MEHERJAAN_Rubaiyat Hossain_Writer & DirectorRubaiyat Hossain is an interdisciplinary researcher. She has completed her B. A. in Women Studies from Smith College, USA, M. A. in South Asian Studies fromUniversity of Pennsylvania, USA. Her primary fields of interest are Sufism, Bengali nationalism, formation of Bengali modernity and its correlation with female sexuality. Rubaiyat Hossain has worked for prominent women’s rights NGOs in Bangladesh such as Ain O Shalish Kendra and Naripokkho. Rubaiyat Hossain was the co-coordinator for the first international workshop on Sexuality and Rights organized by BRAC School of Public Health in 2007. She has worked as a part time lecturer in the department of Economics and Social Sciences at BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh since 2006.

1240563_519091648166045_68027935_nRubaiyat Hossain is one of Bangladesh’s handful of female filmmakers, known for her critically acclaimed debut feature film Meherjaan (2011) which faced political and cultural wrath in Bangladesh for its anti war narrative, and its critic of masculine nationalism from a feminine point of view. The film was stripped down from theaters across Bangladesh only one week after its release, and is still prohibited from being screened.

Rubaiyat Hossain has been interested in film as a young girl from watching the films of Satyajit Ray and Rittwik Ghatak. Later she pursued her interest seriously and completed a Diploma in Film Direction at New York Film Academy in 2002. Since then, she has made few short films that have screened at national and international film festivals. Rubaiyat Hossain intends to utilize the research skills she has acquired in the academia to continue making films about Bengali identity, culture, politics and history.

Currently she lives between Dhaka and New York making films and attending Tisch School of Arts at New York University in Cinema Studies.


Under Construction  88 min, 2015, second feature film.

Meherjaan  119 min. 2011, 1st feature film. The film was screened in a number of International film festivals including Festival de Cine de Bogotá, Festival International de Films de Fribourg, Festival Cinematográfico Internacional del Uruguay, Osian’s Cinefan Festival of Asian & Arab Cinema, Kolkata Film Festival, and won a dozens of awards including the Orson Wells Award at Tiburon Film Festival, Best Critic Award at Jaipur International Film Festival, Best Film & Audience Award at Northampton Film Festival.

Rubaiyat has also directed, shot and edited few short films as below:

Priyo Ami (Dear Me)  8 min, 2005  Balikar Gollachut (Girls Out of Circle)  52 sec,  2005 Shimanto (The Frontier)  1 min 12 sec, 2005


7 Responses to About

  1. Marty Bauer says:

    Hello, I work at the University of Alberta (Canada) we have a student who would be interested in your thesis “Birangonas’ Heroic Women or the Shamed Ones. Has this been completed and is it available to view?

  2. Dr Sazzadur says:

    I live in the UK. I did not get chance to watch Meherjan, but I like to watch it. Its nice to know that Bangladesh has a prolific female film maker who is brave, artistic, and charismatic. It is good to know that Rubaiyat is not scared to speak the truth. Go ahead.

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  4. Abhisek says:

    I watched Meherjaan at OSIAN Film Festival in New Delhi. I found the story, screenplay and dialogues are very well done, very moving ! However, I wish you could have picked better actors for characters such as Sarah, Wasim and Neela. Their dialogue delivery were turn offs. I want you to publish a book if it is not done yet. I live in New York, and visiting family in India now. Fortunately, I am able to attend OSIAN Film Festival. Keep up the great work. BRAVO !!!

  5. anik says:

    i want to watch this movie… bt ami eita paitesi na… onk khujhlam…

    plz. keu jodi bolten koi pabo.. tahole khub upokar hoto…

    email: addectedboy@gmail.com

  6. soumyav says:

    great to find your blog.

  7. Mithun says:

    I sent to Cineplex for meherjaan and at that time it was stopped. For last 3/4 years I have this wish to watch the film. I live in USA, can you help me to watch this ?

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