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3rd Bangladesh Film Festival-2021 begins in Kolkata

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3rd Bangladesh Film Festival-2021 begins in Kolkata

A five-day long 3rd Bangladesh Film Festival-2021 began Friday at Nandan Hall in Kolkata, West Bengal with much enthusiasm and festivity in presence of popular artistes and eminent film makers from both the countries.

Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud opened the festival as the Chief guest Friday afternoon when Minister for Science and Technology of West Bengal Government Bratya Basu and India’s External Affairs Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla joined the festival as the guest of honour.

Besides, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Muhammad Imran and noted Film Director of India Gautam Ghosh attended the inaugural ceremony as special guests with Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner in Kolkata Towfiq Hasan in the chair.

Ministry of Information of Bangladesh with the support of Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata organized the festival, in which a total of 32 Bangladeshi feature films will be screened.

In his inaugural speech, Dr Hasan Mahmud called for further enhancing cultural ties between Bangladesh and India aimed at establishing proximity between the people of the two friendly nations.

“We have to increase our cultural ties further so that nothing can create division among the people of the two friendly countries,” he added.

In this connection, he referred that Bangladesh’s film industry started its journey through the hands of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman while Bangladesh India joint venture films are being produced during the tenure of Bangabandhu’s daughter and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Laying emphasis on enhancing cultural ties between the two neighbouring countries, the West Bengal Government Minister Bratya Basu opined that politics should not be mixed with the art and culture for the development of society.

He paid rich tribute to the memory of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, saying that Bangabandhu was not only the valuable asset for West Bengal or Bangladesh but he was the asset of entire world. Harsh Vardhan Sringla said the Bangladesh and India ties cannot be severed as it is time-tested and based on shared sacrifice.

“Our relations are based on our shared sacrifice,” he said and underlined the need for further enhancing people to people contact for the greater interest of the two friendly nations.

Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Muhammad Imran emphasized the need for organizing such type of festival in different places across India to let the new generation know about the cultural heritage of Bangladesh.

Celebrated Bangladeshi film artistes Jaya Ahsan, Ferdous Ahmed, Riaz Ahamed, Dilara Hanif Purnima attended the function.

However, India’s eminent film artistes Srijit Mukherjee, Anirban Bhattacharja and Prosenjeet Chattapadhya, among others, were also present.

The festival began today with the screening of the film- “Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale”, a film produced by eminent writer Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury based on the life of Sheikh Hasina, the incumbent Prime Minister of Bangladesh and daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Other films, which will be screened during the five day long festival include- ‘Jalaler Golpo’, ‘Krishnopokkho’, ‘Oggatonama’, ‘Rajadhiraj Razzak’, ‘Under Construction’, ‘Debi , ‘Podmo Patar Jol’, ‘Abar Boshonto’, ‘Maya: The Lost Mother’, ‘Na Dorai’, ‘Ankhi O Tar Bandhura’, ‘Fagun Haway’, ‘Iti Tomari Dhaka’, ‘Bhuban Majhi’ and ‘Pora Mon’. Among the films ‘Jalaler Golpo’, ‘Krishnopokkho’, ‘Oggatonama’, ‘Rajadhiraj Razzak’, ‘Ankhi O Tar Bandhura’, ‘Fagun Haway’ and ‘Iti Tomari Dhaka’ were produced by country’s popular production house Impress Telefilm.

Earlier, the Information Minister inaugurated an art exhibition titled ‘Bangabandhu and Bangladesh’ marking the Birth Centenary of Bangladesh’s founding Father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

A total of 100 artworks are being displayed at the exhibition began at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kolkata.

BK

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