Bangladeshi short film ‘Daag’ (Scratch) is selected to compete at the prestigeous Cannes Film Festival which is directed by director Josim Ahmed. The story of the short film is focused on a rape that led to revenge. The short film has already created a strong vibe with its selection in the Cannes Film Festival 2017. Director Jasim Ahmed has written the story of the short film where talented actress Sharmin Joha Shoshee has played the lead role. Shotabdi Wadud, Bakar Bakul have also acted in this Film.
Depicted on the urban Dhaka’s old landscape featuring a wedding, joy and festivity with crackers centering the event in 1979, the beginning of the film has captured a heritage. Blasting sounds and lightening of firecrackers being a part and parcel of wedding ceremonies of old Dhaka, however, did not bring joy of happiness for the bride – Shila. Brutally raped by a collaborator of Pakistani army in 1971, her horrific experience flushes her memories in a parallel portrayal on the first night of her wedding.
During the war of liberation, Shila was an inhabitant of old part of Dhaka with her father. Her fiancé Zafar – a guerrilla freedom fighter – once storms into her place to inform her of an imminent guerrilla attack on the city in which he will take part.
But as he poises to leave on the security ground of the family, Shila bemoaned him with her courage of feminine gravitas symbolising the role of women in the war of liberation. With Zafar’s departure, hailstorm broke on her door with a gang of Pakistani collaborators who looked for the guerrilla fighter and murdered her father. Top notch of the gang was Khayer who took the opportunity of Shila’s shocked vulnerability and raped her.
The face and posture of Khayer stitched in her memory that took her to look for him for a vengeance. To her, the war was yet to be ended. Khayer, however, forgot all his misdeeds as he got married and swooped on her with habitual style of bestiality on the wedding night. Shila this time was prepared for her revenge.