Bidyut Kotoky’s film Xhoihobote Dhemalite (Rainbow Fields) has won the Best Screenplay award in the recently concluded Treasure Coast International Film Festival, Florida, US. The film was nominated in five categories at the prestigious festival.
Bidyut Kotoky who is the writer, as well as the director of the film, said that the film’s story is based on Assam, but people from halfway across the globe are relating to it, which depicts that the colour of emotion across the globe is the same. ‘While making the film we always believed that we are making a world cinema in the Assamese language,’ said the director. Last month, Xhoixobote Dhemalite became the first Assamese film to be commercially released in the US. The film also won three awards at the Love International Film Festival, Los Angeles, including the Best Film award.
The film stars veteran Victor Banerjee along with artistes like Nipon Goswami, Nikumoni Barua, Nakul Vaid, Naved Aslam and Dipannita Sharma. Inspired by true events and set in 1980s Assam, the film is about children growing up in violent places, witnessing brutality around them and how it affects them.
When the film was struggling for funds, a Dubai-based philanthropist Jani Viswanath, convinced by the fact that this story needs to be told, came on board as an executive producer, and pledged to extend her earnings from the film back to Assam via her NGO, Healing Lives.