Assamese Filmmaker Seeks ULFA Help

An Assamese filmmaker whose film ‘Shakira Ahibo Bakultolor Bihu Loi’ is being taken out of cinemas across the state recently by distributors to make way for the two mega releases of Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Raees’ and Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Kabil’ has reached out to Ulfa-I chief Paresh Barua for help.

            The rebel leader within hours called up media houses to voice his support after director of the film Himangshu Prasad Das, who has also played the lead role in the movie on Tuesday sought help through an open letter to Barua.

            “Assamese films are struggling and at a time when an Assamese film is being watched by people it should not be taken off the screens. Shah Rukh Khan can never be above Assamese interest. If the cinemas do not continue screening the film wherever it is running successfully, we will register our protest and that too not in words,” Barua warned.

            When Das was asked why he was prompted to make the appeal to Paresh Barua, he said, “Not Just Paresh Barua, I have appealed to every individual and organization who claim they are champions of Assam’s interests. I have personally called up leaders of AASU, Assam Jatiayatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad, Krishak Mukti Sangram Parishad and sought their help. I could not have called up Paresh Barua and so made this open letter to him which was carried in the media.”

            Das claimed that his film, which was released all over on January 20, has been greatly accepted by the people. “It was screened in every cinema in Guwahati and now only one theatre will screen for one show. The film will be taken off in majority of the cinemas across, particularly outside the city. Only about seven screens will continue to screen the film,” he said adding that the distributors have violated the agreement to continue screening the film wherever it is being watched.

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