Cine-goers of present times always desire to taste films that are distinct from the typical ones. An upcoming movie, which is currently creating a trend for a more market-driven product with its saucy trailer and eye-catchy posters, is the much anticipated romantic-action thriller ‘Gangs of Northeast’, which is all set to hit the screens on August 18.
Co-produced by Sanjive Narain and Kenny Lyngdoh under the banner of AM Television and Tunein Infotainment, this film will be released in the languages of Hindi, Assamese and Khasi, which also makes it a strong contender for national distribution, given it’s potential for significant commercial appeal.
Most importantly, the film tries to project the cultural ethos, sentiments and lifestyle of the North-East region. Debutant director Rupak Gogoi, who has worked with complete creative autonomy, also makes an attempt to tap into audiences’ appetite for incessant action.
The story of the film revolves around the life of a teenage girl and her single mother in the majestic land of Shillong, and how everything changes when fate has got something else for them, reconnecting their past. The film comprises of several artistes and technicians, young independent spirits, hailing from Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland, who worked in complete tandem during it’s production.
‘Gangs of Northeast’ is perhaps the first movie that represents the entire Northeastern India. The film attempts to expand the sphere of theatrical exhibition from only a few districts of Brahmaputra valley to the entire Northeastern region.
Censored on August 2, the film impressed the censor board members, including noted actress Purnima Pathak Saikia, who praised the picture effusively.
Director Gogoi strongly believes that the new-age audience will be swept along in the emotions of fresh teenage romance in the backdrop of an action drama. He hopes the audience will connect with the characters on an emotional level.
The cast of artistes includes Rewati Chetri, a Femina Miss India finalist, Vivek Bora, Udayan Duwara, Fairypriya Ahmed, Albert Mawrie, Manimala Das, Pradhan Dueri, Chiranjeeb Dutta, Robindra Rajkumar, Emsalon Jana Nongbet, Anna Taying and Florence Handique. The action sequences directed by Pradhan Deori are designed to leave everyone breathless. The film’s cinematography is done by Papu Deka, while the screenplay is penned by Avishka Phukan, editing is executed by Ratan Sil Sarma, and the music is scored by Zubeen Garg, Benjamin and Deepak Sarkar. The background music has been composed by Poran Borkatoky (Jojo). The songs are being choreographed by Deepak Dey. The playback singing is being done by Zubeen Garg, Kabirruddin, Sapna Pathak, Anisha Lalu and Saint Dominic Kayer.
There is no doubt that director Rupak Gogoi has filmmaking in his genes – his father is the noted filmmaker Pulok Gogoi. Although he makes his filmmaing debut with this film, he has had a handful of experiences in various capacities in the world of television and films. After starting his career as an assistant director to Sanjeev Hazorika in the feature film ‘Mimanxa’, he went on to work in the television production and programming circuit in the leading national channels, including Star TV network (Star Jalsha) and Zee TV network for quite a few years. He was fortunate to undergo an internship with eminent film director Govind Nihalani during his tenure as a mass communication student in Pune University. Lastly, he was associated with Assamese media channels like Rengoni, Prag News, Focus Hifi as a program and content head.
In an age where cinema is, considered, as a powerful medium of connecting the world, ‘Gangs of Northeast’ will hopefully shed new light to the cultural identity of Northeast India.