GUWAHATI, July 2 - Internationally acclaimed actor Adil Hussain called on Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in his office chamber at Janata Bhawan today and discussed ways to rejuvenate the Assamese film industry.
Adil Hussain was accompanied by film producer Shahnaab Alam, who is best known for his film Lunch Box.
During the discussion, both Hussain and Alam highlighted the challenges faced by the Assamese film industry and the interventions required for overcoming the same. They said that while many Assamese people were doing phenomenal work in the celluloid world outside Assam, the industry in the State was going through rough phases due to lack of adequate infrastructure and patronage.
Being sons of the soil, both of them offered support to uplift the present status of the film industry of the State.
Pitching for a film policy protecting the interests of films of local language, the duo underlined the examples of states like Maharashtra where the film policy on promoting Marathi films has brought great dividends.
They said films are the best promotional tools of a State and Assamese movies like Village Rockstars are drawing huge crowds in over 80 countries. However, due to apathy of distributors and exhibitors, Assamese films fail to get enough screen time in the local cinema halls.
Calling for immediate Government intervention, the duo offered to extend all support to convene a meeting with prominent exhibitors and distributors of the country to protect the interests of local cinema.
They also suggested measures for quality control in films, which are entitled to get incentives under the new tourism policy of the State Government.
Appreciating their initiative, Sonowal assured that he will take expeditious measures for adopting a film policy for Assam, taking cue from the successful policies of other states. He also conveyed his best wishes to Adil Hussain for his continued success in the film world.
Hrishikesh Goswami, Media Advisor to the Chief Minister, was also present during the discussion.