2018 has turned out to be a breakthrough year for Assamese Cinema or Assam Film Industry for more than one reason.
Two films which created the buzz in all the festival circuits they were in, won big on the 65th National Film Awards held on 13th April. Utpal Borpujari’s debut feature, ISHU claimed the Best Film Awards on the Assamese category. The film was backed by CFSI.
The icing on the cake happened when one of the best Indie film of 2017, Rima Das’ Village Rockstars took home the top prize of Best Feature Film awards along with hordes of other awards such as Best Editing, Best Audiography and Best Child Artist. Village Rockstars’ Swarna Kamal means it is after twenty-nine years that an Assamese film won the National Film Award in the same category. The last film to do so was iconic filmmaker Jahnu Baruah’s Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai.
What an eye opener it has been chairing the #NationalFilmAwards2018. The quality of regional cinema has left us stunned. It’s world class and its time to take away the tag of regional cinema. For Hindi cinema no longer can compete with the quality we saw from other languages.
— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) April 15, 2018
Last evening, the Assam State Film (Finance & Development) Corporation facilitated the National Awards winning filmmakers and have also assured to facilitate on a different date the National Award winners of the past three years. In a superb gesture, the Assam Chief Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal presented all the 25 kids from Village Rockstars and Kapil Garo of Ishu with Rs 25,000 each.