A Hall Full of Cinema by Kauser Haider


In a bustling narrow road of Old Dhaka, Manoshi Cinema Hall invites cinema lovers with three shows a day. In recent years, the strong tradition of the cinema halls is diminishing due to several reasons such as cost cutting, improper maintenance, poor production of the films, emergence of new technologies like satellite TV channels, pirated DVDs etc. Even after all these obstructions, 72 years old Manoshi Cinema Hall becomes a ‘house full’ during weekends.

Once glazed with the traditional architecture of Old Dhaka, today, the building only preserves torn plaster walls and nearly broken chairs. Most of the audiences belong to lower-income group who prefer to watch action films. Along with its cinema lovers, drug addicts and prostitutes also come and merge in the actions. About 25 staffs work non-stop behind the curtain and some of them lodge inside the hall. It seems that the atmosphere of this place forms another cinema. While I was taking photographs, all these characters inside and outside screen amused me with their actions and reactions. This story is about the people of this magical atmosphere.

Year: 2011
Photographed in: Dhaka
Camera used: Canon EOS 400D, Canon EOS 5D Mark II

2 Responses to “A Hall Full of Cinema”


  1. Blair says:

    Love the colour and the spirit. Very nice.

  2. […] obsolete machinery needed to project the films. Kauser Haider is the photographer who brings us A Hall Full of Cinema. It has been featured on various blogs, but it was nominated as a 2012 Photostory choice. A well […]

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