It is a historic moment as a Bengali film from Bangladesh, Rehana Maryam Noor, bagged a selection at the prestigious 74th Cannes Film Festival. It went for the Un Certain Regard section of the festival. Abdullah Mohammad Saad is the director of the film.
Azmeri Haque Badhon plays the protagonist, Rehana. Rehana is a 37-year-old assistant medical professor who multitasks her way through life as a teacher, doctor, mother, daughter, and sister. Her life changes when she finds out that her daughter has been a victim of hostile behavior. Something similar also happens with one of her female students. Finally, Rehana battles for justice for both the young women in her life. The films portray the power and strength hidden inside every woman and the urge for women to stand up for each other in times of need.
Azmeri describes her experience playing the lead role in the film. “I had auditioned for this role in 2018. For two months, I was kept under observation by the director to understand if I was the right fit for the role. Subsequently, I had to rehearse for nine months.”, said the actress. Furthermore, the whole team of the film is excited after receiving the news during the pandemic. Uttoran was the last Bengali film that got into this section. It was based on Satyajit Ray’s screenplay.