Bengali film industry to bridge gap with Bangladesh

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 14, 2012 04:40 hrs

By focusing on Bengali language which connects West Bengal with Bangladesh, the film industry in Kolkata is trying to built a partnership with the neighbouring country for co-production and exhibition of movies.

Under the umbrella of FICCI's media and entertainment business conclave to be held here on December 21, the film industry would discuss and find means on how Bengali movies produced in India can be exhibited in Bangladesh and vice-versa.

"Bangladesh is a huge market for us and we want that market to be opened up for Bengali films. We want an exchange and we will begin by building a platform for communication between filmmakers," said actor Prosenjit Chatterjee, also the convener of the conclave.

Eastern India Motion Pictures Association (EIMPA)'s head Vijay Khemka said next year he would lead a delegation of Bengali film industry to Bangladesh.

"After the division of Bengal, two-third of the market went to Bangladesh. Their film budgets have gone down, the standards have deteriorated while the number of theatres have have halved. They are in dire need of good films and we can fill that gap," Khemka said.

Eminent director Rituparno Ghosh said, "Bengali language unites us with Bangladesh and we should focus on that."

Producers, directors and actors from Tollywood would get an opportunity to present their ideas before the Bangladesh minister of information and broadcasting who has confirmed his participation, said Leena Jaisani, head of FICCI's entertainment division.

Besides, eminent Bollywood filmmakers like Subhash Ghai, Mukhesh Bhatt and Ramesh Sippy will be attending the conclave which will also commemorate the landmark occasion of 100 years of Indian cinema.

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