The Bangladesh Chalachitra Paribar, a platform of 16 film industry unions, has banned Dhallywood star Shakib Khan, cancelling his membership from Shilpi Samity over his remarks about the protesting artistes against joint-production films, Agencies report.
Mushfiqur Rahman Gulzar, convener of the platform, announced this during a press briefing at Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) in the capital on Friday evening.
Shakib was also declared ‘persona non grata’ in BFDC for his derogatory remarks about the senior and protesting artistes, said Gulzar.
Senior actors including Alamgir and Faruk were also present at the press conference.
Alamgir alleged that Shakib made offensive remarks about Faruk. “Shakib is a popular actor. He has made much money but has lost his mind,” said Alamgir. Shakib told this correspondent, “The decision is funny. I am not worried about it. I just want to move ahead with my work.”
In a telephonic conversation from London, Shakib also said, “The protesters are using senior artistes. The respected senior artistes should realise this.”
Leaders of the Bangladesh Chalachitra Paribar also demanded the resignation of information minister Hasanul Haq Inu for giving censor certificates to two joint-production films – ‘Nabab’ and ‘Boss-2’.
They claimed that ‘Nabab’, featuring Shakib Khan, and ‘Boss-2’ featuring Nusrat Faria, did not follow the country’s joint-production rules.
Despite the controversies, the two joint-production films finally got the censor board’s nod recently.
Bangladesh production house Jaaz Multimedia produced ‘Nabab’, ‘Boss-2’ films for the Bangladesh part.