Will be privileged to work with North East talents: Prakash Jha

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Filmmaker Prakash Jha has said he derives a lot of inspiration from the North East and Bollywood filmmakers like him will feel privileged to work with people from the region.

Speaking at the inauguration of the 4th edition of the Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival (BVFF), Jha said, “I derive a lot of inspiration from the North East region. There is something about Brahmaputra which draws me personally.

“This festival is a window which gives us a peek into the rich heritage and culture of Northeast. Hindi cinema is just commercial cinema. Don’t give too much value to it. Filmmakers like us from Mumbai will feel privileged to work with people from Northeast,” he said.

Zualaa Chhangte directed Mizo film Kima’s Lode Beyond the Class that explores the journey of a young boy in Mizoram and which won the award for best Mizo film at the 63rd National Film Awards, was the first feature film to be screened today.

The day ended with the screening of another National Award Winning movie Eibusu Yaohanbiyu, which was named best Manipuri film. 1962: My Country Land, an English feature film based on the Sino-Indian war of 1962, will premiere at the Film Festival tomorrow for the first time in India.

The Brahmaputra Valley Short Film Competition is one of the highlights of the festival and the top 15 entries from this year’s competition were screened for the audience. These films which have been made by budding filmmakers from all across the northeast received overwhelming response.

Tanushree Hazarika, Managing Director of Eclectic Group and Festival Director of BVFF said, “What germinated as an idea among a couple of friends turned out to be a full-fledged initiative. This is part of our effort to bridge the gap between mainland India and Northeast.”

Assam Additional Chief Secretary, Planning and Development K V Eapen was the Guest of Honour at the function where Bollywood sound designer Amrit Pritam, who hails from Assam, was also present as Special Guests.