After the ministry’s clearance the importers can submit these films to the censor board and after they are cleared from there they can be distributed in Bangladeshi theatres
After thorough inspection Bangladesh’s Ministry of Information has permitted the import and distribution of four imported Indian Bangla films on Thursday. The films are “Bhaijaan Elo Re,” “Sultan: The Saviour,” “Piya Re” and “Fida.”
After the ministry’s clearance the importers can submit these films to the censor board and after they are cleared from there they can be distributed in Bangladeshi theatres.
Jeet and Mim starrer “Sultan: The Saviour” was supposed to be released on July 6 according to its importer and distributor Jaaz Multimedia. But due to the delay of the information ministry’s clearance letter the film’s release got delayed. They are also the importers of the films- “Piya Re” and “Fida.”
“Bhaijaan Elo Re,” starring Shakib Khan and indian actors Srabanti and Payel, imported by NU traders, is also slated to release on July 20 but the film is yet to acquire censor clearance.
These films’ release in Bangladesh during Eid-ul-Fitr was barred due to a recent ruling issued by the Bangladesh High Court.
The ruling came from High Court judges Salma Masud and AKM Jahirul Haque in response to a writ petition by “Chittagainga Poa, Noakhailla Maiya” producer Selina Begum. The ruling stated that release of imported or co-production films are illegal during national holidays like Eid and Pohela Boishakh.
The High Court also issued a rule stating “Why releasing a foreign or co-production film won’t be illegal during Eid vacation?” and demanded an answer from the Secretary and Joint Secretary of Ministry of Information, and the Vice Chairman of the film censor board within four weeks before Eid-ul-Fitr.
These films are being imported under the South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta) treaty.