Ties between India and Bangladesh have reached a significant point in the past 50 years and to honour this model relationship, a joint venture documentary film will be produced by the two neighbours on Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971, said Indian foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Sringla at the inauguration of Bangladesh film festival at Nandan.
Shringla said production of the documentary was likely to be completed this year and that information minister of Bangladesh Hasan Mahmud will decide on the director. “Already, shooting of a biopic on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, directed by Shyam Benegal, has started since Bangabandhu’s centenary is now being celebrated. The information minister of Bangladesh will visit Mumbai for it,” he said.
The foreign secretary said when he became the high commissioner in Dhaka in 2016, 5 lakh visas were annually granted. “But, in 2018, around 15 lakh visas were granted to improve people-to-people contact,” he pointed out.
Shringla further said that the old route of Darjeeling Mail, passing through Parbatipur in Bangladesh, would be revived soon, as the Haldibari (India)-Chilahati (Bangladesh) rail link had become operational from mid-December 2020. He thanked Bangladesh for its policy of ‘zero tolerance’ against terrorism.
On the ‘Jai Bangla’ slogan controversy, he said it was a matter of choice. “Today, I said ‘Jai Bangla’ and ‘Jai Hind’. Bangabandhu used to say ‘Jai Bangla’ and ‘Jai Bharat’.”