Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud yesterday said the film industry could play a pivotal role in building a developed nation through spiritual development of the people.
“Today, the fortune of every people has been changed under the dynamic leadership of Bangabandhu’s daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. And now, she is working relentlessly for building a developed nation through spiritual development of the people,” he said.
The minister added: “For this, cultural movement and flourishing of art and culture are needed and the film industry could play a pivotal role in this regard.”
Hasan stated these while presiding over the National Film Awards-2020 organized by his ministry at Bangabandhu International Conference Center in city’s Agargaon.
The minister said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had realized that the emancipation of Bangalees was not possible under the Pakistani state system rather “they (Pakistani) were hurting our culture, heritage and language”.
He said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, realizing the impact of films on society, had tabled a bill in the provincial assembly for the establishment of Film Development Corporation (FDC) in 1957 and in continuation to that, the FDC was founded.
After that, the minister said, many timeless movies were made and the films played an important role in the struggle of independence, in the Liberation War and in building the nation after the independence. The film industry will get back the golden days and capture a dignified position in the global screenland, said Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the function virtually from Ganabhaban.
The information and broadcasting minister handed over the awards among the winners on behalf of the premier.
Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting Ministry Hasanul Haque Inu and secretary of the ministry Md Mokbul Hossain, among others, addressed the function.
The names of the recipients of National Film Awards 2020 were announced in 27 categories.
‘Gor (The Grave)’ and ‘Bishwoshundori’ movies jointly won the award in the best film category.
Gor (The Grave) was jointly produced by Gazi Rakayet and Faridur Reza Sagar while Anjan Chowdhury was the producer of ‘Bishwoshundori’.
Eminent artistes Anwara Begum and Raisul Islam Asad won the lifetime achievement awards for 2020 for their enormous contributions to the film industry.
Gazi Rakayet has been given the best director award for his film ‘Gor’.
Siam Ahmed was named the best actor for leading role in film ‘Bishwoshundori’, while the best actress in leading role award 2020 went to Deepanwita Martin for film ‘Gor’.
The best actor in supporting role award went to Fazlur Rahman Babu for film ‘Bishwoshundori’ while Aparna Ghose won the best supporting actress award for film ‘Gondi’.
Misha Sawdagor was awarded best actor in a negative role for film ‘Bir’.
Mugdhota Morshed Wriddhi won the best child artiste award for film ‘Gondi’.
Belal Khan bagged the best music director’s award for the song ‘Bishshash Jodi Jayre’ of the film ‘Hridoy Jurey’, while late Md Sahidur Rahman won the award in the best dance director category for film ‘Bishwoshundori’.
The best singer award went to Imran Mahmudul (film ‘Bishwoshundori’), while Dilshad Nahar Kona and Somnur Monir Konal jointly got the best female singer awards for their songs in ‘Bishwoshundori’ and ‘Bir’ films.
Documentary ‘Bangabandhur Rajnoitik Jibon o Bangladesher Obbhyudoy’ directed by Syed Ashique Rahman, was awarded in the best documentary category, while short film ‘Aarong’, directed by Jannatul Ferdaus, was awarded in the best short film category.