan starrer Doob (No Bed of Roses), has been chosen as the Bangladesh’s official entry for the Academy Awards 2019. This film was once banned in the country which was eventually lifted and it was released in October 2017 in Bangladesh, France, India, and Australia.
According to the media reports, the film was chosen by The Bangladesh Oscar Committee as the entry for the best foreign language film category. Besides starring in the lead role, Irrfan Khan is also the co-producer of the film. Doob is the India-Bangladesh co-production, written and directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki.
The director of the film in a statement said that he took inspiration from a real-life incident “which shook the very foundation of Bangladesh’s judgmental Muslim society” and “how women struggle in our society and find strength in despair”.
Irrfan Khan portrays character Javed Hasan, a successful film maker going through midlife crisis when he has a tryst with his daughter’s childhood friend whom he also marries, causing a national scandal.
The film is reported to have a way full of thorns as it was banned in Bangladesh, being considered to be based on real-life author and filmmaker Ahmed, who divorced his wife of 27 years and married an actress 33 years his junior.
Bangladesh has been sending entries to the foreign-language category since 2002, but is yet to secure an Oscar nomination. The 91st Academy Awards will be held on 24th February, 2019.