Bond between two Bengals not bound by fences: Hasan

Published : 29 Oct 2022 09:45 PM

Even if a barbed wire fence or a geographical border is tied, no one can separate the bond between the hearts of the people of two Bengals, said Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, who is visiting Kolkata.

He spoke about this alliance in his speech as the chief guest at the opening of the 4th Bangladesh Film Festival at Rabindra Sadan in the 800-year-old city of Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, India, on Saturday evening.

Mentioning that Bengalis are very talented, Hasan Mahmud said that most of those who have received Nebel awards from India are Bengalis. In terms of talent, Bengalis are moving forward, leaving many of the world behind. Our culture is one of the advanced cultures of the world. Referring to the beginning of the film industry in Bangladesh in 1957 by the hand of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the minister said that our art and culture should not be bound by the barbed wire fence. Artists have no geographical boundaries. Uttam-Suchitra is not only from India, we think they are from Bengal, they are also from us.

Babul Sarkar, Minister of Information Technology, Electronics and Tourism Affairs of the West Bengal Government as a special guest, said that we have to take joint initiatives for the development of the films of the two countries. There is really no distance between the artists of two Bengals.

In the President's speech, India's famous film director Gautam Ghosh said that the audience of Bengali films has not decreased yet. Films of both countries should be more organized to encourage the audience.

Member of Parliament of Bangladesh Saimum Sarwar Kamal, Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh Mission in Kolkata Andalib Ilyas, First Secretary (Press) Ranjan Sen and others spoke at the event. At the end, the artists of the two countries jointly performed a cultural program. Kolkata's Nandan 1, 2 and 3 theaters are holding open screenings of 25 Bangladeshi films every day from 12 noon to 8 pm till November 2.

The full-length films at the festival include Guneen, Hridita, Beauty Circus, Hawa, Paraan, No Soil Underfoot, Pap Punya, Kalbela, Chandravati Katha, Chiranjeev Mujeeb, Rehana Maryam Noor, Nonazaler Kavya, Raat Jaga Phul, Lal Morgar Jhunti, Gore, Galui , Gandi, Vishwa Sundari, Rupsha River Bend, Shuttle Train, Man Like My Mind I Didn't Get, No-Darai, Kamala Rocket, Gehin Baluchar, Fifty Nine Winds. Documentary films include 'Haseena: A Daughter's Tale', A Day in Slaughterhouse, Song for a Country, Madhumati Par Manatti Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and short films include Khar, Maina, Transit, Kei Pabo Tare, Phera, Nari Jeevan, Kaggi Khel and Arang.

On this day in the afternoon, the visiting minister Dr Snehashis Sur, president of Calcutta Press Club, gave a speech as the main speaker in the 'Development of Bangladesh' discussion organized in the press club auditorium. Hasan Mahmud. He said that the development in Bangladesh in the last 14 years under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is an example for all the developing countries of the world. Bangladesh is one of the first three countries in the world in the list of economic growth when the economy is stagnating all over the world due to the recent corona situation.

Sheikh Hasina's government believes in regional development because there is no sustainable development without regional development. Hasan said that the relationship between the people of India and Bangladesh is written in blood and Bangladesh will remember India's cooperation in the development journey with gratitude.

Under the chairmanship of Indo-Bangla Press Club President Kingshuk Chakraborty, the Minister of Information and Broadcasting Dr Hasan Mahmud was the chief guest, Rathin Ghosh, Minister of Food and Supplies of the State Government of West Bengal was the guest of honor and Andalib Ilyas, the Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Kolkata, was the special guest and artists and media personalities of the two Bengals including Jaya Ahasan, Chanchal Chowdhury and Mosharraf Karim had a lively exchange on the occasion.

Naeem Nizam, Editor of Daily Bangladesh Pratidin, Managing Director of Ekattor TV Mozammel Haque Babu, Editor of Daily Kalbela Santosh Sharma, Editor of Bangla Tribune Zulfikar Russell, Press Minister of Bangladesh High Commission, New Delhi Shaban Mahmood were present in the programs.