Tollywood Celebs at FICCI Media and Business Conclave East Excited on Indian - Bangladeshi Bengali Movie Synergy

Tollywood Heroes DEV and JEET felicitating Soumitra Chatterjee
Dev and Jeet with Soumitra Chatterjee

Kolkata, Dec 26, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) The FICCI Media and Business Conclave (East) turned out to be a gala affair with almost the whole of the Indian Kolkata Bangla movie industry turning out for the occasion. Held at a renowned hotel on December 21, a number of important resolutions were taken for the betterment of the Tollywood Bengali films.

Bengali actress Subhashree Ganguly and singer Babul Supriyo
Actress Subhasree Ganguly and Singer Babul Supriyo

Apart from Prosenjit Chatterjee, convener of the conclave, A-list Bengali film stars like Dev, Jeet, Koel Mullick, Abir Chatterjee, Parambrata Chatterjee, Locket Chatterjee and others graced the occasion.

Tollywood Hero JEET
Jeet

The day was not limited to Tollywood as a host of personalities from Bollywood too were present to make the event more glamourous. Mahesh Bhatt, Anurag Basu, Anurag Kashyap, Sujoy Ghosh and Sriram Raghavan were there.


The day-long conclave was inaugurated by iconic Indian film-maker and actor Goutam Ghose, who is also the Chairman of FICCI MEBC EAST. In his inaugural speech he encouraged breaking barriers and developing film tourism in Bengal and Bangladesh, given the scenic diversity of the two Bengals. From the ranges of the lofty Himalyas to the Bay of Bengal, the rivers, tributaries and unique features of Bangladesh are perfect settings for film tourism.

Finance Minister of West Bengal Amit Mitra pointed out in his speech that Projects on two film cities in the state have been started while the location for a third one has been identified. Mitra also mentioned some investors even from Western film cities have shown interest to invest on these upcoming film cities in Bengal.

As Indo-Bangladeshi synergy was a focus area in the meeting, the Finance Minister said if the gates for free flow of Bengali films into Bangladesh and vice-versa were opened, both the film industries would get a great boost. He made an earnest request to Hasanul Haq Inu, Information Minister of Bangladesh and Chief Guest, for his cooperation to make this happen.

Rituparno Ghosh
Rituparno Ghosh

Bijoy Khemka, President of Film Federation of India said, “As Indian Bengali movies are not allowed to be released in Bangladesh, there is a high demand for pirated DVDs of those films. So the revenue lost due to piracy of films could be tapped to some extent if the films are allowed to be exhibited there. Moreover this will also help Bangladeshi exhibitors as presently they are not making much money from Bangladeshi movies.”

Bedabrata Pain
Bedabrata Pain

Jahnu Barua, the internationally acclaimed Indian filmmaker was also present at the occasion. Barua lamented the strong regionalization of Indian films, saying "It is unfortunate that the audience in one region are not interested in watching movies from other regions, not even the best ones."

Biplab Chatterjee
Biplab Chatterjee

Later Kaushik Ganugly mentioned that actually regional movies are enjoying their own space.

The occasion also saw leading Tollywood divas like Rituparna Sengupta and Rupa Ganguly taking part in various discussions.

Three Tollywood greats - veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee, actress Madhavi Mukherjee and legendary filmmaker Mrinal Sen were felicitated at the conclave.

Issues like promoting film tourism and infrastructure, marketing and distribution of eastern cinema, digital rights management in the multi-platform era, and the role of media in a democracy like India were also discussed.

Two workshops were organized with the conclave. A scriptwriting workshop was headed by Anjum Rajabali, and a Red Camera Workshop on digital film-making saw the presence of ex-NASA scientist and filmmaker Bedabrata Pain of Chittagong fame.

- Jyoti Prakash Mandal (jpmandal@washingtonbanglaradio.com)