Guwahati: An Assamese filmmaker Himanshu Prasad Das made an appeal to Ulfa (I) chief Paresh Barua in an open letter where he seeked militant help to prevent theatre owners from removing his movie Shakira Ahibo Bokultor Bihuloi in place of two mega Bollywood releases on 25th Jaunuary 2017. The Bollywood movies are Shah Rukh Khan starrer Raees and Hrithik Roshan starrer Kaabil.
NSD graduate Himanshu Prasad Das wrote "Despite the popularity of my film, certain vested interests are actively working towards removing it from movie halls. We demand that the movie be screened as long as it continues to draw a respectable audience."
Das mentioned that it is an old issue to remove regional movies to give place to Bollywood movies. Das even sent a Facebook post that went viral as soon as Ulfa Chief called local cinema hall owners threatening them of consuquences if Assamese movies are not shown. Ulfa chief said "It is mandatory to screen Assamese films in Assam’s movie halls. Till such a time the audience is willing to watch the movie, it should be screened. We will definitely take action if this is not done, and Hindi movies are forcibly dumped on the audience."
All-Assam cinema hall Owners association secretary Rajeev Bora defended the decision of cinema hall owners to show Raees and Kaabil."We had asked the film-maker to postpone his film release in view of the two big Bollywood releases this week but he did not agree," said Mr Bora. Bora denied the film makers claim that Assamese films are attracting the audience. Bora expressed his regret that the film maker was using such campaign to atrract media attention .