Tofael: The Tea Stall Boy

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Tofael: The Tea Stall Boy
Directed by Minhazur Rahman Nayan
Produced by Minhazur Rahman Nayan
Written by Minhazur Rahman Nayan
Screenplay by Minhazur Rahman Nayan
Starring Tofael Alam
Rafique Natabar
Cinematography Shahriar Fahad
Edited by Apu Monwar
Distributed by Swadhinata Home Box
Release date
Running time
1 minute 57 second [5] [6]
Country Bangladesh
Language Bengali
Budget 5000 BDT

Tofael: The Tea Stall Boy is a 2013 Bangladeshi short film produced, written and directed by Minhazur Rahman Nayan. The short film was premiered on January 15, 2013 and is based upon an incident involving a Tofael Alam, an honest, innocent tea stall boy.

Bangladesh Country in South Asia

Bangladesh, officially the People's Republic of Bangladesh, is a country in South Asia. It shares land borders with India and Myanmar (Burma). The country's maritime territory in the Bay of Bengal is roughly equal to the size of its land area. Bangladesh is the world's eighth most populous country as well as its most densely-populated, to the exclusion of small island nations and city-states. Dhaka is its capital and largest city, followed by Chittagong, which has the country's largest port. Bangladesh forms the largest and easternmost part of the Bengal region. Bangladeshis include people from a range of ethnic groups and religions. Bengalis, who speak the official Bengali language, make up 98% of the population. The politically dominant Bengali Muslims make the nation the world's third largest Muslim-majority country. Islam is the official religion of Bangladesh.


Since its release, the short has been shown at several film festivals. The film's shooting was begun and completed at 15 September 2012. [1] [2] [3] [4] In 2013, the Vagrant Film Festival, Belarus and Free Spirit Film Festival, [6] [7] India in which it received Audience Award. [8] In 2014, the film was invited to participate in Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival [9] showing at Orpheum Theater, Flagstaff, Arizona, United States [10] and TOFF - The Online Film Festival. [11] In 2015, the fim was selected for selection in Pink City International Short Film Festival, India. [12] In 2016 finalist at CreActive International Open Film Festival (IOFF), Bangladesh. [13]

Belarus country in Eastern Europe

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A Tofael living and working at Moghbazar one of the most gathering spot in Dhaka, Bangladesh works as a tea stall worker. In spite of his poverty, cupidity and dishonesty cannot pollute his character. One day as he is working he came across a customer (Rafique Natabar) that leaves his cell phone behind after purchasing some tea. Seeing that the customer left his property behind, Tofael sets off to find the man and return his cell phone. When the child worker Tofael gives back his lost cell phone to his customer, the customer thanks him and lifts him up in a rickshaw.The honest tea stall boy feeling heavenly joy that expresses with an innocent smile. [7] [14]

Dhaka Capital city in Dhaka Division, Bangladesh

Dhaka, formerly known as Dacca, is the capital and largest city of Bangladesh. It is one of the largest and most densely populated cities in the world, with a population of 18.89 million people in the Greater Dhaka Area. Dhaka is the economic, political and cultural center of Bangladesh. It is one of the major cities of South Asia, the largest city in Eastern South Asia and among the Bay of Bengal countries; and one of the largest cities among OIC countries. As part of the Bengal plain, the city is bounded by the Buriganga River, Turag River, Dhaleshwari River and Shitalakshya River. The city is located in an eponymous district and division.



YearFilm FestivalCountryResultAward
2013The Vagrant Film Festival Belarus ScreeningN/A
2013Free Sprite Film FestivalIndiaScreeningAudience Award
2014Flagstaff Mountain Film FestivalUnited StatesScreeningN/A
2014The Online Film Festival (TOFF)United StatesScreeningN/A
2015BAD Film FestivalUnited StatesScreeningN/A
2016 International Open Film Festival (IOFF) BangladeshScreeningN/A



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