Rupak Sharar remains undeterred despite facing a setback late last year. Premak Basaat, his maiden directorial venture in Maithili, may not have set the cash boxes clinking, but he is not demoralised to give up his mission for reviving cinema of his mother tongue. The filmmaker has since been taking his movie to different cities, from Guwahati to Bangalore, organising screenings for people interested in watching his labour of love—the first Maithili film in a long time.
What is it that drives someone like Sharar to make a movie in a language which has never had a flourishing film industry of its own and currently offers zilch by way of commercial returns? Unbridled passion to tell stories in one’s own language, one might say. “Wherever I screen my film, I reassure the audiences that I will not take rest until I help Maithili cinema stand on its feet,” Sharar tells Outlook. “All I need is support of Maithili-speaking people.”