Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Monday said the government is working relentlessly to get back the golden era of the Bangla cinema through modernization of the film industry, reports BSS. “The country’s film industry had a golden period in the past. The incumbent government is working to modernize the film industry as there is no alternative to that,” he told a function marking the 41st founding anniversary of Bangladesh Film Archive at its projection hall at Agargaon in the capital.
The minister said the government will provide financial assistance and other facilities to owner of cinema halls to help develop the film industry. About the film archive, Hasan said Bangladesh Film Archive having modern facilities is working to reach the old cultural, heritage and concept to the new generation by preserving movies for next generations. Information Secretary Abdul Malek addressed the function as the special guest with Bangladesh Film Archive Director General (DG) Bidhan Chandra Karmakar in the chair.
Bangladesh Press Council Chairman Justice MdMamtaz Uddin Ahmed spoke on the occasion as the guest of honor while Film Director Syed SalahuddinZaki, Film Archive former DG SachindranathHalder and Film Directors’ Association President Mushfiqur Rahman Gulzar addressed it, among others. Film researcher Anupam Hayat presented a keynote paper on the occasion.
Film artistes Dilara Yasmin, Debu Bhattacharya and Anjana, filmmaker Abdul Latif Bachchu, Bangladesh Betar DG Narayan Chandra Sheel, National Institute Mass Communication DG Shahin Islam and TV Drama Directors Guild President SA HaqueAlik, among others, joined it. Marking the golden jubilee of independence of Bangladesh, 77th Congress of International Federation of Film Archive will be held in Dhaka from March 28 to April 4 in 2021.