Describing the film as a strong medium, Sheikh Hasina said that it is quite possible to bring positive change in the mindset of the people making proper use of the medium.

“Films can inspire people to follow the good path with depicting the positive sides of the society,” she said.

The premier asked the film makers to produce more life-oriented films which help expose the inner beauty of the people and keep them away from narcotics, terrorism, militancy, and corruption as the drives alone will not suffice to stop the menace.

Elaborating her government’s steps for development of the film industry, Sheikh Hasina said the government has implemented massive programmes for developing the industry.

The premier added: “We have formulated the National Film Policy-2017 to give importance on producing artistic and creative films while Joint-Venture Film Policy-2017 has been adopted to flourish the film industry and encourage joint investment. Six joint-venture films have got government approval during the FY 2018-19.”

She said a task force has been formed to oversee whether censor of the films is being done following the respective laws and rules aimed at effectively protecting the movies from bad culture, nudity and degradation of social values.

“The process of enacting a certification law on the basis of rating system is going on to cope with the world trend,” she said, adding that the work of the first phase of Bangabandu Film City in Kaliakair has already been completed while the work of its second phase will start soon.

She continued that the work on building BFDC Complex at a cost of Taka 323 crore is now going on while the project on modernization and extension of BFDC has already been completed.

The premier said that the Bangladesh Film Archive Bhaban has been built accommodating all modern facilities to preserve the old films and thus preserve the history and culture of the country.

She also said that the 16-storey modern Tothya Bhaban was built at a cost of Taka 104.12 croe (Information Bhaban) while the Press Institute of Bangladesh and the National Institute of Mass Communication have been expanded.