Bangladeshi gamers have a soft corner for Grand Theft Auto - an open world game series many grew up playing. Who didn't exchange cheat codes and Bangla dubbed GTA CDs as a kid?
In the 2000s, there were two kinds of kids - one kind that played GTA on their own PC, the other kind that played GTA on their cousin's PC. Suffice is to say, both kinds loved playing this game on Pentium four computers.
GTA was our gateway to the adult world - a virtual escape of sorts for the deshi kids who wanted to grow up and do cool things. And since gamers can modify the custom-made characters to roleplay in GTA 5, what if a Dhallywood legend stepped into the fictional city of GTA ?
Yes, I'm talking about Dipjol. If the Original gangster of Dhallywood becomes a playable character in GTA, it would be a moonshot event for the gaming world. Here's why.
Dipjol has basically played the same role in hundreds of movies. One liners, piercing eyes, comical hand to hand combat - all of which are staples in his films . He is a true hustler, the YOLO type, the Frank Underwood equivalent of Dhallywood.
In one of his films, he drives a school bus to smuggle cocaine. In another, he bites a woman to death. Despite having a gun, he kills one of his goons using a drill machine - wearing a wide grin, flashing his teeth. If you are still not convinced that he is the definitive video game character, I can't think of anything else to say.
The rising concern against video game violence could take a dramatic turn once Dipjol debuts as a GTA character. Gamers step into the shoes of Michael, Franklin and Trevor - the three main protagonists of GTA 5 - and wreak havoc which even the Bangladeshi Police won't tolerate (Oops, sorry. Can't stay politically correct 24/7). Dipjol's last film "Dulabhai Jindabad" was not quite overwhelming. So he shouldn't complain if we mod him as a character in the game.
First things first, Dipjol needs a cool ride. Cars are a must have feature for open world games and Dipjol will most definitely prefer a Tesla Cybertruck. Ferraris and Mustangs are for thugs, Cybertrucks are for Dipjols!
Weapons are a shorthand for violence. Dipjol will need his signature torture devices to trounce the enemies. Forget the molotov cocktails and bazookas, Dipjol once killed an innocent man just by choking him to death, but he played the flute beforehand.
He practically foreshadowed that poor man's death by saying, "Tor laiga bashi bajanor shomoy hoise" (The time has come for me to play the flute for you). So, flutes can be a weapon of choice in our version of GTA 5.
What about the soundtracks? Who needs hip-hop music to highlight our carnal instincts in a game when we have an ensemble of Dipjol songs? "'Poot koira dimu' shouldn't be a GTA soundtrack" - said no gamer ever.
Pitching a Dipjol edition of GTA 5 was a good enough reason to get me kicked out of my parents' place. The bad news is that they hate Dipjol and video games equally. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'll go write a Far Cry sequel with Dipjol as the final boss.