Held for streaming film live – Zubeen thanks fans for huge response

Fans buy tickets for the first show of Mission China in Guwahati on Friday. Picture by UB Photos

Guwahati, Sept. 8: Mission China producer Garima Saikia Garg filed a complaint at Bharalumukh police station here in Guwahati alleging that some people had gone live with the film on Facebook from the halls since this morning when it was released.

In the complaint, Garima mentioned the name of Zubeen Hussain and M. Dhruba Jyoti who allegedly live streamed the film on Facebook. She also stated that around six persons were involved in it, according to information she had got since the morning.

“Around six people from various parts of Assam streamed the film live on Facebook from halls. The number will increase as we continuously get more information. During the time of writing the complaint, I had just got two names and mentioned them. I had also met Guwahati additional deputy commissioner (crime branch) Rosie Kalita on this matter. She had assured me that necessary action will be taken as soon as possible,” Garima told The Telegraph.

After the complaint, Guwahati police carried out inspections at various cinema halls. A youth, Biraj Hazarika, was detained today from Pragjyotish cinema in Maligaon. “The boy was recording the film on his mobile while watching the matinee show. He is now in our custody and interrogation is on. Besides, we have started an investigation to locate the culprits who live streamed the film on Facebook,” an officer of Bharalumukh police station said.

Rosie Kalita said Assam police would write to the headquarters of Facebook to detect the people who showed the film live.

“The producer did not mention all the names. So, we will write to Facebook for the names,” Kalita said.

Moreover, film distributor Goenka Enterprise claimed that Mission China has broken all records in Assam with first day collections fetching at least Rs 40 lakh. It also stated that for the first time in the history of Assamese film, every hall of the state went houseful for all four shows.

“It is a pioneering film in Assam. After many years we saw such a huge response from the audience for an Assamese film. All halls became houseful and we got information that in many venues lots of tickets were sold in advance. I think Assamese cinema has got a new thrust through Mission China. Till now, no Assamese film has done such huge business on the first day of its release,” an official of Goenka Enterprise said.

People across Assam queued up in front of movie theatres from early morning to watch the film. At Jonaki Cinema hall located in Tezpur, people started to queue up from 5am today.

While watching the film with his fans and followers at Anuradha cinema in Guwahati today, Zubeen Garg thanked all for such a favourable response. He announced that he will make his next film at a budget of Rs 4 crore, almost double of what he had spent for Mission China.

Manash Pratim Dutta Telegraph India

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