Following the footsteps of the legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, ten times national film award winning director Jahnu BaruaH wants to make a film based on his dreams.
"Just like Kurosawa, may be someday I will also give shape to my dreams in the form of cinema," says director Jahnu Baruah of Maine Gandhi ko Nahin Mara fame.
Kurosawa's Dreams (1990), which was a much critical acclaimed movie, was based on eight of Kurosawa's dreams. The movie dealt with subjects including terrors of childhood, parents who are as Olympian as gods, the seductive nature of death, nuclear annihilation and environmental pollution.
"My dream", Baruah says, "is to make northeast an united and a peaceful region." Though he admits it to be a difficult one, but he says, "my experiences of life has made me realise that nothing is impossible."
The turmoil through which the northeast is presently going can be ended, feels Baruah.
"All the human tragedies which the region is facing at present can be avoided. We should learn from our mistakes and stand together without losing one's identity," says Baruah.
Terming Northeast as the "best socio-cultural" part and the people there as "most humane", the filmmaker says, "leaving behing all the differences, the northeast should compete with the world as one united team."
"Whenever the opportunity comes, I always try to project the rich socio-cultural heritage and bio-diversity of the northeast through my film," says Barua.
His new film Har Pal starring Preity Zinta, Shiney Ahuja and Dharmendra, which is slated for release in May, has a major portion shot in Shillong.
"The film is about a Khasi (a Meghalaya tribe) girl and it also has flavour of northeast folk music," says Baruah refusing to divulge any further details.
His next venture is Anjane Dost, a short film of 10-minute duration, which is part of a 10-movie series to be produced by Sahara group.
The film set in the backdrop of Mumbai is about two strangers who develop a relationship. Jahnu Baruah, who hails from Assam, has one English and one Assamese movie on the cards.
"I always believe that we as filmmaker have a social responsibility," says Baruah whose another Hindi film Butterfly Chase set in Jammu and Kashmir is ready for release.
Baruah who is also the recipient of a number of international film awards was conferred in 2003 with Padma Shri, for his contribution to Indian cinema.
His Halodhiya Choraye Baodhan Khai (Catastrophe) won the President's Swarna Kamal award for the best feature film in 1987, while Hkhagoroloi Bohu Door (It's a Long Way to the Sea) received the Swarna Kamal award for best director in 1996.