JORHAT, March 18 � Veteran filmmaker, director and scriptwriter Robin Chetia is making a full-length feature film dealing with man-elephant conflict. Titled Mur Desh, Mur Hati, the story, script and dialogues have been conceived, prepared and written by Chetia who also directs the film.
Talking to this correspondent, Chetia pointed out that the Assamese mainstream cinema has overlooked the serious and burning problems in the society and is showing an unrealistic and artificial world on the silver screen. Keeping this in view, he has made an attempt to portray the man-elephant conflict in a realistic way.
The film will carry the message that people should learn to co-exist with wild elephants and treat the pachyderms in a sympathetic way. For this to happen, the mindset of the people needs some change which can be attained only through proper education. The responsibility of creating awareness among the people lies with the young generation.
�The story I conceived is based on a book, Moi Dotal Hatiye Kaisu authored by Tolan Saikia,� said Chetia. �However, I have developed the sequences and the story in my own style.�
During long research for the script of the film, he visited the man-elephant conflict zones and discussed the issue with experts. Chetia said that communication was being made with foreign agencies to mitigate the man-animal conflict in this connection.
He added that the stress would on high production values so that the film can compete at the international level. Subtitles in English will be provided for people who do not understand the Assamese language.
Chetia had played a cameo in Rashmirekha, the Assamese film dealing with the subject of social integrity between the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam in 1973. The story and script of the film was written by Chetia himself. He was the director and scriptwriter of another feature film, Pranganga dealing with the subject of floods in the State.
He was also associated with two other unreleased films, Brindaban and Aradhana. He was appreciated by late Sarat Singha, former Chief Minister of Assam for his performance in Rashmirekha. He is also a successful playwright and has scripted as many as nine plays for the stage. His Chetanar Dhou staged during the Mangaldai session of the Asam Natya Sanmilan received warm response from the audience.