August 7, 2017

Assamese Short Film ‘Obosheshot’ (At Last..) Making Waves

Its nice to see a quality short film get the attention it deserves. It did not take too long for the festival circuit to take note of a new short film titled ‘Obosheshot’ (At Last..). Interestingly, this film is based on a short story called 'Debodut', written by distinguished filmmaker-litterateur Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia. Director Arindam Barooah, who has made a number short films and documentaries, creates his own structure out of a offbeat theme. He remains one of the handful of filmmakers committed to exploring the possibilities of a short film.

What happens when the child of a demon is born in a village, where superstitions run amok? Where people are gripped by fear and apprehension. In the midst of this, is the mother whose love and sacrifice for her child acts as a barrier against the tribulations of the world.

The film narrates the story of Numoli, who strives to give her child a voice, the use of which she has forfeited due to unfortunate circumstances.

While the villagers deem her to be possessed and impregnated by the demon, only she knows what hurts her. And when the demon returns to her life, although she is filled with rage and hatred, all she can ask for is her voice; to teach her child to speak and who needs his mother’s voice to comfort him. For now, only the words ‘bou’ (Mother) in her child’s voice can sweep away her life.

Its heartening to know that ‘Obosheshot’ has received prizes at various film festivals, including the Honorable Jury Mention at the 7th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival - 2017, Delhi, Outstanding Achievement Award at 6th Season of Calcutta International Cult Film Festival 2017, Special Festival Mention at the 6th Bangalore Shorts Film Festival-17, and official selections to Cyprus International Film Festival, Five Continents International Film Festival in Venezuela, Barcelona Planet Film Festival 2017, Semi-Finalist at Lakecity Film Festival 2017, Lagos, Nigeria, among others.

The film is cinematographed by Thangmaism Nishanta Singha and Bhaskar Jyoti Dutta, while the script is written by Rita Bhuyan Barooah and Bhavna Devchoudhury, editing is by Diganta Gogoi, and the background music is scored by Jagoran Saikia. The cast of artistes include Dipika Gogoi, Anjjan Dhon Bordoloi, Jharna Sharma Devchoudhury, Padma Dolakasharia, etc.


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