Oscars: Bangladesh Selects ‘Khacha’ for Foreign-Language Category

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Set against the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan, the film revolves around a Hindu family trying to migrate to India from East Pakistan.

Partition-set drama Khacha has been selected as Bangladesh’s entry for the 90th Academy Awards in the best foreign-language film race.

Directed by Akram Khan, who co-wrote the script with Azad Abul Kalam, Khacha is set against the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan following the end of British rule. Based on a short story of the same name by Hasan Azizul Haque, the film revolves around the plight of a Hindu family trying to migrate to India from East Pakistan and stars Mamunur Rashid, Azad Abul Kalam and Jaya Ahsan in key roles.

This is the fourth film produced by leading banner Impress Telefilm that has ended up as the country’s Oscar entry following Third Person Singular Number (2010), Jalal’s Story (2015) and last year’s The Unnamed.

Bangladesh has yet to secure an Oscar nomination, though it has been sending entries to the foreign-language category since 2002.

The 90th Academy Awards will be held March 4, 2018.

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