No films have been made so far under the new joint production film policy since it was passed in December 2017. Three films—‘Nabab’, ‘Boss 2’ and ‘Doob’—were made by a joint production of Bangladesh and India were released in 2017 and each of the films was acclaimed in both countries. This year, two other joint productions films, ‘Swapnajal’ and ‘Nurjahan’, have been released, but they were made under the old policy (2012).
Since the declaration of the policy on 12 December, only a handful of scripts from the two countries have been submitted.
According to the committee that verifies the joint production scripts, only two scripts have been approved so far and there is none in the queue at the moment either.
“No scripts were submitted after April. One had come two or three days ago, but hasnt been submitted yet,” said Md. Mustafizur Rahman, BFDC (Bangladesh Film Development Corporation) additional director (production).
Though the work for Prem Amar 2, among the two approved scripts, has nearly been finished, the producers are uncertain about a joint production release.
The shooting of the movie in Bangladesh started on 12 September in Sylhet. Later, the local administration halted the shooting saying that the Indian actors did not have police (special branch) clearance.
The producer of the movie from Bangladesh, Abdul Aziz told Prothom Alo that he would not do the shooting in Bangladesh anymore and would complete it in India. Whether that would label the venture as a joint one, in answer to this Aziz said, “The shooting could not be done in the country with so many obstructions. Ill submit the film to the joint production preview committee once the shooting is complete and if they approve, well release it. If not, we have to import it.”
Abdul Aziz further said he would not make any joint production films again and said the policy is stricter than before. He alleged that several associations in the BFDC have been creating problems and he wished to work again only if the associations leadership changes.
Another film, Balighar, despite receiving primary approval for the script under the joint production policy, is not being made.
“Arindam Sil, the maker of the film from Kolkata, told me that it was not being possible to make the film as Bangladesh-India joint production. The film, however, will be made in Kolkata,” said Bangladeshi actor Arifin Shuvo who had signed for the film. He also said the project was cancelled in Bangladesh only for the delay in approval process.
Bengal Creations, the production house of the movie from Bangladesh, did not want to comment on the issue.