I protest against the trend, not visiting artistes: Rakayet

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:50, Aug 04,2017


Gazi Rakayet

Noted actor turned director Gazi Rakayet said that he protests at the trend of Indian artistes acting in local productions without work permits whereas a Bangladeshi artiste needs work permit for acting in Indian productions.
For years Indian artistes have been coming to Bangladesh on tourist visas for acting in local productions. Protesting at the trend noted actor turned director Gazi Rakayet filed a general diary with the Banani Police Station on Wednesday.
Rakayet, who is the member secretary of FTPO (Federation of Television Professionals Organisation), an alliance of 13 organisations of television professionals, filed the GD on behalf of the federation.
‘We (Bangladeshi artistes) have to get proper papers whenever we work in India, so the similar rule should apply for Indian artistes who come to Bangladesh for acting in local productions,’ said Rakayet, who also added that he has no problem with visiting foreign artistes rather he protests at the faulty system.
‘Some online portals reported that I filed the GD against Tollywood actor Parambrata who is currently in Dhaka for acting at a upcoming local production but this is not true,’ said Rakayet, who added that the names of Tollywood actor Parambrata, local teleplay maker Shahriar Shakil and his production house Kandy Productions were mentioned in the GD as Shakil is currently making a drama series Feluda in which Parambarta is acting in the lead role.
The GD, numbered 108, filed by me was not against any individual. The trend of Indian artistes acting in local productions without work permits was stated in the diary. Any foreign artiste can work in our local productions but for that they should acquire a work permit, said Rakayet.
Rakayet also talked about the activities of FTPO, which has been protesting against some private television channels for airing Bangla-dubbed foreign television series as these shows, according to FTPO, are costing local artistes and teleplay makers their jobs.
‘We have been in talks with the information ministry regarding the issue and hopefully the ministry will take some necessary steps very soon. I hope we will receive a positive response from the ministry within next two weeks,’ said Rakayet.

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