Lights, Camera, Kashmir: Bollywood's return to valley ignites tourism hope



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Actor Lalit Parimoo has made a strong case for Bollywood producers to set and schedule film shootings at virgin and unexplored locales of Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing a press conference in Srinagar during a recent visit to promote his upcoming film 'Lafzon Mein Pyaar', Parimoo said, "Filmmakers often focus on popular tourist hotspots of Kashmir such as Gulmarg, Pahalgam, and Sonamarg while shooting for their films. However, there's plenty more to Kashmir than these places. There's plenty more scenic beauty to be explored in other parts of Kashmir."

Parimoo added that he was delighted with the rollout of Jammu and Kashmir's very own policy with regard to film shoots.

He said the makers of his upcoming project had initially planned to shoot the film in Uttarakhand but switched to Bhaderwah in Jammu and Kashmir after learning of the new film policy in the Union Territory.

The actor added that shooting the film on his native soil was not only a special experience for him but would also go a long way in boosting the tourism potential of the virgin locales of Kashmir.
He said it would also help generate employment opportunities for locals.

He acknowledged the efforts made by the administration in Jammu and Kashmir to facilitate the return of Bollywood to Kashmir would aid the revival of symbiotic ties between the film industry and the UT, which is widely acknowledged as the paradise on earth.

The film 'Lafzon Mein Pyaar' narrates the story of Raj, a young man who embarks on a journey of self-discovery through music after leaving his studies halfway. The movie features a talented cast, including Anita Raj, Zarina Wahab, Prashant Rai, Sarwar Mir, Vaani Dogra, Megha Joshi, Mahima Gupta, Sachin Bhandari, Ismile Choudhary, and Avinash Kumar, among others. It has been directed by Dhiraj Mishra and Raja Randeep Giri, with Ashok Sawhney 'Sahil' doubling up as lyricist and producer.

Director Dhiraj Mishra revealed that he had previously shot portions of two of his movies, 'Ghalib' and 'Alingan,' in the Bhaderwah region due to unrest in Kashmir at the time and the absence of a film policy.

He shared his plans to shoot his next two films in Kashmir, adding that he would focus on bringing the beauty of the virgin locales of the UT to the big screen.
He also acknowledged and appreciated the support and assistance of officials associated with the Jammu and Kashmir Film Policy during the making of his film and in ensuring a favourable ambience for future film projects.

Singer Kabul Bukhari also expressed his joy at being a part of a project, which enabled him to showcase his talent to a wider audience.
He added that he was especially delighted that the film was shot in Jammu and Kashmir.

The film's poster was also unveiled at the promotional event, adding to the buzz surrounding 'Lafzon Mein Pyaar.' (ANI)

I never appeared BCS exam, the whole thing is fake: Tahsan



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I never appeared BCS exam, the whole thing is fake: Tahsan

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The Bangladesh Public Service Commission (PSC) question paper leak has sparked a storm of criticism across the country. In the meantime, music-actor Tahsan Rahman Khan and his mother's name suddenly came into discussion. This artist has been criticized by netizens on social media. They are making abusive comments about this popular singer without verifying it.

Tahsan's mother is the former PSC chairman. It is also claimed that Tahsan stood first in BCS(foreign service cadre) by abusing the power of his mother Zinatun Nesa. Finally, Tahsan opened up about the matter.

Recently, Tahsan told the media that the matter of appearing in the BCS is completely fake. In Tahsan's words, 'I have never appeared on the BCS exam. Being first in the foreign service cadre in the 24th BCS is out of the question.

When asked about the inclusion of his mother's name, the star said, "There is a mistake here. This driver is just like any other driver in the office. He is not my mother's driver.'

Meanwhile, rumor scanners on social media reported that Tahsan's omission from the 24th BCS Viva was not true. It has been said there that the preliminary examination of the 24th BCS was held on February 28, 2003. However, the Bangladesh Public Service Commission (BPSC) canceled the examination on March 3 due to the allegations of question leakage. Later, the 24th BCS preliminary exam was again held and the recruitment process was completed through written exam and viva- voce.

Incidentally, three officials of Bangladesh Public Service Commission (PSC) and 17 officials including former driver Syed Abed Ali are involved in the BCS question leak. They have already been arrested. In the main discussion among them is Syed Abed Ali, the driver. Tahsan's name came indirectly from the source of Abed Ali on social media.

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Udichi seminar held on allocation of 1 percent of the national budget for cultural sector



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Bangladesh Shilpi Goshti organized a seminar demanding to allocate at least one percent of the national budget in the cultural sector. On Friday (May 31) at 3 pm, organized by Udichi a seminar titled 'National Budget: Relevance of One Percent Allocation in Cultural Sector' was held in the seminar room of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

In the key-note paper, Amit Ranjan Dey said, 'If the cultural consciousness is weak in the national life, alien culture will spread. The human form of culture gradually recedes and becomes a means of entertainment for only a handful of influential individuals or groups. Communal discrimination is gradually degrading human and cultural values, negative trends in society and state are emerging.

He also said, 'On the one hand, looting trade, money laundering in the name of development; On the other hand, the inherent consumerism of capitalist economy, sexism, communal terrorism, violence of fundamentalist groups have upset public life. Cultural awakening against this is the need of the hour. New painting, music, drama, poetry will be based on it. However, it is important to create a social, cultural, political and economic environment for that. In that case state patronage and goodwill is also an important accessory. In order to create an economic environment, there has been a demand for allocating at least 1 part of the national budget to the cultural sector for the past few years. But it did not rise above 0.09 to 0.16 percent.

The general secretary of Udichi also said, "A part of the allocation for the budget of the Ministry of Culture is used for cultural performances through Shilpakala Academy." Among which Genocide Environment Theater, Puppet Theater Festival, Bangladesh Cultural Festival, Instrumental Music Festival, production of plays about Bangabandhu are worth mentioning. But, it has been seen that almost all the programs have been held inside the auditorium of Shilpa Kala Academy where there is hardly any movement of common people. Ordinary people, especially working people, stand at the doors of Shilpakala Academy and try to understand what is happening inside. They don't have the courage to go inside and see. But Article 23 of the Constitution clearly mentions that people of all levels can contribute to the prosperity of the national culture and have the opportunity to participate.

It is culture and cultural activists who create awareness among the masses in the multidimensional crisis of the state. Motivation to turn around. Our mass struggles, including the language movement of the 1970s and the liberation war of the 1970s bear witness to it. These cultural workers have been making a logical demand to allocate at least one percent of the national budget to the cultural sector for a long time. Their demand is repeatedly ignored, which is nothing but the limitations of our budget thinking and philosophy.-It is also mentioned in the article.

Other speakers at the seminar said that the size of the national budget is increasing every year, but the structure and infrastructure of culture is not increasing. The budget is not being prepared in accordance with the dream of building a secular, democratic and socialist-oriented modern state, which is the basic spirit of the Great War of Liberation. What is being allocated remains limited to infrastructure construction. There is rampant looting and costs are increasing due to not completing the work on time.

They also said that the cultural workers were in the front line in the anti-tyranny Ershad movement. But, after the establishment of democracy, politicians moved to air-conditioned rooms and cultural workers remained on the streets. They question whether those who do culture budgets understand culture. He said that the state should pay the price for tolerating religious fundamentalism. Speakers demanded allocation of budget for culture sector in two city corporations of Dhaka.

President of Udichi Central Sangsad Professor Badiur Rahman attended the seminar, Mamunur Rashid, Mofidul Haque, Mr. Hamid, MM Akash, Fauzia Muslim, Manzare Hasin Murad, Asif Munir Tanmoy, Azad Abul Kalam, Ahkamullah, Mizanur Rahman, Rahul Raha, Rezaul Karim Siddique Rana, Dr. Lelin Chowdhury, Manzarul Islam Chowdhury Sweet, Zakir Hossain, Narayan Chandra Sheel, Pranay Saha, Abdus Salim, Dr. Azizur Rahman, Raghu Abhijit Roy and other prominent culture people and organizers. Amit Ranjan Dey, General Secretary of Udichi Central Sangsad, wrote and presented the keynote at the seminar. The seminar was conducted by Mahmud Salim, Vice President of Udichi Central Sangsad. 

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April 23 is declared as Black Day of Filmdom



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Entertainment journalists including the Television Camera Journalists Association staged a human chain and protest rally on Wednesday (April 24) to protest the organized attack on journalists at BFDC. At that time, they declared April 23 as the film's black day.

Meanwhile, in the night, in the decision of the inquiry committee formed by the journalists and artistes' association, the artists' association accepted four of the five-point demands of the journalists. However, Joy Chowdhury refused to accept the demand of expulsion from the association for two years and was banned for one month and asked to express his regret in front of everyone. But when Joy Chowdhury tried to divert the incident without expressing his grief, the journalists got angry.

A protest rally held at the gate of FDC on Wednesday afternoon demanded the immediate arrest of those involved in the incident. Journalist leaders said that the attack on FDC led by actor Joy Chowdhury, actor Shiva Shanu and villain Alexander Bo was a pre-planned and attempted murder.

After the human chain, the journalists submitted a memorandum to the Managing Director of FDC and demanded a fair investigation of the incident.

Aggrieved by this incident, the journalists declared Joy Chowdhury banned from FDC for life and declared April 23 as Film Black Day.

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Shilpi Samiti President Misha Saudagar, Secretary Dipjal



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Actor Misha Saudagar has won the president post of Bangladesh Film Artists Association this year (2024-26). Actor Monowar Hossain Dipjal has won the post of general secretary.

Misha Saudagar got 265 votes for the post of president, his rival Mahmud Koli got 170 votes. On the other hand, Dipjol got 225 votes for the post of general secretary, his rival Nipun Akhter got 209 votes.

Apart from Misha-Dipjol, Masum Parvez Rubel won the post of vice-president by getting 234 votes and DA Taib got 231 votes. Arman won the post of joint general secretary, Joy Chowdhury as organizing secretary, Alexander Bo as international affairs secretary, Jackie Alamgir as office and publicity secretary, Mamnoon Imon of Koli Nipun panel as culture and sports secretary and Kamal as treasurer.

Besides, 11 members of the Executive Council were elected – Sucharita, Rozina, Aliraj, Subrata, Dilara Yasmin, Shahnoor, Nana Shah, Ratna Kabir, Chunnu and Poli and Soni Rahman of the Kali-Nipun panel.

Voting begins at 9:30 am on Friday (April 19). Lasts till 5:30 pm. 475 artists voted in a festive atmosphere.

There were 570 total voters in this election. 48 candidates from two panels, including six independents, contested in this election to form a 21-member committee. In an alliance between the two rival panels were the two actors Misha and Dipjol from current Dhakai prominent film actors. From another panel, Golden past days hero Mahmood Koli and heroine Nipun Akhter fought.

In this election, Chief Election Commissioner was Khorshed Alam Khosru and members were AJ Rana and BH Nishan. Election results were declared at 7 am on Saturday.

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