Well-known filmmaker Chandra Mudoi’s most ambitious movie project till date, ‘Purab Ki Awaz’, the Hindi version of ‘Epaah Phulil Epaah Saril’, evoked generous praise and appreciation after a special show was held at the Film Divison auditorium in New Delhi on January 7. Besides Mudoi, producer Loknath Deka, leading artistes Urmila Mahanta, Debashish Barthakur, child artiste Rodali Bora, music director Dr Hitesh Baruah among others, the screening was graced by MPs from the North East, members of Assam Association, distributors and celebrities from various walks of life. Everyone is hopeful that the Hindi version will attract the attention of people from all over the country. Birangana Kanaklata’s ideals and contributions must be remembered with outmost respect and an open mind. Everyone heaped praise on the filmmakers, eminent director Chandra Mudoi and producer Loknath Deka for undertaking such a bilingual project. They have made it without compromising production values.
The bilingual movie made with boundless energy depicts one of the country’s youngest and most influential freedom fighters, Kanaklata, who became a martyr of Indian freedom struggle at the tender age of just 14 years, on September 20, 1942. She was shot dead by the British while she was attempting to hoist the Indian national flag.
Earlier, the film’s audio CD was released in a function held at the Guwahati Press Club.
The movie’s intention is not just to honour a brave soul but also to draw the attention of audiences across the country. The bravery and sacrifice of freedom fighters like Shahid Bhagat Singh, Mangal Pandey and others are well known and popular in India as well as globally. However, similar is not the case with the fearless and daring freedom fighter of Assam, Birangana Kanaklata, whose contribution to the Indian Independence Movement wasn’t in any way meager. She had boldly faced the bullets of the police during the freedom struggle of India in 1942 and laid down her life for the country. Kanaklata’s valor and audacity gave hope to millions of Assamese, all of whom have to live through a number of turbulent years.
“We are making an honest attempt from our end to make everyone aware about this brave heart from Assam by depicting her life and supreme sacrifice on celluloid. We feel extremely privileged to salute and celebrate the spirit of this great freedom fighter”, Mudoi, who has also penned the story and screenplay, said. He also offered heartfelt thanks to the Assamese society of New Delhi and entrepreneur Manas Das for making the event a successful one.
The film with it’s share of history, truth and fiction, rolled into one, depicts the story of two women belonging to two generations in two separate ‘freedom’ movements, by expressing their protesting voices against insecurity, betrayal and oppression. The film is seen through the eyes of a young Assamese girl who accidentally stumbles into Kanaklata’s village and rediscovers the life-story of this forgotten fighter, with whom she finds a lot of similarities.
The major roles in the bilingual are played by Nipon Goswami, Urmila Mahanta, Debashis Barthakur, Monimala, Tapan Sarma, Papori Bora, Ashrumoni, child artistes Rodali, Akshita and Jaffry, etc.
Mudoi has made 12 successful films till date, including hit films like ‘Agnigarh’, ‘Ronangini’, ‘Maghot Mamonir Biya’, ‘Suren Churor Putek’, ‘Ujanir Dojoni Gabharu’, ‘Bakor Putek’, etc. For producer Loknath Deka, however, this is his maiden venture under LPKG Production. He has produced and directed TV serials like ‘Prachir Kiyo Sristi Hoisil’, ‘Ferengadow’, ‘Abuj Morom’, etc.
The film’s chief assistant director is Dipak Roy, assistant director Swapnajit Borkakati, music direction by Dr Hitesh Baruah, Ajay Phukan and Tapan Kakati, cinematography by Naba Kumar Das, editing by Syamal Das, make-up by Biswa and Dhan, production controller Khargeswar Bora.