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Capital screen for Assamese films

With the Capital abuzz with an eclectic cultural agenda that ranges from theatre to films, story-telling and creative writing, the calendar for most culture buffs promises to be choc-a-block for at least the next few weeks.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2006 12:20 IST

With the Capital abuzz with an eclectic cultural agenda that ranges from theatre to films, story-telling and creative writing, the calendar for most culture buffs promises to be choc-a-block for at least the next few weeks.

While most events like the theatre festival Bharat Rang Mahotsav and Katha’s Asian International Utsav 2006 celebrating city stories, hope to draw the audiences like magnet, few in the city, especially the film buffs would give the forthcoming Assamese Film Festival a miss.

Especially after the controversy that was created with the internationally acclaimed filmmaker Jahnu Barua being nominated in the “best debut director”category of the 12th annual Star Screen Awards for his movie Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara.

With more than 10 films in his kitty, a host of national Ffilm awards, a Padma Shri in 2003, and honours at film festivals in Tokyo, Locarno, Brussels and Chicago, Barua is miffed at being dubbed as a “debut director.” And he said as much at a meet, held on Wednesday to kickstart the three-day festival of award winning Assamese films, that commences on January 6.

Voicing his deep “hurt and disappointment” at the ignorance of the ‘critics’ and the electronic media for referring to him as a filmmaker from Orissa and South Korea, he said that atleast the sensitivities of the region should have been kept in mind. Controversies apart, the festival promises to be interesting.

Organised by the Assam State Film, the theme of the fest is Role of Cinema in Social Awakening. Films with social relevance will be screened as a tribute to the late Bhabendra Nath Saikia.

His film Kalsandhya will be screened as the inaugural film. The festival features amongst others Jahnu Barua’s, Firingoti, Santwana Bardoloi’s Adajya, Manju Bora’s Laaz and Sanjib Hazarika’s Matsyagondha .

(The festival is on till January 8 at Siri Fort Auditorium-II, 11 am onwards. Entry is by passes, available an hour before each show at the ticket counter).