Mentioning that the steps will have to be taken to increase the use of modern technology in cinema, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said the government is creating a Tk 1,000-crore fund for constructing movie houses at the upazila level.
She made the remarks while distributing the National Film Awards among 33 recipients under 26 categories for the year of 2019.
The awards were handed over at the recipients at a ceremony held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.
The prime minister joined the programme virtually from her official residence Ganobhaban.
On behalf of the prime minister, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud handed over the awards and certificates to the awardees.
Lifetime Achievement Awards were given to renowned actors Masud Parvez (Sohel Rana) and Kohinoor Akhter Suchanda.
‘No Dorai’ and ‘Fagun Haway’ movies jointly won the award in the Best Film category.
Tariq Anam Khan was given the award for Best Actor in the lead role (male) for the film ‘Abar Boshonto’ while Sunerah Binte Kamal received the Best Actress in the lead role award (female) for ‘No Dorai’.
Tanim Rahman Angshu received the National Film Award in the Best Director category for ‘No Dorai’.
‘Fagun Haway’ and ‘Moner Moto Manush Pailamna’ won three awards each.
Documentary ‘Ja Chilo Andokarea’ of Bangladesh Television was awarded in the best documentary category, while short film ‘Nari o Jibon’ was awarded in the best short film category.
Zahid Hasan was awarded in the best villain category for the film ‘Shap ludu’.
The best actor in supporting role award went to Fazlur Rahman Babu for film ‘Fagun Haway’ while Nargis Akhter won the best supporting actress award for film ‘Maya: The Lost Mother’.
The Best Child Artiste Awards were given jointly to Afreen Akhter (Jodi Ak Din) and Naimur Rahman (film Kalo Megher Bhela).
Mustafizur Rahman Chowdhury Emon bagged the best music director’s award for the film ‘Maya: The Lost Mother’, while Habibur Rahman won the award in the best dance director category for film ‘Moner Moto Manush Pailam Na’.
Mrinal Kanti Das got the Best Male Singer Award (film Shuttle Train) while Momtaz Begum and Fatima Tuz Zagra Oyshee jointly received the Best Female Singers for their songs in film ‘Maya: The Lost Mother’.
The Awards in the category for Best Music Composer were handed over to Plaban Quraishi and Syed Md Tanvir Tareq, while the Best Lyricist Award was jointly given to Dr Kamal Abdul Nasir Chowdhury and Nirmalenu Goon.
The other awardees are: Masud Patik (story writer), Mahbub Ur Rahman (screenwriter), Zakir Hossain Raju (dialogue writer), Junaed Ahmed Halim (editing), Mohammad Rahmat Ullah Basu and Md Farid Ahmed (the best art instructor), Ripan Nath (acoustic), Suman Kumar Sarker (cameraman), Khandaker Razia Afrin (costume) and Md Raju (make-up).