High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India Mohammad Imran said India has been helping Bangladesh set up a film city, and that they were working on launching a joint film.
The High Commissioner of Bangladesh said this on Sunday after opening the Country Focus section at the 51st International Film Festival of India (Iffi) in Goa of India.
Bangladesh being the country of focus at this year's festival, Imran said, "India is helping Bangladesh set up a film city, and he hoped that this initiative would help increase film content in his country."
He said that single screen theatres are declining at a rate and that quality films and those with diverse content in Bangladesh are a requirement of the hour, reports The Times of India.
The High Commissioner of Bangladesh expressed his contentment that a joint film by India and Bangladesh on the father of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will be launched soon.
"The effort was taken up earlier too, but it did not take off. I am glad that a new filmmaker has been chosen to take the project forward and we are looking forward to it," Imran said.
Imran expressed how happy he is that Bangladesh is the Country of focus at Iffi as it shows the healthy diplomatic ties between the two friendly nations.
Four films from Bangladesh are being shown at Iffi under the Country Focus section.
The section opened with the film by Bangladesh's veteran filmmaker Tanvir Mokammel. 'Rupsa Nodir Banke' or 'Quiet Flows the River Rupsa', is a fictional biopic based on the life of a left wing leader.
"We are happy that Bangladesh is the country of focus this year in IFFI and we would like to thank the organisers immensely for that. It's a befitting year, as this year marks the 50th anniversary of liberation of Bangladesh as well as the diplomatic relations between India and Bangladesh," said Mokammel.
The Country of Focus is a special segment that recognises a country's cinematic excellence and contributions.
Speaking of the influence of Indian filmmakers like Satyajit Ray on the filmmakers from Bangladesh, Mokammel said, "People like Ray come once in an age. If one follows his method of working, they will never make any mistake as each shot would be well designed. But, unfortunately these days it's not a fashion to follow Ray's kind of film making."