The diamond jubilee of the film industry of the country was celebrated at a programme at the Nalini Kanta Bhattasali auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum on Friday.
The event, organised by Bangali Samogro Museum, marks the 60 years of the release of the first Bengali-language feature film, Abdul Jabbar Khan’s Mukh O Mukhosh, on August 3, 1956.
There was a discussion session attended by the information minister Hasanul Haque Inu, professor emeritus Anisuzzaman, Dhaka University vice-chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique, and human rights activist Sultana Kamal.
Also on hand were director Moshiuddin Shaker, actors Faruque and Kabari, film critic Anupam Hayat, and the director general of National Film Institute, Mohammad Jahangir.
‘Films have always played an important part in all the major socio-political movements of our country, especially through their depiction of the events shaping or leading up to those movements,’ said Anisuzzaman.
Anupam Hayat said the development of the Dhaka-based film industry was not without barriers, since it had to compete with the trio of West Pakistani, Indian and Hollywood films since its very inception.
Mohammad Jahangir, in his speech, said the history of films in Bangladesh is much older than it is thought. ‘We have information that Hiralal Sen, a man from Manikganj, made a short film titled Flower of Persia in 1898. Later, the Nawab family in Dhaka produced films like The Last Kiss and Sukumari in 1927. So Mukh O Mukhosh was not the first film of this region,’ he added.
At the programme, a special tribute was paid to eminent cinematographer MA Samad whose 12th death anniversary was observed on Friday.
‘MA Samad’s contributions to the development of our industry were immense,’ said Moshiuddin Shaker, who worked with Samad in his film Surja Dighal Bari.
The programme also included an exhibition of posters and other souvenirs of films as well as screening of selected parts from classic films such as Stop Genocide and Hangor Nadi Grenade.
Besides, noted playback singer Khurshid Alam presented popular film songs of yesteryear including Chupi Chupi Bolo Keu and Jodi Bou Sajogo.
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