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Film museum to be opened next year

- Building to house cameras, projectors, movies to give an idea of Assam’s film history

Nov. 30: The Assam State Film (Finance and Development) Corporation Ltd will inaugurate a museum next year, displaying objects related to filmmaking.

The chairperson of the corporation, Bobbeeta Sharma, told The Telegraph today that almost 80 per cent work of the museum has been completed and efforts are on to make it ready for the visitors by next year.

She said the museum would display objects like cameras, projectors and films to give visitors an idea about Assamese film history.

The corporation is the pioneer film organisation in the Northeast for the development of films as a whole.

It was incorporated on September 4, 1974, by the Assam government and for 30 years, it had been functioning from a small office on the premises of the Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio at Kahilipara.

Later, the state government allotted a plot of land measuring two bighas near Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra at Panjabari.

Sharma said the corporation was working to set up a research and documentation centre in its building to facilitate scholars in conducting research on Assamese films.

The centre will house a library equipped with film-related information.

The corporation has already inaugurated a film archive preserving more than 100 Assamese movies in different formats and 19 documentaries.

Baandhon, produced by the corporation itself, is the latest one to join the list of preserved movies.

“We are ready to accept films and documentary from all the states of the Northeast. We have enough space to preserve a large number of films and documentaries,” Sharma said.

However, red-tape has deprived the corporation from bringing the print of Joymoti, the first Assamese film made by Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, from Jyoti Chitraban to its archive for proper preservation.

“We have not been able to bring the print of Joymoti to the archive, because of the official formalities. It is still in Jyoti Chitraban,” Sharma said.

The corporation has been trying to collect films not only from Assam, but also from other states of the Northeast. However, many producers are not even aware of the existence of the archive.

“The archive has the capacity to preserve a large number of films. We have been contacting the producers to give us their movies so that we could preserve them. Many producers are not aware of the presence of the archive,” Sharma said.

Sharma also said they would shortly open a mini cinema with two screens.

Sources said the hall would be set up with an estimated amount of Rs 2 crore and have a total capacity of 400 people at a time.

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