Assam calls film makers; plans to aid production
The Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) has decided to fund a new feature film ‘Unread Pages’ directed by Jahnu Barua. The first film under the state tourism policy will be produced jointly by Hollywood-based Ivanhoe Pictures and Mumbai-based Easterly Entertainment.
The film’s main aim is to give exposure to the scenic beauty of Assam on an international platform. It will also be an official announcement of an India-US co-production of a story from Assam for an international audience. It will also be Barua’s first international film.
The film, which will be both in Assamese and English, is said to be shot at a few locations of Upper Assam and in some locations in North America. The cast will be from Assam and international cinema. The ATDC will reimburse a maximum amount of Rs 1 crore of the film’s total expense, depending on fulfilment of various criteria of the policy.
The new Assam Film Tourism Policy, which came into effect on January 1, 2018, is aimed to attract film projects and production units to Assam, thereby exposing the land, culture, people and beauty of the state to the world through cinema. ATDC hopes that this will lead to a greater interest in Assam among tourists, including foreign travellers.