The Eagerly Anticipated Assamese Film ‘Beautiful Lives’

It has been a fascinating year, a revelation of sorts, to see quite a few young filmmakers branching out on their own and try something new with their very first ventures. After impressing cinephiles in a number of film festivals with his short film ‘Sita’, filmmaker Kangkan Deka’s upcoming ‘Beautiful Lives’ is the most hotly anticipated one from the current crop of movies waiting to be released. Those who have had the privilege of seeing it have only praises to sing for the film and Kangkan Deka. Its heartening to know that at a time when creative cinema is getting scarce to come by, Deka has captured something that is realistic and true and which will really touch the heart of everyone who watches it. In a press meet held in connection with the film’s CD and trailer release as part of the curtain raiser at the Guwahati Press Club, noted film critic Pramod Kalita, one of the fortunate few to view it described ‘Beautiful Lives’ as beautifully unique, and there’s every likelihood that its name will be enshrined in ‘golden letters’ in the years to come. A few others, including Deka’s close friends and unit members believes that it will usher a new awakening in the history of Assamese cinema. It’s quite revelatory in terms of subtle script writing and creative filmmaking, something that has to be emulated by upcoming filmmakers and writers, feels Kalita. As for the acting, the leading artistes contribute the best work of their careers. The artistes present on the occasion – Pakiza Begum and Bhagwat Pritam spoke about the director’s infectious energy and enthusiasm, which has really inspired them to give their best.

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The young director has adopted a style and subject matter that were unique and reflect a deep humanity.

The film depicts a period when Assam was in a state of turmoil. It relates the story of a bomb blast victim who strengthens his will to lead a normal life, despite facing insurmountable barriers.

It’s all about weaving the pain of living and the pain of hope to stay alive. It is all about lives found and lives lost. ‘Beautiful Lives’ would remind a divided society about the very importance of love and peace in the time of hatred. It portrays the lust for life against all odds and a struggle to live life to its fullest. It exposes how vulnerable are lives at the hands of cruelty of time and fate. Its a stark vision of a desperate soul searching for connection in an unkind world. The film honestly tries to stir emotions of hearts to think about the reality of destiny in our lives.

Beautiful Lives’ was recently screened at the 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival to rave reviews. Besides directing, Kangkan has also produced, written its story, script and dialogues under the banner of Kernel Film Production. The film’s cinematography is done by Midhun Chandran. Its sound is designed by the much feted Amrit Pritam, while the music is scored by Bhagwat Pritam, costumes are provided by Liku Sarmah, art direction is by Jyoti Bhattacarjya, Make up: Biswa Kalita. The title track is rendered by Zubeen Garg. The film’s chief assistant director is Rajib Dutta. The assistant directors are Liza Pegu, Anindita Kalita, Priyanku Baruah. The film’s executive producers are Rajib Phukan and Bhaskar Lekharu.

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