By Rohit Das
Bhutanese actress Sonam Uangden, known for her role in “Gangnam Girls”, a modern Bhutanese movie about friendship and love, on Friday, hailed the beauty and serenity of Meghalaya and likened its topography and culture to that of her home country – Bhutan.
In an exclusive interview with The Meghalayan during the ongoing 1st Meghalaya International Film Festival at U Soso Tham Auditorium in Shillong on Friday, Uangden stressed the need for local film makers, festivals and communities to support each other so that films can reach out to a wider audience.
When asked if Bhutanese films have what it takes to tap into the North East film industry, she said, “I think Bhutanese films can tap into international film markets. And yes, we do have some cultural similarities with the culture of Northeast India.”
Stressing the need to widen their reach, Uangden said, “I think a lot of people are trying to tap into Bollywood and Hollywood, to try and get an idea of the viewership and audience.”
“And secondly, I feel that the collaboration with different film makers across the globe is important because if we can collaborate, we can come up and share interesting stories and who knows, magic can happen,” she added.
She also spoke about the need for young people to explore their talents in film making so that the next generation can benefit from it. “Let’s see what Meghalaya and Bhutan has to offer in the future,” she added.