Different associations of the local film industry known as Dhallywood threatens to organise a massive movement if the producers of the India-Bangladesh joint venture films violate the guidelines of Joint-Venture Film Policy-2012 by not appointing equal number of artistes and technical crew members from both countries.
Leaders of all the 14 associations of the local film industry have jointly sent a letter requesting Bangladesh Film Censor Board for not issuing censor certificate to Nabab ad Boss 2 in this Eid, if those films do not fulfil the guidelines of appointing equal number of artistes and technical staff as stipulated in the policy.
‘We will mount pressure on the government and exhibitors to stop screening of Nabab and Boss 2 if those films get permission without following guidelines of appointing equal number of artistes and crew members from Bangladesh and India,’ said Mushfiqur Rahman Guljar, president of Bangladesh Film Directors’ Association.
Joint-Venture Film Policy-2012 clearly stipulates that a joint venture film will not get release permission if it does not recruit equal number of artistes and crew, Mushfiq said.
But, Mushfiq said, the policy was not followed and the Indian were getting benefits from such violation.
‘We have also got allegations that credit list of Bangladeshi producers and technical crew members are not shown in case of the release of a joint venture films in India,’ Mushfiq said.
The censor board had to ban the release of joint-venture film Black last year as the local film industry alleged that the film did not appoint same number of artistes and crew members from Bangladesh and India.
The ban was, however, withdrawn later.
Leaders of different associations claimed that they were protesting at the violation of the clause of the policy for protecting the interest of the local film artistes, technical staff and the industry in general.
‘Lead roles and technicians are mainly recruited from India, while a few minor roles are given to Bangladesh actors’, said Zayed Khan, general secretary of Bangladesh Film Artistes’ Association.
The Indians always get priority when it comes to appointing the technical staff and other behind the scene crew like cinematographers, fighting directors, dance directors, assistant directors, editors and others.
As a result, the association leaders said, local technical staff were losing job.
‘We have to stop this at any coast considering the interest of the local industry,’ said Badiul Alam khokon, general secretary of Bangladesh Film Directors’ Association.
The joint venture film concept was the brain child of the Kolkata-based film industry when they failed to export their films to Bangladesh at our protest, said Khokon, adding that the Kolakta-based artistes and crew members were getting full benefits from the joint venture films.
Supplementing Khokon, Guljar said, ‘Getting no chance of exporting their films to Bangladesh, the Indians are now grabbing the local market in the name of joint-venture films.’
The Indians, Guljar said, were also getting advantages from South Asian Free Trade Area agreement as their films were being screened in all major cinemas in Bangladesh while the Bangladeshi films exported under the agreement were not getting release in mainstream cinemas.
SAFTA agreement allows import of an Indian film against the export of a local film, Mushfiq said, adding that Bangladeshi films had not yet been screened in major cinemas in India.
Mushfiq and other local leaders vowed to work together to protect the interest of the local film industry.
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