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Last Updated: Sunday, 24 August, 2003, 08:41 GMT 09:41 UK
Strike hits Bangladesh film industry
By Waliur Rahman
BBC correspondent in Dhaka

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In Bangladesh, film producers and artistes have gone on an indefinite strike.

The film producers and artistes are accusing each other of bringing obscenity to Bengali movies.

In the capital Dhaka, actors, actresses and directors staged a sit-in demonstration in front of the Film Development Corporation, the main body of film making in the country, while film producer and distributors held their own demonstration inside the building.

It was a day of trading charges.

The actors and directors lobby deny allegations they are responsible for growing vulgarity in films.

They published a list of 13 producers-directors they claim have been making the controversial and obscene films.

In turn the film producers have decided to ban five artistes and directors from their future projects.

Police were deployed around the Film Development Corporation to prevent the two groups clashing.

Production halt

Both sides say their strike programme will continue until a solution is reached.

The two feuding groups have also lodged their complaints with the government, but so far there has been no move to break the deadlock.

Bangladesh produces nearly 100 Bengali films each year.

The films are however losing ground with their audiences because of nudity and obscenity in the films.

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