September 20, 2019

Much Anticipated Film 'Bulbul Can Sing' Releases

Award-winning filmmaker Rima Das' Assamese film 'Bulbul Can Sing' has hit the theatres in Assam on September 20, ahead of its pan-India release on September 27. 


In fact, it came as a major surprise when Rima Das announced during her interaction with the media that her film, which has received 13 awards, including the National Award for Best Feature Film in Assamese and screened in 40 film festivals from across the globe, has been submitted for selection as an entry for the Academy Awards. 


I’m hopeful that people here would like the film. I have received some really encouraging feedbacks from different quarters of the world. Besides, the film was also screened in different festivals in India where viewers from Assam were also present and they liked it,” Das said during the press conference held soon after the film’s screening at the PVR, City Centre, Guwahati.

Das said she did not get enough time to promote the film but hoped the audience will support and accept the film with the same enthusiasm and goodwill as they did for ‘Village Rockstar’.

The film must be released by September 28 for being considered as an Oscar entry and that is why we have planned to release the film early”, she added.

“We have got less screening space than 'Village Rockstar', but I am sure that if people accept ‘Bulbul Can Sing’, arrangements can be made to screen the film in every part of the state
”, she explained. Das further said that she considers it to be “her responsibility to release the film first in Assam and then across the country”.

The universally acclaimed ‘Village Rockstars’, which bagged the Best Feature Film Award at the 65th National Film Awards, was the country’s official entry to the Oscars last year.

‘Bulbul Can Sing’ premiered at the Toronto Film Festival where it received the Jury's Special Mention Award, as well as the Golden Gateway award in the India Gold section of the 20th Mumbai Film Festival.

The film narrates the story of Bulbul, a teenage girl, who grows up in a rural Assam set up. While she is on the verge of discovering her adolescent life, a tragedy strikes her best friend. A spirited Bulbul, then, fights her way through love and loss as she figures out who she really is. The film features Arnali Das, Bonita Thakuriya, Manoranjan Das, Manabendra Das and Pakija Begam, among others. Like her previous ventures, here too, Das is a one-woman film production team, doing the camerawork, editing and production design herself, as well as writing, directing and producing. 


“The film has been very special for me as a filmmaker and I am sure the teenagers will identify themselves in it. It is not a simple narrative as ‘Village Rockstars’, but the characters are very real, who experience the pangs of growing up before they understand the values of life,” she told during the press meet. Both ‘Village Rockstars’ and ‘Bulbul Can Sing’ portray strong women characters at its heart.

The filmmaker said that she is making a sequel to the ‘Village Rockstar’, which may not have the same name and plans to begin its shooting from early next year.

Prantik Deka.
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