In Conversation with Actor Nakul Vaid: On Xhoixobote Dhemalite (Rainbow Fields) and More…

Actor Nakul Vaid is someone whom we have all gone on to be familiar over the years thanks to an impressive body of work which includes films like Baghban, Ab Tak Chappan, Chak De India and The Lunchbox. He has also worked in regional films like Shankachil (Bengali) andEkhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare/as the River flows (Assamese). With Xhoixobote Dhemalite (Rainbow Fields) we see Nakul Vaid once again teaming up with writer-director Bidyut Kotoky. The film which is now finally ready for release. Here’s Nakul Vaid in a free wheeling chat with MAM on Rainbow Fields and more.Continue reading “In Conversation with Actor Nakul Vaid: On Xhoixobote Dhemalite (Rainbow Fields) and More…”

as the River flows, Guns & Guitars, crowd funding etc…

Finally, after what seemed like an endless wait, ‘ekhon nedekha nadir xipare’ – the Assamese version of ‘as the River flows’- was released in Assam in Sept last. And I got a firsthand experience of what it was like to experience the unfolding of your labor of love, in a big screen, inside a dark hall, with people who have voluntarily paid money to experience it…Continue reading “as the River flows, Guns & Guitars, crowd funding etc…”

Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare (as the River flows) Movie Review: A film with many questions

By now a lot of people must be aware of filmmaker Bidyut Kotoky and his struggle to get his bilingual film- as the River flows (Hindi)/ Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare (Assamese) released. Though an NFDC production, for some reason or the other the film was lying in cold storage for quite some time. Towards the end of 2011/early 2012 things started looking up with the news of the Assamese version being in contention for the National Awards. Continue reading “Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare (as the River flows) Movie Review: A film with many questions”

On the threshold of….

‘You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’

G. B. Shaw

“Bidyut, let me be honest with you. I agree with you completely that this story need to be told. But let me tell you, none of us are going to touch this film. It is too risky” – that was the CEO of a reputed film production house talking to me towards the end of last year. He was just one of many …Continue reading “On the threshold of….”

When was the last time you experienced something for the first time?

Suddenly developed a high fever…103 degree… Doctor said, ‘rest at home, no travelling’. Obviously, I overruled him. I am not going to miss this experience for anything in the world! And now, I’m in Delhi – weak in health but strong in spirit!Continue reading “When was the last time you experienced something for the first time?”

as the River flows-Inspiration

Note-This day ( 4 July ) marks 15 years of the disappearance of Sanjoy Ghose, noted rural development activist,  from Majuli in Assam.  and hence I am revisiting this post on the inspiration behind my first feature film-as the River flows.

Sanjoy Ghose. He was born in 1959 at Nagpur and spent his childhood in Mumbai, Maharashtra. After his graduation in 1980, he had definite admission in all the three then existing Indian Institute of Managements (IIM) – Ahmadabad, Bangalore and Calcutta. Joining the IIMs would have ensured very well paying corporate careers for him. Instead he opted to join the little known Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) in its very first batch.

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as the River flows- A note from Victor Banerjee

It is much easier to get Mr. Victor Banerjee to agree to do my film than to make him re-live the time he spend with us during the making of the film. After all, here is a man who believes in moving ahead in life, without ever looking back. Once the shoot & dubbing of a film is over, it is curtain for him regarding that film. So much so that except Satyajit Ray’s ‘Ghare Baire’, he has not seen any of the film where he has acted in! A story goes that legendary David Lean had made this compulsory for his cast & crew to attend the premier of ‘Passage to India’. As soon as the opening credit of the film had started, one figure was seen to leave the auditorium. And that person was Victor Banerjee…Continue reading “as the River flows- A note from Victor Banerjee”

The National Film Awards and the controversy around 'Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare'

Ekhon Nedekha Nadir Xipaare is an Assamese film directed by Bidyut Kotoky and starring Sanjay Suri, Victor Banerjee Raj Zutshi, Priti Jhangiani and Bidita Bag. Incidentally, the film also has a Hindi version- as the River flows. Continue reading “The National Film Awards and the controversy around 'Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare'”

The National Film Awards and the controversy around ‘Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare’

Ekhon Nedekha Nadir Xipaare is an Assamese film directed by Bidyut Kotoky and starring Sanjay Suri, Victor Banerjee Raj Zutshi, Priti Jhangiani and Bidita Bag. Incidentally, the film also has a Hindi version- as the River flows. Produced by NFDC, the film also has been certified by the Censor Board as an Assamese movie ( the Hindi version is still awaiting its censor certificate ). A prime candidate in contention for the National Film Awards this year, it came as a surprise to many that the film ultimately did not win any award.Continue reading “The National Film Awards and the controversy around ‘Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare’”