Vijaya Laxmi Tripura
Drama and movie maker Azad Kalam is a known name in Bangladesh’s entertainment industry. Until now, he has directed dozens of popular drama and television serials as well as films. Recently he has joined hands with Dhaka’s leading production company named Crown Entertainment. It may be mentioned here that, a number of leading makers are already associated with Crown Entertainment and are making dramas and television serials.
For the last five days, Azad Kalam is in Kushtia district with his team and has already complete shooting of a number of single-episode drama named Chhaya Kabya and Moishal-2. Popular actor Rawnak Hasan and Urmila Stabonti Kar have played lead roles in Chhaya Kabya while Rawnak Hasan and Nadia Mim have played lead roles in Moishal-2. Story of Chhaya Kabya is by Sujit Biswas, while Azad Kalam himself has written the story and screenplay of Moishal-2.
Commenting on his working with Crown Entertainment, director Azad Kalam said, “Crown Entertainment already has emerged as one of the largest production companies in Bangladesh. It has excellent policy and vision, which are vital for any company for ultimately grabbing the top-most position. I have already completed three projects under the banner of this company and am looking forward to continuing collaboration with Crown”.
He said, “Crown Entertainment has entered into the business at a time when our entertainment industry has been facing extreme adversities due to capable producers. I can say, the emergence of this company is a huge blessing to Bangladesh’s entertainment industry”.
It may be mentioned here that, Crown Entertainment has a team of skilled and seasoned individuals from the entertainment industry. Moreover, it has its own audio and dubbing studio, editing panels, cameras, and other sophisticated equipment. The company has the ambition of not only grabbing the top position in Bangladesh but also has the capacities of providing various types of Bangla-language contents such as dramas, drama serials, documentaries, and feature films to major video streaming outlets like Netflix, HoiChoi, Zee5 etc. Commenting on its ambition and planning, Tajul Islam, Deputy CEO of Crown Entertainment said, “Currently Netflix does not have any Bangla content although the size of Bangla-speaking population is above 230 million. Certainly, there is a huge prospect for Netflix in the Bangla-language content segment. On the other hand, popular video streaming outlets like HoiChoi or Zee5 can purchase Bangla drama and serials from us, as even the makers and viewers in West Bengal do openly say, the standard of Bangladeshi dramas are far better than those made in West Bengal. Most importantly, we offer a very reasonable and even competitive price for such content to Netflix, HoiChoi, Zee5 etc”.
Crown Entertainment began its journey on January 1, 2020 with the ambition of ultimately emerging as the largest provider of various types of contents to local and international television channels as well as online streaming outlets. It’s parent organization Crown Music had started its journey back in 2006. Crown Entertainment though currently is focusing on producing dramas, television serials, and daily soaps, it is also planning to further expand as film production company within the next couple of months. Company sources told this correspondent that their primary target to establish itself as the provider of qualities contents to television channels in Bangladesh as well as outlets like Netflix, HoiChoi, Zee5 etc. Once its initial goal is accomplished, the company will also focus on producing contents in other languages as well as provide footages to international news outlets and infotainment channels.
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