ANGEEKAR Films today i.e., 20th Feb 2017 launched the First Look of its upcoming Assamese feature film AEI MAATITE. At a sober function held at Guwahati Press Club this afternoon, renowned lyricist-poet, former Pro-VC of Tezpur University and AEI MAATITE’s actor Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury released the First Look. Director of the film Dr. Sitanath Lahkar and senior DI Colourist from Bollywood Sujit Borah were also present at the function.
For the First Look, the posters are designed by Sourav Paban Dutta. An artiste of Jorhat Medical College, Dutta has developed a special theme for AEI MAATITE’s publicity appearance. The title designed by renowned painter Kiron Sankar stands as metaphor of the film.
Releasing the First Look, Dr Choudhury said: “Witch hunting is a serious problem of our state. We all have to fight collectively against this menace, which is based on superstition. I am really happy to be a part of AEI MAATITE because this socially relevant film is sincerely trying to aware people against the problem.”
Dr Choudhury has acted in AEI MAATITE and has portrayed a very important character.
A veteran in Bollywood and known for many award winning films, DI Colourist Sujit Borah is responsible for AEI MAATITE’s overall visual treatment. He has put in extra effort to create a special colour tone for the film.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Borah said, “When Lahkar sir approached me for the project, I felt very fortunate because I would be able to contribute something to the society through this film. Witch hunting is a serious problem of our society and we need to take urgent steps to aware people. I believe AEI MAATITE will play a significant role in this direction.”
AEI MAATITE is directed by independent filmmaker and eminent theatre personality Dr Sitanath Lahkar and it is an adaptation of his famous stage play TAMASAA on the burning problem of witch hunting. The Story, Screenplay, Dialogues and Lyrics have also been penned by Dr Lahkar, retired Principal of Cotton College.
Commenting on the First Look launch, Dr Lahkar said: “It gives immense pleasure to unveil the film in front of the people. After spending more than two years in realising the project, AEI MAATITE is now ready and it will hit the screens soon. I hope movie lovers will appreciate the subject and the film.”
Angeekar Films recently received clearance from the Central Board of Film Certification (Censor Board) for AEI MAATITE without any cut or modification. The film received U/A certificate.
A host of towering personalities of Indian Cinema are associated with the making of AEI MAATITE, especially in the post-production stage. The list of crew members includes the likes of Alok De, two-times winner of the National Award for Best Sound Mixing. He supervised the sound mixing of AEI MAATITE. The winner of the prestigious Award, once for the iconic film Gangs of Wasseypur, was also associated with some of the biggest films of Bollywood like Jolly LLB 2, Teen, NH-10, Neerja, Wazir, Kahaani, Jab We Met, Koi… Mil Gaya, Apaharan, Mr. And Mrs. Iyer, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, Border and many more.
AEI MAATITE’s sound is designed and mixed by Devabrot Chaliha. He was assisted by Bulganin Baruah. For over two months, the duo did intensive research and added attractive sound flavours to the film. The entire sound design and re-recording mixing were done in Mumbai.
AEI MAATITE has been edited by Dr A Nagraj, an Assistant Professor of English and Foreign Languages University. Hailing from Hyderabad, Dr Nagraj has edited many films over a long span of his association with the cinema industry.
The audiography of the film has been done by Bijoy Kumar Nath, who worked with many award winning Assamese films. After completion of the video editing, the visual effects were done by Abhijit Handique.
The ‘action-drama’ film has some very critical scenes, shooting of which were done with utmost care and precision. Such type of rustic action scenes are hardly seen in Assamese films. The film cinematically showcases some of the inhuman killings in the name of witch hunting. The entire shooting unit worked tirelessly to get those sequences done, which, it is hoped, will surely mesmerise the movie lovers.
Dr Lahkar himself essayed a pivotal role in AEI MAATITE. The lead male character is portrayed by Rupam Chetia. The lead female role of the film is played by newcomer Monisha Goswami, while Jhon Narzary acted in the lead negative role in his first Assamese film. Other prominent senior actors and actresses in the film are Anil Das, Chetana Das, Bimal Jyoti Choudhury, Dr Rajeev Doley and Lalit Sarma. Also, Rajib Kro, Meena Ingti, Jina Rajkumari, Sasanka Samir, Dilip Phukan, Smita Lahkar, Bhupesh Sharma, Satyajit Gogoi, Trideep Lahkar, Raj Kumar Roy, Kumar Jyoti Sarma, Rajib Bayan, Manabendra Bhattacharya, Thomas Tumung, Utpal Kumar Das, Kamal Lochan Deka, Reena Teron, Dr Bijoya Goswami, Rajdeep Rahang, Tapashya Barua, Nayan Prasad, Kritima Das, Abani Sutradhar, Kiron Sankar, Debashis Saikia, Biju Buragohain, Abhinav Hazarika, Jubeel Kashyap, Deepak Malakar, Rupeswari Rahang, Apurba Malakar, Aman Rahang, Nabajyoti Das, Tarun Oja, Anuja Singha, Nitul Kumar Medhi, Garga Barman, Dhan Bishaya, Dhruba Jyoti Sarma, Achyut Malakar, Rituparna Saikia, Tehruddin Ahmed, Bhudhar Barman, Layanu Das, Rubee Das, Bhaskar Sharma, Chitra Barma, Anil Haloi, Surajit Nath, Binod Saikia, Tilottama Sharma, SBL Boro, Rita Devi and Sabdi Bharadwaj acted in some important roles.
A few other important characters of the film are enacted by former Inspector General of Police S P Kar and Thengal-Kachari Autonomous Council CEM Kumud Kachari. AASU leader Lurinjyoti Gogoi, ABSU leader Pramod Boro, SFI leader Nirangkush Nath and Satra Mukti leader Bittu Sonowal are also in the film in their real names and roles. In total, the film has over 100 characters and most of them are played by newcomers.
The Assistant Directors of AEI MAATITE are Anupam Baishya, Trideep Lahkar, Raj Kumar Roy and Dipjyoti Deka. Music Direction is by Bibhuranjan Choudhury, while Art Director is Golok Saha. The film’s songs were Choreographed by Smita Lahkar. The Director of Cinematography is Pradip Daimary and Make-Up is by Aku Bothra. Still Photography is by Shelly Das. Manoj Mishra was the Production Manager during the shooting.
The shooting of AEI MAATITE was done in five locations – Jaipur village in Rani, Guwahati, Dimoria, Tezpur and Panikhaiti. The major part of the film was shot at Jaipur, where the unit received overwhelming help and support from the villagers.
Kamrup District Administration, Assam Police, Fire Services Department, Tezpur University, Dimoria College and Cotton College provided crucial support in making of the film.
AEI MAATITE is a full-length Assamese feature film on the burning issue of witch hunting. It has a very strong message against witchcraft, upholding the value of scientific temperament and human life. The film mainly talks about the witch hunting problem in Assam and how a section of people are using witchcraft for their own interest. Witchcraft has no reason at all and is shrouded with darkness of superstition, which is to be overcome by the society – this is the say of the film.