GUWAHATI, April 16 – Even after winning the National Awards on a number of occasions, veteran filmmaker Jahnu Barua said, “Awards are not the only barometer for quality cinematic work”.
“Sometimes a better movie may fail to impress the jury, as it solely depends on the taste and mood of the jury concerned. So, one should not lose hopes for winning awards and instead should try to improve,” Barua said.
Barua today added another feather to his cap this season with Ajeyo bagging the best Assamese movie award at the 61th National Film Awards announced today.
Directed by Barua, the story of Ajeyo is based on the Sahitya Akademi Award winner 1997 Assamese novel Ashirbador Rong written by Arun Sharma and adapted as screenplay by the director himself.
Produced by Shankar Lal Goenka, the movie has Rupam Chetia and Jupitora Bhuyan in the lead roles.
“Of course, I am happy on winning the award. But those who have not been able to win should not be discouraged and instead focus on improving themselves, especially in technical front,” he said. “Just because not too many Assamese movies have not made it big commercially does not mean that we do not have quality movies to penetrate the national scenario. But for that to happen in a distinct way, the industry will have to be revived and the government has a big role to play here,” he said.
“The regional film industry is our asset and we must revive it,” Barua added.