After winning awards and accolades in India and abroad, Bidyut Kotoky directed ‘Xhoixobote Dhemalite’ (Rainbow Fields) has hit another milestone as it’s going to be the first Assamese film to be released commercially in the USA.
Apart from that, the film has been selected for the prestigious Winter Film Awards that showcases the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world. Winter Film Awards 7th annual International Film Festival is going to be held from February 22 to March 3, in New York with a jam-packed schedule of 93 films of all genres from 31 countries.
‘It’s indeed very encouraging. More so, because it signifies pushing the geographical boundaries for Assamese films, which is the need of the hour. Besides, I believe people from across the globe will relate to the emotion of Xhoixobote Dhemalite. We also watch movies from Iran and France with subtitles. So, I think people from other countries will also be able to watch and connect with our movies,’ said Bidyut.
The distribution company Media Konnect, through their cinema chain Cine Grand will be releasing the film in selected theatres in the USA.
This is also the first Assamese movie to use sync sound. Renowned sound designer Amrit Pritam who has worked in this film says, ‘Using sync sound is a very costly affair as it needs Rs 25,000-30,000 on a daily basis. Even in Mumbai, very few films can afford the cost. However, during a visit to Los Angeles, I bought sound equipment which can facilitate sync sound. Thus, this movie has become the first Assamese movie to do so. It helps in capturing the performance of the actors better as it is difficult for them to give the same expression during dubbing.’
Kotoky says the film is autobiographical in nature and deals with the burning decade of 80’s and how violence psychologically impacts the growing up of children.
The film is likely to hit the theatres in Assam in later half of January. It will have its premier on Tuesday which will be a charity one. The funds raised here will be sent to Moran Blind School which is run by Victor Banerjee.
Written and directed by award-winning director Bidyut Kotoky and produced by Mumbai based production house India Stories along with dhruv creative production and Kurmasana Kreates, the film stars Victor Banerjee, Dipannita Sharma, Nakul Vaid, Naved Aslam, Nipon Goswami, Nikumoni Barua and a bunch of kids.