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Review of the movie “Something Like an Autobiography” (2023) directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki.
Review of the movie "Something Like an Autobiography" (2023) directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki.

Review of the movie “Something Like an Autobiography” (2023) directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki.

Farooki is also capable of acting.

Drawing inspiration from Kurosawa’s autobiography, “Something Like an Autobiography” serves as Farooki’s debut as an actor. Co-written by Farooki and his wife, Nusrat Imrose Tisha, who also appears in the film, this project is heavily influenced by their personal experiences, adding a strong meta aspect to the story. Let us start from the beginning.

The film “Something Like an Autobiography” is currently available for streaming on Chorky.

Farhan and Tithi, both known for their roles in the entertainment industry, are a married couple residing in Dhaka. Despite their success and popularity, they also have to deal with the challenges of being in the spotlight. In a society where traditional gender roles are still prevalent, not having children can be seen as taboo. However, during the pandemic, the couple finds a silver lining as they finally have time to focus on starting a family. Tithi becomes pregnant and everything seems to be going well until one night, near the end of her pregnancy, she becomes anxious due to loud noises coming from a nearby party. Farhan decides to investigate and discovers the source of the disturbance.

Despite the economical 82 minutes of its duration, Farooki manages to present a movie that is filled with sociopolitical and even philosophical commentary. The way the concept of celebrity functions within the local society, with them both occasionally enjoying privileged treatment, and having to deal with critique by fans and haters alike is a central one here, but is definitely not the only. How corruption works in the country and how the rich can essentially do whatever they want is also highlighted, with the way the issue that is eventually presented is solved in similar fashion, intensifying the comment even more.

Moreover, the script written by Farooki and Tisha highlights the impact of a single moment of losing control on individuals’ lives. Another observation in the narrative emphasizes the notion that at times, giving up one’s beliefs and personal identity for the sake of family is necessary for survival.

The shift from familial and social conflict to suspense, and then back to drama is well done. Director Farooki’s skill is on full display here as each part provides a refreshing break from the others while still maintaining interest throughout. Editor Momin Biswas plays a crucial role in achieving this, adjusting the pace to match the tone of each part. The movie also stands out for its lean and focused storytelling, a testament to the direction and editing. Tahsin Rahman’s cinematography is particularly impressive in capturing the tension and claustrophobia of the night scenes, adding to the overall effect of the film.

The acting in the movie is also a strong point. While Tisha’s exceptional performance, especially during her moments of sadness, was predictable, Farooki’s impressively authentic one is a delightful surprise. He seems poised to be in front of the camera all along. The chemistry between the two actors is also outstanding, both during intense and more lighthearted scenes, adding to the film’s overall greatness.

The movie “Something Like an Autobiography” is outstanding, not only because of the reasons mentioned earlier, but also because the directors were able to transform deeply personal and specific topics into a universal representation that will resonate with audiences worldwide.