The Assam film fraternity last week put up a united show at Guwahati exhibiting their resolve to revive Assamese cinema and bail out the industry from a crisis situation, says a report in the Guwahati-based Assam Tribune. All popular faces of the Assamese cine world and those working behind the camera observed the day of solidarity under the aegis of the Film Fraternity of Assam. “It is not a protest, rather a constructive exercise to address our grievances, share our thoughts and express our feelings on a common platform. From new entrants to the veterans, all would exchange their thoughts for a united approach towards solving our problems,” said noted filmmaker Jahnu Baruah. Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who also visited the venue, assured the artistes of extending all possible help to the industry. “We are interested in contributing our bit for the revival of Assamese cinema,” he said.
Though many steps have been taken to tackle the issues hampering growth of regional films, the fraternity had always felt the need for a joint effort to address the issues, like marketing and exhibition of Assamese films, finance and production, quality and overall revival of Assamese cinema. Singer Zubeen Garg appealed for social support. “It is good news for Assamese cinema that we are united to fight for its cause. We will have to make this local industry self-sufficient so that we are not bogged down by Bollywood,” he said.
Actor Rabi Sarma said the government&’s intervention was required to fix a certain time period to showcase the local films. “The time slot for Assamese films should also be changed. If the films are not screened in prime time, even hardcore Assamese film lovers would not feel comfortable to go to the cinema at odd hours,” he said.