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Different directions, perspectives and tunes

There are two kinds of movies — one that is light-hearted, a good watch and doesn't require exercising the grey cells while the other requires one to unravel several layers in order to grasp the story.

Dwaar, The Voyage Out falls in the second category.

Unlike any stereotypical Assamese film, this has been made by fulfilling the criteria of international standards, Sanjive Narain, the co-producer of the film said.

“A 35mm camera has been used to shoot Dwaar. Subsequently, the movie was made in the digital format. Moreover, the post-production work has been completely done in Chennai,” he said.

The idea is to reach out to an audience that is not confined within the boundaries of this region, but go out and connect with a larger group.

Bidyut Chakravarty, the producer and director of the film, added that it has been sent to most of the countries in Europe like Italy and France for participating in international film festivals.

Despite having so many aspirations, however, the release date is yet to be finalised.

“Since we want to reach out to the masses, we want a date when we can release the film in 40 halls across the state for at least two shows a day. Hence, we will release it either in the last week of December or in January,” said Narain.

Set against the backdrop of Assam Agitation and its aftermath, the movie depicts the turmoil in the life of the protagonist. Unable to come to terms with it, he descends into a neurotic struggle as a means to escape his agony.

“Though an entertaining film, if the audience doesn’t pay enough attention to the story, it would not be able to connect with the soul of the movie. The life of the protagonist isn't extraordinary — he is a common man and anyone can connect with his sentiments and spirit,” said Chakravarty.

The concept of this movie has been inspired from the incidents depicted in the short story Bahiroloi Juwa Baat written by Apurba Sharma in 1978. It was in 1988 that Chakravarty came across this book, and since then, the director always had this film in his mind. “It’s not just a film, but my baby. A lot of hard work has been put in to make this film, as I have invested much time before making this film,” said Chakravarty.

Workshops were organised before the shooting commenced in November 2011. “The characters are not very simple, so having workshops was imperative for the actors to acclimatise to their roles,” he said.

His last film was Anuraag in 2004.

The shooting has been done in and around Guwahati, while the unit went to Nameri for the outdoor shots.

The music is composed by Sher Choudhury and the film features Kopil Bora, Zerifa Wahid, Tanvi Sharma, Mintu Baruah, Bulganin Baruah and Srijani Bhaswa Mahanta as the lead characters.

 

 

Debutant director Nipon Dholua’s Assamese film, Pratyahbaan, (The Challenge) features the challenges faced by differently abled children in their day-to-day life.

Dholua, who is also the producer, seeks to reach out to the masses with his film.

The director said, “Like the name, making this movie is a challenge for me too, more so, because I would want to make a commercial film. Going by the storyline, it is a little offbeat, which needs to be handled delicately.”

One of the reasons for making it a commercial film is because Assamese films are yet to gain popularity.

“Our attempt is to portray the realities of lives in a simplified manner so that the people can grasp the substance of the story better. Adding funny anecdotes to the story would make the film more appealing. It will be an all-in-all family film,” he said.

Dholua has taken a step to understand the lives of the differently abled children and make a feature film out of it.

“The concept of the story is formed after observing the difficulties and happiness that differently abled children of a particular age group face. And along with the children, parents, too, face difficulties which will also be depicted in the film,” he said.

Five children in the age group of eight to 12 years will be shortlisted for this film. Two of them — Dishan Dholua and Vrajishnu Rana — have already been selected, the director said.

“Weekly workshops will be organised among the children so that they do not face difficulties to adapt themselves to their characters in front of the camera,” he said.

The muhurat of this film was held on November 5 at the Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio in Guwahati.

“The shooting of this film will commence from November 27 and it will hit the screens in April,” Dholua said.

Though locations for shooting have not been finalised yet, Dholua said Guwahati and Delhi were some of the preferred places where the film would be shot.

Gyanendra Pallab and Pranjana Dutta will share screen space with the five child artistes.

While Barnali Dholua is the executive director, Kongkon Rajkhowa is the technical director and Anurag Saikia will compose the music.

Akankshya Chaliha