Kolkata: Challenging the belief that art and experimental films are not meant to please the box office, the Bengali film industry is now ensuring commercial success with its impressive line up of thought provoking films, a report said.

The idea of non-commercial nature of art films is diminishing, paving the way for commercial revival of the industry, according to a study on the eastern media and entertainment sector by industry body FICCI.

Contending that the Bengali film industry is on its way to regain lost glory, it said that in the last 3-4 years, the Bengali film industry has seen the emergence of 'middle of the road' cinema, which is commercially viable, yet thought provoking.

This has resulted in movies that cater to all sections of the Bengali film audiences - the urban and those in the districts.

Consequently, from an average of 40-50 films in 2006, the industry on Thursday is producing close to 100 films per year, according to figures from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

The box office collections for Bengali films has started to reach figures as high as Rs 5-6 crores which is a significant increase from the past half decade, the report said.

Films like 'Baishe Shrabon', 'Autograph', 'Moner Manush', 'Abhohoman', 'Anuranan', 'The Japanese Wife' and 'Shukno Lanka' have walked the tightrope between box office and critical fame with dexterity.

(Agencies)