Staff Reporter GUWAHATI, Dec 8 – It may sound a bit unbelievable, but the famed actress of Chameli Memsaab, Binita Borgohain did not see the film that created waves even at the national level for more than three decades after its release because her feelings were hurt for not being invited to the premiere of the film.
Actress Binita Borgohain interacting with mediapersons at the Guwahati Press Club on Tuesday. – UB Photos
The actress who is presently settled in Kolkata has another regret that no effort has been made to preserve Chameli Memsaab. Even the making of this film is looked upon as an inspirational episode for the new age producers, directors and actors.
On Tuesday afternoon, old memories were revived, moments from the past relived through evergreen numbers and experiences shared at the Guwahati Press Club here as Binita Borgohain poured out her thoughts without restraint before the media.
During her interaction with the press, this actress who is still fondly identified with Chameli, the character she played in the film, said that she would be forever grateful to the people of Assam for remembering her as Chameli. “I cannot say which moment was memorable in Chameli Memsaab because the entire film was a memorable experience,” said the actress recollecting the magical ambience set by tea gardens and folk elements in the film.
“When after several decades I at last saw the film I felt proud to be part of a great film and felt even more happy because we composed our own dance steps for the numbers as there was no choreographer,” she said, stressing the need to revive the Assamese film industry.
She asserted that the past glory of the Assamese film industry could be established through a coordinated approach wherein the writers, producers, directors and actors have to join hands to make a good film. “A good storyline and powerful direction will ensure the success of a film,” she said.
Supporting her, veteran actor Hadi Alam Bora who was also present at the interactive session said that the old Assamese films had captured the smell of the soil and that was one of the main reasons for success. “The old films were typically Assamese and so people could relate easily,” he said observing that the new generation films were made in Assamese language sans the spirit and smell of the soil and so people were rejecting the films. Bora who acted in quite a few films said that in the making of Chameli Memsaab, everyone had made compromises to cope with the financial hardships and that ensured that the film was completed. “To revive the film industry, all involved with the industry must compromise,” he remarked.
Film-maker Pulak Gogoi was also present in the programme. For everyone, the get together was a nostalgic moment and the emotions were further touched as immortal numbers of old Assamese films were rendered on the occasion.