Assam CM Sonowal distributes subsidy to film producers
Guwahati: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday distributed subsidy to film producers under Assam State Film Finance and Development Corporation (ASFFDC) at a programme held in Janata Bhawan.
Notably, a total of 55 films including 45 feature films, 6 documentaries and 4 short films were selected for providing subsidy total worth Rs 1 core by ASFFDC in the first phase. The producers of the films, which were made during the period from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2020, were provided subsidies for encouraging them in their filmmaking endeavors.
Speaking in the occasion, CM Sonowal said, “Films have so much power to spread messages and bring about change in the society. Viewers find an escape from their reality in the world of cinemas as they laugh, cry and feel various emotions in the course of a film. Artistes and filmmakers wield great influence over the society and they must they play their roles in guiding the youth in the right direction.”
Reminiscing his childhood experiences of watching films, Sonowal said that films had cast a spell during his formative years as he was in awe of those he saw in big screens and urged the filmmakers of the state to explore and highlight state’s potentials and natural beauty in front of the world.
Recalling how JyotiprasadAgarwala made visionary initiative to make Assam’s first feature film ‘Joymoti’ way back in 1935 braving all odds, Sonowal said that Assam’s film industry has a glorious history and Joymoti was a true testament of women empowerment when Aideu Handique defied societal restrictions to act in a film.
Terming the artistes as messengers of god, the Chief Minister said they have great responsibility of setting the right examples before the young generation and guide the society through their creations.
He also referred to Bhupen Hazarika’s song ‘jilikabo luitore paar’ and said that all sections of the society must join hands to develop the state at a rapid pace.