August 19, 2008
The Bangladesh Film Censor Board banned one in four films last year as they contained excessive fighting scenes, dirty dancing and irrelevant script. The board banned on fourth of all films made by its âDhaliwoodâ movie industry in the past year to stamp out âimmoralâ cinema in the Muslim-majority nation, reports AFP on Tuesday.
âThe industry based in Dhaka made 86 films in the year to June at an average cost of 6.5 million taka (100,000 dollars) aimed at 1,000 movie theatres nationwide, said vice-chairman of the censor board Kamrun Nahar. But a quarter was banned because of excessive fight scenes and dirty dancing that had no discernable plot, Nahar said. âThese films are not healthy and they hardly reflect the countryâs culture and tradition. They were full with obscene materials and donât have any coherent storylineâ, she said.
The banned films include âRebel Girlâ, âTough Girlâ, âMassacreâ and âThe Musclemanâ, she said. An Islamist-allied government began the campaign against âobsceneâ films in 2004. It amended the film censorship act last year before leaving office to include a three-year jail term for producers whose movies are judged to be against Bangladeshi cultural values.
Nahar said however that some producers were able to show movies after extensive cuts were made, though 14 film companies were warned for compelling directors and actors to make immoral films.
âWe have this time warned only the producers because it was found that they are the ones who are responsible for these immoral films. Itâs their money that made these unhealthy films,â she said.
Bangladesh has been ruled by a military-backed emergency government since January following months of political turmoil that led to polls being cancelled. The government has launched a crackdown on corruption including the arrest of scores of political leaders it said was needed before polls are held in late 2008.