Assamese film bags honour in Dhaka fest

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  • Published 20.01.14

Guwahati, Jan. 19: Assamese feature film Adomya directed by Bobby Sarma Baruah has been selected the best film in Spiritual Film section of Dhaka International Film Festival.

The film was screened on January 15. This is the second Assamese film after Manju Borah’s Baibhav to receive the honour. Baibhav got the honour in 1999.

The 13th edition of the festival, with the theme “Better film, better audience, better society” began on January 11 and ended yesterday.

Altogether 20 films from Australia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Nepal, Poland, Switzerland, Taiwan, the US and the UK vied for the honour.

Besides Adomya, two other films — Tuta Sinha-directed The Light: Swami Vivekananda and Samrat Chakrobarty-directed Songs in Oblivion — were in the competition from India.

Two other films from Assam — Jadumoni Dutta-directed Paani and Arup Manna-directed Adhyay contested in Cinema of the World section.

A certificate and a trophy were given to Baruah. As Baruah was not present at the festival, Manna received the award on her behalf. “I could not attend the festival because of some personal problem. The organisers called me up to give the news and sent a mail,” Baruah said.

The festival is organised by Rainbow Film Society which seeks to promote a cine culture in Bangladesh.

The 104-minute film, Adomya, made under the banner of BB Entertainment Private Ltd, is the directorial debut of Baruah. The film is expected to be released in July. Its story, dialogues and lyrics are penned by the director.

Pranami Bora, an alumnus of National School of Drama, has played the protagonist in the film.

Adomya is a story of a simple village girl, Juri, who gets married to an engineer from her village. After a few months, Juri’s husband dies of AIDS.

At that time, she is pregnant and medical tests confirm that she, too, is HIV-positive. When her in-laws ask her to leave the house, she returns to her parents’ home where she receives the same treatment. Juri starts living in a small roadside hut and one day gives birth to a baby girl. After a few months she leaves for Guwahati to carry on her struggle for life.

Adomya was a product of my three years of research. I worked on the story, met AIDS patients and discussed doctors to know the characters,” Baruah said.