Exhibitors threaten to close cinemas

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Mar 14,2019

 
 

Bangladesh Film Exhibitors’ Association holds a press conference at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity on Wednesday.

Bangladesh Film Exhibitors’ Association has threatened to close cinemas across the country on April 12 unless the government takes steps to ease the process of importing films and facilitating making of quality films.
Leaders of the association made the demands at a press conference held on Wednesday at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity. The conference was attended by Bangladesh Film Exhibitors’ Association president Iftekharuddin Nawshad, advisors Mia Alauddin, Sudipto Kumar Das, Mirza Abdul Khaleque and others.
‘Cinemas across the country are counting losses due to shortage of quality films. In the last few months, around a hundred cinemas have been closed. Under the present circumstances, we need the government to take steps to revive the industry,’ said Iftekharuddin Nawshad.
‘Dearth of local quality films is weighing on us heavily. So far in 2019, we have not got any commercially successful films,’ said Nawshad adding that the process of film import should be made easy.
Whenever, we go to import a film, it appears that the imported film has been released months back in its original country and our viewers do not show any interest, said Sudipto Kumar Das.
‘It is a must to ease the import process since the local industry does not produce required number of films,’ said Das.
In the last few months alone, after the Eid-ul-Azha, over a hundred cinemas have gone into non-operation.
While the number of cinemas in operation during the last Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha were around 300, the number of cinemas in operation has dwindled to 170, informed Mia Alauddin, advisor of Bangladesh Film Exhibitors’ Association.
‘To maintain a minimum profit, a cinema must get at least two quality films in a month. But we now find three or four hit films in a year which is really upsetting for the cinema-owners,’ said Alauddin.
The association will hand over a written application to the information ministry and to the prime minister to take steps. Otherwise they will close their cinemas from April 12, added Alauddin.

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