The Assamese movie industry is finally blasting with quality movies after decades. People from Assam are making a name internationally for their tremendous works. The Assamese movies at present are reaching a global audience, screened in international film festivals and receiving numerous awards. Assamese movies are simple and beautiful. The filmmakers of Assam do not have big budgets for making movies, but still, they are able to place themselves on a national level with the quality movies they produce.
For the first time in history, an Assamese movie got nominated for Oscars in the ‘Foreign Language Film’ category. Village Rockstars produced by Rima Das has put Assamese cinema in the world map. The film had its India premiere at the Mumbai Film Festival 2018 and world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film has been screened in more than 70 international and national festivals. It has also won 44 awards, among which four national awards for- Best Feature Film Award, Best Child Artist Award, Best Audiography Award, and Best Editing Award. The movie was filmed in Rima Das’s own village Chhaygaon.
The movie portrayed the story of poor but amazing children. The story speaks about the lives of a little girl Dhunu who dreams of having a real guitar and forming a musical band with her village friends. The film also shows the day to day struggle of the village people with poverty and natural disaster. Dhunu’s widowed and brother are also an essential character in the movie.
Ishu an Assamese movie produced by Utpal Borpujari is a National Award winning Assamese movie. Ishu has been awarded the Best Assamese Film from the president of India. The story is the big screen adaptation of Manikuntala Bhattacharya’s children novel of the same name. The film has been screened at various national as well as international film festivals including Kolkata International Film Festival and International Children’s Film Festival, Newyork Indian Film Festival, Bengaluru International Film Festival, Toulouse Indian Film Festival in France. The main subject of the movie focuses on the major social issue ‘witch hunting.’
Another film by the noted filmmaker and director Rima Das. Bulbul Can Sing is the story of a village girl of Assam fighting her way through love and loss. The film has been premiered in the Toronto International Film Festival in the competition segment of ‘Contemporary world Cinema’ It received huge applause there.
A film by Santwana Bordoloi based on Indira Goswami’s novel “Dotal Hatir Uiye Khuwa Haoda.” The story of the film rotates around a character named Priyendu Hazarika who is a renowned writer and author. The film has been premiered at the 21st International Film Festival of Kerela. Maaj Rati Keteki is also available on popular online streaming websites like Netflix and Amazon. Lead actor Adil Hussain won the National Award with jury’s special mention for his role in 64th National Film Festival Award.
Xhoixobote Dhemalite is the film produced by Bidyut Kokoty which portrays children growing up in violent times and witnessing brutality around them and its impact in the United States at it did in India. The film is released commercially in the US, and it got nominated in eight categories at the Love International Film Festival in Los Angeles, US.acclamaton worldwide. In 2017, it won the Best Foreign Film Award at the Hollywood International Cine Fest. In 2018 the film was released at the Cine Grand Cinema Fremont ( California) and Cine Grand New Jersey. Xhoixobote Dhemalite is inspired by real incidents from director Bidyut Kotoky’s life. The film also bagged five nominations at the Treasure Coast International Film Festival, Florida- best director and best screenplay, best editing, best film, and best cinematography.