After last week’s ‘Doordarshan Ati Jantra’, veteran actor-director Abdul Mazid’s ‘Saat Numberor Sandhanat’ is the latest Assamese film to hit the theatres on September 9 all over. One has to wait and see how the audience reacts to this movie in the coming days and weeks. It will be followed by ‘Kothanodi’ next week, on September 16. Its good to see Assamese films back on track after a period of lull, but the filmmakers could have been more prudent in spacing out their releases. The challenge has always been to get the audiences back to theatres. These successive releases could well impact their box-office potential.
Abdul Mazid, who made his directorial debut with ‘Maram Trishna’ in 1965, had crafted some of the most entertaining and thoughtful movies like ‘Chameli Memsaab’ (1975), ‘Bonhansa’ (1977), ‘Bonjui’ (1978), ‘Punakon’ (1981) and ‘Uttarkal’ (1990). ‘Chameli Memsaab’ remains his most critically acclaimed and commercially successful venture. The film earned Dr Bhupen Hazarika the National Award for Best Music direction and the Best Assamese Film award in the regional category. Mazid has proved that movies with family themes can succeed both critically and commercially. He showed filmmakers a way that can lead to good cinema in the future. ‘Saat Numberor Sandhanat’ is the octogenarian filmmaker’s seventh feature.
The majority of movie-going audiences go to movie theaters to be entertained. Mazid knows what the audience wants after being associated with films for over 60 years. Despite the industry swamped with one problem or the other, least of which is the aggression from Hindi cinema, Mazid is still quite confident of his project doing well and winning the hearts of young audiences as well. His films have established him as a filmmaker with an eye for domestic drama. Mazid has left no stone unturned in scripting a riveting drama. He is also quite pleased with the fact that everyone in the film worked with remarkable intensity and passion. ‘Saat Numberor Sandhanat’ is produced by Assam State Films (Finance & Development) Corporation Pvt. Ltd.
The talented cast of artistes include Dilip Barua, Amitabh Rajkhowa, Kabita Chutia (mobile theatre artiste), Chinmoy Bhattacharya, Maitrayee Goswami, Sameer, Dharitri Kalita, Rajkanya Barua, Hassan Ahmed, Abatush Bhuyan, Sukafa Chetia, Dilip Das, etc. The film also stars Baharul Islam, Bhagirothi, Rag Oinitom, Zubin Garg, Himangshu Prasad Das. The main role of the heroine is played by a newcomer hailing from Biswanath Chariali, Mitali Roy. ‘Saat Numberor Sandhanat’s script and dialogues are written by director Mazid from a story by Jehirul Hussain. The film’s music is scored by noted musician Dr. Anil Saikia. He has also written all the lyrics. The background music is composed by his son Anurag Saikia. One of the songs is even choreographed by the film’s well-known editor Kaju at the location of Jagdamba Tea Garden situated near Kaziranga. Two other songs were choreographed by Pankaj Engti. The film is cinematographed by Suman Duwarah on the highly advanced and the latest fad with Bollywood-Hollywood filmmakers, the Arri-Alexa camera. The film’s associate director is Nesimul Mazid. Assistant directors are Bitupan Kashyap and Safdar Arif Ahmed. The songs are rendered by Zubin Garg, Dulal Manki, Himashree Rajkhowa and Borsha Nesim. The film’s VFX is done by Upakul Das at the Jyoti Chitraban studio. Art direction is by Nuruddin Ahmed. Make-up is done by Aku Bothra.