Exotic Northeast wilderness lures Bollywood film makers

A scene from Nilanjan Datta's award-winning film Head Hunters.

A scene from Nilanjan Datta’s award-winning film Head Hunters.

Attracted by the scenic beauty of Northeast many Bollywood filmmakers have shown great interest to make use of the region’s breathtaking locations for their films. Last months many Bollywood celebrities attended the Brahmaputra Film Festival where the regions talents and exotic natural beauty was showcased.

During the festival, Bollywood filmmakers expressed a desire to exploit the region’s charm and unspoilt life to make their movies. “I will be delighted to make films in the northeast when it comes to nature, mountains, and hills all around. I am working on one such story on preliminary level where the location is based on hills and mountains of northeast. When everything is ready and if I get the right chance I will definitely shoot a film in the region,” said filmmaker Prakash Jha. Several award-winning films from from Manipur, Assam, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh were shown at the festival.

Head Hunters, directed by Nilanjan Datta from Arunachal Pradesh, stole the show.

Later, a panel discussion was held with Imtiaz Ali, director of movies like Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kaal, Tamasha and Rockstar. Ali said that he is more a spectator than a filmmaker, and is waiting to shoot a film in the northeast very soon. “Guwahati is a wonderful place. Here people are very kind and respectful,” Bollywood Director Imtiaz Ali said.

Fifteen short films were screened and three were awarded for their best filmmaking. At the event, Union Minister of Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju also launched the Brahmaputra Foundation to promote education, skills and talent development. – CINEWS

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