Frustrated Ilias Kanchan leaves Film Artists’ Association

Published : 04 Mar 2024 10:13 PM

In a poignant departure from his role as President of the Bangladesh Film Artists' Association, Ilias Kanchan expressed deep-seated frustration and sorrow as he announced his farewell. The impending end of the current committee's tenure has set the stage for the 2024-26 committee election, slated for April 19 at the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC). However, amidst the buzz of preparations for the election, Kanchan's departure carries a weight of unresolved internal conflicts and discord within the association.

Elected as president in 2022, Kanchan's tenure has been marred by internal strife, preventing the committee from functioning cohesively. He lamented, "Since the election, there have been many issues regarding one position of the committee." Kanchan emphasized the distinction between the interests of the Artists' Association and individual ambitions, highlighting the need for unity and a collective vision. His departure signifies not just personal disappointment but reflects a broader sentiment of disarray within the artistic community and the film industry.

Despite his decision not to participate in the upcoming election, Kanchan pledged unwavering support to the association and its members. He urged for the selection of qualified individuals, cautioning against succumbing to external influences or personal gain. "Do not destroy everything for the next two years for the sake of greed," he warned, urging voters to prioritize candidates who will steadfastly champion the interests of the Artists' Association and the broader artistic community.

As the Bangladesh Film Artists' Association prepares for a new chapter, Kanchan's farewell serves as a sobering reminder of the challenges and responsibilities that lie ahead. His parting words echo a call for unity, integrity, and a steadfast commitment to the betterment of the industry.