December 12, 2018

Bobby Sarma Baruah’s ‘Mishing’ Screened in IFFK

Bobby Sarma Baruah’s ‘Mishing’ (The Apparition) was recently screened in the Special Focus Section of the 23rd International Film Festival of Kerala, which took place from December 7 to 13, in Trivandrum, Kerala. Based on Sahitya Akademi awardee Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi’s novel, the film, a suspense thriller that intermingles the spiritual and the supernatural, explores the myths and legends of the Sherdukpen community in Arunachal Pradesh, while it makes an earnest attempt to preserve its dialect which is on the verge of extinction. 

Shot in the scenic locations of Arunachal Pradesh, the film talks about driver Singh, a Manipuri deserter, who grows roots with Arunachal’s exotic Sherdukpan community, suddenly disappears one day, only to resurface after decades and once again vanish behind a curtain of curious questions. The film also refers to a local belief about spirits of dead people appearing and trying to communicate with their loved ones.

Filmmaker Bobby Sarma Baruah took almost two years to research and get familiar with the culture. The music, aesthetically compelling, has been used in keeping with the local culture and traditions, and it’s the villagers themselves who have sung folk songs in the film. The film also contains Buddhist chants that they are used to practicing. 

The film, which had its world premiere at the Kolkata International Film Festival 2018, is produced by Sulakhyana baruah and co-produced by Basanta Kumar Baruah and Bobby Sarma Baruah. The casts of artistes include Rajib Kro, who appears as the protagonist, Tsering Dorjee Khrimey, Mala Goswami, Prem Dorjee Monoj, etc. The film’s cinematography is by Sonu, music is scored by Shashank Kothari, sound designed by Rahul Rabha and the editing is by Ratul Deka.   

Prantik Deka