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India, BD agree to produce 1971 war documentary jointly

18 August 2016 bdnews24.com



India and Bangladesh have agreed to jointly produce a documentary on the 1971 War of Independence of Bangladesh.
The decision was taken during the meeting between India's Minister for Information and Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu and his Bangladesh counterpart Hasanul Haq Inu in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Taking the friendly relation with Bangladesh ahead, Naidu said that the All India Radio (AIR) would be launching an exclusive service for Bangladesh and Bengali diaspora titled "Akashvani Maitree" on 23rd August 2016.
"The Hon'ble President of India would be launching the channel which would act as a bridge of amity between the two countries," Naidu said adding that the two countries would strive to promote the commonality of heritage and culture.
Naidu stated that the archival material available with Films Division, DD and other media units would be optimally utilised. "This documentary proposed to be produced would commemorate the 50th year of Bangladesh Independence in 2021," he said. During their interaction Naidu said that information dissemination is critical to counter terrorism which is a common issue plaguing both India and Bangladesh.
"Timely and correct dissemination of information will prevent rumours and falsehood, while at the same time, build the spirit of cooperation and understanding between people," he said.
India's Information and Broadcasting Secretary Ajay Mittal and other senior officers were also present in the meeting. Naidu also agreed to the proposal of his Bangladesh counterpart to facilitate the production of the mega movie by Bangladesh to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 2020. Both sides also agreed to jointly workout a proposal for a joint AV co-production agreement between the two countries. It was also agreed to organise Film Festival of India in Bangladesh and a Bangladesh Film Festival in India. The Bangladesh minister also agreed to the request of Venkiah Naidu to provide the celluloid version of the film 'Devdas' directed by Pramatesh Barua, the Bengali version produced in 1935.
Bangladesh had earlier provided the DVD version of the film to NFAI. Regarding the facilitation of Free Film Trade between the two countries, Naidu mentioned that Bangladesh could consider to relax the legal provisions which restricted the number of Indian films in that country.
The easing of restrictions would have a positive impact on the local film industry. The minister also offered to train the young filmmakers and entrepreneurs from Bangladesh at the Indian Film and Training Institutes.
He also mentioned that collaborative measures would be initiated between NFDC and Bangladesh Film Development Corporation to promote joint production of films and also between NFAI and Bangladesh Film Archives for digitisation and archiving.
The ministers during their deliberations also agreed to promote capacity building and training workshops for media persons, exchange programme for officers associated with information and broadcasting and exchange of programmes between DD and its counterpart in Bangladesh.

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