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Quality of mobile theatre going down: Majid

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 16 � Veteran actor-director Abdul Majid, who is passionate about stage acting, is of the opinion that the quality of the plays that are enacted by the mobile theatre groups in the State has deteriorated over the years.

Interacting with media persons as the Guest of the Month at the Guwahati Press Club (GPC) here on Monday, Majid, who has been honoured with a slew of awards for his contribution towards the stage, the silver screen and the small screen, said the mobile theatre groups need to introspect to stop the decay that has crept in.

�It is very unfortunate that the mobile theatre groups are pandering to the cheap taste of a section of audience. If this trend continues for long, mobile theatre groups will be faced with an existential problem,� said Majid, emphasizing the need for quality plays to reach out to all the theatre lovers.

For the actor, the stage is an integral part of his identity. He loves the stage as it establishes a contact between the actor and the audience directly.

Majid, who started his career on celluloid through �Ronga Police� in 1957, shared moments from different stages in his life describing that the journey is still on. �I have learned through my association with a host of cultural luminaries whom I came across while travelling,� remembered the actor, who has directed several movies including �Maram Trishna�, �Chameli Memsaab�, �Banahangsha�, �Bonjui�, �Ponakon�, �Uttarkaal�.

Majid said that he had to travel a lot on account of his job and this was a golden opportunity to learn.

It needs to be mentioned here that Majid was honoured as the best director in the multilingual drama competition held in New Delhi in 1971. He was awarded with the best director�s award for Assamese television serial �Naamghoria�.

About the Assamese film industry, Majid said that the industry was still struggling with myriad problems, including low audience turnout to view a regional language film. He mentioned that the taste of the audience was changing and filmmakers should keep this development in mind.

�Now Assam has all the state-of-the-art facilities to make a good film and the filmmakers should take advantage of these facilities to make both commercial as well as parallel movies, which will be a hit with the movie buffs,� said Majid.

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