Artistes, directors and technical staff of local film industry, known as Dhallywood, protested at the release of India-Bangladesh joint-venture film in the country by organising programmes on Sunday in front of Bangladesh Film Development Corporation and Bangladesh Film Censor Board.
They organised the programme to mount pressure on the censor board not to release two big-budget joint-venture films including Nawbab and Boss2, scheduled to get release in the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr along with two local films Rajnity and Ahangkar.
Fourteen associations, led by Bangladesh Film Directors’ Association, organised a sit in programme in front of the BFDC at Tejgaon on Sunday morning and then marched towards the BFCB office at Eskaton.
In both of the sit in programmes, leaders of all these associations demanded not to issue censor certificates for both of the films starring the leading actors of Dhaka and Kolkata based film industries like Shakib Khan, Shabnam Bubli, Jit, Shubhasree, Nusrat Faria and others.
Shakib Khan acted lead characters in Rajnity and Ahangkar opposite Opu Biswas and Shabnam Bubly respectively.
Bangladesh Film Directors’ Association president Mushfiqur Rahman Gulzar, its general Badiul Alam Khokon, Bangladesh Film Artistes’ Association president Misha Soudagar, its general secretary Zayed Khan, eminent actors Farooque, Riaz, Anjona, Rubel, Emon, Poppy, Porimoni and others demanded ban on the release of joint-venture films as those do not follow the guidelines of Joint-Venture Film Policy-2012 by not appointing equal number of artistes and technical crew members from both countries thus many of the local artistes and technicians are losing jobs.
‘We are fed up with the producers of joint-venture films, who rigorously violate the guidelines of the policy. Now it is time to stand together against all the irregularities to protect the interest of the local industry,’ said Gulzar, adding that Indians were getting all the benefits of the joint-venture films.
Seasoned actor Farooque said, ‘We have no other option but to protest at the release of the joint-venture films for our survival.’
‘We will have to force the government to fulfill our demands since it’s the question of our survival,’ said Riaz.
The India-Bangladesh joint-venture film production concept was introduced in 2012 following series of meetings of the Dhaka and Kolkata based film industries.
Earlier, the local film industry sources said, Indians in association with the local exhibitors tried to import and exhibit Indian films. In response to their demands, the government in 2011 withdrew the ban, effective since 1965.
But the decision made the local industry furious and they forced the government to reinstate the ban after five months.
Under the South Asian Free Trade Area Agreement, Indian films get release in Bangladesh in exchange of exhibiting same number of local films in India.
Information ministry sources said they would talk with the Dhallywood leaders, who were protesting at release of joint-venture films.
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