GUWAHATI, Feb 15 � In view of the myriad challenges faced by the Assamese film industry, national award winning filmmaker M Maniram has come up with a new concept to premiere his latest movie on television before it hits the theatres.
According to Maniram, producers of Assamese films incur heavy losses because the issues afflicting the film industry have not been addressed in the true spirit despite assurances from the authorities.
�This is a new concept. I decided to take a risk to premiere my film on television before it is released on theatres. No one has ever done that in Assam. I hope if people like it, they will go to the theatres to watch it,� Maniram, who is best known for his award winning film Mon Jaai in 2008, said�on Saturday while talking with mediapersons.
His new movie Khondhikhyan, the transition will be premiered on at least three televisions in the month of April. �I have approached the corporate bodies and they have assured me of their support for the premiere. As a filmmaker I have worked so hard for the project that I would want my work to be watched by the people,� he said.
Though a lot has been discussed at various levels to improve the staggering film industry, Assamese films have not been faring well because of reasons like not getting proper screening timings and high rates of tickets among others.
Maniram, while commenting on the present scenario of the Assamese film industry, resented the unfavourable atmosphere for promoting Assamese films. �Our filmmakers hardly get suitable slots for screening movies. Besides, the distributors are not that helpful either,� he added. Khondhikhyan, the transition, is a 90-minute crime thriller which revolves around kidnapping of a girl.
Another filmmaker Bani Das who is unhappy with the current system on film policy in the State, expressed his hope for the new concept. �The State government policy is very faulty, which hardly helps the filmmakers. Mani has tried out something new. I hope he succeeds, but the way ahead is pretty tough,� Das said.
Maniram�s earlier film Mon Jaai had received accolades in different parts of the country.