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Surviving version of Joymoti to be screened
STAFF Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Nov 25 – The surviving version of the first Assamese feature film Joymoti made by Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad Agarwala in 1935, is now decided to be screened on the closing day of the North East Focus section of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa, on November 27.

 This version of the film was made by Altaf Mazid in 2004 from the footage available with the documentary – Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad Aru Joymoti – made by Dr Bhupen Hazarika in 1976.

Seven reels of the original film were incorporated in the documentary. Mazid reorganized them in the video format and included them in the present version, which runs for an hour.

The surviving version thus made was screened at several national and international film festivals. But it failed to draw the attention of the Directorate of Film Festivals in India, though Mazid has been taking up the issue of its screening with the Directorate since 2006.

However, with the recent letter of the four daughters of the Rupkonwar – Satyashree Das, Jnanashree Pathak, Jayashree Chaliha and Hemashree Chaliha – to the Film Festival Directorate, to include this version too along with the documentary made by Dr Bhupen Hazarika, the Directorate in a letter on November 17, complied with the request.

This will perhaps provide a scope to the film buffs of the country to have a glimpse of the brilliance of the first Assamese film made about 80 years back, said Altaf Mazid in a statement here today.

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