Bangladesh lifts ban on building collapse movie

Dhaka, Sep 6 (IANS) A Bangladesh court on Sunday lifted a ban on the screening of a movie on the country’s worst-ever building collapse, in which over 1,130 people were killed.

A Supreme Court bench, led by Chief Justice S.K. Sinha, passed the order in response to a petition filed by producer of the movie Shamima Akhter challenging a high court order, Xinhua news agency reported.

The high court banned for six months the exhibition and screening of “Rana Plaza” on August 24 following a petition filed by Sirajul Islam Rony, president of Bangladesh National Garments Workers Employees League. Rony said the producer of the movie had not properly deleted scenes as directed by the court previously.

In March, the high court instructed the filmmakers to delete scenes portraying horrors, cruelty and violence associated with the tragedy — Rana Plaza, an eight-story building housing five garment factories, collapsed on April 24, 2013, in Savar on the outskirts of Dhaka.

Akter’s lawyer said after the Supreme Court ruling that there was no legal bar on the exhibition and screening of the movie.

The 137-minute movie tells virtually the love story of a male garment worker and Reshma, the woman who survived 17 days in the rubble.

On July 16, it got the Bangladesh Film Censor Board clearance after a long delay over some objectionable scenes.

Bangladesh does not allow horrifying scenes, TV footage, and usage of names of law enforcement agencies, among others, in a movie.

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