Guwahati: Filmmaker Jaicheng Zxai Dohutia, who made the Assamese-Moran bilingual movie, 'Baghjan', has expressed his disappointment over Himanta Biswa Sarma's decision to send four representatives from the film fraternity including Bureaucrats to attend the Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2022.
Baghjan has been selected for the Marche du Film which is the business counterpart of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France.
Taking to the social media platform, Dhoutia, expressing his dissatisfaction wrote a long post, wherein, he said the presence of the representatives of the films should have been the priority at this moment so that they could have explained the synopsis of the films.
"The Government of Assam has decided to send delegates to the Cannes International Film Festival this year to promote and disseminate Assamese films, which is certainly a far-reaching idea,'' he added.
''But filmmakers like us are forced to hold back our unrelenting desire only because we cannot afford to go to a country like Europe. But, after learning that the Assam government will be sending their representatives to the Cannes Film Festival this year, I am deeply pained; it is like pouring salt on our wounds,'' he avowed.
He further said that the Cannes Film Festival will come every year, but this opportunity for directors like us won't come back again.
''Today, the state government could have promoted film directors like us if they wanted to, but they didn't," he added.
Established in 1959, this is one of the largest film markets in the world and it is held annually in conjunction with the Cannes Film Festival or Festival de Cannes.
Dohutia's film has been selected in the 'Goes to Cannes' section; a total number of five Indian movies were given an opportunity to pitch for selection.
The film has been shot at real locations and the victims of the oil-leakage tragedy have performed in it. The film revolved around the plight of commoner villagers, who were affected by the blowout at Baghjan in the Tinsukia district.