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By Priyanka Deb Burman
AGARTALA: Holding a still camera was a dream then. Now, video cameras have become a part of life. This is what Sarat Reang, Tripura's young filmmaker says from his life experience.
He used to be a film-lover in his school days but never thought his love for movies would land him into the film-making business. There are only a handful production houses in Tripura, Sarat tried his hand on camera, then moved to music videos to later discover his love for being a movie-maker. Being a fresher with music albums in 2003, Sarat shifted his eyes to movies four years later.
Speaking to TNT-The Northeast Today exclusively, Sarat Reang said that he always wished to make movies highlighting traditional culture of different indigenous communities residing in Tripura. As of now, Sarat has done few documentaries specially highlighting the traditional culture of the primitive groups. Tribal Research Institute and Department of Primitive Group funded him for the documentaries.
"Culture and traditions of different communities are diminishing in today's modern era. Youngsters have almost abandoned the traditional values for modern culture. Its' not their fault, perhaps the traditional values got subsided by modern technology. This struck in me the idea and I tried to revive the lost culture through my movies," Reang told Priyanka Deb Barman at his home.
He has directed Kokborok feature films- Mari, Nwng bai and Bwkha and is now working on his new project; the name is yet to be disclosed.
Motivated by his elder sister Anita Reang who acted in a Kokborok movie 'Langmanihado', Sarat saw a different phase in his life. "Anita, my elder sister was my idol who has influenced me through my film-making career. She herself acted in a Kokborok film. It was my first experience where I could differentiate a person whom I see in my home and the same person was quite different before camera," said the young filmmaker recalling the days.
Sarat was felicitated by many local organizations for his creativity; however, he yearns to see his movie enlisted for national level award.
"I got many praises from my Tripura people. But, like every man, I too, wish my film to receive national recognition one day," said smiling Sarat.
He believed that market for filmmakers in Tripura is not zero but he felt if cinema halls are opened in all districts of the state, the demand for vernacular-language films would definitely increase.
As every filmmaker has some particular genre, Sarat prefers to give a brief introduction of the film within half-a-minute in the beginning of the film through video footage. Suspense holds every audience in his seat till he could assume climax of a movie, but if they could relate them with the movie, therein lies the success of a filmmaker. Besides filmmaker, actors are also responsible for success of films.
"I followed narrative style in my film Bwkha. I found people give credit to acting and if acting is good, they would even watch flop movies," Reang said.
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