PM urges filmmakers to uphold history and culture

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the filmmakers of Bangladesh to produce films that uphold the country’s history, tradition and culture.

The Premier made the call while distributing the 40th National Film Awards – 2015 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital on Monday afternoon.

“We want those who make movies in Bangladesh to produce films that would contain the country’s history, culture and heritage and earn international accolades,” she said, adding that  her government will do whatever is necessary for it.

Underlining that Bangladesh is developing in every sector, Hasina said, “We don’t want to lag behind in the field of film and I’m giving words that we would extend whatever cooperation is needed for the development of the film industry.”

The premier handed over the awards, the highest state recognition for contributions to the country’s film industry, to 31 artistes and performers in 25 categories.

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Speaking at the function, Hasina asked those involved in the country’s film industry not to exert any influence on the process to select nominees for the National Film Award.

“Please don’t exert your influence, make it sure the real artistes are recognised,” she said.

“Awami League is now in power, and this power shouldn’t be misused. I request you to maintain this,” said Hasina requesting all not to create pressure on the selection committee.

Terming the present world a competitive one, she said those involved in the film industry must adapt to the modern technology use to remain bold and vibrant.

The Prime Minister called upon all concerned to improve the quality of movies, atmosphere, acting and technical skill of artistes, upholding own culture and tradition.

Urged the well-off section of society, to invest in this sector, the Premier said, “Our Finance Minister has given tax holiday for constructing Cineplex. We’ve reduced duty on import of modern equipments for movie houses, and we’ll provide financial assistance, if needed, as those should be modernised to attract viewers.”

Hasina said that the government has formulated the draft law of Cinema Certification Act to change the censor system and laid importance to the release of cinemas online to fulfil the desire of viewers and researchers.

Hasina asked the Information Ministry to complete the cinema-related projects quickly.

The Prime Minister congratulated the winners of the National Film Award 2015, and hoped this recognition will encourage the creative, talented and patriotic filmmakers in making life-oriented movies.

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu presided over the function, while Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the ministry AKM Rahamatullah was present as the special guest.

Information Secretary Martuza Ahmed delivered the welcome address at the function attended by ministers, advisers, parliament members, high civil and military officials, media personalities and dignitaries. On behalf of the award-recipients, renowned film actress Shabana spoke at the function expressing her feelings about receiving the award.

Source: The Daily Ittefaq