The area of the state-run service provider Bangladesh Film Development Corporation will decrease by 14.5 decimals as the government has acquired the land for construction of the Elevated Express Way in the capital.
The dilapidated organisation, which cannot even provide required shooting facilities due to lack of space, needs to relocate its store room and garage on its limited land, BFDC officials and local film industry insiders said.
In addition, they said, the BFDC authorities decided to demolish three out of its nine shooting floors for construction of a 12-storey commercial building for generating income.
‘BFDC is almost a non-functional organisation and cannot provide technical support to the disappearing local film industry. Reduction of its periphery for construction of Elevated Express Way and the commercial building will have negative impacts on its service,’ said popular actor-director-producer Sohel Rana.
The state-run film service provider was founded in 1959 on 760 decimals of land in Tejgaon industrial area with the aim to promote the local film industry.
But over the years it faced criticism over its mismanagement and waste of public funds. Film producers and directors show reluctance to use BFDC service as it does not have required facilities like garden, swimming pools and others. The service charge for renting cameras, editing panels and other equipment at BFDC is higher than any private service providers, they said.
Moreover, BFDC leased out its shooting floors to private TV channels, the industry insiders said.
‘Films are hardly made using BFDC services these days. Those who have money go to Hydrabad, India for shooting and those who cannot effort such costs use shooting houses in Uttara area,’ said eminent film director Kazi Hayat.
BFDC director Muhammad Azam said they would provide more shooting floors when the proposed 12-storey multi-purpose commercial building would be constructed.
‘The Tk 200 crore project placed at ECNEC will include shooting floors, cineplex, accommodation facilities, food courts, and swimming pool to facilitate indoor shooting,’ Azam said.
‘When the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Film City at Kabirpur would be inaugurated in March, problems regarding scarcity of shooting locations would be solved, he added.
But, filmmakers and producers are not convinced by the commitments. They are saying the film city will not be operational in March.
Dhallywood director Sohanur Rahman Sohan, however, doubts that the film city would be operational in March. ‘It will take more time to develop it as a suitable shooting park,’ Sohan said.
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