GUWAHATI, Jan 27 - The first film to be supported by the new Assam Tourism Policy would be an Indo-American collaboration to be directed by acclaimed filmmaker Jahnu Barua on a story based on Assam.
Unread Pages, Barua�s maiden venture in international filmmaking will be an international partnership between Hollywood-based Ivanhoe Pictures and Mumbai-based Easterly Entertainment.
Announcing this here today, Jahnu Barua and Kilian Kerwin of Ivanhoe Pictures said that for the film, mostly set in Assam and New York, the cast would include actors from Assam and international cinema.
Unread Pages will be the very first film to be made under the recently announced Assam Tourism Policy that has laid special emphasis on promoting film tourism in the State through films. A number of incentives and perks have been announced for the shooting films in Assam, State-based storyline, and cast and crew from the State.
Assam Tourism Development Corporation chairman Jayanta Malla Baruah said the maiden project under the new tourism policy turned out to be a very encouraging one with the master filmmaker Jahnu Barua making an international collaboration with the Ivanhoe Pictures.
�This policy has been designed to attract film projects and production units of Assam, to let people know about the unexplored beauty of Assam, its land, culture and people. Films, throughout the world have been a major medium to boost tourism of a particular place,� Baruah stated.
�Upper Assam is a preferred location for the Assam part of the shooting. As the story is partially based in Assam, it will certainly have the flavour of Assam. We are hopeful that the film shooting will be completed within this year,� said Jahnu Barua.
Unread Pages follows the story of a happy family that is torn apart due to some unfortunate incidents. Following the traumatising events and having been estranged from his land culture, the protagonist returns to Assam to redeem himself.