Simple, clear and flawless

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  • Published 22.01.10

The commercial release of Basundhara... The Earth, an Assamese feature film, in three theatres in Guwahati in the first fortnight of 2010, augurs well for the industry.

Content and treatment-wise, the film is from a different genre. Set in the contemporary socio-political backdrop, it revolves around a young girl, Basundhara, who leads the masses to find a means to end the man-elephant conflict.

Deceived by her boyfriend, Basundhara finds motivation to live life anew in her new assignment for an NGO to work in the villages affected by the man-elephant conflict. The villages are adjacent to a national park where a timber racket, run by merchant Bikash Barua in association with some vested interests, affects the habitat.

Basundhara meets Arjun, a young journalist, committed to expose the misdeeds of Barua. Arjun’s zeal becomes an inspiring force for Basundhara. Her admiration for Arjun is doubled by a series of his reports published in the media. But soon the villagers recover Arjun’s body on the bank of a river.

Shocked and stunned, Basundhara, however takes the way shown to her by Arjun and with the help of an honest forest ranger, puts Barua and gang behind bars.

Producer-director Hiren Bora adopts a simple narrative treatment with clarity.

Camera work by nationally acclaimed cinematographer Vivek Banerjee is flawless. The sound and set-props too are impressive. The music, directed by national awardee Torali Sarma, is an asset.

Barsha Rani Bishoya comes up with a commanding performance in the role of the protagonist. Sourabh Hazarika ably supports her in the role of Arjun.

Iftikar Ahmed convincingly portrays the role of Bikash Barua. Bishnu Kharghoria, Prithviraj Rabha, Moitreyee Goswami, Rita Bora and Bhagabat Pritam deserve special mention for their performance.