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Artists on the release of ‘Shonibar Bikel’:‘We're like third-class citizens in our own country’

Cultural activists including popular artistes and filmmakers have given a written statement, explicitly criticizing the responsible authority.

Update : 15 Nov 2022, 11:59 PM

129 notable cultural activists expressed their concerns about Farooki's "Shonibar Bikel" being stuck at the censor board for over three years in a statement on November 15. 

 

Among the artists were, cultural personality Mamunur Rashid, Raisul Islam Asad, Sara Jaker, Shimul Yusuf, Afzal Hossen, theater artist Syed Jamil Ahmed, director Sayed Salauddin Zaki, Morshedul Islam, and Chhotku Ahmed, vice president, Bangladesh Film Directors Association. 

 

"Shonibar Bikel" (Saturday Afternoon, 2019) is a movie directed by renowned Bangladeshi filmmaker, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki.

 

Cultural activists including popular artistes and filmmakers have given a written statement, explicitly criticizing the responsible authority. "Restriction contradicts the spirit of the establishment of Bangladesh. Shonibar Bikel gets international screenings and awards but is still not allowed to be released in Bangladesh," they stated." "We're like third-class citizens in our own country."

 

Bangladesh Film Censor Board denied the release of the film in Bangladesh in 2019, claiming the film to be inappropriate to watch. Last year, Information and Broadcasting Minister Hasan Mahmud said that the film is based on true events (2016 terrorist attack), but does not portray the complete truth.

 

Previously, popular cultural personalities raised questions about the censor board's decision several times. Now the cultural activists demand the immediate release of the film "Shonibar Bikel.”

 

 

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