India and Bangladesh on Thursday agreed to jointly produce a film to commemorate the 1971 liberation war, backed by India, after which East Pakistan became Bangladesh.
Information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari and his Bangladesh counterpart Hasanul Haq Inu had “extensive discussions” in which both agreed to consider collaboration for production of a “mega film” on the “War of Liberation”. The film will also highlight the sacrifices made by Indian soldiers.
“In this context, it was agreed to work towards a roadmap to finalise the proposal shortly. In this context, the information minister of Bangladesh also requested that the
Government of India could consider providing the names of the soldiers who had laid down their lives during the War of Liberation,” a statement said.
Tewari also proposed a journalists’ exchange programme between the two countries. The Ministers also agreed to explore the possibility of setting up of a Joint Working Group on the critical sectors in information and broadcasting.
The Bangladesh minister also requested Tewari to facilitate the downlinking of Bangladesh TV channels through the private distribution network.
Both ministers agreed to intensify collaboration between Prasar Bharati and Bangladesh State Television in view of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2011.