After successful Cannes debut now screening for the first time in India. After successful screening at the March du Film at Festival de Cannes in May this year, Dibrugarh-based filmmaker Chow Partha Borgohain’s feature film ‘1962 My Country Land’ will be screening at the Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival at 6:25 pm on Saturday.
Written, Cinematographed and Directed by Chow Partha Borgohain, ‘1962 My Country Land’ is an English feature film based on the 1962 Indo-Sino war. Talking about the film, Borgohain said, “We are happy to receive some good response on the film at Cannes. Nowscreening the film at the Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival at Guwahati would bring us closer to our regional audience.”
The film, shot mostly in Arunachal Pradesh, is the first home production of Living Dreams Productions, headed by Marbom Mai. She said that, “one of the goal of the company is to promote northeast India for film tourism locations and introduce filmmakers to great avenues and serenity of northeast India.” After this first feature, Living Dreams is expanding their horizon in to partnering with international labels as co-producer in productionsin their upcoming projects. Elaborating on the world-wide release of ‘1962: My Country Land’, Marbom Mai said, “At present we are contemplating on the release dates, as of now our primary focus is to explore more film festival circuits in India and abroad. We are planning to screen the film in various festivals before we move for a commercial release.”
Starring Aham Sharma, Lhakpa Lepcha, Daniel Shin Han and Ketholeno Kense in lead roles, the film showcases the struggle and life of the main characters during the approaching war and how they were able to believe – and not believe – each other. Produced by Marbom Mai, the film was shot in parts of picturesque Tawang and Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh. Guru Rewben Mashangva was the music composer of the film where he collaborated with Shankar Shankini.
By: Life Purple Media
His ability to balance art and entertainment is exactly the quality that has made him a popular director in the State. From his debut with the 1994 release ‘Agnigarh’ to ‘Bakor Putek’ in 2012, his movies have done reasonably well even when others have struggled at the box-office with disastrous consequences. Despite the prevailing conditions, producers still feel confident enough to invest in films helmed by him. He hasn’t garnered that many awards, but with 11 films to his name, the indefatigably prolific Chandra Mudoi has always been ahead of the curve, and he shows no signs of slowing down as yet.
Mudoi has been looking forward to a project, an ambitious one, that he has been nurturing for years now - a film on legendary freedom fighter Birangana Kanaklata. He was determined to leave a footprint with an unusual and compassionate take on the subject.
Despite boldly facing the bullets of the police force during the freedom struggle of India in 1942 and laying down her life for the country, Kanaklata is largely a little-known figure to the audiences in other parts of the country. Mudoi’s intention is not just to honour a brave soul but also to draw the attention of audiences across the country and abroad with his new bilingual in Assamese and Hindi. A 16 year old girl’s deep love and pride for her country is rare. She not only fought for the country’s independence but also became a martyr. “It's our privilege to salute and celebrate her spirit on celluloid. Its a film that needs to seen by everyone”, said Mudoi. A number of freedom fighters have lost their lives during the Quit India Movement, but Kanaklata occupies a special pride of place in everyone’s hearts. In Mudoi’s own words, apart from being a woman, Kanaklata was a ‘minor’ at the time of her tragic death. “We couldn’t think of any woman who became a martyr at such a young age in the country”, said Mudoi.
Most people in Assam are only aware of the story of how this heroic woman was slained by the police while she was trying to hoist the national flag at the local police station. But Kanaklata was a rebel ever since she was a child, and was not afraid to raise her voice against any unjust acts. Her grit and determination is equalled to none. She concerned herself with the suffering of those who turned to her for help. The moment she was stirred by patriotism and nationalistic pride, she plunged deep into the freedom movement, becoming a vocal advocacy of freedom, in the process, sacrificing her own childhood years.
Chandra Mudoi had unearthed several unknown facts about the young freedom fighter as a child when he met Thuleshwar Rajkhowa in Gohpur. The only living proof from that movement in 1942, Rajkhowa was one of those several young unarmed freedom fighters along with Kanaklata who got bullet wounds when police opened fire during that procession. Kanaklata succumbed to her wounds but Rajkhowa somehow survived the incident. Mudoi has incorporated several of Rajkhowa’s interesting stories from her childhood in the movie. The unassuming and fiercely patriotic Kanaklata was thrust into the centre of a movement at an age nobody could have ever imagined at that time. During the Quit India Movement, Kanaklata’s valor and audacity gave hope to many Assamese, all of whom have to live through a number of turbulent years. There have been several films, documentaries on Kanaklata, but the stories and incidents related to her childhood were not captured before. The bravery and sacrifice of this young braveheart will certainly elicit the adoration of audiences from all over the country and abroad with the release of the bilingual - ‘Epaah Phulil Epaah Soril’ in Assamese and ‘Purab Ki Awaz’ in Hindi. The film’s banner L.P.K.G Film Production has joined hands with Pen-N-Camera International to release ‘Purab Ki Awaz’ world-wide in more than 1500 screens on August 5. On the same day, the Assamese version ‘Epaah Phulil Epaah Soril’ will also get release. The Mumbai based distributor has already launched a massive publicity drive in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata among other places. This is obviously good news for the people of Assam.
In this connection, it has to be mentioned that director Chandra Mudoi has utilised the services of two actresses to portray Kanaklata as a child and as a 16 year old. While the child version is played by dancing sensation Rodali Bora, the FTII alumnus Urmila Mahanta, who has made a name for herself down south and Mumbai, portrays Kanaklata as a 16 year old. She counts this among her career’s most persuasive roles. Mudoi is quite happy with their performances and he is quite confident that people in Assam will be able to discover Kanaklata afresh. He has also inserted a new character in the script while keeping in mind with the personality of Thuleshwar Rajkhowa. The state’s veteran actor Nipon Goswami plays this role. Audiences in Assam will also discover a young talent in Debashish Borthakur in the bilingual. Another important aspect will be its music. The music composed by Dr Hitesh Baruah, Ajay Phukan and Tapan Kakati is likely to be appreciated by the audiences.
In all probability, this bilingual is the costliest venture to have emerged out of the State. Made in Assamese and Hindi, most of this bilingual’s technical aspects were executed in Mumbai. Leaving no stone unturned to make it a film to remember, producer and cultural activist Loknath Deka displayed extraordinary guts and resolve while splurging an awesome amount of money, that runs into crores. Everyone is hopeful that the Hindi version will attract the attention of people from all over the country and even abroad.
Various other roles in the bilingual are played by Monimala, Dr Tapan Sarma, Jatin Khanikar, Papori Bora, Ashrumoni, child artistes Akshita and Jaffry, etc.
Chandra Mudoi is helped in direction by Dipak Roy and Swapnajit Borkakati. The film’s cinematography is done by Naba Kumar Das. The editing is executed by by Syamal Das, make-up is by Biswa and Dhan, while the film’s production controller is Khargeswar Bora.
In a heartening bit of news, even the President of the country Pranab Mukherjee has expressed his willingness to see ‘Purab Ki Awaz’. Recently, it came to light after a visit with a request made by the Rajya Sabha MP Ripon Bora was received with a generous stamp of approval at the Rastrapathi Bhavan. The MP was stunned by the President’s knowledge regarding the history of Birangana Kanaklata Barua. He also expressed his desire to see the movie within this month.
‘Purab Ki Awaz’ evoked generous praise and appreciation after a special show was held at the Films Division auditorium in New Delhi earlier in January.
By: Prantik Deka
A Khasi short film U Thlen has won the 1st Runner-up Award at the 4th Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival 2016 held in Guwahati from July 22 to 24. The short film directed by Badeimon Kharshiing and Badap K. Lyngdoh was produced under the banner of Carol’s Production and Stepping Stones Production.
Actors who were part of the movie included Rudolf Mawlong, Pradeep Shullet, Enshon Lamare, Wanni Khyriem and Zefferyan Kharbani, among others.
The Khasi film was selected for the prestigious award from among 105 entries to the festival representing the eight states of the region. A jury shortlisted the top 15 movies which were then screened during the course of the festival.
The best short film went to Colours of Water from Manipur while the 2nd runner-up award went to Little Hearts from Assam.
The winners were announced on the final day of the festival.
The directors of the movie U Thlen received the award from Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju in the presence of prominent Bollywood filmmaker Imtiaz Ali along with the director of the festival Tanushree Hazarika.
It may be mentioned thatthe film U Thlen revolves around the Khasi belief about the presence of U Thlen. It is believed to be malevolent and evil that takes the form of a huge man eating snake.
The movie poses a question on whether the Khasi belief about the presence of U Thlen is real or imaginary. Another Khasi short film which had made it to the top 15 list was My Own Hell from West Khasi Hills.
Source: The Shillong Times
Neil Safeer Ghaznavi - The VFX artist from Assam who is charming Hollywood and has also won the Emmy27 Jul 2016
If you are a Game of Thrones fan there is more reason to celebrate. forty-year-old Neil Safeer Ghaznavi from Assam who works with the Scanline VFX in Vancouver, Canada, was part of the team that won the Emmy Award for special and visual effects in Game of Thrones last year. Game of Thrones directed by David Benioff has been immensely popular in India with fans waiting for each new episode eagerly.
Son of late Mohammed Ghaznavi and Naureen Ghaznavi who were originally the inhabitants of KK Road, Jorhat, and now based in Lachit Nagar Guwahati; Neil was born and brought up at Duliajan where his father was an engineer in Oil India Ltd. Having received schooling at St. Paul’s School Darjeeling and a history honours in history from City College Kolkata, Neil decided to pursue studies in graphic arts and shifted base to San Francisco. Prior to that Neil worked with Clarion which is now Bates and a good six years in advertising, Neil went on to become a senior director the youngest in the country at that time.
Neil later moved to Vancouver to pursue a career in special effects. His first film in Hollywood was The Game Plan. And since then there has been no looking back for Neil. Today there are at least forty credits of listed in his IMDb profile. He has also been part of Vantage Point, Zombieland, Karate Kid, Dark Shadows, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Lone Ranger, Divergent, Captain America 2, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Hangover III, X-Men, Karate Kid and many more Hollywood productions for his visual endeavour.
Neil Safeer Ghaznavi had always had a hunger to learn more and since the release of the now classic Jurassic Park, the challenge and the idea of being able to create a visually appealing scene got his interest. After graduating from the Academy of Art University Neil started his journey with high-end commercials and since then it has been a journey of creative growth.
Makers of Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh starrer
When Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol starrer ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ released 20 years back, nobody would have anticipated the love it will get in its run. The romantic classic tugged at the heartstrings of one and all back then and continues to do so even now. DDLJ completed 20 years of its release on Monday (October 19) and to celebrate the grand feat, filmmaker Rohit Shetty and his team came up with a unique way.
Rohit’s team, along with SRK’s production house Red Chillies, posted a video that shows SRK and Kajol chit-chatting about, perhaps, the biggest movie of their respective careers.
What ensues is a major nostalgia that takes us back to the world of Raj and Simran’s innocent love.
‘Pyaar karti ho mujhse?’
Mujhpar yakeen hai?’
‘Bass phir toh sirf doli utthne ki der hai.’
Believe it or not, SRK and Kajol can still make you skip a beat. And we speak for everyone, when we say that their chemistry keeps getting better and better. The dynamic duo rekindle the chemistry with SRK saying, “Agar yeh 20 saal baad bhi tujhse pyaar karti hai, toh yeh paltegi.. palat, palat, palat,” and she does that. And you can’t help but just smile and wonder in awe.
With the Aditya Chopra directorial, SRK and Kajol made their characters – a fun loving London-bred Punjabi boy Raj and NRI simpleton Simran – eternal and created a permanent place in the history of Indian cinema. The sweet-sour relationship between Raj and Simran was enhanced by SRK and Kajol’s quirky chemistry which speaks of its laurels even today.
Earlier in the day, SRK took to Twitter to share a picture in which he and Kajol recreated the famous DDLJ poster with the caption that read, “Want to thank team Rohit Shetty and Red Chillies for doing this last minute. All looked happy that I picked Kajol again.”
In the poster, Shah Rukh Khan is seen carrying Kajol on his shoulder and both of them are all smiles. SRK is even sporting a fedora hat, which was central to his character in DDLJ.
Talking about the cult classic, DDLJ brought a refreshing change as well as a clutter breaking and trend-making entertainer with all ingredients of a Bollywood masala potboiler — love, romance, comedy, action, melodrama, thrills, songs and dance — put together cohesively to tell a story of the victory of true love.
The film has a simple story — Raj meets Simran during an European holiday, love blossoms between them, but winning over the girl’s conservative family is not a cakewalk for the hero, who then makes every effort to take his ‘dulhania’ (bride) with him.
Produced by the late Yash Chopra, the film’s songs like “Tujhe dekha toh ye jaana sanam”, “Mehndi lagaa ke rakhna”, “Ruk ja oh dil deewane” and “Mere khwabon mein jo aaye” continue to be played even today.
Th film holds the record of the longest running film in the history of Indian cinema as it continues to be screened at the iconic Maratha Mandir theatre here.
There are many unforgettable aspects of the film — the plush yellow mustard fields, the Swiss cow bell, SRK’s ‘Senorita’ and ‘Bade bade shehron mein choti choti baatein hoti rehti hain” dialogues, Kajol’s pristine white salwar suit and the famous climax, where Kajol runs towards her bruised lover, who’s already aboard a moving train.
Source: Indian Express.
Shah Rukh Khan, who had to deliver a lecture to students of the University of Edinburgh, UK, is elated as he has become 'a doctor all over again'.
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who had to deliver a lecture to students of the University of Edinburgh, UK, is elated as he has become ‘a doctor all over again’. The King Khan has been presented with the Degree of Doctor Honoris Causa.
On invitation, SRK was all set to speak about life lessons today and had even shared what the lecture will be about. He had also shared that the biggest learning in his life has been, ‘Life is the only miracle’.
This is the second honorary doctorate for the superstar as he has previously received an honorary doctorate degree in arts and culture from Britain’s University of Bedfordshire.
The official Twitter handle of the Edinburgh University also shared a picture of Shah Rukh Khan from the event.
“The university is to host a visit by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Thursday, 15 October. The actor, one of Bollywood’s most popular stars, will give a public lecture at the University’s New College,” read a statement on the university’s official website.
With a career spanning over two and a half decades, Shah Rukh Khan has appeared in over 80 Bollywood films, and has also reached out to audiences via the small screen. The actor, known for movies like ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, ‘Chak De! India’, ‘Swades’ and ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’, was awarded one of India’s highest civilian awards, the Padma Shri, in 2005.
“The University of Edinburgh has very strong ties with India and I am delighted that we are able to welcome one of the most outstanding stars of world cinema,” Charlie Jeffery, senior vice-principal, University of Edinburgh had said.