GUWAHATI: The film fraternity in the northeast is all praise for the five films from the region that won accolades at the National Film Awards.The announcement of the awards is great news for the region's film industry, especially at a time when it is going through a rough phase with most of the films failing at the box office.
"Ri", a Khasi film by Pradip Kurbah, about the complexity of insurgency in Meghalaya, and "The Crossing Bridges", a Sherdukpen film by Sangee Dorjee Thongdoh, about a man searching for his roots in Arunachal Pradesh, have been adjudged winners in the category of best feature film for languages not specified in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution.
Jahnu Barua's "Ajeyo" was declared the best Assamese film, which is based on Arun Sarma's award-wining novel "Ashirbador Rong". Anurag Saikia won the best music director award for "Yugadrashta" in the non-feature film category.
"I am happy that "Ajeyo" has won the award. At a time when most Bollywood and south Indian movies are remakes, Jahnuda's film had a fresh concept and powerful storyline. We should retain the originality of Assamese films. Jahnuda has always retained the Assamese flavour and brought glory to the state," said Zeriffer Wahid, actress and theatre personality.
"Films from the northeast are being recognized and there should be more films based on progressive ideas," added Zeriffer.
Actor Adil Hussein, who starred in Ang Lee's "Life of Pi", said, "I feel good for Jahnuda and all the winners from the region. We have so much talent here. We can make movies of international standards. I hope the awards will inspire new and young filmmakers. We need to encourage local filmmakers."