Movietonne, an online platform to stream Assamese and regional films, was launched on Saturday with a platter of 16 different flicks.
“The biggest problem of Assamese films is that lack of space and time for screen. People want to watch these films, but they cannot due to very few number of halls and onslaught of outside films. Movietonne is trying to address that,” Movietonne’s Manas Pratim Kalita and Spandan Keot said in their joint presentation on the launch.
Movietonne is an online film streaming platform, where for the first time old and new Assamese films will be available for a minimum amount of Rs 40 only, they added.
“In the troubling times of Assamese cinema, we want to give come respite to the filmmakers. Movietonne will work for publicity, expansion and preservation of Assamese as well as other regional cinemas,” the duo said.
Movietonne, a start-up, aims to offer over 100 regional cinemas in the future.
Movietonne’s first batch of films include Aei Maatite, Local Kung Fu 2, Chaaknoiya, Shakira Aahibo Bokul Tolor Bihuloi, Dinabandhu, Adomya, Anuradha, Mriganabhi, Juye Poora Xoon, Samiran Barua Ahi Ase, Dikchow Banat Palaax, Jeeye Jurir Xubaax, Jajabor, Jaangfaai Joonaak and Bokul.
Till now, there has been no dedicated online platform to stream Assamese or regional films, they said. Merely five Assamese films are available on some popular digital platforms like Netflix or MovieSaints.
Kalita said that the website will also offer a platform for filmmakers to crowdfund their upcoming projects.
“We already have two upcoming films on board. We are offering many benefits at a minimal rate to the producers that other crowdfunding sites are not giving. We are hopeful that this will help the Assamese film industry a lot,” he added.