GUWAHATI, Sept 15 - The 5th edition of the Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival kicked off at the Pragjyoti ITA Centre, Machkhowa here on Friday. The festival will conclude on September 17, stated a press release.
In the three-day event, renowned film personalities such as Vishal Bhardwaj, Abhishek Chaubey, Nagesh Kukunoor, Ronnie Lahiri, Sanjay Bhutiani, Adil Hussain and few others will take part. Tsering Y Das, Additional Chief Secretary, Assam, attended the inaugural day of the event.
Kukunoor, on his second visit to Assam, said he always looks for chances to escape from Mumbai. �I visited Guwahati before, and each time I come here, I think I am going to make a film here. By next year, I will make a feature film here.�
Bhardwaj, who shot his film Rangoon in the North-east, said, �I came to Assam for the first time in 1982 to play in the CK Naidu Trophy. Recently, I shot my movie Rangoon in both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.�
Ronnie Lahiri said such festivals provide great opportunity for the current generation of movie lovers from the region.
Tsering Y Das, Additional Chief Secretary, Assam, said the North-east is going through social change. She added that films from the region reflect its philosophies and realities.
Actor Adil Hussain said, �Any film which is made to educate the masses needs to be encouraged by the government.�
The following films were screened on Friday, the opening day of the festival: Loktak Lairembee (Lady of the Lake), Liakat, My Name is Eeooow and Mukti Bhawan.