5th Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival gets underway

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Guwahati, Sept 15: The 5th edition of Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival got underway at Pragjyoti ITA Centre at Machkhowa in Guwahati from Friday. The festival will culminate on September 17.

Film personalities such as Vishal Bhardwaj, Gauri Shinde, Abhishek Chaubey, Nagesh Kukunoor, Nagraj Manjule and Adil Hussain are expected to take part in the three-day-long festival. The schedule will include film screenings, interactive sessions, workshops, panel discussions and more.

Film director and producer Shiladitya Bora and additional chief secretary Tsering Y Das were also present in the inaugural function.

In his address, Nagesh Kukunoor said, “I have been to Guwahati before. Each time I come here, I think I am going to make a film here. By next year, I promise that I will make a feature film here.”

Speaking on the occasion, Vishal Bhardwaj said, “I came to Assam for the first time in 1982 to play CK Naidu Trophy. I was representing Uttar Pradesh. I stayed here for one and half month at that time. Recently, I shot my movie Rangoon in both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. I encourage film festivals because I have learnt my film making from festivals. These festivals can bring films from small places. There can be no better way than film festivals to bridge the gap between mainstream and regional cinema.”

In his speech, Ronnie Lahiri said such festivals are providing great opportunity to the current generation of movie buffs from the region. ‘During our time, we didn’t get much opportunity to interact with Bollywood personalities. But for this generation, festivals like BVFF are making Bollywood more accessible.’

Additional chief secretary, Tsering Y Das said Northeast is going through social change and it is a region that has seen many conflicts. She added that films from the region reflect its philosophies and realities.

In his address, actor Adil Hussain said: “Any film which is made to educate the masses to watch meaningful cinema, needs to be pushed by the government. Countries such as Scandinavia, Germany, etc have a strong funding system. In India, film industries in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra etc are funded well. In the Northeast, we need a robust funding system.”

The following films have been screened on the day 1 of the festival: Loktak Lairembee (Lady of the Lake), directed by Hoabam Paban Kumar (Manipuri); Liakat directed by Monjul Baruah (Assamese); My Name is Eeooow directed by Oinam Doren (Khasi) and Mukti Bhawan directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani (Hindi). Various interaction and panel discussion programmes were also organised to mark the day of the festival.

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