Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar at 3rd Guwahati International Film Festival 2019 Credit: Twitter 

Guwahati: Bollywood filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar has expressed his keen desire to explore Northeast India and come up with good films that depict the people, culture and traditions of the region, including Assam.

The National Award-winning director made this announcement while gracing the opening ceremony of the third edition of Guwahati International Film Festival in Assam on Thursday.

Speaking with EastMojo on sidelines of the event, Bhandarkar said he felt much honoured to be a part of the biggest international film festival held in the region. “I would love to come back, explore more places and know the talents from the region,” Bhandarkar said during his maiden visit to the state.

Earlier in the day, the Chandni Bar director caught up with Assam chief minister Sarnbananda Sonowal and engaged on various discussions including Assamese films and the film policy of the state government. He also suggested CM Sonowal that a single window system should be inculcated so that filmmakers and producers across the country can obtain necessary clearances and permissions for shooting their films in Assam.

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar (right) in interaction with Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal

“I think the enthusiasm and zeal of CM Sonowal is huge and I feel happy that under his dynamic leadership a lot of development is going to be initiated in the field of Assamese film industry,” the 2016 Padma Shri Award winner told EastMojo.

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Meanwhile, CM Sonowal also requested the celebrated Bollywood filmmaker to shoot one of his films in the state so that its natural beauty can be projected before the world.

The renowned filmmaker in turn said that Northeast India is a region of divergent culture and is full of beautiful flora and fauna, much of which can be explored through the world of cinema.

Bhandarkar also paid his obeisance at the holy shrine of Kamakhya Temple and Umananda Temple during his visit to the city.

Bollywood filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar (third from left) at Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati on Thursday

The third edition of Guwahati International Film Festival (GIFF) kicked off on Thursday. It is scheduled to screen over 100 films from 65 countries during a six-day run till November 6 this year.

GIFF is being organised under the aegis of the Assam department of cultural affairs and Jyoti Chitraban in association with Dr Bhupen Hazarika Regoinal Film and Television Institute.

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