A new film made from Naharkatiya in Upper Assam has been creating a buzz among film buffs, and the people involved in its making, in particular, the producer and director, are promising to provide wholesome entertainment to a family audience. Titled ‘Jeevanor Baatot’, the film is expected to release during or around the time of Durga Puja and is being produced by the Naharkatiya-based cultural activist Dilip Buragohain – under the banner of Kareng Cine Art. Buragohain was once involved in the production of Dr Bhabendra Nath Saikia’s all-time classic ‘Sandhyarag’. Based on his own story, the film’s script and dialogue have been penned by Dhruba Jyoti Mohan, who has also directed the film.
Small-town directors have taken over Assamese cinema and are now expanding its horizon, even beyond national borders. These directors have successfully experimented with local themes and explored its incessant possibilities.
Mohan, who hails from Moranhat, is one such aspiring director. His love for cinema motivated him to hone his craft, and he worked as an assistant director with some of the most prominent names in Assamese cinema, such as Nip Barua, Siva Prasad Thakur, Dara Ahmed and Bollywood’s Mukul Dutta, among others, who helped him imbibe various narrative forms and techniques. After working in films such as ‘Antony Mur Naam’, ‘Aai Mur Janame Janame‘, ‘Ghar Xanxar‘, ‘Xun Moina‘, ‘Mon Mandir‘, ‘Madhuchanda‘ and ‘O’ Chenai’ in the Eighties, he went on to direct two popular video films – ‘Jeevanor Rong’ and ‘Sikhamoni’. ‘Sikhamoni’, which starred Nipon Goswami, Arup Baishya, Pabitra Barua, among others, got released in 2008 to immense popularity. It has also been frequently shown on Assamese channels.
His maiden Assamese film, set in both rural and urban Assam, promotes women empowerment and social change. The film also has some action scenes as they are a crucial part of the storytelling. ‘Jeevanor Baatot’ has been enriched by actors and technicians from Naharkatiya, Digboi, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Moran and Sivasagar. A community atmosphere prevailed in the places where the camera rolled, making it an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.
The acting unit composed of Dilip Buragohain, Momi Changmai, Dhruba Jyoti Mohan, Antara Bhagawati, Pinki Basumatary, Putul Neog, Ramai Saikia, Avyarthana Dutta, Nikita Tanti, Khirud Baruah, Pradip Kumar Deori, Niharika Mohan, Nilakshi Barua, Pratibha Khanikar, Pradip Deori, Manjit Chetia, child artistes Brishti Deka, Tezaswi Mohan, Roktutpal Buragohain, etc.
The film’s cinematography is done by Santanu Dutta and Pinkal Das, the music is by Aryan-Malaika, the background music has been scored by Nurul Sagar Preet, the choreography is by Surajit Hatimuria, the make-up has been done by Mainu Gogoi, the costumes are by Nitu Kachari, the sound is by Palash Kanchan Barua, and the still photography is by Sahadulla Ali.
‘Jeevanor Baatot’ features a number of soulful melodies. The evergreen song – ‘Poka dhanor maje maje soru soru ali..’, rendered by Luit Konwar Rudra Barua himself, has been beautifully picturised on a group of children, who will be seen dancing to the tune in the paddy fields during the time of Aghon, while listening to the radio. The rest of the songs are sung by Aryan Krishna and Malaika Krishti. The film’s chief assistant directors are Khirud Baruah, Manash Pratim Handique and Ritu Borgohain. The film’s executive producer is Momi Changmai.