STAR Cineplex was the first and the leading multiplex of the country. It celebrated its 14th anniversary in the multiplex on last Monday 8th of October. The grand event saw a star-studded guest list that included stars from the film industry, several ministers and many media personnel.
In the opening speech, Mahboob Rahman Ruhel, the Chairman of STAR Cineplex, shared STAR Cineplex’s journey from 2004 to 2018. “We started out in a turbulent time when the movie industry of our country was dying. We had to struggle for the first two years, redefining the habit of moviegoers in the country, offering them a better, family friendly environment for watching movies in theatres.”
“It was difficult in the beginning to bring in Hollywood movies from big studios. Even more difficult was to generate the audience for it. But now the studios are trusting us. We’re getting the same day releases as in USA for many movies. We hope this will inspire the local industry to produce quality movies and create a healthier culture, altogether” he added.
Cineplex awarded 14 local movies with lifetime achievement awards, based on their performances in STAR Cineplex. Among the local movies were the critically acclaimed, Aynabaji and war drama Guerilla.
Local movie stars and filmmakers urged the government to invest in more multiplexes around the country to support the growing Bengali movie industry. “We want to create good films. But we fear that we lack the infrastructure to cater to the audience who’d appreciate these films” said Shakib Khan, the star of the mainstream Bengali movie industry. He shared these thoughts as he shared the stage with veteran film stars of the industry.
A new branch of STAR Cineplex is set to open in Shimanto Square in Dhanmondi. The authorities have also expressed a desire to open multiplex of international standard in the tourist city of Cox’s Bazar.