Celebrating the Silver Jubilee of ‘Tabyu Millo’, Apatani’s first feature film

Representing our roots through local films to educate our youth: Taki

ZIRO, October 5: “Today’s 21st generation young people need to be brought to understand their roots, their identity and the hardships of their ancestors in today’s changing society and local films can play a central role in bridging this generational gap. “said the Minister of Agriculture and the local Legislature Tagus. Taki here last Tuesday.

During the Silver Jubilee celebration of “Tabyu Millo”, the first Apatani feature film screened in 1997, Taki said that “local films should be promoted and encouraged, which will not only revive and preserve our cultures and traditions in decline, but will also provide a window into our talented young artists and be a source of income for them.

“Ziro is becoming a popular tourist center and I’m sure if we make good local films at regular intervals and show them to our visitors, they will surely love it,” he added.

Praising the “Huto Film Society” on the silver jubilee of his first film which sparked the process of local filmmaking in the state in the late 1990s, Taki urged young people to seriously consider the cinema as a career option and also implored the Huto Film Society to continue making local themed films and documentaries for the benefit of the youth of our tribal state.

While informing that he had performed a philanthropic service for a worthy cause such as sponsoring a video camera to shoot the film in 1997, the famous North East highway builder and president of PH Constructions Puna Hinda offered to sponsor the continuation of the filming of ‘Tabyu Millo.’

“I support any good cause for the betterment of our youth and our society,” added Hinda.

Recounting the hardships of making the film in the 90s in the absence of modern gadgets and facilities, the film’s director and producer and DIPR assistant director Radhe Tajung said the idea of ​​doing something “creative” for young people and society pushed him to make the film against all odds despite being new to the film world and without any financial sponsor for the project.

“In 1997, I received a salary of Rs two thousand per month while the film’s budget was Rs twenty thousand. So I had to get a loan at 10% interest to fulfill my mission,” he said, adding that he had no regrets or remorse as society as a whole recognized and appreciated his efforts. innovative.

Informing that there has been no looking back since the trip of “Tabyu Millo”, Tajung added that he has so far directed and produced many other local films and documentaries, including “Budding Society”. , a 1998 English documentary, “Ashwarn Vibhaw”. , a Hindi feature in 1999, ‘Biodiversity’, an English documentary in 2000, ‘Unique Cultivation’, an English documentary in 2001, ‘Abotani’ (the genesis of mankind), a Hindi short in 2002, ‘Abotani & Buru Piicha’ (Apatani folk tale), a Hindi short film in 2002, ‘Papim Pame’ (Romantic Apatani folktale), a Hindi short film in 2003, ‘Unity in Diversity’, an English documentary in 2004, ‘Pride of Jhamkhar, 2013 Hindi short film, ‘Losar’ (a Monpa tribe new year festival), 2013 English documentary short film, ‘Marching ahead’, 2015 Hindi documentary film, ‘Torgya Festival’ (monastic festival of the Monpa tribe), an English documentary in 2016, ‘Dree Mythology’, an Apatani play during the Dree Festival in 2017 and ‘A brief history of Tajang, a quest for excellence in all fields’, an Apatani documentary with English subtitles in 2022.

On occasion, a two-minute silence was observed for the film’s deceased performers, including famed lyricist and screenwriter Apatani Tage Diibo, lyricist Radhe Tadu, and actors Millo Pulo and Radhe Takha. Renowned artists from Arunachal’s first Hindi feature film “Mera Dharam, Meri Maa” of 1976, TH Tayung and Mudo Dumi also spoke on the occasion.

The ceremony brought together several aspiring local actors, singers, lyricists and was also marked by a cake cutting ceremony and congratulations to the surviving artists, crew members, technicians and sponsors of “Tabyu Millo”. (DIPRO)

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