Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
UPDATE: Following the publication of this article in Blitz and being crawled by a large number of newspapers around the world as well as Google News and WN, Mr. Ananta Jalil contacted the office of this newspaper and gave a clarification, which has been published in a separate news item.
Ever-since Ayatullah al Khomeini had enforced the cruel sharia rule on the Iranian people by ousting Reza Shah Pahlavi, Iran has been spending millions of dollars in spreading its anti-West and anti-Semitic propaganda mostly through the so-called cultural centers. But, for the past few years, Tehran’s anti-West, anti-Israel and anti-Saudi propaganda has become a bit submerged, mostly because of tough sanctions imposed by the Trump administration. But now possibly, the Iranian regime has decided to continue its agenda of promoting radical Islam as well as spreading anti-Semitic and anti-West venom through a different platform.
According to news items, Iran’s rogue Mullah regime has started investing in film industries in the Muslim nations through the Iranian Foundation and Farabi Cinema Foundation with the goal of promoting radical Islam, jihad, religious hatred, and antisemitism while demonizing anti-jihadist forces around the world. Recently Tablighi Jamaat has called upon its followers to join #coronajihad and spread coronavirus within the Hindu population in India.
Last year, Iranians had joined hands with a Bangladesh film producer named Ananta Jalil for making of a film named ‘Dwin The Day’ (Religion The Day). According to the Tehran Times report, Jalil has made the film for projecting “real Islam” and “sufferings of Muslims in Syria and Yemen”.
In 2017, the Indian Express in an AFP report titled ‘Bangladesh film star Ananta Jalil the latest to turn to Islamic preacher’ said “A Bangladeshi film star who became an Islamic preacher said today he wants to use his fame to draw young people in the Muslim-majority nation to the faith.
“Ananta Jalil is the latest actor to take up the practice after 22-year-old Naznin Akter Happy, whose decision to become an ultra-conservative Islamic preacher was the subject of a best-selling book.
“Thousands of fans turned out late last month to watch 39 -year-old Jalil preach in the capital Dhaka. Photos of him wearing an Islamic turban and long robe went viral on social media.
“He told AFP he had joined the Tablighi Jamaat — a Sunni Muslim evangelical movement that boasts millions of adherents in Bangladesh — after a pilgrimage to Mecca earlier this year”.
According to a report published in Bangladesh Post, this film is jointly directed by Mustafa Ottash Zamzam and Ananta Jalil and will be released during the Muslim festival of Eid Ul Azha. Filming of this movie took place in Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, and Bangladesh, while the major segment of it was filmed in Iran.
According to the latest information, this Iran-funded film is waiting for release in Bangladesh.
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is an internationally acclaimed multi-award-winning anti-jihadist journalist, counter-terrorism specialist and editor of Blitz