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Love me or Kill me: Behind the scenes of Dhallywood

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Growing up in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sarker Protick would look forward to Friday afternoons, when, on the national television channel, he could count on the screening of a Dhallywood film, says a report on the Slate.

Full of epic romances and cartoonish violence, the movies made by the country’s film industry were exercises in extremes, made quickly and with small budgets to appeal to the widest possible audience. For the young Protick, they offered a glimpse into a fantastical world.

“They show what people want to see; it’s good winning over evil. It’s very social. And it also projects the fantasy for the working class people, helps them to dream on,” he said via email.

In his series, “Love Me or Kill Me,” Protick captures that duality, with photos of splattered blood, guns, and beautiful heroines on film sets at the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC). With their supersaturated color and gauzy lights, they accentuate the most surreal elements of the industry, and even capture a bit of the humor in the kitsch.

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