A group of film exhibitors from a press conference on Sunday threatened to close their cinemas if joint-venture films Boss 2 and Nabab do not get released in the Eid-ul-Fitr.
The threat came just a few hours after demonstrations organised by the 14 associations involved with local film industry in front of Bangladesh Film Censor Board and Bangladesh Film Development Corporation on Sunday demanding not to issue censor certificates for Boss 2 and Nabab.
The press conference was organised under the banner of a platform of renowned actors, directors, producers and exhibitors at Red Orchid Restaurant in Eskaton.
Famous actors, who act mostly in joint-venture films, including, Shakib Khan, Ferdaus, Amit Hasan, Arefin Shubho and others were present at the press conference.
Bangladesh Film Exhibitors’ Association president Iftekharuddin Nawshad, director Kazi Hayat and Jazz Multimedia chairman Abdul Aziz were also present at the conference.
Jazz Multimedia is the local producer of the India-Bangladesh joint-venture films Boss 2 and Nabab and also rent equipment at over 100 cinemas across the country.
A few exhibitors led by Iftekharuddin Nawshad have been demanding release of Indian films in local cinemas arguing that they were facing business loss at the scarcity of quality local films.
Owner of famous cinema Madhumita, Iftekhar, at the press conference, also mentioned the business loss they were facing at the scarcity of quality films.
‘If big budget films like Boss 2 and Nabab do not get permission, we will close our cinemas’, Iftekhar said.
‘Many cinema owners, who have already paid in advance to book either Boss2 or Nabab will have to count loss if those films are not released,’ Iftekhar said.
The co-producer of Nabab and Boss 2, Abdul Aziz said that some vested interested people were misleading the people giving wrong information that Boss 2 and Nabab violated guidelines of Joint Venture Film Policy 2012.
‘If Boss 2 and Nabab are not released this Eid, we will close cinemas those run under our supervision’, Aziz said.
Actor Shakib Khan, who has acted in Nabab, said, ‘Those who are demonstrating against the films are doing that for their parochial, personal interests.’
Other than Boss 2 and Nabab, Shakib starrer local films Rajnity and Ahankar are set to be released this Eid.
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