M A Jalil Ananta needs no introduction. He is one of the most popular actors of Dhallywood at present. He is a successful businessman, actor and movie director and producer. Recently, he has become the brand ambassador of Grameenphone.
Ananta is well-known for making big-budget action movies shot in beautiful foreign locations, breath-taking action sequences and CGI effects. No other Dhallywood film-maker used this approach of film making. Ananta’s movies are not only released in Bangladesh but also in many countries around the world. In this post, I will give you some interesting facts about M A Jalil Ananta.
M A. Jalil Ananta hails from Munshiganj. He was born on April 17. His mother passed away when he was only five years old. His father raised him and his elder brother.
His action hero rating is 8.0.
M.A.Jalil Ananta is 5’7″ tall and weighs 72 kg. He is a bodybuilder. He works very hard to keep in shape.
M.A.Jalil Ananta completed his “O” level and “A” level from Oxford International School in Dhaka. He then went to Manchester to study Business Administration and Fashion Designing.
M.A.Jalil Ananta’s hobby includes traveling and gardening.
Before coming to the movies, M. A. Jalil Ananta was a successful businessman. After returning from Manchester in 2001, he then joined with his brother. With his hardwork, dedication, and determination, he established his own garments factories. Today, he is the Chairman and Managing Director of AJI Group, a reputed business house with diverse operations including Polo Circular Knitting Unit, Polo Dyeing Plant, Polo Washing Plant, Polo Embroidery Unit, Polo Screen Print Unit and Polo Flat Bed Print Unit.
M.A.Jalil Ananta does a lot of charity works. He established three orphanages in Mirpur, Baitul Aman Housing and Modhumati Model town in Savar. He is also working to build an elderly care center at Dhalla Village in Hemayetpur, Savar. Recently, Ananta came to know about a cancer patient from Facebook. His family was raising money for his cancer treatment. Ananta went to see him and helped him to raise money for his treatment.
M.A.Jalil Ananta is married to model-turned-actress Afiea Nusrat Barsha, who is also his female lead in four movies. The couple first appeared in Khoj: The Search in 2010 and got married in 2011. As per media report, the couple divorced in 2013 due to Ananta’s extra-marital affair with Sumaiya Azgar Raha, another model-turned-actress, who worked with Ananta in Khoj: The Search.
Recently, Ananta and Lux Channel i Superstar Mumtaheena Toya appeared in a TV commercial of Grameenphone, the leading mobile network operator in Bangladesh. The commercial was shot in the head office of Grameen Phone at Bashundhara. The commercial was directed by Misbahur Rahman Suman.
From his young age, Ananta wanted to act in cinema. He wanted to do something different as an actor. His movies speak a lot about his vision of cinema. All his movies have high production cost. He goes to various locations around the world to shoot his movies. Ananta bears all the expense of his movies. Such grand vision and ideas had never been seen before in Dhallywood. In this regard, M.A.Jalil Ananta can be referred as a trend-setter in Bangladeshi film industry.
Another major feature of his movies is the use of latest computer technology such as motion control software.
Ananta hires artists and dancers from all over the world. All the songs of his movies have great choreography compared to those of the traditional Bangladeshi cinemas.
Another great thing about M. A. Jalil Ananta is that he brought many veteran directors and actors of Bangladesh in his movies who stopped working in movies.
Ananta has his own movie production company, Monsoon Films Ltd (http://www.monsoonfilmsbd.com/). All his movies have been produced by this company.
Ananta spares no expense for his movies. He employs well-trained stuntmen and crew. He himself performs many stunts. The movies are edited in renowned studios and released all over the world. Many non-residential Bangladeshis watched his movies.
Ananta made his debut as an actor in 2010 with Khoj: The Search. It was an action movie. Ananta played the role Major Mahmud, a secret service agent working for Bangladesh Counter Intelligence (BCI), who brings an international arms dealer to justice. His character was inspired from “Masud Rana,” the central character of Qazi Anwar Hussain’s popular spy-thriller novel series by the same name. Directed by Iftakar Chowdhury and produced by Ananta, the movie also introduced Eamin Haque aka Bobby and Afiea Nusrat Barsha. Khoj: The Search was released in 44 cinema halls all over Bangladesh and it was an instant success.
In 2011, Ananta released “Ridoy Bhanga Dheu.” The movie was directed by renowned director Gazi Mazharul Anwar and stars Alomgir , Barsha, Ananto , and Kabila. It was also an action movie.
In 2012, “The Speed” was released. Sohanur Rahman Sohan, who directed hit movies like Keyamat theke Keyamat, directed this movie. The movie was shot in beautiful locations in Malaysia. The post-production work was done by Prasad Film Labs in Chennai. Actors from Malaysia, Russia, Italy and Iran appeared in the movie. The movie was released in 24 theatres in Bangladesh and 7 theatres in Malaysia. “The Speed” received positive reviews from the critics and viewers loved the movie.
“Most Welcome” was also released in that same year. This was the third film of Ananta-Barsha pair. The movie was directed by Anonno Mamun. It was his directorial debut. Released in August, Most Welcome went on to become the highest grossing movies of all time in Bangladesh with a box office collection of $ 2.1 million. Ananta played the role of a government employee and vigilante fighting with the evil of the society. On March 2013, international premiere of Most Welcome took place at Ilford Cineworld in London. The movie was also showcased at Cineworld Birmingham, Bradford, Enfield, Wood Green, Wands Worth, Ilford, Wolverhampton and Louton. The movie would be showcased in USA, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, Quatar and Dubai.
Ananta’s next movie was Nishwartha Bhalobasa. With this movie, Ananta debuted as a director. Nishwartha Bhalobasa was a major milestone in the history of Bangladeshi mainstream commerical cinema for it was screened at the 66th Cannes Film Festival in France on May 18, 2013. On June 30, 2013 the movie was premiered in Star Cineplex at Bashundhara city. The movie was released in theaters in August. Ananta showed major improvement as an actor in this movie. Like his previous movies, this one also did very well at the box office. Viewers and critics both liked Ananta’s performance.
Ananta is now working on his next film Most Welcome2. It is a sequel of Most Welcome. Already, the movie is creating a lot of buzz in Dhallywood. As per media report, the movie will star popular Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu. Ananta and Clive Curtis wrote and directed the movie.
It is true that Ananta has some shortcomings but the most important fact is he tried to do something for Dhallywood. Before Ananta, the condition of mainstream commercial cinema in Dhallywood was not so good and there was no variation in movie making. Ananta came and changed all that. Thanks to him, many people, who once stopped going to the cinema halls, have started to return. Thus, I would say that Ananta is doing a great job and I wish him all the best for his upcoming movies.