The Assamese movie industry has been a platform for new talent and brilliant ideas. Following the trend, a new full-length Assamese feature film titled ‘Haanduk – The Hidden Corner’ has completed its shooting, editing and is now ready for the censor board. The film has been produced and directed by Jaicheng Jai Dohutia under the banner of Mayamara Production. Haanduk is a Moran word for an unused place or the dark corner of a house.
Heramoni, the mother of an untraced extremist performed the last rites of her son Mukti even as she receives intimation that the outfit cannot confirm his death. Along with this, Biplob, a surrendered rebel from the outfit is unable to mingle with other surrendered rebels. He struggles to find his place in the society and has his own problems of existence. These two issues make up the main theme of ‘Haanduk’.
Through this film, filmmaker Dohutia tries to portray a mother and a young reformed militant’s pain, hope and struggle in the midst of destruction.
The key roles have been essayed by Bandoi Chetia, Bishal Anuraag, Nivedita Baurah, Jitu Moran among others. The film was shot mostly in Kakopather, Digboi, Ledu, Mergherita and Tinsukia with a Cannon EOS 5D Mark-III by Chida Bora. Jaicheng Jai Dohutia and Diganta Bora have edited the film. The sound designing has been done by Debajit Gayan. The film’s art director is Punyajit Moran and make-up is by Paran Sarmah. ‘Haanduk’s executive producers are Srikumar Dohutia and Irawoti Dohutia.
Recently, ‘Haanduk’ participated at the ninth edition of Film Bazaar along with nineteen other movies in different languages at the Goa Marriott Resort, held from November 20 to 24. The Film Bazaar is organized annually along with the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). The event provides scope for the delegates to buy, sell, exhibit and pitch their content.