October 27, 2017

Assamese Short Film ‘Liakat’ Shines at Festivals

‘Liakat’ (It Rains in the End), an Assamese short film, is presently shining at various film festivals. The film was screened at the 9th Jaipur International Film Festival 2016 and Delhi International Film Festival 2016 along with almost 60 short films from worldwide. The film is directed by Monjul Baruah of ‘Antareen’ fame and produced under the banner of ‘Jalan Films’. The story of the film is adapted from popular novelist Manikuntala Bhattacharjya’s short story, the screenplay of which has been written by Monjul Baruah and dialogues have been penned by Manikuntala Bhattacharjya and Monjul Baruah.

‘Liakat’ is about the twist in the relationship between friends Liakat and Hanif, caused by Liakat’s sense of loss over Hanif’s well being, about which he has been apparently concerned so far. In a fit of jealousy at the certainty of Hanif’s well being, he again tries to shape Hanif’s life in a different way, but this attempt brings his own life to a fateful state instead, showing us the fragility of individual’s commitment in our current reality.

The key roles in the film have been essayed by Boloram Das, Mayukh Sarma, Kamal Lochan, Purnima Saikia and Chandan Bhuyan. The cinematography of the film has been done by Suman Dowerah, background score by Ambar Das, art direction by Ronal Hussain and Dipika Deka, sound design by Amrit Pritam, D.I. Colorist is Sujit Borah, costume has been designed by Rani Dutta Baruah, makeup is by Ashitav Baruah, production designed by Mukut Saikia; the film has been edited by Twenchang. The film has been produced by cultural activist and the co-producer of critically acclaimed Assamese feature film ‘Dinabandhu’, Gopal Jalan. The film was earlier screened at ‘Smita Patil Documentary and Short Film Festival 2016’ and ‘GCC Short Film Festival 2016’ and was officially selected for the ‘5th Indian Cine Film Festival 2017’ and ‘Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival 2017’. According to the producer Gopal Jalan, very soon he will produce another short film. He also added that, ‘Liakat’ has already participated in various other national and international film festivals.

Prantik Deka