Assamese Film “Dur” Releases

Kangkan Rajkhowa made a name for himself with his hard hitting feature ‘Shinyor’. This 2014 release heralded the arrival of a bold new voice, a confident writer-director-editor capable of telling a vivid and unusual story on a tight budget.

Amrita Gogoi drew a generous amount of praise for her performance in ‘Ahetuk’. She is perhaps one of the most in-demand artistes working today, with multiple assignments for films, serials and music videos. This vivacious actress is currently making heads turn with her act in a mobile theatre troupe. Those who have watched the upcoming film ‘Bokul’ have only good things to say about its leading performer Udayan Duarah, who is also involved as a comperer of shows and events.

This talented trio is now all set to make magic on the big screen with ‘Dur’ which got released on January 13.

A poignant story about love, relationships and most importantly realisations, the movie revolves around Manab, a free-spirited artiste, and Puja, his lady love. While tending to Manab, who lies in a critical state in a hospital, Puja retreats from the present and tries to go back and relive the events and memories of the past. Are these memories in truth realisation of something ominous? Would their lives have been totally different had this tragedy not occurred? The film arrives on the conclusion that life might not give us a second chance, a second chance to repent or correct our mistakes.

‘Dur’ also stars veteran artistes of Assamese cinema – Biju Phukan and Bishnu Khargharia, supported by Pratibha Choudhury, Achinta Shankar, etc. Besides directing, Kangkan Rajkhowa has also edited and written its script. ‘Dur’ is produced by the film’s cinematographer Biplab Jyoti Doley under the banner of Strawberry Magic Productions, a well established production company based in Shillong, New Delhi and Bhutan. Biplab has made his name in the Bhutanese film industry as an acclaimed director of photography. Budgeted at around Rs 30 lakh, ‘Dur’ is one of the first Assamese movies to employ the Arri Alexa camera. The film is expected to set a benchmark for Assamese films both technically and conceptually.

The film’s music has been composed by Siddharth Hazarika, while Nilutpal scores the background music. Souvik Phukan has worked as a mixing engineer. The DI of the film has been done inhouse by Shasanka Gogoi, while the final mixing was done at L”FE studios in Mumbai.

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