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April 3 declared National Film Day

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, poses for a photograph with the winners of the National Film Award 2010 at a programme at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka on Tuesday.— PID photoThe prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, poses for a photograph with the winners of the National Film Award 2010 at a programme at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka on Tuesday.— PID photo

PM distributes National Film Award-2010

The prime minister on Tuesday said filmmakers should concentrate on focusing the history, culture and heritage of the Bangalees in their creations to shape the nation’s dream.
She was addressing the National Film Award-2010 ceremony at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the afternoon.
The government has taken the decision to declare film making as an industry to bolster the production of good-quality movies with a quest for establishing truth and justice.
Information minister Abul Kalam Azad chaired the ceremony while information secretary Hedayetullah Al Mamun gave the welcome address.
An 11-member jury board, having scrutinised 27 films, selected 25 people in different categories for the national award.
Anwar Hossain received the lifetime achievement award while Sakib Khan won the best male lead prize for his role in ‘Bhalobashlei Ghar Bandha Jai Na’ and Purnima the best female lead prize for ‘Ora Amake Bhalo Hotey Dilo Na’.
‘Gahine Shabda’ was selected the best film and its director Khalid Mahmood Mithu won the best director’s prize.
MA Alamgir was named the best supporting male actor for his role in ‘Jiban Maraner Sathi’, and Romana the best female supporting actor for ‘Bhalobasley Ghar Badha Jai Na’.
Sujeya Shyam won the best music director for the film ‘Obujh Bou’, while Emdadul Haq Khokon was selected as the best dance director for the song ‘O Jiban Tuchha’ in the film ‘Mughal-e-Azam’.
SI Tutul was declared the best male singer while Shammi Akhter the best female vocal, both for the film ‘Bhalobasley Ghar Badha Jai Na’.
Sheikh Sadi Khan won best composer’s award for ‘Bhalobasley Ghar Badha Jai Na’ and Kabir Bakul was named the best lyricist for the film ‘Nishwas Amar Tumi’.
Awards were also given in the categories of best costume designer, cinematographer and art director.
Stressing on choosing better themes and improving the production quality, the PM said that good quality films could attract around one crore of expatriate Bangalees living around the world. This would help expand the market of Bangladeshi films, she observed.
Having urged the mass media to encourage good film making the PM also stressed that atmosphere of cinema halls needed to be improved and urged the hall owners to pay attention to this.
Congratulating the award winners Sheikh Hasina said that April 3 was a landmark day in the country’s film industry as the founding president, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, introduced the ‘East Pakistan Film Development Corporation’ bill in parliament on this day in 1957 while he was in charge of the ministry of industries, commerce, labour, anti-corruption and rural development for East Pakistan.
Having established the FDC has been in the middle of the country’s all film-related activities, said the PM and declared the day as National Film Day to be observed from the next year.
The prime minister blamed the successive governments after the killing of the founding president in 1975 for the deterioration of the film industry.
‘A handful of money mongers started producing obscene films that destroyed the prospective industry. People lost interest in local films that resulted in closing the cinema halls one after another,’ she said, adding corruption and incompetence made FDC a losing concern.
The PM also listed the measures taken by her government for the sector’s recovery, including execution of the copyright, enactment of the Chalachhitra Sangsad (registration) act and pornography control act and establishment of a special taskforce and monitoring cell to check production and screening of obscene films and video piracy.
‘Local film industry is regaining its lost glory with the execution of the laws,’ she said and added that steps were taken to upgrade the technological and other facilities of FDC.
The prime minister also declared to establish Bangabandhu Film City.

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