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Film on daring female surfer makes waves in Bangladesh

Faisal Mahmud, contributing writer

The film No Dorai is based on the inspirational story of Bangladesh’s first competitive female surfer, who beat most of her male rivals. Director Tanim Rahman was busy promoting No Dorai — titled Dare to Surf for international markets — when he was served with a legal notice on December 10 that led to the withdrawal of the film from cinemas in the cities of Dhaka and Chattagram, where it had been showing since November 29. The film’s main character is named Ayesha, the name — sometimes written as Aisha — of one of the wives of Mohammed, the chief prophet and central figure of Islam.