An Eastern Green Pictures production, Assamese short film ‘Tez’ has been selected under the Short Film Corner section at the prestigious 69th Cannes International Film Festival (Festival de Cannes) which got underway on May 11 and will conclude on May 22. ‘Tez’ also received official selection to the 6th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival – 2016. Recently, it got selected in the 16th Jaipur International film festival where it was chosen from well over 650 entries from India and abroad.
The 15-minute-long film is directed by Prabhat Goswami and Bhaskar Upadhyaya. Based on a story and script by noted writer Prabhat Goswami, ‘Tez’ is produced by Bhaskar Upadhyaya. The film’s technical director is Pranab Vivek while Amiya Ranjan Das is the director of photography. Its edited by Dhanji Das.
‘Tez’ is the story of a father who had abandoned his new born daughter because he didn’t want a girl. But as fate would have it, later in life he unknowingly comes across her to make an earnest request for a job for his only son.
The film is set in the backdrop of the 90s era, when in certain societies a male child meant prosperity and an extra earning hand, and whereas the female child, the so-called ‘weaker sex’, was looked down upon. The birth of a girl is associated with unending responsibilities and liabilities.
The film stars Prastuti Parashar, Angoorlata Deka and Giridhar Roy. The music is composed by Tarali Sarma. Shot in Guwahati and its outskirts, ‘Tez’ puts forward the message of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ (Save the Girl child, Educate the Girl child) in a very subtle yet cinematic way.