NEW DELHI: India and Bangladesh will release biopic on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman next March.
The decision came at a meeting between Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud and his Indian counterpart Anurag Thakur in New Delhi on Tuesday.
The meeting took place on Tuesday after Hasan Mahmud inaugurated Bangabandhu Media Corner at Press Club of India (PCI) the previous day. During the meeting, the two Indian ministers hailed Dr Hasan Mahmud for inaugurating Bangabandhu Media Corner at PCI.
They also decided to celebrate “Maitree Diwas” on December 6, the day in 1971 India formally recognised Bangladesh.
The cultural teams of both countries will perform in Dhaka and New Delhi marking celebration of the day.
The two meetings also discussed ways to boost bilateral, cultural and people-to-people relations and visa simplifications.
"The biopic on Bangabandhu is almost 75 per cent complete and we talked about finishing it soon. The shooting will be in Bangladesh for the rest of the part. We will try to end it by March," said Thakur after the meeting held at his Akbar Road residence.
About ties between two neighbours, Thakur said, "My meeting with my counterpart was a fruitful one on improving ties between both countries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also travelled to Bangladesh. Such meetings will further strengthen relations between the two countries."
Speaking on the occasion, Mahmud termed the initiative a tool for strengthening the Indo-Bangladesh relationship. Anurag Thakur invited Dr Hasan Mahmud to attend the cultural festival at the Indian city of Goa.
Ministry of External Affairs Secretary (East) and former Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Muhammad Imran, Deputy High Commissioner Nurul Islam and Minister (Press) Saban Mahmud were present.
In the evening, Dr Hasan Mahmud attended a programme marking the unveiling of a book on Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971 written by late Akashvani journalist UL Baruah.
Bangladesh Jatiya Press Club and Press Club of India singed an MoU to celebrate birth centenary of Bangabandhu, 50 years of Bangladesh-India relations and golden jubilee of independence together. The members of both press clubs will make visit to each others’ country under the deal.