Amar Bondhu Rashed

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Amar Bondhu Rashed
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Bengaliআমার বন্ধু রাশেদ
Directed byMorshedul Islam
Screenplay by
Based onAmar Bondhu Rashed
by Muhammad Zafar Iqbal
Produced byFaridur Reza Sagar
  • Chowdhury Zawata Afnan
  • Rayan Ibtesham Chowdhury
  • Refayat Zinnat
  • Faiyaz Bin Zia
CinematographyL. Apu Rozario
Edited byRatan Paul
Music byEmon Saha
Release date
  • 1 April 2011 (2011-04-01)

Amar Bondhu Rashed (Bengali: আমার বন্ধু রাশেদ, English: My Friend Rashed) is a film directed by Morshedul Islam, known for making indie movies.[1][2] Adapted from the novel of same name Amar Bondhu Rashed by Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, the story narrates the brave and courageous actions displayed by schoolboy Rashed, told from the perspective of his friend Ibu, during the Bangladesh Liberation war and Bangladesh Genocide.[3][4][5] The movie was released on 1 April 2011.[6] The music was composed and directed by Rizvi Hasan.

It is considered as one of the most critically acclaimed films of Bangladesh.[7]


This a story of a boy named Ibu during Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. He lives in a small town. The main character Rashed suddenly appears at his school. Rashed, the name was given by the class teacher at the first day at school. In 1971, when other students are not conscious about the liberation movement Rashed could understand the matters. Rashed started to motivate others to make them understand those matters. One day, Pakistani army attacks the town and Rashed observes the battle. He and his friends start to help the Mukti Bahini.


  • Chowdhury Zawata Afnan as Rashed
  • Rayaan Ittesham Chowdhury as Ibu
  • Rizvi Hasan
  • Refayat Zinnat as Fazlu
  • Faiyaz Bin Zia as Asraf
  • Shovon Jaman
  • Likhon Rahi as Dilip
  • Kaosar Abedin as Kader
  • Arman Parvez Murad as Shafiq Bhai
  • Humaira Himu[8] as Aru Apa
  • Raisul Islam Asad as senior Ibu
  • Kazi Rayhan Rabbi as Ibu's son
  • Pijush Banerjee as Ibu's father
  • Wahida Mollick Jolly as Ibu's mother
  • Inamul Huque as Majid Sir
  • Gazi Rakayet as Ajraf Ali
  • Kamol Ghosh as Dilip's father
  • Kholilur Rahman Kadery as doctor
  • Md Jakir Hossain (Actor) as Freedom Fighters
  • Habibur Rahman as Freedom Fighter
  • Shahinur Rahman as Freedom Fighter


Amar Bondhu Rashed was based on the novel of the same name by professor Muhammad Zafar Iqbal and was adapted by Filmmaker Morshedul Islam.[9] This is the second collaboration between Zafar Igbal and Morshedul Islam following Dipu Number 2.[10] It was jointly produced by Monon Chalachitra and Impress Telefilm Ltd and was partially funded by a grant from the Government of Bangladesh. Ashirbad Chalachitra was the distributor of the film.[11]


Amar Bondhu Rashed was released on 1 April 2011 in Dhaka, Khulna, Rajshahi, and Dinajpur in Bangladesh. The premier of the movie was held in Star Cineplex in Dhaka.[6][11] The Pabna District Police and Pathshala, a non-profit organization, jointly organized the screening of the movie in 30 school and colleges in the district.[12] The movie was screen at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology where the write of the book, Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, is a faculty member.[13] On 23 May 2011, it was screen in Manikganj District.[14] On 16 July 2011 the movie was screened at Rajshahi University.[15] The movie was screened at the 7th annual South Asian Film Festival in 2012.[16] It was screened at the 6th International Children's Film Festival, organized by Children's Film Society of Bangladesh, in Khulna in 2013.[17] The movie was screened at a film festival organized by the Theatre and Film Department of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in 2013.[18]


Tamana Khan wrote in her review for The Daily Star wrote that it was a "commendable effort to bring something entertaining for children but one that could have been done with a little more finesse". She praised the attempt but felt the adaption did not develop the relationship between the characters by leaving out some of the scenes from the book.[19] The Daily Star placed it on a list of "essential Bangla movies for children" list in 2015 and on a list of 5 "memorable films" on the Bangladesh Liberation war in 2017.[20][21]

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  1. ^ Haq, Fayza. "Making Memorable Moments". Star Weekend Magazine. The Daily Star. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  2. ^ "Morshedul Islam: The maestro of independent cinema". New Age. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  3. ^ "SAFF 2012 film synopsis" (PDF). Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Amar Bondhu Rashed, Guerrilla to be screened at BSA today". The Independent. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  5. ^ Friedman, Jonathan; Hewitt, William (2016-10-27). The History of Genocide in Cinema: Atrocities on Screen. Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 11–12. ISBN 9781786730473.
  6. ^ a b "Amar Bondhu Rashed". The Daily Star. 2011-04-03. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  7. ^ Writer, Guest (2020-09-22). "20 Great Bangladeshi Films of the 21st Century". Asian Movie Pulse. Retrieved 2023-01-10.
  8. ^ "Passion for acting". The Daily Star. 2010-07-08. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  9. ^ "Updates on Morshedul Islam's new film "Amar Bondhu Rashed"". The Daily Star. 2010-04-10. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  10. ^ "Morshedul Islam to bring Zafar Iqbal's novel to the big screen". The Daily Star. 2009-07-10. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  11. ^ a b "Story of a Teenage Freedom Fighter". The Daily Star. 2011-03-31. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  12. ^ ""Amar Bondhu Rashed" inspires schoolchildren in Pabna". The Daily Star. 2018-04-01. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  13. ^ ""Amar Bondhu Rashed" screened at SUST". The Daily Star. 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  14. ^ "Amar Bondhu Rashed screened in Manikganj". The Daily Star. 2011-05-23. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  15. ^ "Amar Bondhu Rashed screened at RU". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  16. ^ "Dissolving boundaries". The Daily Star. 2012-10-31. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  17. ^ "Int'l Children's Film Festival in Barisal wraps up". The Daily Star. 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  18. ^ "Film festival at Shilpakala". The Daily Star. 2013-09-05. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  19. ^ Khan, Tamanna. "A Treat for Children". Star Weekend Magazine. The Daily Star. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  20. ^ "The Essential Bangla Movies for Children". The Daily Star. 2015-10-15. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  21. ^ "5 Memorable Films Based on the Liberation War". The Daily Star. 2017-12-16. Retrieved 2019-08-05.

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