Dhallywood artistes losing Kolkata film markets
Bangladeshi artistes Nusrat Faria, Mahiya Mahi and Bidya Sinha Mim have been working in the Kolkata film industry for the past few years, reports The Daily Asian Age.
Dhallywood superstar Shakib Khan has also drawn attention of the Kolkata filmmakers. He started dominating the Kolkata film industry as he acted in three consecutive Kolkata films recently. Shakib’s last Kolkata-based film ‘Naqaab’ was released in September. But, he is now empty-handed. Film importers said most of the imported films failed to attract a good number of viewers. The importer added that only the films starring Bangladeshi artistes were a bit successful. Nusrat Faria’s ‘Inspector Notty K’, Mim and Ferdous’s ‘Yeti Obhijaan’ and Mim’s ‘Sultan the Saviour’ and Shakib Khan’s ‘Bhaijaan Elo Re’ were quite popular.
“Kolkata’s film producers sign up Bangladesh artistes with a view to catching the Bangladesh market. Their films’ budget is big,” said Mohammad Kibria, owner of the film importing firm NU Ahammad Traders. “That is why they try to release movie during festivals. If the big-budget films can’t cash in the opportunity, the Kolkata producers won’t be interested in Bangladeshi artistes anymore,” he added.
President of Bangladesh Chalachitro Shilpi Samity Misha Saudagar said, “The rules have been made for the sake of local films.”