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‘Obscene’ pix banned

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The authorities in Muslim Bangladesh have banned 59 pics and shuttered 39 movie theaters in the past 12 months, in a bid to clean up the film industry, according to officials.

Censor board vice chairman Abu Abdullah says the number of films banned is “much higher than at any time in the past” due to a drive against “obscene films.”

Known as Dhaliwood, the Bengali film industry turns out around 100 movies a year at an average cost of about $100,000 each for screening in the country’s 1,000 or so movie theaters.

Closures came for “showing obscene scenes that go against our cultures and values,” Abdullah said, adding that “the 59 films include 37 Bengali and 22 English films.”

Films targeted show bathing scenes, sexually explicit scenes, rapes and suggestive dancing, per Abdullah.

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