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Jibondhuli Poster.jpg
Directed byTanvir Mokammel
Written byTanvir Mokammel
Screenplay byTanvir Mokammel
Based onBangladesh Liberation War
Produced byKino-Eye Films
CinematographyMahfuzur Rahman Khan
Edited byMahadeb Shi
Kino-Eye Films
Distributed byKino-Eye Films
Release date
  • 14 February 2014 (2014-02-14)
Running time
97 mins

Jibondhuli (Bengali: জীবনঢুলী), also known as The Drummer, is a 2014 Bangladeshi Bengali-language drama film written and directed by Tanvir Mokammel, produced under Kino-Eye Films. The film is based on the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, circulating around a lower caste Hindu dhak player. The film was set to be released in December 2013,[2] but eventually premiered in Dhaka on February 14, 2014. Jibondhuli was also premiered at the National Art Gallery of the Shilpakala Academy on October 20, 2017, along with Pich Dhala Path and Monpura.[3]

The film was shot in various locations, including Pubail in Gazipur, and also in Khulna's Chuknagar, where the Chuknagar massacre was depicted.[4]


Jibonkrishna Das is a lower caste Hindu drummer who faces humiliation from the upper caste Hindus and the Muslims. When the Pakistan Army captured his village, he attempted to flee to India with his family. On their way though, hundreds of people, including Jibon's family, were killed by the army. Jibon, however, survived and was traumatized by the incident.

Jibon returns to his village, now occupied by the Razakars. He was spared by the commander of the Razakars and later goes to the military base where he was obliged to abandon his dhak and play the western drum for the Pakistan Army. He becomes devastated and even faces discrimination by the army for his religion. Later, the army kidnaps Bengali women and keeps them hostage. The Mukti Bahini fighters arrive and raze the military base. Jibon later abandons the drum and takes his dhak to celebrate the liberation of his village from the razakars.[5]



Soundtrack album by
Syed Shabab Ali Arzoo
ReleasedJuly 2013
GenreOriginal soundtrack

The soundtrack album for Jibondhuli was released on July 7, 2013. The album includes two folk songs and four others written by Tanvir Mokammel. The composer of the songs is Syed Shabab Ali Arzoo, who is the film's music director. Rajkumari Dasi Sundori, a survivor of the Chuknagar massacre, unveiled the album cover.[8]

# Title Singer(s) Lyrics
1 "Mayer Mati Achol Chere" Abu Bakar Siddique Tanvir Mokammel
2 "Ore O Dada, Ami Jabo Sealdah" Mrinal Dutta Tanvir Mokammel
3 "E Kon Bhongo Somoy" Chitralekha Guho Tanvir Mokammel
4 "Dhak Tumi Bajo" Abu Bakar Siddique Tanvir Mokammel
5 "Tora Dekhe Ja" Matuas Collected
6 "Make Bhashaya Jole" Chitralekha Guho Collected


  1. ^ ""Jibondhuli" premieres today". The Daily Star. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Jibondhuli set for release". The Daily Star. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Three notable films to be screened today". The Independent. 20 October 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2021.
  4. ^ Pallab Bhattacharya (15 November 2012). "Tanvir Mokammel's Jibondhuli off the ground". Retrieved 17 October 2021.
  5. ^ "Jibondhuli to be screened in 64 districts". Dhaka Tribune. 26 April 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2021.
  6. ^ "Jyoti in Tanvir Mokammel's Jibon Dhuli". The Daily Star. 19 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Mrinal Dutta: Actor who stands tall". The Daily Star. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2021.
  8. ^ Punny Kabir (9 July 2013). "'Jibondhuli' music album out now in the market". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 17 October 2021.