Film industry hopes for a better futureCultural Correspondent
The concerned people of the country’s film industry hope for a better year to get rid of the ongoing slumped trade in the mainstream industry.
Introduction of the digital film screening in the cinemas across the country that showed hope in the past year would create a boon in this year in terms of producing quality films and creating new actors, hoped the concerned people.
The introduction of the technology will decrease the budget and will also help control the video piracy for which the industry has been struggling for the past years, they added.
Responsible people in the government service provider FDC, Bangladesh Film Producers Association, Bangladesh Film Directors Association and Bangladesh Film Actors Association revealed some plans, which they believe, will help the industry go one step ahead.
A fresh air like to blow in the industry as the managing director of Bangladesh Film Development Corporation Pijush Bandopadhyay promises that the service provider will take initiative for modernisation of FDC in this year.
‘We took different welfare initiatives for film in 2012, and we have greater plans including initiating a film institute and the modernisation of FDC and cinemas as well,’ Pijush Bandopadhyay, managing director of FDC, told New Age.
‘I expect over 200 films including digital and 35mm format will be released this year after introduction of the digital technology. It won’t be any exaggeration if it’s expected that at least 30 films would be quality productions,’ eminent director Sohanur Rahman, told New Age.
‘Piracy would also be automatically controlled after introduction of the technology,’ he hoped.
Shohanur Rahman Shohan further expressed his desire to introduce a film acting academy this year under his personal initiative to meet the challenge of the shortage of actors, another major problem of the industry.
Supplementing him, Mohammad Hannan, President of the film directors’ association, said ‘We are trying our best to create new artistes. For example, I have casted a bunch of new faces in my upcoming film Shikhandi Katha.’
Many people like AJ Rana, the vice president of the association of film producers, in fact are dreaming a revival of quality movies as it were produced till 1980s.
‘I hope the industry will see better days again with collective efforts of the concerned people,’ Rana hoped.
Rana also demanded more government support like getting due facilities as enjoyed by the other business industries in the country. ‘The abolishment of cinema tax is also essential,’ Rana said.
Popular actor MA Jalil Ananta; however, empahises on improving the technological aspects. ‘Format is not the concern. Latest and best affordable technology must be introduced to attract the viewers who are habituated of watching films made in technologically advanced industries such as Hollywood and Bollybood,’ Ananta told New Age.
Supplementing him, director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki also suggests improving the standard of scripts, acting and cinematography to achieve the signature style of Bangladeshi film, which is the call of the time.
Farooki also hopes at least five quality films will be released this year.
Improvement of the facilities of the cinemas is also important, observe the concerned people. ‘It is important to convert all the remaining cinema halls into digital halls and to make new complexes in every corner of the country’, noted actor Nipun said.
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