Every year, the government gives grants to the film industry to encourage talented people and new ideas. For the fiscal year 2021–2022, the government has given grants for making movies. The list was made public on June 15 by a notice from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. This year, grants of Tk 12 crore and 15 lakh have been decided on for 19 movies.
Only two of the films that got grants this year are about the Liberation War. The other 17 are about other topics.
The most money was given to Amitabh Reza Chowdhury, who got BDT 75 lakhs for his project “1969.” “Bonolata Sen” by Masud Hasan Ujjal, “Bangabandhu’s Renu” by Marufa Akhter Poppy, and “Bokul Kotha,” which was directed by Masud Mohiuddin and Mahmud Hasan Sikder, all got BDT 70 lakhs, which was the second-highest amount. These movies have all been put in the “general” section.
On the other hand, two films have been selected in the Liberation War-based section. They are — Mohammad Khorshedul Alam Khandokar’s “Joy Banglar Dhoni” and Rafiqul Anwar Rasel’s “Ekattor-Kortole Chhinnomatha”.
Shakib Khan’s latest film, “Maya”, is also on the list receiving a grant worth BDT 65 lakhs. Himel Ashraf will direct the film. While Sara Zaker’s produced film, “Antorkhola”, which will be directed by Ratan Kumar Pal, has received BDT 60 lakhs.
Meanwhile, Apu Biswas, as a producer, has obtained BDT 65 lakhs for her film “Laal Sharee”, which is being directed by Bandhan Biswas.
The “Haribol” famed director Reza Ghatok has acquired BDT 60 lakhs for his upcoming feature film “Dodo’s Golpo” (Story of Dodo).
“Juddho Jibon” by Rifat Mostafa, “Japito Jibon” by Habibul Islam Habib, “Otopor Rokeya” by Shamim Akhter, “Arjee” by Kamal Mohammad Kibria, and “Eito Jibon” by Syed Ali Haider Rizvi are some of the other films on the list. “Ahare Jibon” by Chhotku Ahmed, “Bashar Jonno Momotaz” by Sarwar Tamizuddin, “Bicharaloy” by Sharaf Ahmed Jibon, and “Muktir Chhoto Golpo” by Syed Maswood Zakaria Chowdhury and Abdus Samad Khokon.
The film crews who have received the grant have thanked the government for their steadfast initiative to revive the film industry.