We thought of creating the Best Bangladeshi Movies list after watching a few Bangladeshi Films, we never thought we would find many Indian actors and directors working in Bangladeshi cinema, we found many films that are made in collaboration with India and Bangladesh.
The Cinema of Bangladesh, popularly known as Dhallywood, has a long history and plays a vital role in the cultural fabric of the nation.
The industry mostly makes Bengali-language films. Bangladeshi film has changed with time, experimenting with different subjects and genres while capturing the sociocultural nuances of the country.
Best Bangladeshi Films of All Time
Shimu (Made IN Bangladesh)
Made in Bangladesh, released in 2019, directed by Rubaiyat Hossain, is a Bangladeshi-French drama film about Shimu, a young lady who works at a clothes factory in Dhaka. The film puts awareness on the challenges of Bangladeshi female textile workers and their campaign for improved working conditions.
Shimu, performed by Rikita Nandini Shimu, becomes a manufacturing union leader and organizes a campaign to demand workers’ rights and fair treatment.
The film depicts these women’s hardships, exploitation, and resolve in their pursuit of justice and empowerment inside the textile business.
Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s film Television is an Important Bangladeshi movie releasd in 2012. It’s a satirical play about how media and television affect a rural Bangladeshi community.
The film shares the lives of the villagers and their reaction to the arrival of TV, which changes their thinking and disrupts their traditional way of life.
The plot focuses on Ratan, a young kid whose obsession with television has both positive and harmful effects. The film addresses issues such as cultural change, media impact, and the clash of traditional values and modernity. Television is one of the best Bangladeshi Movies of all Time.
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Jibon Theke Neya (Taken From Life)
Jibon Theke Neya is a Classic Bangladeshi film directed by Zahir Raihan. It is regarded as one of the most iconic films in Bangladeshi cinema history. It was released in 1970, The title means “Taken from Life” in English.
The film is a political satire of the social and political circumstances in East Pakistan (Bangladesh) in the late 1960s. It criticizes the governing class and addresses exploitation, corruption, and inequality suffered by the common people.
Aynabaji (Mirror Game)
Directed by Amitabh Reza Chowdhury Aynabaji is a Bangladeshi thriller film, released in 2016, and received critical acclaim. The film’s interesting premise, thrilling storytelling, and outstanding performances helped it achieve enormous popularity and critical praise.
The plot is about Ayna, played by Chanchal Chowdhury, an actor who is struggling to get employment. He eventually assumes the persona of another guy, Raju, who has a troubled history. Ayna becomes entangled in the complexity of Raju’s life and faces unforeseen obstacles and risks.
Amar Bondhu Rashed (My Friend Rashed)
Amar Bondhu Rashed is a Bangladeshi classic film directed by Morshedul Islam in 2011. It is based on Muhammad Zafar Iqbal’s novel of the Title.
The film is based on the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. It is about a group of young lads, their camaraderie, and their participation in the liberation movement. The story is mostly about Rashed, a young child who becomes a symbol of bravery and sacrifice among his classmates and peers.
Piprabidya (Ant Story)
Piprabidya was released in 2014 and is a noteworthy Bangladeshi film directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki. The Film, which is often referred to as Ant Story in English, follows the life of Shahiduzzaman Selim’s Mithu, a middle-aged man.
The plot centers on Mithu’s hardships, midlife crisis, and frantic search for purpose in life. He develops feelings for a little girl, which sets off a chain of events that prompt reflection and unanticipated outcomes.
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Runway is a 2010 Bangladeshi film directed by Tareque Masud and Amjad Hossain. It depicts the lives of Bangladesh’s marginalized people and digs into the country’s political and social scene.
The plot focuses on the figure of Babu, a street boy who becomes involved in smuggling in order to live. The film depicts Babus and other marginalized people’s hardships on the outskirts of society. It sheds light on their tribulations, hopes, and the complicated sociopolitical concerns they face.
Oggatonama (The Unnamed)
Oggatonama, which means The Unnamed, is a 2016 Bangladeshi film directed by Tauquir Ahmed. The film centers on the life of a former Bangladeshi independence warrior who, although making a substantial contribution to the nation’s liberation battle.
Despite his heroic history, Shahiduzzaman Selim’s character, the protagonist, struggles with poverty and societal indifference. The movie explores his inner turmoil and the difficulties he has attempting to reintegrate into society following the war. Oggatonama is one of the best Bangladeshi films of all Time.
Doob (No Bed of Roses)
Doob released in 2017 and directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, is a Bangladeshi film starring Irrfan Khan, and Nusrat Imrose Tisha in the lead roles.
The film tells the tale of acclaimed director Javed Hasan (Irrfan Khan), who, following his wife’s divorce and the beginning of a romantic connection with an actress, encounters both emotional and professional difficulties. The plot centers on the difficulties of interpersonal relationships, how society views certain things, and the effects of the characters’ decisions.
Mujib: The Making of a Nation
Mujib: The Making of a Nation: The Film is Produced by NFDC and Directed by Indian famous director Shyam Benegal, The life and political career of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who is frequently referred to as Bangladesh’s father of the nation.
Mujib, who went on to become Bangladesh’s first prime minister and president, was instrumental in the country’s fight for independence from Pakistan.
The film explores Mujib Ur Rahman’s leadership, his influence on Bangladesh’s political climate and identity, and his important contributions to the country’s liberation effort.