As Guns & Guitars recently made its debut in the OTT platform MUBI India, it seems like a good time to revisit our sojourn in Shillong, the rock capital of India, during the shoot of the film.
I still remember my first (aborted) attempt to visit Sikkim – also known as the lone bother of the northeastern states of seven sisters – way back in 1996. We, a bunch of friends from across India, boarded a train from Guwahati on a cold night in the end of December with a plan of spending the New Year in Sikkim. But, ironically we had to return halfway as the railway connectivity to the NJP station – in the foothill of Sikkim – was cut off due to a blast by the insurgent…Continue reading “Lone brother of the seven sisters …”
Mr. Murphy simply loves us. And constantly demands our attention. Whenever there is a deadline looming, he makes sure that we don’t ignore him one way or the other. This time also there was no exception –just as we were rushing against time to finish our film ‘Guns and Guitars’, Murphy’s Law made its presence felt loud and clear… and our editing computer crashed!Continue reading “The Story of Twin 'Births'…”
[It is not unusual to find a director’s wife becoming a part of a film unit, mostly to kill time. But in our case, we are working together for close to 16 years. And we are married for the last 8 years. Whether it is to edit my documentaries or to do art direction/ costumes in my productions, time and again I use her. Both for the belief that she understands closest to what I have in mind and the fact that I can give vent to the frustration without thinking twice when things does not go according to my plan…Here she shares her experience of ‘Guns & Guitars’ ]Continue reading “Tribute to Late Bhupen Hazarika-Siangore ga'hlong, lohitore khamti…”
As we were waiting for our vehicle to arrive to take us to the shooting location for the shoot of our documentary ‘Guns & Guitars’ in Imphal, capital of Manipur, I was surprised to see the almost kilometer long queue across our hotel at around 7 am… Agreed, 7 am in northeast is not exactly as ‘early’ as the rest of India, yet it is early enough to raise my curiosity about the long queue – especially
since the line is formed to enter an ATM! Continue reading “So that they can play their music….”
‘How many people have lost their lives?’ – was my question. ‘I don’t have the accurate no, but not less than 8 to 10 thousand people’ – he answered. ‘In how many days these lives were lost?’ – I asked again. Continue reading “The last of the ‘Red Bastion’ in India: Tripura”
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…”