The people of Assam have always been fascinated by the Hindi film industry, popularly known as Bollywood. Though we think that it is very difficult to find space in India’s biggest film industry, ironically there are a quite a number of Assamese people who are working in Bollywood, ranging from actors to technicians. And one such actor who has gained momentum at a very young age is Prem Khan.
Born and brought up in the Bilasipara town of Dhubri, Prem always had a penchant for acting and cinema. He was mostly inspired by artists who have earned fame in the world of cinema from his native place like the great Phamathesh Barua, the man who revolutionized cinema by presenting the hit Devdas in 1935, Saifuddin Ahmed, Vijay Saxena, Ashraful Haque, Khandaker Nurul Alam and popular and well acclaimed actor of present times Adil Hussain. Determined to pursue his career in acting, he landed in Mumbai in 2014 at an early age. Within a short span of time, he found his feet in the highly competitive Bollywood. He appeared in the 2015 Salman Khan starrer Prem Ratan Dhan Payo in the role of Masuri Ji, the photographer. He will appear in another upcoming Salman Khan starrer action thriller Tiger Zinda Hai in 2018, a sequel to 2012’s Ek Tha Tiger in the role of Veer, the son of Tiger (Salman Khan). Besides Bollywood, he has also acted and produced the first ever Goalpariya flick titled “Goalpariya Hero”.
Being a highly spirited actor, Prem has a handful of upcoming movies in his hands. He will be seen in the lead role in Poramon 2, a Bangladeshi film. He has also been casted in Bahniman fame director Biswajeet Bora’s Bollywood film Boomba Ride and Assamese film Phehujali. He has also signed a 3 film contract for Bipin Shah Motion Pictures, Mumbai. The first one is titled “Mahira”, followed by a social thriller “Maggie” and thirdly a psychological thriller “Annie loves her Daddy”. He will also be a part of Remo D Souza’s untitled project which will be releasing in 2018.
Considering Adil Hussain as his idol, he says that he has grown up watching Adil Hussain and wants to follow his style of acting and his personality. He states that there have been several artists from Assam who have done many notable works in Bollywood but our native people don’t have any idea about their great works. Speaking about the legendary Phamathesh Barua, he feels that the people of Assam should cherish the glorious works of the man who has given a new shape to Indian cinema by making the evergreen Devdas in three different languages. He also states that Phamathesh Barua was the first Indian filmmaker to have shot a film named Apradhi completely under artificial lights. Prior to that, Indian films were shot with the help of reflected sunrays. He adds that he doesn’t know why the Assamese people ignore the works of Phamatesh Barua, who played such a significant role in pioneering the Indian cinema. He has a dream of remaking the four important films of Phamathesh Barua namely Mukti (1937), Rajat Jayanti (1939) , Sesh Uttar (1942) and Devdas.
Prem Khan purely believes in Karma. He feels that success comes with being honest to ones dreams and self. He goes by the saying of the Quaran sharif: One reaps the results of one’s deeds. While there are innumerable artists who are making their way into Bollywood, let’s hope that Prem khan’s talents get recognized and may he bring glory to Assam and Northeast.
By: Anurag Barman | Source: TNT-TheNortheastToday