Attracted by the scenic beauty of Northeast many Bollywood filmmakers have shown great interest to make use of the region’s breathtaking locales for their upcoming films.
The northeast region has every landscape that a place can ask for right from valleys to hills to waterways and unending plains and be any filmmaker’s dream destination.
Many nationally acclaimed filmmakers are eyeing the region for future projects.
Watch: The Jewel Thief was shot in Assam
During the recently held Brahmaputra Film Festival, Bollywood filmmakers expressed a desire to make a movie based on the northeast and to display the charm of the region through his film. “I will be delighted to make films in the northeast when it comes to nature, mountains, and hills all around. I am working on one such story on preliminary level where the location is based on hills and mountains of northeast. When everything is ready and if I get the right chance I will definitely shoot a film in the region,” said Prakash Jha, a filmmaker.
Some renowned films shot in the pristine locales of the Northeast are Jewel Thief, Koyla, Daman- a victim of marital violence.
Watch: Koyla was also shot in Northeast
To encourage and to promote northeast India’s film industry and to bring forth the resources that Northeast region has got for filmmaking, a recent film festival saw the screening of the award winning films from the northeast, including from Manipur, Assam, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh.
The screening of National Award winning film Head Hunters, directed by Nilanjan Datta from Arunachal Pradesh, stole the show.
Later, a panel discussion was held with Imtiaz Ali, director of movies like Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kaal, Tamasha and Rockstar.
Ali said that he is more a spectator than a filmmaker, and is waiting to shoot a film in the northeast very soon. “Guwahati is a wonderful place. Here people are very kind and respectful. I get inspired by people across me. When I meet people I gain instincts into different attitudes, which is often reflected in my films. It goes back to people,” Imtiaz Ali, Bollywood Director.
Besides, these a short film contest was also organized which provided an opportunity to the young filmmakers to work with the nationally acclaimed filmmakers.
Among which 15 short films were screened and three were awarded for their best filmmaking.
Union Minister of Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju graced the occasion as the chief guest and gave away the awards to the winners. Along with cash awards, makers of the winning entries received the chance to intern with a premier production house.
At the event, Rijiju also launched the Brahmaputra Foundation which will work on the three prime aspects of human resource development in the northeast, viz. education, skills and talent development.