Newshub18:Indian viewers are leaning towards Dhaka web series.
Abhijit Roychowdhury, a resident of Kolkata, said there is no person in my circle who has not seen at least two web series of Bangladesh. He is a big fan of Bangladesh web series. He said that he likes Dhaka series on social media. While talking to Prothom Alo, Abhijit said that he became interested in the web series of Dhaka after seeing director Amitabh Raza’s Dhaka Metro. ‘Shatikap’, ‘Pet Kata Sh’ and ‘Karagar’ have gained immense popularity in West Bengal. There is a lot of writing about the Dhaka series in discussions among the youth or on social media. Some of the viewers are keeping the Dhaka series ahead of the Kolkata series.
Indian viewers have a very old relationship with TV dramas in Dhaka. Five decades ago, viewers of West Bengal, Tripura and Assam used to look forward to watching serials like ‘Sakal-Sandhya’, ‘Dhakaye Thaqi’ and ‘Samphtak’ aired on Bangladesh Television. The audience used to sit for hours in front of the TV with the antenna rotating and buzzing.
In the meantime, there was a slight decline, with the age of YouTube, TV dramas from Dhaka became more popular in India. At that time, the web series has given a new air. Bangladesh’s journey in the era of OTT is not long, earlier viewers had to keep their eyes on Netflix screens for web series. Now the web series of Dhaka can be seen in the hustle and bustle.
After the release of Takdeer, there was a storm in the web series of Dhaka, the wind of that storm was also felt in India. The popularity of Dhaka web series among the Indian youth is increasing. Hochihai and Charki’s ‘Mahanagar’, ‘Kaiser’, ‘Pet Kata Sh’, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’ have entered the tea rooms of cities and villages in West Bengal, Assam by printing mobile screens.
After seeing the metropolis, Indian actor Prasenjit Chatterjee called the producer Ashfaq Nipun. Anirban Bhattacharya praised the producer and serial actor Musharraf Karim by tweeting. Ashfaq Nipun never imagined that the series based on the story of Dhaka city would touch the hearts of the Kolkata audience.
Ashfaq Nipun told Prothom Alo, “For whatever reason, our film does not go outside the country. I can’t even do a bold story on TV with a big budget like ‘Mahanagar’. That’s why I couldn’t show it to the global audience. The series got an incredible response from India after its airing. The Indian audience has become familiar with the series of Bangladesh through Taqdeer and Mahanagar. Later, several jobs held them.
Charki’s ‘Syndicate’, ‘Unlaukik’, ‘Shatikap’, ‘Pet Kata Sh’ are being talked about in India, after watching ‘Pet Kata Sh’ Charki’s Chief Operating Officer Redwan Roni praised the work of Indian producer Srijit Mukherjee. According to Redwan Roni, ‘They got a great response from Kolkata after the extraordinary campaign. Apart from the audience, the makers, artists-creators also appreciated Charki’s content. Indian producer Sreejit Mukherjee called me after the promotion of Pet Kata Sh and said, “Great job done”. There has been a lot of discussion in India about ‘syndicate’.
A number of Indian viewers were contacted on Messenger, WhatsApp. Why do you like Dhaka’s web series? In response to such questions, Indian viewers say that Dhaka series are able to hold the audience’s interest and keep them sitting in front of the screen and the stories are taken from the surroundings. As a result, the audience can easily ‘relate’ with the story of the series.
According to the Indian viewer Abhijit Roy Chowdhury, ‘I can say in the words of the prison series, I could not understand what was going to happen even five minutes before the end. Keeps the audience in suspense. Calcutta web series are not able to keep the audience sitting like this. Calcutta stories are going out of their way. I can’t see the stories around. But I can relate very well with the stories of the Bangladeshi series, the characters are available around us.
Another Kolkata spectator named Amiya Chattopadhyay said that the Bangladesh series is much ahead compared to the Kolkata series. Bangladesh has proceeded with all the post-production work including color grading, background score.
Musharraf Karim, Chanchal Chowdhury, Afran Nisho are among the favorite actors of the Indian audience. Actor Chanchal Chowdhury, who has played a great role in the recently released prison series, told Prothom Alo, “The main strength of the Dhaka web series is the original story; With international standard construction makes it more diverse. Takdeer, the Jail actor said, “After starting with ‘Takdeer’, all the good things that have happened have been web series of our stories. Which are also popular in Kolkata. Our stories are in demand in Kolkata. Along with that, international quality work is being done in DhakaTasnia Farin was discovered by Indian director Atanu Ghosh in Mustafa Sarayar Farooqi’s Ladies and Gentlemen series. Farin is acting in another world movie of Taliganj directed by him. Atanu Ghosh, the producer of ‘Mayurakshi’ and ‘Bini Sutoy’ movies told Prothom Alo, “I like seeing Fareen in the Ladies and Gentleman series. I am doing the movie with him.