Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Friday said the third ‘Bangladesh Film Festival’ will help deepen proximity of Bangladesh and West Bengal, reports BSS.
He came up with the remarks at the inaugural session of the five-day film festival at Nandan Cinema Hall-1 in Kolkata, according to a message received here.Hasan, also the Awami League joint general secretary, formally inaugurated the film festival.
Speaking as the chief guest, he said a film touches the feelings of people and that is why it plays an important role in building men-to-men communication.
Hasan said the journey of Bangladesh’s films was started with the hands of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and Bangladesh and India are jointly working to make films under his daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“Bangalee is our real identity and that’s why we should enhance our cultural exchange, which will strengthen our proximity,” he added.
Science & Technology and Biotechnology Minister of West Bengal Sri Bratya Basu, Foreign Secretary of India Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Mohammad Imran, Indian film director Goutam Ghose, Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner to India Toufique Hasan and First Secretary (Press) Dr Md Mofakkharul Iqbal were, among others, spoke.
Bratya Basu said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is a unique resource of Bangladesh and the whole world as well.Shringla said India-Bangladesh relations are built on blood, so this relationship is not to be severed.
Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Information Ministry Saimum Sarwar Kamal, Managing Director of BFDC Nuzhat Yasmin, actress Jaya Ahsan and filmmaker Srijit Mukherji were also present at the function.
Film ‘Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale’ was exhibited at the inaugural day of the festival. Hasan Mahmud was scheduled to visit to Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata on Saturday where Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi delivered their speeches on February 6 in 1972.
Earlier in the day, Hasan Mahmud inaugurated an arts exhibition titled ‘Bangabandhu and Bangladesh’ at Academy of Fine Arts of Kolkata.