Cinema on nosedive in eastern provinces
JALALABAD (PAN): The cinema industry has collapsed in eastern Afghanistan due to apathy of authorities concerned, the newly elected head of the Cinema Union for eastern provinces alleged on Wednesday.
Eng. Najibullah Sadiq, after his election as head of the union, told Pajhwok Afghan News they had founded the body seven years ago. They were facing the problem of foreign influence on Pashto films, he complained.
Additionally, he said, the union had no proper office and at least one cinema was needed in the eastern zone, Sadiq said. There were two cinemas, one government-owned and the other private, in Nangarhar province in the past.
A former head of the union, Eng. Shaiq called the election unlawful and said few people had gathered to choose their head. They had talked to intelligence and information officials and a proper election would be held after Eid, he said.
Naseer Ahmed Sahil, a member of the union and actor, complained no one had ever worked for their welfare. He urged the new union leader to build a new cinema in the city.
"One film has a budget of a million rupees. Due the lack of cinemas here, we sell films in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province at low rates," Sahil said.
"We expect the new head will serve us and work for reviving the cinema industry," said Lal Muhammad, another member of the union. Having 500 members, the union has produced 64 films.
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