Guwahati, Dec 11: After a hiatus of a couple of years from the Assamese film industry, eminent film-maker Jahnu Barua today started work on his latest venture ‘Baandhon’, an Assamese feature film being produced by the Assam State Film (Finance & Development) Corporation Ltd.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who was present at the ‘mahurat’ of the film, said, ”Film is a powerful medium of communication, a source of popular entertainment and a powerful method for educating citizens. Films can help portray the various facets of life of people and make culture vibrant and resilient.” Gogoi said films being a powerful and effective means of communication can be gainfully utilised in a number of ways as an instrument for creating public awakening and to promote oneness by enlisting public co-operation in the task of nation building.
Lauding the initiative of the corporation to make films once more, Gogoi said the Government would do everything possible to bail out the Assamese film industry from the crisis.
He stressed on the need for the industry to go in for vigorous marketing of the films through publicity blitzkrieg ”Marketing is an area where we are lagging behind. And this calls for publicity on a large scale,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, state Minister for Cultural Affairs Pranati Phukan said films can do a lot to eradicate social evils and help in the transformation of our society.
”Films have a great impact on society and they can go a long way towards arousing national consciousness,” she said, adding that the State film industry has talented directors and actors who can make meaningful films.
Director Jahnu Barua said it augurs well for the film industry that the corporation has come forward to assist in filmmaking after a long gap.
”The corporation must assist in producing at least two-three Assamese feature films in a year,” he said, adding that the latest venture has brought back the enthusiasm in him which was on the wane.
The shooting for the 35 mm feature film would begin in January next year.
The mahurat ceremony began with floral tributes paid to music icon Dr Bhupen Hazarika and eminent litterateur, Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami by Chief Minister Gogoi and other dignitaries. (UNI)



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