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Extraction fails miserably to portray Dhaka. How dare they?

Bangladesh had never got any significant footage or screentime in Hollywood. The trailer of ‘Extraction‘ had created a buzz all for the right reasons since it was the first Hollywood movie whose plot was centred around Bangladesh. But the air of the balloon of expectations ran out after the movie was released. Bangladeshis, in general, were very much disappointed with the movie.

Stereotyping portrayal of a country is an old thing for Hollywood; Mexico and Africa being the prime examples. The portrayal of Bangladesh caused massive disappointment amongst most Bangladeshi viewers. The yellowish background sarcastically called jaundice theme by viewers was not accepted well for starters. The over negative portrayal of Bangladesh Police and administration seemed hackneyed. And it’s a shame considering the fact that it was Hollywood’s sacred duty to portray Dhaka as a beautiful, shiny city that we all love and adore.

Although the film plot is centred around Bangladesh, almost the whole film was shot in India. The Bangla spoken throughout the film hardly seemed like our own dialect, rather more like the Kolkata dialect. Rookie move. The minor mistakes in costumes of the police and loopholes in the plot, in a popcorn action flick movie, disappointed people to the extent of ranting about it in social media with hashtags and petitions launched.

The Netizens are upset. Hollywood takes a major blow. Netflix is about to apologise. Next time Hollywood centres a movie around Dhaka, they better get everything right down to the last details.

This open-world game is set in Dhaka and here’s everything you need to know

Agontuk is an open-world game with a story in a Bangladeshi setting. A daunting and ambitious project– M7 Productions and Attrito, two Bangladeshi companies, are coming up with the first-ever Bangladeshi open-world action-adventure game. The game has been under development for the past year and here is what we know so far–

The setting

Agontuk is an Open-World action-adventure that takes place in a re-imagined version of Dhaka. In the game, Dhaka is re-named to Dhacca. Initial photos of the game show an impressive world-building and details that remain true to the image of Dhaka. Models of CNGs, places like Sadarghat and prominent Dhaka streets are featured in the game. We are expecting attention to the details for these familiar sights. The game is still in the early stages of development and hopefully, it will only get better with time.

Agontuk, the game set in Dhaka: Here's everything you need to know

Release date

Nothing on the release date, yet. Premier of the trailer is said to be on 15th November. The release will presumably be announced after the premier.

Compatible platforms

PS4 and PC are the targeted platforms for this game. This will also be the first Bangladeshi-made game to be PS4 compatible. Since development is still undergoing, the PC specifications remain unreleased. The Unity Game Engine is being used to make Agontuk. The game will not be available for mobile phones.

We are looking forward to doing a beta testing of the game. Stay tuned for a review of the game and an exclusive with the team behind this project.

Chris Hemsworth wraps up filming “DHAKA”, the film not filmed in Dhaka

Chris Hemsworth released photos and videos straight from the set of “Dhaka” on his Instagram account recently. The Australia-born star has apparently wrapped up filming his parts in the movie.

No, you probably will not run into Chris this week

To clarify, he was never in Dhaka, the city itself. The movie was filmed in Thailand and India. Those who ventured into Chris and the rest of the crew’s Instagram saw rickshaws and trucks with Bangla written on them. That was just part of a great set building.

An action thriller

In “Dhaka”, Hemsworth plays a mercenary called Tyler Rake. His character is hired by an Indian businessman to retrieve said businessman’s kidnapped son, who is held in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh in the action thriller. Hemsworth’s character is described as a physically competent man of vulnerable emotional state. And Hemsworth isn’t the only familiar face from the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise in the movie. Sam Hargrave makes his feature directorial debut with this film. For those unaware, Hargrave is MCU character Captain America’s stunt double. Stranger things star David Harbour is also one of the supporting casts in the movie.

The “Marvel” factor?

The Russo brothers, directors of several MCU movies including Captain America: Winter Soldier and Avengers: Infinity war, are producing “Dhaka” through their independent production house. Although Hemsworth’s parts in the movie have been wrapped up, the production is expected to continue at least until March.  We don’t have a concrete release date as of right now. So we’ll just have to wait and see how a depiction of our capital city pans out in a Hollywood film.

If you think about it, Dhaka is a character in the film too, since it’s being portrayed by some other, flashier, perhaps better looking city.