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Still from Momtaj

Assamese film:Momtaj

Filmmaker Pulak Gogoi does not believe that Assamese film industry is in the doldrums because of public disinterest.

“Despite language or genre, if the film is good nothing would stop the audience from going to the theatres,” he said, as he shot his forthcoming movie, Momtaj, at Jyoti Chitraban film studio.

Gogoi resumed his role behind the camera after a decade with Momtaj, following Patni in 2003. Shooting started two weeks back at Jyoti Chitraban.

Produced under the banner of Sai Films, Momtaj is adapted from Syed Abdul Malik’s story, Katkhula.

“I’m not a writer but a filmmaker who can make films out of good stories. Hence, I mostly opt to make films based on novels,” he said.

The film begins when a 23-year-old youth, Momtaj, meets an 18-year-old girl, Bedana, in Guwahati after she runs away from her home Morigaon to escape being sold by her foster mother.

Empathising with Bedana’s plight, Momtaj invites her to stay at his home. She accepts his offer and the couple start living together.

The story takes a turn when society objects and asks them to get married. Subsequently, they part ways.

Bhargav Das and Ananya Parashar play the lead roles in the film. The music for this 85-minute film is by Palash Gogoi.

The director said besides the film studio, the film would be shot at other locations in Guwahati. “We will wrap it up by the end of this year,” he said.

Although the date has not been decided, Gogoi is eager to release it in the last week of August after Ramazan.