New Delhi: India and Bangladesh on Tuesday signed an MoU for co-production of a movie on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to be directed by eminent filmmaker Shyam Benegal that shall be launched as a part of beginning centenary celebrations of the Bangladesh founder.
The settlement was signed within the presence of Info and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar and his Bangladeshi counterpart Hasan Mahmud.
Mahmud arrived in India on Monday evening. The go to assumes significance because it comes after Bangladesh cancelled a number of high-profile visits to India amid anti-CAA protests and the controversy over NRC.
Javadekar mentioned the funds required for the movie have already been allotted by the Indian authorities.
India has prolonged its assist to determine a movie metropolis in Bangladesh and still have technical alternate between Nationwide Movie Growth Company and Bangladesh Movie Growth Company.
Either side additionally agreed to scale up joint manufacturing and alternate of airtime between Prasar Bharati and radio Bangladesh Betar.
With Tuesday’s launch, content material from Akashvani Maitree service has began airing in Dhaka and reciprocally content material from Bangladesh Radio Betar has began airing on All India Radio in Kolkata.
“Akashwani and Betar cooperation dates back and we will add more dimension to it. Today Maitree is already running for 16 hours and therefore this exchange was necessary,” Javadekar mentioned.
“Happy to inform that a formal MoU for co-production of a film on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was inked today. The film, to be directed by eminent director/producer Shri Shyam Benegal, will be completed on time and released as part of centenary celebrations of Bangabandhu,” he mentioned in a tweet.
The 2 ministers agreed to advertise additional bilateral relationships between the nations in Info and Broadcasting sector.
“PM (Narendra) Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina are two leaders who are also great friends and work together for prosperity (of the two countries),” Javadekar mentioned.
Mahmud later instructed reporters that extra joint manufacturing initiatives needs to be taken up between Bangladesh and India.
Requested about media freedom, he mentioned Bangladesh is having fun with higher freedom than many developed nations.
Bangladesh’s Deputy Overseas Minister Shahriar Alam had cancelled his go to to India to talk on the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi because it coincided with the nation’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s UAE journey, the Bangladeshi international workplace had mentioned, rejecting as “misleading” some media reviews citing different causes for cancellation of the go to.
The cancellation of Alam’s go to got here only a month after two Bangladeshi ministers – Overseas Minister A Ok Abdul Momen and Residence Minister Asaduzzaman Khan – cancelled their scheduled journeys to India.
Momen was scheduled to hitch the ministerial keynote session of Delhi Dialogue and Indian Ocean Dialogue in December and was to satisfy his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar.
The cancellation got here a day after Momen termed as “untrue” Residence Minister Amit Shah’s feedback on the persecution of spiritual minorities in Bangladesh.
Each Bangladesh and India at the moment, nevertheless, maintained that the go to was known as off as Momen had to participate in two essential nationwide occasions.
Residence Minister Khan additionally cancelled his personal go to to Meghalaya reportedly because of disturbances over the Citizenship (Modification) Act (CAA).