Biplob Doley Becomes First Assamese to Work in Bhutanese Film

filmmaker Biplob Doley

Biplob Doley, a 29-year-old filmmaker from a remote village in Dhemaji district has become the first from the state and the Mising community to work as the director of photography in a Bhutanese film. Biplob has already worked with the national geographic channel and discovery channel. His experience includes documentary filmmaking, advertisement films, corporate films, music videos and others.

The film Doley has worked with is ‘Thank You Sir’. This film already earned rave reviews from film critics and also doing good business at the box office.

“Thank You, Sir is the most expensive Bhutanese film ever. Over 750 cast and crew helped shoot the film, which was completed over a period of over seven months. The film dwells on many prevalent social issues of Bhutan. The story discusses the relationship between teachers and their students,” said Doley.

Doley added, “The film is probably the only film in Bhutan, which has been critically acclaimed and well received by the masses at the box office. The film is a tribute to all teachers on the occasion of ‘100 years of education’ in the kingdom of Bhutan.”

He is the first from his community to work in an international feature film and also the youngest and the only director of photography from the community.

Doley, who is presently working in another Bhutanese film, wants to showcase his community and the region to the rest of world through his documentaries. “I have over 30 documentaries to my credit, which have also been telecasted on several national and international channels, including national geographic channel (US), discovery channel (US), K2 (France). I want to focus on my community more,” said Doley.

“The Bhutanese film industry is growing and the Assamese film industry is not at a very promising stage either. A co-production or even a film policy between the two nations in the future could provide a platform to the artistes of the two nations to explore more opportunities and grow further,” said Doley.

With inputs from TOI

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Meghranani is a SIBM graduate working as community manager in Network18 Media. She is a staff writer of Magical Assam. She is fond of watching movies and playing guitar. She spends too much time browsing internet specially scrolling Tumblr.

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