New Assamese Film ‘Doordarshan Eti Jantra’

The countdown has begun. Finally, the much-anticipated multi-starrer ‘Doordarshan Eti Jantra’ produced by Sanjive Narayan and directed by Rajesh Bhuyan under the banner of A.M. Television is all set to hit the theatres on September 2 in the State.

Poster-still from Doordarshan Ati Jantra

A story that dates back to the 80s. An unusual machine makes an entry into a village. Its called TV. It provokes a huge ruckus with people from all over scrambling to have a look at this black and white TV stationed at the most wealthiest of village households.

A group of enthusiastic villagers getting together to dug a hole beside the house, setting up a bamboo pole where a antenna is mounted on top of it, the mechanic turning the antenna back and forth, the visuals coming out right occasionally but most times it looks as though there is a blizzard going on, with people of all shapes and sizes assembling on the floor – these are but some of the cherished moments that naturally unfolded when TV made its debut in this village.

Jatin Bora and Prastuti Parashar in 'Doordarshan Ati Jantra'

The owner of the household is tested to the limit when visitors escalate. People consumes just about anything amidst noisy scenes whether its the live telecast of the cremation of Indira Gandhi, the cricket world cup, serials like ‘Ramayan’ and ‘Mahabharat’, or Krishi Darshan, Samachar, and other programmes, that had them mesmerised, amazed and inspired. What then transpires is straight out of a movie theatre – people making long queues to enter inside the door. There are even chairs arranged around the TV set. For many, it becomes a welcome route to escape from the harsh challenges of life.

Based on Himangshu Prasad Das’s play ‘Akhon Gaont TV Asil’, written in 1987, the script of this film, rooted in the 80s real events, is written by Rajesh Bhuyan and Santanu Roumaria. The film is likely to evoke nostalgic feelings for 80s viewers who watched a lot of Dordarshan programmes. ‘Doordarshan Eti Jantra’ is more of a tribute to the network that one grew up infatuated with. Director Bhuyan has tried to instill freshness into a story that resonated so deeply with him and he is confident that the film will surely draw the interest of new generation audiences. The film’s music is scored by Mausam Gogoi. The songs in the film are rendered by Zubeen Garg, Priyanka Bhorali and Chayanika Dutta. Interestingly, ‘Doordarshan..’ features 62 artistes from the world of film and theatre. The late actor Lakshmi Borthakur also plays a part in the movie.

A moment from 'Doordarshan Ati Jantra'

‘Doordarshan Eti Jantra’ stars Jatin Bora, Prastuti Parashar, Utpal Das, Prasenjit Bora, Himangshu Prasad Das, Chetana Das, Saurav Hazarika, Siddhartha Sarma, Moonmi Phukan, Rajiv Kro, Manmath Barua, Bijit Deva Choudhury, Chinmoy Kotoky, Pranami Bora, Alokjyoti Saikia, Manoj Saikia, etc.

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