GUWAHATI, Sept 29 - Assamese film Village Rockstars, India�s official Oscars entry, earned around Rs 11 lakh in box office across the country on the first day of its commercial release.
In the meantime, Kamakhya Films, the distributor of the film in Assam, informed The Assam Tribune that many cinema halls which were earlier not willing to screen the film, have now decided to screen the film from Saturday, after an overwhelming public response.
The film has already been released in 34 cinema halls across the State through Kamakhya Films and in seven different cities of India outside Assam through PVR Cinemas. In Assam, the box office collection of the film on the first day was around Rs 7 lakh and outside the State, the box office collection was around Rs 4 lakh.
On Saturday, 39 cinema halls across the State started screening the movie, informed the distributor. On the other hand, due to increasing public demand, many cinema halls have also increased the number of shows.
�We have got an overwhelming public response for Village Rockstars from all over the State. Many cinema hall owners, who were earlier not interested in screening the film, have now approached us. Moreover, Carnival Cinema, Cinepolis and Anuradha Cineplex in Guwahati have increased the number of shows,� said Rajesh More, distributor of the film.
At Anuradha Cineplex on Friday evening, members of the Assamese film fraternity enjoyed the movie by buying tickets. Before the show, members of the film fraternity here also felicitated Rima Das, the maker of Village Rockstars.
�From today, we want to relieve Rima Das from the promotional work of the film in Assam. We will do it on her behalf in the State. Rima has many things to do to get the Oscars nomination. She should have to concentrate on it now,� said film director Bani Das while felicitating Rima at the Anuradha Cineplex.
At the same programme, Anuradha Cineplex�s owner Chinmoy Sarma announced to run two shows of the film from Saturday. �I am very happy to see the public response. I feel the situation is like a dream. Thanks to all,� said Rima Das.
On the other hand, the State government�s announcement of 50 per cent entertainment tax exemption is yet to become a reality in many parts of the State due to the lackadaisical attitude of the Department of Finance.
On Friday, the public bought tickets for the film without getting any tax exemption. Even on Saturday, many cinema halls did not get the circular in this regard, sources said.