Celebrating the Silver Jubilee of ‘Tabyu Millo’, Apatani’s first feature film
ZIRO- 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 Minister of Agriculture and Allies and the Tagus of the local legislature Taki here yesterday.
While speaking as a chief guest at 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 declining cultures and traditions, but 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 am sure if we make good local films at regular intervals and show them to our visitors, they will surely like it, he added.
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Congratulating the “Huto Film Society” on the Silver Jubilee of its first film which sparked the process of local filmmaking in the state in the late 1990s, Taki urged young people to seriously consider 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 production of ‘Tabyu Millo’. I support any good cause for the betterment of our youth and our society, added Hinda, the guest of honor at the function.
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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 assistant director, DIPR Radhe Tajung said that 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 world of cinema 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 informed, while adding that he has no regrets or remorse because society as a whole has recognized and appreciated his innovative effort.
Informing that there is no looking back from ‘Tabyu Millo’ trip, Tajung further informed that he has so far directed and produced many other local films and documentaries including ‘Budding Society ‘, a 1998 English documentary, ‘Ashwarn Vibhaw’, a 1999 Hindi feature film, ‘Biodiversity’, a 2000 English documentary, ‘Unique Cultivation’, a 2001 English documentary, ‘Abotani’ (the genesis of the humanity), a Hindi short film in 2002, ‘Abotani & Buru Piicha’ (Apatani folk tale), a Hindi short film in 2002, ‘Papim Pame’ (Romantic folk tale of Apatani), a Hindi short film in 2003 , ‘Unity in Diversity’, an English documentary in 2004, ‘Pride of Jhamkhar’, a Hindi short film in 2013, ‘Losar’ (a Monpa tribe new year festival), an English documentary short film in 2013, ‘ Marching ahead’, a Hindi documentary in 2015, ‘Torgya Festival’ (monastic festival of the Monpa tribe), an English documentary ais 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 .
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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’.