Its heartening to know that Assamese films are pulling audiences in droves. The movies with their diverse themes have certainly brought pleasure to the cine-goers. People have really identified with the stories, and have connected with the characters on an emotional level. The industry is indeed entering an exciting phase following the release of ‘Doordarshan Eti Jantra’, ‘Saat Numberor Sandhanat’ and ‘Kothanodi’, which have unconventional and inspiring themes. The favourable outcome will serve as inspirations for aspiring and veteran filmmakers to explore genres in new and interesting ways, and that in turn would benefit the film industry.
The latest movie to release recently is Sanjib Sabhapandit’s ‘Dikchow Bonot Palash’, which will be released all over on September 30.
Titled ‘The Way of the Soul’ in English, the movie based on a poignant story of human relationship between an Assamese boy and a Naga girl, attempts to create an uplifting ambience for what’s beautiful within the human spirit. Based on Sabhapandit’s own story and screenplay, the film recounts the past of a 85-year-old man. The year is 1943. He was a robust young man then. An active participant in the freedom struggle, this strapping, energetic lad unexpectedly leaves for the hills of Nagaland from Sivasagar district, and while staying there for over a year, falls deeply in love with a beautiful Naga girl. She even gave him money when he was in grave need of it. He was dreaming of their future life together. But all his dreams and enthusiasms vanished when he was caught and jailed. The relationship fizzled out. Now 85 years of age, he is suddenly reminded of his painful past, his breakup with the love of his life. After getting release from jail, he was appointed the Satradhikar of a local Satra. One day, even at his age, he visits the Naga hills in search of that young girl. The purpose being to return the money that he took from her. But due to a wrong identity, he gets kidnapped. He meets a young girl when she was bringing him food. What does this young girl discover? What fate awaits the old man?
Presented under the banner of Canvascope, ‘Dikchow Bonot Palash‘ is produced by Assam State Film (Finance and Development) Corporation Ltd, Utpal Das and Rajkamal Bhuyan. The film, shot in locations like Palashbari, Rani, Mukkochang among other places, is cinematographed by Parashar Barua. The production underwent a good amount of time in research works for credibly representing a different yet vibrant culture in order to lend an amount of authenticity. Apart from a cast of seasoned artistes from Assam, the movie features a number of Nagamese artistes as well.
Various artistes starring in ‘Dikchow Bonot Palash’ are Kulada Kumar Bhattacharya, Chinmoy Chakraborty, Mala Goswami, Lolenna Ao, Aren Jamir, Bidyut Bikash Sarma, Biren Hazarika, Sajan Nayak, Alex Thomas, Hemen Das, Saumyadeep Dutta, Meena Engti, Amitabh Rajkhowa, Dulal Sarma, Tezaswini Barua, Akeeb, Chikmik and Dimapur Hill Theatre troupe’s Bendong among others. The film’s production and costume designing is looked after by Amrita Sabhapandit. Art direction is by Gautam Das. Audiography and sound designing is by Debajit Gayan. Makeup is done by Chinmoy Hazarika. The film is edited by Saurav Dutta, while its colorist is Ganpati Subramanium. The film’s assistant directors are Dilip Dutta and Ashim Krishna Barua. The production controller is Santanu Mahanta. The DI was done in Mumbai’s Sharp Video.