Guwahati, March 10: On this very day, March 10, in 1935, the first Assamese film ‘Joymoti‘ was released at the Raonak Theatre.
Based on Lakshminath Bezbaruah’s play about the Ahom princess Soti Joymoti, the film was produced and directed by Jyoti Prasad Agarwala. The film featured Aideu Handique and Natasurya Phani Sarma, and marked the starting of Assamese Cinema.
It must be noted that Joymoti was not a commercial success but the film did set a benchmark for Assamese Cinema or Indian Cinema as a whole. The film was noted for its political views and also the fact that it had a female protagonist, which was almost unheard in Indian Cinema during that period, added to the film’s uniqueness.
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On his way back from England, Jyoti Prasad Agarwala had spent around six months at the UFA Studios in Berlin and learnt film making. After he was back in Assam, Agarwala decided to make his first film and thus the journey of Joymoti started.
The film was screened at the Kumar Bhaskar Natya Mandir, Guwahati, the only theatre in Assam which has sound back then.
We, at Team UniTreed, pay our homage to the film and the team for starting the journey of Cinema in Assam.
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