About the series: The Bangladeshi film industry, or Dhallywood, has been around since 1956. The movies have fallen out of favour among the richer classes, who prefer foreign films. The growing influence of Bollywood in Bangladesh has also had an adverse impact on the local industry. Yet, Dhallywood produces around 100 movies a year, and still gets the support of the average movie goer.
Love Me or Kill Me is the title of a Dhallywood film, one that expresses the extreme emotions that define the genre. Love and revenge are the core ingredients of these movies. The stories do not change much: boy meets girl, falls in love, bad guy takes girl away, and hero fights to get her back. There is always a similar climax and a happy ending. People love it.
Growing up in Dhaka, there was no cable TV except the national channel. Bangla film was the height of entertainment for us. Slowly, other films and TV channels took over. We didn’t think Dhallywood movies were cool anymore; they no longer played a part in my life. In the process of making photographs of Dhaka city I visited a film studio in F.D.C and was captivated by the colours, the light and the atmosphere.
About the Photographer: Sarker Protick is a documentary photographer based in Bangladesh. He is a member of VII Photo Agency and a lecturer at Pathshala South Asian Media Academy.
The British Journal of Photography included him in the ‘Ones to Watch’ in 2014. The same year, Sarker was selected for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. In 2015, he won a World Press Photo award for his story What Remains and was selected for PDN’s 30.
Sarker’s work has been published in The New York Times, GEO Magazine, The New Yorker, Liberation, Sunday Times, National Geographic, The British Journal of Photography and The Zeit, among others.
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