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Bangladesh to join Tolly-Bolly meet

Posted on Dec 15, 02:52PM | IBNS

Bangladesh Information and Broadcasting Minister Hasanul Haq Inu is all set to inaugurate a conclave to commemorate the 100 years of Indian Cinema in Kolkata on Dec 21.

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in collaboration with Media and Entertainment Business Conclave (MEBC) East- 2nd Chapter, will host the conclave to boost up the economy and commerce of Bengali Cinema, by developing a market in Bangladesh.

Tollywood superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee, filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh and singer Usha Uthup were present at the curtain raiser event of the Conclave along with the officials of FICCI.

Senior director of FICCI Leena Jaisani said, "To re-establish the culture, the essence and market of Bengali films, we need to think about Indo-Bangladesh commercial tie-ups."

Prosenjit Chatterjee said, "This celebration of centenary of Indian Cinema would be a combination of old, new and upcoming movies."

"As convener of MEBC and on the behalf our Tollywood industry we are announcing that on Dec 21 some pillars of Indian Cinema will be felicitated by FICCI to salute their contribution in Indian Cinema since its birth," he added.

Speaking on the same, Rituparno Ghosh said, "This year our eyes would be on Indo-Bangladesh ties, and we are choosing the cultural and cinematic ground on the basis of Bengali speaking community."

"If we can negotiate with Bangladesh film Industry as both being the Bengali speaking community to open the market of Cinema mutually, we could screen cinemas in both the countries and harmonize brotherhood setting an example" Ghosh said.

According to producer Jai Khemka, "Bangladesh was once considered as one of the superior film industry than Tollywood where the market of Bengali cinema was very much stronger. But in the passage of time their condition worsened, so an initiative to revive the glory is so much needed."

The conclave will pay homage to veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra, versatile singer Bhupen Hazarika and music maestro Pt. Ravi Shankar.

Also to pay tribute to Yash Chopra whose last film was Jab Tak Hain Jaan, 'Yash Chopra Fellowship' programme would be introduced.

Directors all over the country including Subhash Ghai, Ramesh Sippy, Mukesh Bhat, Sriram Raghaban, Rajabali would be present along with the participants from Bengali film industry (Tollywood) and discuss about the Indian Cinema's great panorama and globalize it.