GUWAHATI, Oct 30 - �Some new filmmakers have ushered in a renaissance in the Assamese film industry. There is a change in the depiction of socio-political issues in films followed by the style of scripting. These new filmmakers have good command over film language and aesthetics, which have changed the style of filmmaking. Now, the style of editing has also changed with proper use of cinematic language,� said film critic Pranjal Bora while speaking at an open forum on the topic �Emerging trends in Assamese cinema� held as part of the second edition of the Guwahati International Film Festival (GIFF) here today.
Explaining the concept of �independent film�, Bora said, �The new trend, which is called independent filmmaking, has broken many stereotypes in the process of filmmaking itself. In Assam, the new trend is now in a growing stage. New filmmakers of the State have excellent sense of cinema and cinematic perspective. On the other hand, in the past few years, introduction of new technology has made a drastic change in the process of filmmaking.�
Talking about the crisis in the regional film industry, he said, �From the past few years, many regional film industries have faced a lot of challenges. Some among them were shown the path to revival, and some were not.�
Documentary filmmaker Parthajit Baruah, in his speech, said, �The 1970s was a golden era for Assamese films but from the 90s onwards a crisis has continued in the industry. In today�s scenario, it is our duty to appreciate and discuss all kinds of films for overall development of the industry.�
Dwelling on the history of the Assamese film industry, he said in Assam many films are kept away from proper discussion. Even the second film of Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwala was not discussed properly.
�There are three types of cinema in Assam � popular, middle and serious. We should not discriminate between films while discussing them.�
He said marketing strategy is totally a different matter in filmmaking. A popular cinema may not be a hit at the box office, while a serious cinema may get good response from the audience with an excellent marketing strategy.
Filmmaker Kenny Basumatary said, �I always want to make a film which I will want to enjoy. Cinema is the way to get relief from stress.�
Assamese filmmaker Dhruba J Bordoloi, Prerona Borbaruah and producer Garima Saikia Garg also took part in the open session.