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Ityadi to telecast older episodes this Eid, Sisimpur stages Ghore Theke Eid

Shakib skips Tamim’s live in final episode

Ityadi to telecast older episodes this Eid, Sisimpur stages Ghore Theke Eid

Four associations help employees of television community

Rafi Ahmed:

Virtual-physical is the new normal emerging as a way of life worldwide--in all aspects, like economy,politics-diplomacy, sports and culture. This eid ambience reflects in all dimensions this near-surrealism.

In sporting arena goes on a a world serial with Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal playing the protagonist. His series of Facebook Live talk shows

has been the talk of the town. Tamim

has hosted live Facebook chat shows

since May 2 with his teammates,

foreign cricketers and former

players as an attempt to keep the

fans entertained during this

coronavirus crisis. A subtle

interlude has surfaced.

Tamim wanted to end the series with

an episode featuring the whole

fabulous five -- Mashrafe Bin

Mortaza, Shakib, Mahmudullah Riyad,

Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim himself.

Unfortunately, in the episode with

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson,

Tamim revealed that he had

approached Shakib for an episode but

for some reason or other Shakib

would not be able to feature.

He said "Our last episode will be on

Saturday [May 23]. I hope that

everyone will watch it. I want to

make one thing clear. I have seen

many asking when Shakib will appear

at the show. The thing is, I

contacted him about 7, 8 or 12 days

ago because I wanted the last show

to be with all five of us together.

This is what I had planned for and

my biggest desire.

But, unfortunately, maybe for some

personal reason, Shakib cannot join

us. I think there is no need of any

further discussion about it as

people may have their personal

reasons and everyone should respect

it. But I am grateful to the other

four who agreed to do this" .

Shakib Al Hasan, one of the best

all-rounders in world cricket, has

been out of action since October 29,

when he was banned by the

International Cricket Council for

two years (with the second of those

suspended) for failing to report

corrupt approaches by a bookmaker.

Tamim's Facebook live chat has

already featured former Bangladesh

cricketers Akram Khan, Minhazul

Abedin and Khaled Masud, and

Pakistan fast-bowling- legend Wasim

Akram in the latest episode. Tamim

started his live chats with

Mushfiqur Rahim on May 2. He has

already hosted live chats with

Mahmudullah Riyad, former Bangladesh

ODI skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza,

Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, former

players Naimur Rahman, Habibul

Bashar and Khaled Mahmud and,

Mominul Haque, Soumya Sarkar, Liton

Das and Taijul Islam.

On May 13, he hosted his first

foreign guest in South Africa

captain Faf du Plessis, and followed

it up with Indian batting giants

Rohit Sharma on May 15 and Virat

Kohli on May 18. These episodes have

created a huge buzz on the social

media which shows how much people

are loving the show.

In another news, together with

Actors' Equity Bangladesh, the

Directors' Guild and Writers'

Association, the Television and

Digital Programme Producers

Association Bangladesh supported

1,150 employees of the television

community, including actors and

production workers, keeping the Eid-

Ul-Fitr festivities in mind. The

funds were collected from members of

each association. Renowned artistes

living in other countries also

contributed. A total of 492 workers

were provided with food and

financial help last month by the

four associations.

No new episode of the popular show

Ityadi hosted by Hanif Sanket will

be released in Eid this year. Hanif

Sanket and his team were unable to

record a new episode due to the

nationwide lockdown. However, a

select compilation of bits of older

episodes will be aired as an Eid

special programme this time.

Since 2015, Sisimpur has produced

a special programme to celebrate the

Eid. This year their three-episode

show, Ghore Ghore Eid, Ghore Theke

Eid, will start on BTV on the first

day of Eid, at 5:30 pm. Characters

of Sisimpur will participate in the

programme from their homes. As the

whole world is battling the

coronavirus pandemic, it is very

important for kids to learn about

the importance of staying home.

The episodes will emphasise

celebrating Eid at home, maintaining

proper hygiene, eating nutritious

food, drinking plenty of water as

well as raising awareness on the

coronavirus. The episodes will also

be available on Sisimpur's official

Facebook page.

To offset the damage done by the

invisible foe to cultural functions

and outdoor celebrations worldwide,

television channels in Bangladesh

have taken recourse to such byways

of entertainment, including virtual

stages of filming with tele-

performance sans spot shooting.

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