India's Bid To Promote Kashmir As One-Stop Destination For Filmmakers



International Desk, Barta24.com
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Srinagar's Dal Lake has been a witness to many romances in Indian cinema - Shammi Kapoor to Shah Rukh Khan, all have had their iconic dance sets filmed with the picturesque lake in their backdrop.

"Almost 370 Bollywood films have been filmed in the Kashmir Valley and now with the OTT platforms, this number will see a sharp increase," G-20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant stated.

According to him, the Working Group on Tourism will ensure more filmmakers from abroad visit the Valley.

"We are promoting Jammu and Kashmir so that foreign filmmakers also come here. We cannot become a world tourist destination without private investment. That's why we want global and domestic investment. We are also encouraging 100% FDI under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, including in the North Eastern states and hill states," said Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy.

"In Kashmir, you will find everything within a radius of 10 km. There are snow-capped mountains, rivers and lakes. It would not be wrong to say that this area is a producer's paradise," Union Minister of State for the Prime Minister's Office, Jitendra Singh told NDTV.

Earlier, a lot of films were shot in the Valley but the trend faded in the 1990s due to terrorism. But now it seems old times are coming back again, according to him.

"For the first time in the history of Jammu and Kashmir, such a big international event is happening here. It signifies how the situation has changed and how the youth here no longer want to participate in strikes. They want employment," he added.

The G 20 summit organised at the Sheri Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) was also attended by Oscar-winning film 'RRR' actor Ram Charan.

He along with the delegates reached the stage and danced to the song 'Naatu Naatu' from 'RRR'. During his performance, he also taught the hook step of the song to Korean Ambassador Chang Jae-bok.

Sharing his memories of Kashmir, he said, "I have been coming here since 1986. My father shot a lot here in Gulmarg and Sonamarg. I too shot here in 2016. There is some magic in this place which grabs everyone's attention."

The government is trying to bring a new film policy through this working group meeting.

In discussions held on Monday, many countries shared their experiences about how to promote their countries as a destination for filmmakers.

It was also discussed how Tourism in New Zealand went up 40% after the 'Lord of the Rings' movie was filmed there.

"As many as 6% of international tourists who visited New Zealand admitted that they went there after watching the film," claimed an official.

He said even Singapore's tourist traffic saw a huge jump after Hrithik Roshan-starrer Krrish was shot there. "Indian tourism to Singapore increased after Krrish, from 6 million before to 7 million after the film," he added.

Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir administration stated that about 1.8 crore tourists visited the Union Territory last year. And indications so far suggest that this year this number will see a sharp increase.

Source: NDTV

   

Popular actor Ahmed Rubel passes away



Cultural Desk, Barta24.com
Ahmed Rubel 1968-2024

Ahmed Rubel 1968-2024

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Country's popular actor Ahmed Rubel is no more (Inna Lillahi Wainilahi Raziun). Director Nurul Alam Atiq confirmed the news of his death to the media Wednesday evening. The cause of the actor's death is not known till the writing of this report. He was 55.

Nurul Alam Atik's new movie 'Peyarar Subash' was to be screened on Wednesday evening. Ahmed Rubel came to join this screening program. He got sick at the event. Later, he was taken to Square Hospital where doctors declared him dead.

Ahmed Rubel was one of the actors of the film "Peyarar Subash". It is also not certain whether the premiere show will take place after the actor's death.

Directed by Nurul Alam Atik, the film also stars Jaya Ahsan, Tariq Anam Khan, Sushma Sarkar and many other talented actors.

Ahmed Rajib Rubel alias Ahmed Rubel was born on 3 May 1968 in Rajarampur village of Chapainawabganj town. His father's name was Ayesh Uddin. Ahmed Rubel grew up in Dhaka city since childhood. And lastly he was living permanently with his family in Gazipur near Dhaka.

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Rezwana Banya wins 'Padma Shri' award



Entertainment Desk, Barta24.com
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Names of India's Padma Shri awardees this year have been announced. Rezwana Chowdhury Banya, the eminent Rabindra musician of Bangladesh, has been awarded the fourth highest civilian award in India.

On Thursday (January 25), India's Ministry of Home Affairs announced the names of the nominees for the Padma Awards in a press note.

India's highest civilian award is the Bharat Ratna. Then there are Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. These medals are awarded in recognition of contributions in arts, social work, science and engineering, commerce and industry, public service, medicine, literature and education, sports and civic service.

This year the Government of India has nominated 132 eminent persons for the Padma Award. Among them five Padma Vibhushan, 17 Padma Bhushan and 110 Padma Shri.

The names of the medalists are announced every year ahead of the Republic Day of India. The awards are usually presented in a ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in March or April.

Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya was born in Patuakhali district. She studied at Chhayanaut and Visva Bharati University in India. She also got admission in Bulbul Lalitkala Academy.

Rezwana Chowdhury received the country's highest state award, Swadhinata Padak, in 2016 for her outstanding contribution to music. Besides, she has received many awards including Feroza Begum Smriti Gold Medal, Citycell-Channel i Music Award, Ananda Sangeet Award. She also received several medals in India. Notable among them is Bangabhushan. 

 

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Producers will not release "Fighter" in Bangladesh!



Mashid Ron, Senior Newsroom Editor, Barta24.com
Deepika Padukone, Hrithik Roshan and Anil Kapoor in the poster of the movie 'Fighter'

Deepika Padukone, Hrithik Roshan and Anil Kapoor in the poster of the movie 'Fighter'

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The much awaited movie 'Fighter' starring two Bollywood superstars Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone was released in India today on January 25. On the same day, the release of the film in Bangladesh was heard. The film even got permission to release in the country through import.

But there is a bad news for the Bangladeshi viewers waiting for 'Fighter' at the end! Not only today, the Hindi film 'Fighter' is not releasing in Bangladesh within the next month.

After finding out, six days later, the month of language is February. The Combined Film Council has requested that no foreign language film be screened in the theaters of the country this month. Barta24.com also received a letter from the Combined Film Council along with Ananya Mamun, the leader of ‘Fighter’ import company 'Action Cut' in Bangladesh.

The letter signed by member secretary of the council Shah Alam Kiran said, "In view of your request, an undertaking to import the Indian Hindi film 'Fighter' and release it before or after February 1 to February 28 (the month of language) is our collective film. I make a special request to submit in favor of the council.”

In that letter, Ananya Mamun's cooperation was also sought in not releasing Hindi films during the month of language. In view of this letter, Mamun said, "We will not release 'Fighter' in Bangladesh because the Indian producer will not release the movie for 6 days.”

After getting permission to release Indian movies in Bangladesh last year, Ananya Mamun imported several Hindi films and released them. Mamun released 'Pathan', 'Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan', 'Jawaan', 'Animal' and 'Danki' through import from Action Cut Company. However, apart from Shahrukh Khan's 'Jawaan', the others could not do business like that.

Aerial action film 'Fighter' directed by Siddharth Anand the film is getting huge response after its release in India on Thursday. Meanwhile, from the general audience to the critics, everyone is appreciating the film. Apart from Hrithik-Deepika, it also stars Anil Kapoor, Akshay Oberoi, Karan Singh Grover and many others.

The film is made in the context of an airstrike after a terrorist attack on India by Pakistan. Hrithik and Deepika will act as Air Force officers in the film 'Fighter'.

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Sharmila, Mamata, Swastika meet the Prime Minister exclusively



Masid Ron, Senior Newsroom Editor, Barta24.com
Sharmila Tagore, Mamata Shankar and Swastika Mukherjee in a private meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

Sharmila Tagore, Mamata Shankar and Swastika Mukherjee in a private meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

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Dhaka Film Festival is brighter than ever. Although none of the mainstream films of our country have been evaluated by this festival committee. However, this festival is now in discussion with the presence of famous stars from outside of the country.

This time, the three guests of the 22nd Dhaka International Film Festival, India's three famous Bengali actresses Sharmila Tagore, Mamata Shankar and Swastika Mukherjee got a chance to have an exclusive meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The photo of their meeting has reached Barta24.com. Everyone is seen smiling. However, it is not yet known what they talked about there.

Mujtaba Jamal, the organizer of the film festival, was also present with the three famous actresses of India during this meeting.

The 22nd Dhaka International Film Festival started on January 20. It will continue till January 28. The festival was inaugurated by Bollywood diva Sharmila Tagore. She is also on the Jury Board of the Asia Cinema category. She will return to Mumbai on January 29 after completing all the work.

And Mamata Shankar and Swastika Mukherjee came with their movie 'Vijayar Pare'. The film will be screened today at 7 pm at the National Museum Auditorium.

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