Bollywood filmmaker Amar Kaushik has decided to shoot his next film in Arunachal Pradesh. Kaushik, who grew up in Arunachal, called on Chief Minister Pema Khandu on August 17 accompanied by two more members of his crew, said a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office.

During the call on, the filmmaker informed the CM that he is going to shoot his next movie in Arunachal to be based on the theme of conservation.

Kaushik, who made the popular film Stree and Bala among others, informed the CM that the film plans to have a majority cast and crew from the state thereby benefiting the locals.

Stating that film is the best way to promote tourism in the state, the CM assured best possible support to the team of filmmakers.

Earlier, Kaushik had made an Apatani language film ‘Aaba’ which was screened at the Indian Panorama in International Film festival of India (IFFI) in 2017.

‘Aaba’ is a story about an orphan girl whose grandfather is battling with lung cancer and about to die. After her grandfather is diagnosed with lung cancer, he decides to dig his own grave.

The 22-minute short film is shot entirely in a remote village of Ziro and all the actors are locals who have never faced a camera.

In 2017, in Berlin International Film festival ‘Aaba’ was the only Indian project chosen in a competition section. Later it won the Special Prize of Generation Kplus (a category for movies for children and young people) International Jury for Best Short Film.

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