This is from a movie written and directed by one of my favorite authors- Humayun Ahmed.
The dance steps here are for women, so why are these men doing them? I will explain the history of this dance after explaining some of the scenes 🙂 The clear audio version of the song along with the free download link is at the end of the post.
At 0:30 seconds into the scene, the father walks up to his son’s dance tutor and tells him, “Hey! Are you the one who’s going to be dancing for the client or my boy? Go teach him!!” Telling him to start teaching the boy already instead of just dancing, LOL. The tutor gets embarrassed but complies. He continues his dance and gets the boy to dance along.
At 0:56 seconds, the female servants of the client’s home came to sneak in behind bushes for a glimpse of men doing lady-like dance moves.
At 1:20 minutes into the video,the arrogant tabla-player claims he knew how to dance better than the “dance master” (what he called said, “Dase-master,” because he couldn’t properly pronounce the English word, as you hear from the beginning in his dialogue)) Then he joins in to show them how to do “real hip revolutions”.
The boy’s father gets shocked at seeing his hired tabla player acting like this. At 1:37 minutes he comes and tells him to stop being ridiculous LOL. You see the father manages everything here. He also gets vexed easily, as you’ve seen. And then the tabla-player goes back to doing his work. Irritated, the father goes back to sitting and watching.
At 2:08 minutes you see one weird guy in black enjoying the scene of the little boy dancing (and maybe enjoying this a little too much). This guy is a lonely servant at the client’s home with an unusual obsession with the client’s horses…. That’s all I will say. Watch the movie, it raises awareness of a sad history people never seem to talk about.
Now for the Bangladeshi history lesson of long, long ago:
Women weren’t allowed to dance or perform in our country at that time. They’d stay at home and work. So a group of men got the idea of cross-dressing and dancing like women for business. They would get dressed like women, look like women and act like women to arouse their male clients.
From the movie, as you see from the video, the father of the boy irritatingly managing the tutors and the band….is also his pimp. This is why the name of the movie, Ghetu Putra Komola, translated to English is “Pleasure-Boy Komola”. The feminine name of the character the boy dances as is called Komola. He would dress up as a girl, transforming from the boy (that you see in the video) to this a girl (as you see in the above picture) through make-up. Of course the boy doesn’t know what his clients would do to him…until it happens. The little boy would scream and shout to be released but the father, feeling ashamed of himself and yet, still made his son comply because they were poor.
I won’t give out spoilers for the movie, it is an excellent one and in the end it made me want to cry.
Clear Audio Version:
Download link: HERE.