Most Assamese films copies of Bollywood !
Critic-turned-filmmaker Altaf Mazid says condition of the Assam film industry is bad as most of the fimmakers prefer copying Hindi masala movies instead of doing original work.
âAssamese films are plagiarised. The filmmakers are only copying Bollywood masala films and movies from south and Hollywood,â Mazid said.
âThe situation of Assamese films is very clumsy. All filmmakers except a few like Jahnu Barua are following films from Mumbai and that is the reason why the films are flopping,â added Mazid, speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing 10th Osianâs-Cinefast Film Festival here.
The director said that the government is not taking initiatives to help the industry.
âThere is very little support from the government. It has no idea what an indigenous film industry is. Assam government should have helped us to make films about Assam and its culture. The film department is headed by bureaucrats and politicians who donât care about the cultural past,â said Mazid.
âDespite having film bodies like the Assam Film Finance Development, Eastern India Motion Pictures Association (EIMPA) and Producers Guild of Assam, nothing concrete is happening to help the Assamese film industry.
âI have been a part of such organisations for 15 years, but I was so disappointed with the outcomes that I ostracised myself from all such organisations 10 years back.â
Mazid is in Delhi for the screening of Assamâs first feature film âJoymotiâ, which was directed by late Jyotiprasad Agarwalla, the first filmmaker of the state, in 1935.
The only print of âJoymotiâ had been lost soon after the death of Agarwalla in 1951. However, in the early 1970s, his younger brother, Hridayananda Agarwalla, traced seven reels of the print. They were incorporated in a documentary.
Mazid reconstructed, edited and subtitled the footage. He is now looking forward to digitising the film.
Making and restructuring films is Mazidâs hobby. His future projects include reconstructing Assamese classics like âAmar Ghorâ (1945), âGanga Silonir Pakhiâ (1975), âSandhyaragâ (1977) and âAparajeyaâ (1977).
âMaking films is my job and resurrecting the classics is my passion. I am reconstructing it due to my love for Assamese cinema. If no one else does, at least I have to,â he concluded.