To revive the ailing Assamese film industry that has been plagued by myriad problems, it is important to improve the commercial viability of the movies and ensure availability of halls to screen the movies. This was the observation made by noted actor Adil Hussain while interacting with media persons in Guwahati recently.
Hussain was in the city for release of the official trailer of ‘Kothanodi’ (The River of Fables), winner of the Best Feature Film in Assamese at the 63rd National Film Awards. The actor has played a major role in this award-winning movie that has adapted four folk tales from Buri Air Xadhu, that serves as a catalyst to the dark undertones running in all bed-time stories across the globe.
“We are always discussing the problems faced by the regional film industry. But it is high time now that we took some concrete steps to rejuvenate our film industry that has a glorious heritage,” said Hussain, observing that the Assamese film industry can sustain itself by bringing more audience to the cinema halls. He pointed out that the experience of film viewing is still not good enough in the State. “To attract more people we need to ensure a good film viewing ambience,” he said, calling upon the upcoming filmmakers to imbibe a passion for film-making and learn the art of film-making with the requisite training.
“We need good films and it is the responsibility of the filmmakers to make quality films that are acceptable to the masses,” said Hussain, adding that awards do not guarantee box office success of a film.
Talking about his experience in ‘Kothanodi’, the actor said he was impressed with the script of the film and the commitment of the director.
It needs mention that ‘Kothanodi’ is Bhaskar Hazarika’s debut film as a director. In his own words, the film is an attempt to look at the popular folk tales with a new perspective and explore the underlying darker shades of horror, envy etc. “We have made an effort to introduce stories that have universal themes but are expressed in local style, influenced by the story telling traditions of the numerous communities in the State,” said Hazarika. The film is going to be released in the State on September 16.
On the other hand, Kopil Bora, who has acted in Kothanodi, lauded the script and mentioned that though the director has resorted to artistic licence, nevertheless the movie will stand out as an innovative venture to usher in a whiff of fresh air into the staggering film industry.