Aamis (2019) Movie Review: The New Normal

Two people meet, a bored doctor in her late 30’s and young man in his 20’s. Sparks fly, they bond over food and fall in love. Well this could be story of so many countless romantic films. So, what makes Aamis stand out?Continue reading “Aamis (2019) Movie Review: The New Normal”

We took a bit of Assam to the U.S!

Greetings Mr. Kotoky. It pleases us to inform you that your film has been awarded the Treasure Coast International Film Festival award for Best Screenplay. Congratulations! 

-TCIFFContinue reading “We took a bit of Assam to the U.S!”

Kolkata-You Humbled Me!!

On the afternoon of 15th of June, Friday, I was a little worried. The notice board outside says, if at least 20 people doesn’t turned up, the show will be cancelled. And a 1:30 pm show in a hot & humid afternoon, on a working day, is not the most ideal time for our Assamese film Xhoixobote Dhemalite/RainbowFields  to start its journey in Kolkata’s Nandan  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nandan_(Kolkata). To make the matter more complicated, our PR guy for Kolkata ditched us big time – there was almost no coverage of the release in Kolkata till then. What more, I had couriered the posters of our film from Mumbai one day before my departure, thinking it will be up in the complex at least a day before the show. Big mistake, the posters are lost in transition, with the different city brunches of the courier company trying to solve the mystery.In short, Mr Murphy had proclaimed his undying love for me all over again. Continue reading “Kolkata-You Humbled Me!!”

Xhoixobote Dhemalite (Rainbow Fields) Assamese Movie Review: Touching tale about growing up in violent times

Mumbai-based director Bidyut Kotoky’s Assamese film Xhoixobote Dhemalite (Rainbow Fields) is one of those movies that come across as so deeply personal that you are certain that the events unfolding on the big screen must be, in one way or the other, autobiographical in nature.

The autobiographical elements are not difficult to spot with the protagonist Niyor, played by Nakul Vaid (of Ab Tak Chappan fame) being an Assamese filmmaker himself, based out of Mumbai. Bidyut Kotoky has also dubbed the voice of the protagonist, giving the film a further personal touch. It feels as if the director is quite literally narrating a story, but in an audio-visual form.

Xhoixobote Dhemalite is about how violence deeply impacts the impressionable minds of innocent children. Set mainly in the 1980s of Assam when the North-Eastern state witnessed violence that left about 1,800 people dead. The focus here is not so much on the reason behind the riots, but on how children are always the worst victims of them.Continue reading “Xhoixobote Dhemalite (Rainbow Fields) Assamese Movie Review: Touching tale about growing up in violent times”

In Conversation with Dipannita Sharma: I Still Feel I Have a Long Way to Go

Popular model and actress Dipannita Sharma maybe a tad selective with her work but has nevertheless made an impact with her choice of roles in films that include 16 December, Dil Vil Pyar Vyar, My Brother Nikhil, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl etc. She has now returned to her roots in a way, with her entry into Assamese cinema with Bidyut Kotoky’s Xhoixobote Dhemalite/Rainbow Fields. Here in a chat with MAM she talks about her work in Rainbow Fields and more.Continue reading “In Conversation with Dipannita Sharma: I Still Feel I Have a Long Way to Go”

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…”

Who Killed Mother Teresa?

The negative effects of this kind of long drawn conflict on young minds can well be imagined. There is, for instance, this true story that was often narrated with anguish by a noted journalist. His grand-daughter, a little girl of about five or six at the time, was with him watching the news of Mother Teresa’s death being shown and discussed on TV. Her reaction to the death was to ask her grandfather, “Who killed Mother Teresa?” This, though the little girl herself lived in an urban middle class family, cocooned from the kind of violence that victims of ethnic violence in relief camps, for instance, routinely see when violent deaths take place in front of their eyes. Yet even this little girl, growing up in a “normal” family situation, could not conceive that death could come in any other than violent means.Continue reading “Who Killed Mother Teresa?”

Bidyut Kotoky’s Assamese Film Xhoixobote Dhemalite (Rainbow Fields) Begins its Crowdfunding Campaign

Winner of Best Foreign Film and the Hollywood International Cinefest 2017 and the Official selection in Kids First 2017 – the World largest kids’ film festival, Xhoixobote Dhemalite (Rainbow Fields)  is looking to be released in its home state of Assam. The film is  based on  the National Award winning director Bidyut Kotoky’s experience as a child during the violent period of the 1980’s in Assam.Continue reading “Bidyut Kotoky’s Assamese Film Xhoixobote Dhemalite (Rainbow Fields) Begins its Crowdfunding Campaign”

All about Utpal Borpurjari’s Assamese Feature Film “Ishu”

Produced by Children’s Film Society, India; Screenplay & Direction by Utpal Borpujari

Adapted from: Manikuntala Bhattacharjya’s novel “Ishu”

Screenplay & Direction: Utpal Borpujari
Producer: Children’s Film Society, India (CFSI)
Associate Director: Monjul Barua
Executive Producer: Jitendra Mishra
Cast: Kapil Garo, Tonthoingambi Leishangthem Devi (Manipur), Bishnu Kharghoria, Chetana Das, Pratibha Choudhury, Dipika Deka, Nibedita Bharali, Monuj Borkotoky, Basanta Rabha, Dhananjay Rabha, Manuj Gogoi, Naba Kumar Baruah, Mahendra Das, Mahendra Rabha, Uday Rabha, Srabanta Rabha Continue reading “All about Utpal Borpurjari’s Assamese Feature Film “Ishu””