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Bangla(desh) focus in Tolly-Bolly biz meet

Artistes, film-makers, investors and industry leaders from Tollywood and Bollywood will assemble in the city next week to explore trends, practices and possibilities of expanding the eastern film market, with a major thrust on Bangladesh and the language it shares with Calcutta.

Launched last December by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci), the Media and Entertainment Business Conclave (MEBC), in association with The Telegraph, will come to Calcutta with a daylong event at Taj Bengal on December 21.

The focus of the conclave’s second chapter is to build effective routes of communication with the neighbouring country.

“The committee here, under the leadership of Prosenjit and Goutam Ghose, felt the need for starting communication with Bangladesh. There’s a huge scope in terms of co-production and exhibition of each other’s productions. So Bangladesh will be a huge focus for us this year,” said Leena Jaisani, senior director and head of Ficci’s media and entertainment division, announcing the MEBC’s second chapter.

The information and broadcasting minister of Bangladesh, Hasanul Haq Inu, has confirmed his presence at the conference.

“The language of the people of Bangladesh and Bengal is the sixth largest spoken language in the world and we need to open up this market,” said Prosenjit.

The Tolly star expressed gratitude to film-maker Rituparno Ghosh (with whom he was sharing the stage after a long time since a visible fallout), for his presence. “Prosenjit wanted to involve me actively,” Ghosh said. “We’ve recently had the experience of these two countries coming together as one language community with Sunilda’s (Gangopadhyay) demise, when eminent authors and artists came over from Bangladesh just to attend his memorial functions. Just because we are bound by a language called Bengali.”

The event will also feature Subhash Ghai, Ramesh Sippy, Sriram Raghavan, Mukesh Bhatt and Anjum Rajabali from Mumbai.

“We have requested Shatrughan Sinha to be present because he is also the voice of the industry in Parliament,” Jaisani said.