April 30, 2019

Tackling Secularism in a Short Film

Amidst the Bihu celebrations, Hemanta Sarma's Assamese short filmTo Let’ was formally released in a function held at the Guwahati Pres Club, in the presence of several familiar figures from the cultural field, including the film’s producer Utpal Bania, music director Sudipto Nayan, actor Boikuntha Prince Pathak, writer Dr Nayan Jyoti Talukdar, graphics artiste Zonak Yugantar Bora, etc.

A familiar name in the field of cine-journalism, Hemanta Sarma, who makes his directorial debut with this film, tackles a serious subject that deals with the theme of secularism. 

‘To Let’ focuses on a small but an important issue of our society. We live in a secular country. But how many people understand or believe in the very concept of secularism? There is one form of intolerance or discrimination or the other in every religion. There has been numerous incidents of religious violence in the country, which has disturbed its social fabric. It’s with only greater understanding and respect that we, as a society, can rise above religious lines and move towards a more open and inclusive future.

In Assam too, religious discrimination has manifested itself in numerous forms. ‘To Let’ follows the story of a Muslim journalist, who has to undergo discrimination and prejudice based on his faith. 

The film’s story, script and dialogue are also written by Hemanta Sarma. The film is produced by Utpal Bania, Managing Director of DOOGDOOGI – an Assamese jewellery company, under the banner of Focus Media. While the cinematography is done by Deepkamal Gogoi, music composed by Sudipta Nayan, the editing is executed by Manash Pratim.

The various roles in ‘To Let’ are played by Kulendra Rai Choudhury, Naba Mahanta, Pratima Sarma and Minakshi Devi. As informed by the director, the film is now being sent to various film festivals.

Prantik Deka


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