Assamese Movies shine at 20th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival

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GUWAHATI: The lately concluded 20th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival of 2018 (25th October-1st November 2018) noticed the screening of two Assamese motion pictures which have been official alternatives of the competition – Anupam Kaushik Borah’s Bornodi Bhotiyai (In Love, By the River) and Rima Das’s Bulbul Can Sing, each of which acquired heat evaluations from critics and audiences alike. Bornodi Bhotiyai premiered within the ‘India Story’ part whereas Bulbul Can Sing opened at the ‘India Gold’ part of the competition. 

Continuing the celebrations of the brand new discovered vigor and energy of Assamese cinema, each Bornodi Bhotiyai (In Love, By the River) and Bulbul Can Sing have re-affirmed the dedication of latest age Assamese filmmakers to take Assamese cinema to new heights. Rima Das’ Bulbul Can Sing additionally received the Golden Gateway award within the India Gold class, which is the highest honor at the competition. 

Rima has additionally beforehand received the highest spot for Village Rockstars final 12 months making it the second 12 months in a row. She devoted this award to her mom for pushing her into the actual world and being the fixed supply of her inspiration. Let us take a short look at what these two movies are about.

Bornodi Bhotiyai (In Love, By the River) National School of Drama graduate Anupam Kaushik Borah’s directorial debut movie is a celebration of life and love on the planet’s largest river island of Majuli. Dealing with the hopes, aspirations, frustrations, and love of the youth, the movie presents a vivid and enduring re-telling of life in a spot which is especially identified for its tradition, vacationer sights and tragedy introduced upon by the river Brahmaputra. Borah says that, in its lesser identified sides Majuli can also be a euphoric hub of festivity and Bornodi Bhotiyai is the reflection of those feelings in all its complexity, naivety and humor. 

The movie contains a proficient pool of actors led by Dorothi Bhardwaj, Sonmoni Sarma, Kaushik Nath, Himanshu Gogoi, Rajib Nath, Kenny D Basumatary, Manisha Bhuyan and together with writer-director Anupam Kaushik Borah who additionally performs an vital function within the movie. With the assistance of a singular narrative and elegance, Bornodi Bhotiyai portrays Majuli in its true essence with a definite contact of magic realism and humor which isn’t often explored within the sphere of Assamese cinema. The movie is edited by Rantu Chetia and the spectacular visuals are credited to cinematographer Prayash Sharma Tamuly with the music and sound design by Tarali Sharma and Debajit Gayan respectively.

Assamese Movies shine at 20th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival untitled design 43Bulbul Can Sing Rima Das’s Bulbul Can Sing is a coming-of-age story about Bulbul, a college going teenager residing in a village in Assam who discovers herself and her id whereas struggling by way of social boundaries and exploring ideas of affection, loss, grief and tragedy. Fresh out of the success of Village Rockstars which received 4 National Awards and can also be India’s official entry for the 91st Academy Awards, Rima Das’s new movie questions societal norms and dogmas and successfully contrasts it with survival and freedom. 

The winner of the highest award of the competition (Golden Gateway Award within the India Gold class), Bulbul Can Sing is single handedly written-produced-directed-edited by Rima Das. She has additionally served because the cinematographer and manufacturing designer of the movie. The forged contains largely unprofessional actors particularly, Arnali Das, Manoranjoan Das, Manabendra Das and Bonita Thakuriya together with Pakija Begam. After making its world premiere at the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2018, Bulbul Can Sing additionally made its South Asia premiere at the 23rd Busan International Film Festival 2018. Declared as ‘quietly insightful’ by Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter and ‘a heartfelt and acutely honest portrait of rural Indian adolescence’ by Wendy Ide of Screen International, Bulbul Can Sing is certain to supply excessive tides within the days to come back. 

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