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Travelling talkies gaining popularity in Assam

20-06-2017 05:00 AM | Lathika Saju | My Indian Dream

Travelling talkies gaining popularity in Assam | My Indian Dream

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Two young graduates revive the travelling talkies which is gaining popularity as rural audiences who don't have access to theaters wait for it to watch films

As people in cities in Assam watched and enjoyed the latest films in theaters and multiplexes, the folks in rural areas remained bereft of this entertainment due to the absence of theaters in their villages.

Now, to enable the villagers to have a big screen experience, two young graduates from Assam's film institute have revived the concept of travelling talkies which existed in the olden days before the advent of theaters. They have decided to screen only Assamese movies to give a boost to the local film industry which is losing out to competition from Hollywood and Bollywood.

Pappu Kabeer (27) and Ratna Das (33) have been touring the length and breadth of Assam for the last few years equipped with a high-definition 4K projector, a Blu-ray player, a 3KV generator and a 35x25 ft screen. They have named their mobile cinema theater company ‘Aaideo Talkies’ in memory of Assam's first woman actor, Aaideo Nilambar Handique, star of the Northeast's first talkie, Joymoti (1935).

Earlier people in rural areas of the state could enjoy movies only when they would visit cities for medical treatment or for work. Now, they wait for the travelling talkies to view popular local films.

When Kabeer and Das passed out from Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Regional Government Film and Television Institute in 2013, they realized that the film industry itself is struggling to stay afloat. They started their mobile theater as they felt it was necessary to first create a market for local films and then plunge into producing.

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