Himanta support for UK film house

The film team with Himanta Biswa Sarma in Agartala on Sunday. Picture by Swapnaneel Bhattacharjee

Silchar: Assam tourism minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has assured to extend all cooperation to the team of London UK Films in connection with its project of a Bollywood feature film.

The team met Sarma in Agartala on Sunday over their first full-fledged Bollywood project, Nange Pair, on the tradition, culture and lifestyle of the state.

The team comprised two members of the production house, including John Rowe and Eric Ollerenshaw, along with the film’s director Sachin Karande and actor Rajdeep Choudhury.

Rowe said during their meeting, the team informed Sarma that Assam’s cultural heritage and traditional richness would be portrayed through the film which will be shot in and around tea gardens, national parks, rivers and historic spots.

“Sarma liked the initiative and gave recommendations of some iconic locations like Kaziranga National Park and the Brahmaputra among others. He also assured co-operation from the government,” he said.

“Many local talents will be given a chance to work in the film. Besides, there will be a great opportunity for Assam-based businesses to showcase their products in the film. Filming is expected to start later this year for national and world release in 2019,” Rowe said.

Besides, he said the production house has also agreed with Assam University vice-chancellor Dilip Chandra Nath to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to provide education and opportunities regarding films to the students.

Choudhury, who hails from Silchar, said the film heralds the beginning of a new era in Assam’s entertainment scenario and paves way for tourism prospects.

“Our initiative will encourage filmmakers to come here and make movies on the tradition and culture of this unique,” he added.

The production team also visited different locations in south Assam’s Barak Valley near Mahasadak (East-West corridor), Silchar Medical College and Hospital, National Institute of Technology, Assam University and some tea gardens.

Choudhury has acted in Bollywood film Jack and Dil, which also starred actors like Arbaaz Khan, Sonal Chauhan and Evelyn Sharma. The film, directed by Sachin Karande, will hit the screens in March or April.

SWAPNANEEL BHATTACHARJEE Telegraph India

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