ZEE5 Global, the OTT platform for South Asian content, has released its first Bangladeshi Original, Mainkar Chipay. Directed by internationally acclaimed young film maker Abrar Athar, the short film is a situational thriller and dark comedy starring Afran Nisho, Sariful Raz and Shamol Mawla.
The edgy thriller will also see the three actors share screen space for the first time. The movie showcases Afran Nisho in an entirely new avatar as he drags Sariful Razz, an addict and Shamol Mawla, a peddler into a ‘Mainkar Chipay‘ situation. The film has an entertaining and intense storyline which also shows how drugs can lead people into a deadly trap, and is sure to be loved by its audiences.
Shot in a minimalist format, the film was completed in just four days across four locations during the lockdown, adhering to all the necessary guidelines. Apart from having an interesting script and extremely quirky characters, the film has been given a unique treatment using camera lenses from the ‘60s to create an indie retro look.
The 40 min movie is co-presented by Godrej Household Products and can be watched for free in Bangladesh on the ZEE5 app, and also on www.zee5.com.
“All the characters have a very strong presence and it was important to treat the movie with a minimalistic approach to bring out their nuances. Making this movie within this time frame would have been a challenge if not for the support of the ZEE5 Global team. Mainkar Chipay is not just an entertaining thriller, it is also a story about not falling prey to addictions that make you weak and lead you into difficult, no-win situations ie. Mainkar Chipay.” said Abrar Athar.
Afran Nisho said: “Mainkar Chipay is a new genre, a dark comedy with a very interesting plot and lots of suspense. All three characters are strongly defined and quite different from one another. I’ve played this kind of character for the first time, and I enjoyed developing his character and even his look little by little. I would like to thank ZEE5 Global, The Good Company and the entire team of Mainkar Chipay who have worked extremely hard to create this show which I’m sure the audience would love to watch.”
Sharing his experience Sariful Razz said: “It was my first time working with this team and it was a great experience collaborating with such creative minds. I’m thrilled that audiences around the world, especially younger audiences, will get to experience this dark yet relatable movie”
“The movie very rightly captures things that can go wrong when one gives in to their addictions. Say no to drugs if you want to avoid getting into a Mainkar Chipay,” said Shamol Mawla.
Mainkar Chipay is the first of four Bangladeshi originals that ZEE5 Global will launch over the next few months, with more content in the pipeline.