The first Bharat-Bangladesh Film Awards (BBFA) was held at Dhaka’s International Convention City Bashundhara on October 21. The event was jointly organised by Film Federation of India (FFI) and Bangladesh’s Bashundhara Group, in association with TM Films, a film production company owned by popular Bangladeshi musician Kaushik Hossain Taposh and famous beautician and businessperson Farzana Munny. The award ceremony, hosted by actor Shahriar Nazim Joy and comedian Mir Afsar Ali, honoured film personalities and featured performances by artistes from Bangladesh and India.
More than two hundred film stars from the two countries attended the event. A total of 24 awards in popular, technical and regional categories were conferred to films and film professionals for Bangla films, released from June 2018 to June 2019, in Bangladesh and India.
Actors Alamgir and Sarah Begum Kobori, novelist and television personality Imdadul Haq Milan, Film Producers’ Association president Khorshed Alam Khasru and film producer Hasibur Reza Kallol were members of the jury board from Bangladesh, while filmmaker Goutam Ghose, actor-director Bratya Basu, actor Tanushree Chakraborty were the jury members from India. They selected the films nominated for the awards.
Bangladesh Minister of Information Dr Hasan Mahmud was the chief guest of the event. Chairman of Bashundhara Group Ahmed Akbar Sobhan, Editor of Bangladesh Protidin Naem Nizam, Chairman and Managing Director of ATN Bangla Dr Mahfuzur Rahman, President of FFI Firdausul Hasan and Coordinator of BBFA Tapan Roy were also present.
“This award ceremony is a form of cultural exchange between Bangladesh and India,” said Dr Hasan Mahmud. “We need more such events in both the countries to celebrate our cinema and make the film industries of both the countries more viable.” Following is a list of winners in the key categories.
Lifetime Achievement Award (Bangladesh): Anwara Begum
Lifetime Achievement Award (India):
Best Film (Bangladesh): Debi
Best Film (India): Nargarkirtan
Best Director (Bangladesh):
Nassiruddin Yousuff Bachchu
Best Director (India): Srijit Mukherji
Popular Film of the Year (Bangladesh):Password
Popular Film of the Year (India): Byomkesh Gotro
Popular Actor of the Year (Bangladesh):
Popular Actor of the Year (India): Jeet
Popular Actress of the Year (Bangladesh):
Popular Actress of the Year (India):
Best Lead Actor (Bangladesh): Siam Ahmed
Best Lead Actor (India): Prosenjit Chatterjee
Best Lead Actress (Bangladesh): Jaya Ahsan
Best Lead Actress (India): Paoli Dam
Best Supporting Actor (Bangladesh): Emon
Best Supporting Actor (India): Arjun Chakraborty
Best Supporting Actress (Bangladesh):
Zakia Bari Mamo
Best Supporting Actress (India):
Best Music Director (Bangladesh): Hridoy Khan
Best Music Director (India): Bickram Ghosh
Best Playback Singer – Male (Bangladesh): Imran
Best Playback Singer – Male (India):
Best Playback Singer – Female (Bangladesh): Somnur Monir Konal and Oyshee
Best Playback Singer – Female (India):
Best Scriptwriter (Bangladesh): Ferari Farhad
Best Scriptwriter (India): Parambrata Chatterjee
Best Cinematographer (Bangladesh):
Kamrul Hasan Khosru
Best Cinematographer (India): Srijit Mukherji
Best Film Editor (Bangladesh):
Touhid Hossain Chowdhury
Best Film Editor (India): Sanglap Bhowmik