May 16, 2009

Ads in Bangladesh have come a long way – visually, technically, conceptually, you name it. Though for many of us who watched BTV (Bangladesh TV) in the golden days of the 80s, some of those 80s ads were pure classic!

Here is a more recent ad directed by the very creative GAZI SHUBHRO of RED dot, a Dhaka-based film production house. The cinematography and the aerial shots are amazing, not to mention, the great use of colors! The opening shot is in Panamnagar [a village which thrived in the 19th-20th century and is part of Sonargaon, our old capital before Mughal period]. And I love the romantic bungalow on stilts [0:49], somewhere in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. Kudos to the director for bringing together various aspects of our heritage. If you want to find out more about the making of this ad, read this article.

I am also enjoying this music video by the same director and reminiscing on monsoon days. Another beautiful house with 19th century architecture. Notice the craftsmanship on the wrought iron balustrades.

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