Indian acting diva Sharmila Tagore on Saturday underlined the need for production of joint-venture films between Bangladesh and India.
The iconic actress came up with this view while addressing a programme tilled SharmilaTagore and Jeet Gannguli Live in Dhaka at the International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in Dhaka.
Sharmila said, “The main issue in the exchange of culture between Bangladesh and India is cinema, so as an artiste I want to see more joint production films.”
“Bangladeshi artistes will go to India and our ones (Indian) will also visits Bangladesh and it will boost the relations between two neighbouring countries,” she maintained.
Prior to Sharmila’s appearing on the stage, Bangladeshi artistes like Nadia, Tarin, Ivan Shohag, and Chadni presented the audience with fabulous performance.
Later on, noted singer Jeet Gannguli and SA RE GA MA star Doel Goswami held the audience spellbound by rendering some hit songs like Ki Kore Toke Bolbo, Hundred Percent Love, Much Kurane Hey Baja Tumho, Monta Kore Uru Uru, and Khujesi Toke Raat Birate on the occasion.
Sharmila arrived in Dhaka on Friday for the third time to attend a concert to mark the 21st founding anniversary of ATN Bangla.
The Bollywood queen has raised the issue of joint production at a time when the Bangladeshi cinema industry is divided into two poles in this regard.
The one side wants to continue joint production with the strict enforcement of the joint venture law, while the other side is up against the matter.
As a result, Sharmila’s call has created a furor among cinephiles of Bangladesh and West Bengal, adding fuel to the flames.
Sharmila Tagore is an Indian film actress known for her works predominantly in Hindi cinema.
She has received two National Film Awards and two Filmfare Awards for her performances.
She led the Indian Film Censor Board from October 2004 till March 2011. In December 2005 she was chosen as an UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
She was one of the International Competition’s Jury Members at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
In 2013, she was awarded Padma Bhushan by the Govt of India.
Tagore began her career as an actress in Satyajit Ray’s 1959 Bengali film Apur Sansar (The World of Apu), as the ill-fated bride of the title character.
She later appeared in Shakti Samanta’s Kashmir Ki Kali in 1964. Samanta cast her in many more films, including An Evening in Paris (1967), in which she became the first Indian actress to appear in a bikini, which established Tagore as somewhat of a sex symbol in Hindi films. She also posed in a bikini for the glossy Filmfare magazine in 1968. But, when Tagore was the chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification, she expressed concerns about the increased use of bikinis in Indian films.
Samanta later teamed up Tagore with Rajesh Khanna for movies such as Aradhana (1969) and Amar Prem (1972). Other directors paired them together in Safar (1970), Daag (1973), and Maalik (1972). The pair of Khanna-Sharmila gave 7 box office hits – Aradhana, Safar, Amar Prem, Chhoti Bahu, Daag , “Raja Rani” and Avishkaar.
Jeet Gannguli, popularly known as Jeet, is a music composer and singer of Bengali and Hindi movies. Gannguli was initiated into the world of music at the age of three. He was a student of Baranagore Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama High School from where he completed his schooling.
He is trained in Indian classical music under the guidance of his father Kali Ganguly and his pisima (father’s sister) Shibani Roychowdhury. He studied western classical music, jazz and rock with jazz guitarist Carlton Kitto. Gannguli is a music director in Bollywood, scoring music for films.
Gannguli got his first break when Sanjay Gadhvi was signed on to direct Tere Liye and he, in turn, signed on his friends Jeet Gannguli and Pritam as music composers. In 2002 Yash Raj Films signed Gadhvi up to direct Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, for which the Gannguli-Pritam duo composed the music.