After being blocked by the Bangladesh Film Censor Board for four years, the film “Shanibar Bickel” directed by Mustafa Saryar Faruqi was allowed to be released on January 21. But so far, Farooqui has not received official clearance from the Censor Board. So once again this famous director expressed his anger on social networks.
Faruqi wrote a lengthy Facebook post about it on Monday. He wrote, dear brothers and sisters of the Censor Board, we are still waiting for your letter. According to the laws of Bangladesh, the Appeal Board has the highest authority to decide on a film. Their decision regarding “Saturday afternoon” is known worldwide through national and international newspapers and television. They are all watching. Send the letter quickly without delay. Let’s not embarrass Bangladesh any longer. On the other hand, Faraz comes out on three dates. The people of Bangladesh look forward to Saturday afternoon’s release, whether it’s the same day or an hour earlier than Farage.
Faruqi also wrote, “So it was resolved quickly. We release the film with a smile. The film was screened in different countries around the world. Now it is the turn of the people of Bangladesh. Plus, it’s time for you to ask yourself if old-fashioned ideas like movie blocking are useful in this new age of media. Because anyone can exhibit their photos on digital platforms. As a result, trying to block the image is a chore that can only bring a bad name to the country. Another thing I say over and over again is that you don’t have to make a movie working inhumanely to tarnish the image of the government. All you have to do is upload a ten minute video to YouTube-Facebook from any country outside the country. It is not necessary to take such a difficult path as artistic creation. And besides, the goal of the artist is not so narrow, my brother. It’s not his job to protect or undermine someone’s image. His goal is the conversation of his time with Mahakal!
“Saturday Afternoon” is based on the terrorist attack on Holy Artisan Bakery in Gulshan, Dhaka in 2016. But for the past 4 years, the film’s release has been blocked by the country’s film censorship board. The film was not allowed to be released on the grounds that it might tarnish the country’s image. But ‘Saturday Afternoon’ has already won awards at several international film festivals, including Moscow.