The release of ‘Pathan’ in Bangladesh is part of an initiative under the SAFTA agreement, with a planned release date of January 27. However, there is a chance the release may be delayed, but the film will still be made available in the near future.
Although the release of Bollywood films in Bangladesh has been blocked, while Kolkata films are still imported. This has caused confusion and questions within the domestic film industry. Many hall owners have stated that they prefer to show Bollywood films as they are more popular and in demand, as opposed to domestic films. Kazi Hayat, the President of the Director’s Association, seems to agree with this sentiment and supports the exhibition association’s stance.
The film association in Bangladesh supports the release of Hindi films in the country, but with a condition. The artist association wants 10% of the income generated from these films.
Nipun added that the ‘Shilpi Samiti’ has agreed to the import of Hindi films and has stated that 10 percent of the profit generated by Bollywood films in Bangladesh has to be given to the association (‘Shilpi Samiti’). The funds generated from this will be used to support artists and their welfare.
Nipun said that if Bollywood films are released in Bangladesh, it will help keep the halls in business. She believes that it is important to save the halls in the first place to save the industry as a whole.