September 13, 2017

Award Winning Assamese Film Faces Financial Crunch

Assamese film ‘Xhoixobote Dhemalite’ (Rainbow Fields), which recently won the Best Foreign Film in the Hollywood International Cinefest, is seriously lacking funds to release the film in Assam.

The film which deals with the mental trauma of children growing up during the turbulent years of 1980s in Assam, is the second feature film of national award winning filmmaker Bidyut Kotoky.

The filmmakers even started a crowdfunding campaign with to gather a sum of Rs 10 lakhs, with the intention of paying out the dues incurred during the the post-production stage, so that it can be released in Assam and elsewhere.

The film has been selected for the prestigious KID FIRST Film Festival – world’s largest film festival for kids. Now in its 17th year, the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals offers a showcase for short and feature films from major studios as well as independent and student filmmakers. The festival partners with more than 50 venues nationwide that host screenings of selected films year-round.

‘Xhoixobote Dhemalite’ was also one of the films shortlisted in the CLINIK Kathmandu film lab (2015) along with eight other projects from five South Asian countries. The script has been mentored by Michael Henrichs (associate producer of ‘Chauthi Koot’ which was part of the Official selection in Cannes 2015).

‘Xhoixobote Dhemalite’ is about children growing up in violent places of Assam in the 80s, witnessing brutality around them and how it affects them deeply, leaving an indelible mark on their growth. It has an emotional depth that cuts across geographical barriers. The film’s story idea was with Kotoky for quite a while. But the birth of his daughter propelled him to put it down in the film. “I am under no illusions that my films will change the world – but at least it will allow me look at the eyes of my daughter unflinchingly,” said the director.

The Hollywood International Cinefest was held in Los Angeles on June 24 and 25 and received over 400 submissions from America, UK, France, China, South Korea, Cambodia and Hong Kong besides India.

Veteran actor Victor Banerjee, who plays a grandfather adept in understanding child behaviour, is very happy to be a part of Bidyut Kotoky’s film and also participate in an artistic accomplishment related to Assam. The artiste also runs a school for the blind in Assam.

Besides Banerjee, the film also stars Dipannita Sharma, Nakul Vaid, Naved Aslam, Nipon Goswami and Nikumoni Barua among others. Renowned sound designer Amrit Pritam has designed the sound for this film. Camera is by Satya Prakash Rath and editing by Pallavi Kotoky. The music is scored by Anurag Saikia. Title track is sung by Nilotpal Bora and Dipakshi Kalita.

The film is produced by ‘India Stories’, a Mumbai based production house, and co-produced by Bidyut’s ‘dhruv creative productions’ and ‘Kurmasana Kreates’, a US based production house. Mukul Gogoi is the film’s associate producer.

Prantik Deka