Principal, Sao Chang College, Tuensang, Alemkokba on Saturday opined that acting and theatricals should be made a vocational subject in the college. He was addressing a press conference at Hotel Saramati on his new feature film “Toshi” a new biography, produced and directed by him. He also pointed out that hobby should be productive and disclosed that he was trying to introduce acting and theatricals as a vocational in the college.
Informing about his latest film “Toshi”, Alem disclosed that the film was based on the real life story of 22 year old boy. He also informed that both the actors, Imomar and Tiarenla (Miss North East 2006) were his ex-students. The film was made with the aim of spreading awareness on the discriminatory attitude adopted by some foster parents towards the adopted children. It also tries to project how all this conditions affects the growing up of the child, Alem stated. The producer and director also clarified that he made the film during the winter vacations within a span of two weeks and the editing works was also completed in two weeks. The entire shooting of the film was done in Mokokchung and Ungma village, under Mokokchung district. The DVDs of the film is available at Raja Cassettes and Reshma video, Hong Kong Market, Bake My Day, Nan’s Viand and other major video shops.
The principal who is also an avid photographer since his childhood days revealed that preliminary discussion on introducing acting and theatricals as a vocational subject in colleges was done with the University Grants Commission (UGC). He also informed the media persons about his earlier documentaries such as Cross Roads, Problems and Solutions and Tattoo, a documentary which he suggested for all the viewers. Tattoo, a body art, is used as the main idea behind the documentary and how it affects the human life, Alem disclosed. It may be noted that Alem does everything from producing, directing, scripting and to the extent of even costume designing almost all his films and documentaries. His documentary on the pathetic condition of Civil Hospital Tuensang was widely appreciated by the general public. He has even made a travelogue on Thailand (Central and Northern) for the benefit of those travelling to Thailand.
Disclosing about his future plans, Alem disclosed that he was planning to make a feature plan about Naga youngsters studying outside the state and informed that he was looking for some sponsors. He also lamented on the poor prospects of acting and theatre in the state and pointed out that if it was established as an industry then many unemployed Naga youth can have a future.