So its been over 3 weeks now that iv been in Bangladesh been extremely busy, literally hit the ground running! When we Landed in Dhaka the capital of Bangladesh i was hit straight away by the humidity. I took out my camera to snap away but only to find that the Lens fogged up instantly. So time to climatise .
I am traveling with the director Munsur Ali and the Associate Producer Amir Ahmed. These guys have made me feel really welcome on to the Shongram team and have put faith in me to be their Behind The Scenes Director, So did somebody say DVD Extras. With Munsur and Amir know you are going to get alot of comic scenes in the BTS.
We have done out casting and have been on the Location in Sylhet, which is a 6 Hour drive from Dhaka, the journey was worth it, this country is so fertile and the land is a lush green iv never seen in my colour palate. its breath taking, who remembers the man on Youtube that cried over the rainbow well now i can understand why he cried.
The people of Bangladesh are so resourceful make do with what you have and make things stretch like stretch arm strong. Being here has made me realise how much we waste in the UK, every thing is used and reused here in Bangladesh, Recycling is in the peoples genes we are soooo much behind in that sense. It is not even a question of being rich or poor because since iv been here iv been mingling with multi millionaires as well as the poor and that mentality to be resourceful and use what you need is embedded in them all.
One saying we have heard here in Bangladesh more than anything else is, “Everything Is Possible” these people can get you anything and make things happen, at the moment I cant put my finger on if it is a good or bad thing but it does make life so much easier.
Corruption is very prominent here in Bangladesh and knowing one another can make the quality of your life increase 10 fold, actually forget 10 fold 100 fold! In a country where the gap between rich and poor is so huge and increasing everyday it doesn’t surprise me that people will look out for their own and make sure that they can increase their quality of life. I know i sure would do anything to get out of the slums, those of you that have seen Slum Dog Millionaire, would you ever want to be one of those kids? Would you not do anything to get out of it be it legal or illegal? So i can empathise for the people who try to better themselves by any means necessary. When you see people sleeping rough with nothing but the rags in their back on the curbside as far as your 20/20 eyes can see, it makes you fall deep into sadness and appreciate life.
Tonight we will be heading back to Sylhet my mother land, where we will get the rest of the pre production sorted and be ready for the start of a 6 week shoot, its mad how i am a part of such a big production we have well over a 100 people working under us. Big shouts to our Production Manager Polash! and our Chief Assistant Director also named Polash Parvez. These two guys have been the hardest working souls i have ever met, working all day and all night!
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