The Problem with Bangladeshi Telefilms

If you’re Bangladeshi, chances are you’ve seen at least one telefilm in your life — whether willingly or not. These telefilms, starring the same few actors and actresses and being uploaded for free on YouTube and tv channels, have exploded in popularity in recent years, with the popular ones gaining upwards of 40 million views. Some popular actresses donning the screen in telefilms include Mehazabien Chowdhury, Afran Nisho, Ziaul Faruq Apurba, Tanjin Tisha, Safa Kabir, Tawsif Mahbub, Bidya Sinha Saha Mim and Keya Payel. However, these telefilms often feel like they’re a bit… lacking in some aspects. But why is that so?

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