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No issues with Hindi movies in Bangladesh, “Shilpi Samiti” seeks a 10% profit.

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The upcoming release of ‘Pathan’ in Bangladesh is causing quite a stir. Starring Shah Rukh Khan, the movie is set to release in Bangladesh on January 27, following its simultaneous release in India and other countries on January 25.

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.

It appears that Nipun Akhtar, the General Secretary of the Bangladesh Film industry, is in favor of allowing Bollywood films to be shown in Bangladesh. She argues that since Hollywood films are already being released in the country, Bengali films should also be able to compete with Mumbai (Bollywood) films. This statement implies that she believes it would be beneficial for the local film industry to have more competition and exposure to different types of cinema.
Nipun said that the release of Bollywood films in Bangladesh will be beneficial, stating that it will lead to the creation of better-quality movies and the end of making low-quality telefilms. However, she emphasized that Bollywood films should be barred only during the country’s festivals like Eid and Puja. She also added that this is also the decision of ‘Shilpi Samiti’ (Artists association).

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.

The Ministry of Information has not yet made a decision regarding the release of ‘Pathan’ in Bangladesh. No decision was reached during the import-export committee meeting of the ministry on Tuesday afternoon.